The World's Ugliest Condo: A Glimpse of What's to Come

The World's Ugliest Condo: A Glimpse of What's to Come

Dabney Frake
Mar 29, 2012

It's demo week in Florida, which means that nothing of juicy interest is going on. I'll show you renovation nerds out there some photos of the chaos, but thought I'd give the rest of you a glimpse of the pretty to come. So here is what I have in mind for the condo (today anyway), in what is sure to be the busiest mood board of all time.

Wow, Dabney. How did you ever come up with driftwood and warm whites for a beachy home? Work long and hard enough kids, and original ideas will come to you, too, like bolts of lightning from the sky.

I want it to be a good mix of modern and traditional. And it should be bright and airy, don't you think? The condo itself is going to be a fairly blank slate, which should make it fairly easy to switch up furniture and fixtures down the road.

I definitely have a harder edge to my aesthetic, but I'm *trying* to temper my vintage industrial modern ways in favor of something softer. I want the in-laws to feel comfortable, without sacrificing my desire to do something fun. This is a difficult balance. Because, if I left it up to them, the condo might look a little something like this:

So you see, there is some distance between us to cover.

Here's some demo photos as well. The place already looks better! In addition to the usual stuff, like removing carpet and tile, we (meaning the handytractors) enlarged the pass-through into the kitchen. Although this sacrificed a row of cabinet storage, it's worth it to make the kitchen less claustrophobic. They also removed that weird lighting soffit on the ceiling, which opened things up more as well. And you might have noticed a little thing missing, like a popcorn ceiling perhaps?

The crew is trucking along nicely, and will soon be putting things back together. In other words: so far, so good.

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(Images: Dabney Frake,

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