Before: I so dislike fans with lights....floors and cabinets TOO much the same color. UGLY and sure wish I could knock it all out and start over, but no.....
After: Icy grey paint with satin shine on existing cabinets and new cabinet hardware really help. Love the way the West Elm paper mache chandelier adds light and art above this 18th century Swedish chop block! (my big splurge!)
Nice change without alot of expense!
Kitchen and Dining Area
Before: Space feels (low ceiling) squatty and centered dining space make room tight...
In Progress: Creating balanced windows above and re-orienting lighting is already feeling better...
After: New dining space with custom banquette nestled against the glass creates more space. 9' long architectural table and Bertoia Chrome chairs that 'go away' visually help seat many guests! The best design...look at God's own work outside!!
Before: The original ceiling and fabulous wall of windows are the existing wow....
After: Handmade natural wallcovering from Philip Jeffries (silver nail heads on elephant manila hemp) was the start...one wall only/all I can afford....very organic. The textured sisal rug in silver grey calmed the floor down. The fun part is the bed. Fur, silk, cotton and graphic colorful bed throw from India all together and not competing. It's a happy, bright and soulful place to live in.
Before: How can we make this guest mountain bedroom cozy and inviting...Windows are too small and wall color too mauve...
After: Enlarging windows to go floor to ceiling give this 8' space more visual height. Our white linen and grey taped functional drapery panels add warmth without being too heavy for the room. We papered one wall with a grey reptile paper for punch that sets off our West Elm Headboard.
Before: Lots of white wall....decorating around small rug...uninteresting to say the least
After: Custom stained architectural tall bookcases with added light create great nook for loveseat. Huge white root table function and organic punch to the room. I love what textured rugs do to showcase great pieces and add warmth as well.
Upstairs Bonus Room
Before: This room has no windows yet one triangular shaped window looking down on Living Room. Hmmm... We discovered this would be the perfect space for a TV and lounging room with ready to work simulated office space....Let's see...
After: Incorporating textiles and rugs from travels this space allows for much activity but is user-friendly. The 14' long console/desk piece was created using West Elm Ready made components. A BIG help with the budget!
Existing Hall Bath
Problems...low soffets make 8' ceilings seem lower. Old white tile is stained and not interesting. Cabinet and laminate counter top.....Hmmmm...Do I say more? I am on a tight budget, but this has to go! Because of small space, this becomes the lower guest bath and powder room.
Entryway and Staircase
After...Retro personality is enhanced with architectural pieces.