Living Room Before / After

May 16
2009

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Living Room Before

Living Room Before

 

BEFORE:  Special features in this living room like the fireplace, bay window and French doors are difficult to distinguish at first glance. The bright green wall color is too taste-specific for most potential home buyers, and the furniture arrangement makes it difficult to navigate through the space. 

 

LIVING ROOM - AFTER
LIVING ROOM – AFTER

AFTER:  Changing the wall color to a lighter shade instantly makes the space feel more spacious and open. Swapping the large table at the entry point for a smaller one provides a view to the fireplace and clears the path into the room. The dark area rug was removed to further lighten up the space and show off gleaming hardwood floors. The sofa was repositioned to draw attention to the bay window, and the oversized coffee table was replaced with a smaller one. A few simple accessories add the finishing touch.

 

 

Living / Dining Room Makeover

May 16
2009

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Living / Dining Room Before Makeover

Living / Dining Room Before

 

BEFORE:  Despite the white walls, this combination living and dining room seems dark and has no flow through the space. Country-style furnishings make it feel old and outdated, and the view is blocked by curtains.

Living / Dining Room After Redesign
Living / Dining Room After

AFTER:  Painting the walls a rich gold tone brings much-needed warmth to the space. The dark trim was painted white to create contrast, highlighting the dark wood floors. Side-panel drapes frame the windows and the view, allowing plenty of light into the room. A lighter, neutral-colored rug helps to define the conversation area, and updated furnishings are positioned to allow traffic to flow from one space to the other.

 

Family Room Staged To Sell

May 16
2009

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FAMILY ROOM - BEFORE
FAMILY ROOM – BEFORE

BEFORE:  This good-sized family room has wood floors, a vaulted ceiling and a wood-burning fireplace. The room seems smaller than it is because of too much stuff, a distraction from the room’s positive features. Your attention goes directly to the cluttered bookcase when you enter the room.

Family Room After
Family Room After

 AFTER:  Contents of the bookcase were boxed up to give the homeowners a jump start on their upcoming move, and the bookcase was moved to the living room which needed extra furnishings. Positioning the sofa on center with the windows creates a more proportionate layout and leaves space on the perimeter making the room feel larger. The area rug was replaced with a larger one that fits the space better.  Hanging an oversized mirror above the fireplace makes the room feel brighter by reflecting light into the space, and greens help draw attention to the fireplace. For better balance, a chest that was pushed into the far corner was repositioned near the entrance with a potted plant to frame the space.

Office Makeover

May 16
2009
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Home Office Before

Home Office Before

Home Office After

Home Office After

Master Bathroom Before / After

May 16
2009

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Master Bath - BEFORE - View 1

Master Bath - BEFORE

 

 

Master Bath - AFTER - View 1
Master Bath – AFTER

Updates to this master bathroom include removing the wallpaper, new paint, light fixtures, faucets, mirrors and cabinet hardware.

Kitchen Nook Before / After

May 16
2009
 

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Kitchen Nook Before

Kitchen Nook Before

Kitchen Nook After

Kitchen Nook After

BEFORE:  The décor and furnishings in this kitchen dining nook have a definite country flavor that lacks universal appeal. Dark blue wallpaper makes the space appear smaller than it really is, and heavy curtains block both the light and the view outside.

AFTER:  Country-style furnishings have been replaced with a round glass-top table and chairs more proportionate to the space. Cream-colored walls brighten up this kitchen nook considerably. The rug was removed to reveal hardwood floors, and an updated light fixture replaces the tin candelabra. Removing the window grilles and changing the valances allows light to come in and accentuates the beautiful view. For a pop of color, a vase of red flowers adorns the table.

 

Cluttered Kitchen Makeover

May 15
2009
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Cluttered Kitchen Before

Cluttered Kitchen Before

Organized Kitchen After

Organized Kitchen After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dated wallpaper has been replaced with neutral paint.  The refrigerator and door magnets have been removed and the countertops cleared except for a few necessities.  The space above the refrigerator has been organized.  Coordinating rugs finish the space!

 

Den Makeover Before / After

May 15
2009

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Den 1 Before

Den 1 Before

Den 2 Before

Den 2 Before

 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Den After
Den After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cozy reading area has been created giving this room renewed purpose more appropriate for a room with built-in bookcases. The faded blue carpet was replaced with a patterned carpet adding interest to the small space. The walls and wood trim were painted light sage and ivory for an up-to-date look. A new chandelier helps draw attention to the high ceilings. Vintage family photos are packed away, and a large framed print gives the room a focal point.

Kitchen Staged To Sell

May 15
2009

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Kitchen Redesign Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Redesign After

Kitchen After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Removing the area rug from under the table and re-arranging the chairs gives the appearance of more space to move through the dining room and into the kitchen.  Counter clutter has been cleared except for a few necessities, and the cabinet top decor has been minimized for a cleaner look.

Dining Room Before / After

May 14
2009

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Dining Room Before

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Dining Room After

BEFORE:  The unique built-in cabinet and shelves were lost in a gallery of children’s artwork displayed across the wall of this dining room which does double-duty as a play area.

AFTER:  Removing the extensions from the table and positioning it away from the wall at an angle makes it feel more spacious and functional. The child’s drawings and photos were replaced with a simple print that coordinates with the drapes and sliding doors leading out to the deck. A few colorful vases placed on the top shelf of the built-in cabinet draws attention to that feature. The child’s drawing desk was removed from the corner to further open up the space.