Living Well

Before and After Transformation of a Living Room

 “Dana took a room we never used and made it a room we never want to leave” -homeowner in the Birmingham Home and Garden article. 


I thought I would share a few more of the before and after pictures of the living room recently featured in Birmingham Home and Garden.   As you recall, this project was the makeover of a home to family of seven, and there was a huge transformation not only in the aesthetics, but in how the rooms are used.     Last week we shared the kitchen transformation here and below is the living room (that now functions as the family room).





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The living room was dark, ornate, and basically a walk-through room.   It was important to me that we turn this room into one the family wanted to use,  so I chose comfortable upholstery, large ottomans and lots of occasional tables.  I even tucked in a tv (that pulls out and swivels) into a side wall, which is sure way to draw people in.







Images by Graham Yelton.   Dana Wolter Interiors




This room is now pretty enough to work as a living room for company AND functional enough for everyday use.  I think my goal was reached. 🙂


Notice also how pretty the light is in this room.   I added sheer drapes so if/when the family wants to close them, they will have filtered light coming through.  I bet they stay open more often than not because the view is an incredible one of the lake.


The Oushak rug that was originally in this room served as our color palette of creams, light greens and soft blues with pops of color.  I added a grass rug under it because the room is large and needed a rug to scale to it.


Hope you enjoyed the transformation of this room as much as I did.  Here’s to saying “no” to a room that only functions as a walk-through and “yes” to enjoying every room in your home.


Have a great day, everyone-






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