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About John

John Colaneri: Designer, Businessman, TV Personality, "Cousin"

Designer, business person, and TV personality...John Colaneri wears a lot of hats. He is perhaps best known as one half of HGTV's "The Cousins" (with Anthony Carrino), having appeared on numerous series including Kitchen Cousins, Cousins On Call, and Cousins Undercover. The duo are also regular guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Rachael Ray Show, as well.  

A Penn State grad with a degree in business administration, John is also quite the business maven. Having worked for international and Fortune 500 companies, as well as serving as the senior project manager in his family's construction businesss. Most recently, John launched his own development company, Lilyshea Development LLC, focusing on high-end residential design and custom spec homes.

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John's Project

John and his wife Jennifer purchased a "vintage" 1960s era rambler in New Jersey with the goal of taking it down to the studs and remaking it. "We have built from the ground up before," he says, "but this time we were looking for the challenge of a total renovation."

How did they decide on a property? The couple knew they wanted to stay in the North Jersey area, and wanted a home that had enough land and yard for the kids. "When I walked through this home," says John, "I could tell immediately that it was rock solid and had a layout that was easily changeable. You have to look beyond the over-grown trees, bushes, wall to wall carpet, pink tile, and grandmas kitchen. With a little vision and design you can transform a home into something that you never thought possible." 

As John says, "I have done hundreds of renovations and believe me they are never as easy as they seem on TV!" Follow along as he transforms his home...see the highs and lows of the renovation process, check out some of his favorite trends and styles, and take away some of his ideas and concepts as inspiration for your own ideas. 

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Two of the most striking choices are the dramatic bay window and the addition of patio doors as window walls where there formerly had been regular windows.

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Because John's goal was "to have as much natural light as possible," he put in a variety of windows--an extra-large bay window, gliders, casements, double hung, and patio doors.  

Two striking choices are the dramatic bay window and the use of patio doors as window walls.
"Natural light and combining the indoors and outdoors is essential," he says. "The doors can blur that line from the inside to outside and create a space that feels larger and is much more inviting." 

The big bay also extends the room size and brings in light. The black of his windows "allows them to be a focal point" and the color enhances their appeal. By playing with the black color, and using farmhouse grilles, John is able to combine both the mid-century modern feel with the rustic-contemporary aesthetic.

Learn more about what a bay or bow window can do for your space and see why black is the new black in our blog! 


Let's Get Social!

Follow John as he talks homeowner help, the latest trends in design--and of course, the renovation of his 1960s modern-meets-contemporary-rustic rambler! 

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Inspiration Gallery

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When it comes to a renovation, it’s all about seeing a space’s potential. With a little vision, you can transform your home into something that you never thought possible. Check out the behind-the-scenes gallery of photos from John's project and get some new ideas on ways to freshen up your space.

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Hot Renovation Trends from the Pro!

Whether building a home from scratch, doing a complete reno, or simply refreshing a room or two, you can take your project to the next level with some design inspiration. John Colaneri, one half of HGTV’s “The Cousins”, shares insights and ideas to help you create a unique space in your own home where all the elements blend together.



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