All posts tagged: before and after

A Master Suite Gets the Attention it Deserves

We recently wrapped up a master suite project for some wonderful clients.  They have a large and very busy family and were in need a of an updated and welcoming master suite where mom and dad could have a little down time at the end of the day.  This couple was so wise to spend their time and decorating dollars on this often neglected part of the home. One of the great things about this project was that the bedroom and attached sitting room were pretty much a blank canvas. The suite is very spacious and gets an amazing amount of natural light from the many windows in the space. We knew it could be transformed into a beautiful bedroom for this busy couple. Our goal:  A cophisticated space that was fabulous to wake up to and a welcoming retreat at the end of the day.  Cozy + Sophisticated = Cophisticated. We started with paint.  The walls were beige, however, the color was a bit peachy for the overall look we wanted to achieve.  All beiges are NOT created equal as you …

Foyer Transformation. You won’t believe this one!

My partner in crime Sheli has been working on her new house and making every square inch of it look amazing.  She’s one talented lady and works miracles with a paintbrush, but what she has done with her foyer is unbelievable! See for yourself. Here’s the before.   Sheli wasn’t loving this staircase or the condition the treads were in. But she knew a transformation would be easy as pie.  Just kidding, it was a lot of work.  She sanded and painted and stained. And stained, and painted and stained. But look at the result… Total transformation!  Can you believe the difference?  Her foyer went from worn and drab to WOW! The great thing is, these stairs can be yours too.  This project cost less than $200 to complete.  How’s that for bang for your buck?    It did take her a lot of time and patience, but the results are really stunning. The foyer walls were painted with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, which is the perfect backdrop for this sophisticated staircase. Sheli’s foyer now makes …

Before and After: A Laundry Room Reveal

Do you ever look at “before and after” pictures and think to yourself that the ‘before’ couldn’t really have been THAT awful.  That something must have been done to make the space look worse in the ‘before’ picture so that the ‘after’ would seem really dramatic? I can assure you that was not the case in my laundry room. It really was this bad all by itself. With a pretty useless corner. And minimal storage. Open wire shelving, a shower curtain rod to hang clothes from and a dingy plywood counter top did not a pretty picture make. It was not a nice place to be. Space was really an issue and our laundry room had an odd area of dead space.  A 2×2 foot corner that was drywalled in and completely empty inside. Four feet may not seem like much, but in a tiny space like this it can make a huge difference.  Many of my neighbors with this same weird dead space had turned the area into shelves or coat closets.  I decided …

Perfecting imperfection, a.k.a. decorating your mantel

Winter doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, so how about one last hurrah for the fireplace. Fireplaces are important.  Not that we have to rely on them so much for heat these days, but because they can be a beautiful focal point in a room when they are well accessorized. Accessorizing the mantel can be a real challenge. It’s a space where you want just enough, but not too much.  Uncluttered but not boring.  Symmetry, but sometimes maybe not. Less is most definitely more, but if your mantel looks like this, we’ve got some work to do. And please don’t do this either. This one is not terrible. But not great either.  Don’t your eyes crave something substantial in that space over the mantle?  Something to keep the fireplace from being overshadowed by the height of the bookcases. Some ideas for what you might do with your own fireplace… Minimalism.  It works really well, especially when you have no mantel like these fireplaces.  Don’t hold back, go big and bold! How perfect is …

Before and After: A Happy Home Office

There’s really not much “before” to show in this room.  Just a very blah, small bedroom that was a toy dumping ground and hamster bedroom when we first moved into our house 4 years ago. When I started working from home, this seemed like the perfect spot for my  office.  My house is generally pretty neutral, but I wanted this room to be more fun and colorful – a really happy place to be. Here’s the space before. Awful, I know! But I knew this little nook had great potential as the perfect spot for a desk.  It’s a wonderful, sunny spot for work now. To help fill the space above the desk I sprayed the frames of some thrift shop cork boards white and covered the cork with handmade paper found at Luckett’s Store, an awesome, funky antique shop with lots of vintage treasures. Kitchen spice holders from Ikea (attached to a magnetic knife holder) are great for keeping small items contained and helping keep the desktop clear. These jade calendar blocks were always on my …

Color(s) of the year

After going on and on about beige recently in this post, I thought maybe it was time for a little chat about color. Have you heard about the color of the year,  Pantone’s “Radiant Orchid”? And it is really quite radiant!  Not for wallflowers.  This bold shade of purple really stands out. Could you picture a whole room full? How about a piece of furniture? Personally, if nothing else I could definitely live with this – and love it! If you’re not familiar with Pantone, they do make paint, but they are also know as the global authority on color.  Their ‘color of the year’ selection is used by many consumer manufacturing companies to guide their designs for future products. So be on the lookout for “Radiant Orchid”.  I’m starting to notice it all over the place! Sherwin Williams has their own color of the year called “Exclusive Plum”. Still in the purple family, but a bit more sophisticated, lots more gray. It makes quite a statement in this space. And plum is lovely here …