“We’re a free matchmaking service for renovators and general contractors,” Brownhill explains. “People post their wish list for their project, and we curate the best expert matches to make the construction a reality—on time and on budget.” Sweeten recently expanded from New York into Philadelphia, with more cities in the works. After seeing thousands of projects and helping homeowners go “from Pinterest to punch list,” Brownhill has a few tips for fearlessly choosing a palette of materials.
“A patterned bathroom floor, wall, or shower makes a big impact, and the small square footage means that if you have to change it later, it won’t break the bank.”
“Painted lower kitchen cabinets are a big trend right now and a great way to incorporate color on a budget. I love cobalt blue; it looks great with brass hardware.”
“Small color spends can make all the difference. Go for the patterned backsplash or the red knobs on a Wolf stove! I’m also a big fan of matte black fixtures—so chic.”
“The most compelling spaces happen when people bring personality to the project,” says Brownhill. Here are a few of her latest finds.