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Bungalow Makeover FROM THE COVER OF WHERE WOMEN COOK MAGAZINE

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WE MADE THE COVER!

The Spring issue of Where Women Cook magazine just hit newsstands, and what a fun surprise: REstyleSOURCE’s founder and creative director Kristin Alber is featured on the cover.
Pick up a copy today to see more of Kristin’s charming cottage kitchen and home, also featured below.
Thank you, Jo Packham and Team WWC! We love learning about all the creative and impressive women on your pages and appreciate the way you support local shops, restaurants and businesses across the country.

PHOTO: JESSICA DOWNEY

Her Gray moment

WRITTEN BY JAIMEE ROSE  *  PHOTOS BY JESSICA DOWNEY AND ISAAC BAILEY

This 1918 bungalow has experienced many makeovers. There was the green period. And the floral period. And finally, in 2012, this iteration: fresh, gray, industrial and family chic.
Kristin is the owner of FOUND, a home furnishings and lifestyle boutique and the creative director and founder of REstyleSOURCE. She’s also mom to three. We don’t know how she does it, but her makeovers happen fast. (Usually, there’s a camera crew coming the next day, which is excellent motivation.)
Here’s how this one came together:

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PHOTO: Jessica Downey

PHOTO: Isaac Bailey

1. ROLL WITH IT The wallpaper arrived in the wrong color. Kristin installed it anyway. “The key to good design is not being afraid,” Kristin says. “Just do things. Just try it.”
2. TRUST YOURSELF There wasn’t time to refinish the wood floors, so Kristin asked her handy husband to paint them gray instead. “People freaked out when they heard what we were doing,” Kristin says, but she loves how they look.
3. USE WHAT YOU HAVE The cabinets needed a facelift, which Kristin achieved by stripping off outdated crown moldings and installing new doors and hardware. Just add fresh paint.
4. SIMPLE IS BEST The pared-down color palette added a layer of calm to the Alber abode, but Kristin’s design philosophy helped simplify the process, too. Above all, this is a house decorated for family. “The best thing about my house? It’s comfortable, and it’s livable, and we’re happy to be home.”

 
PHOTO: Jessica Downey

PHOTO: Isaac Bailey

TRY IT:

Kristin’s kitchen is always piled with fresh fruit and treats tucked beneath bell jars. This way, her kids always have ready snacks, and her kitchen feels homey and welcoming.

PHOTO: Isaac Bailey

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