Who: Laura Cooperman and Benjamin Kuester
Where: Cleveland Heights, Ohio
We're artists, but the pink tile in the bath of our 1920s Dutch Colonial Revival was too funky even for us. After thumbing through design books and magazines, Benjamin and I decided we wanted period details but with modern touches and a clean palette, and without making the space feel too clinical. Our major renovating experience was zip, and our bank account wasn't much better. So, using the Web and how-to books, we made a careful plan and a careful budget that included keeping the floor, tub, and toilet, which were original to the house. All three just needed a little TLC, though the toilet repair left us soaking wet when a pipe blew.