I thought it might be fun to look at a few BEFORE and AFTER pictures of the home featured in TradHome (click here to see the full article) to see why I took the design approach I did for this project. This is going to be in two posts, so here goes part one….
When the homeowner first contacted me, she was frustrated. She had purchased a few pieces that did not fit in her home and she wanted to unify her choppy, cluttered, mismatched home. She wanted it to reflect their fun personality, but she also wanted it to feel calm, cohesive, and be a place to retreat from their hectic lifestyle.
Below is the foyer, which sets the tone for the home. As you can see, there wasn’t much to the existing space, other than a rug too big for the space.
BEFORE- the foyer
AFTER- the foyer
The space is tiny, but you can see we added quite a bit of warmth without overcrowding the area.
We painted her existing console table because the size was good for the space. Everything else was added. What was once a cold, mismatched space now feels warm and pulled together.
Know what my favorite thing is in there? The cast baby foot of one of her now teenage girls… How sweet is that touch?!
The foyer opens up into the living room, which was a walk-through space for the family. Imagine an 18 x 24 room of basically wasted space they never used.
Here is the BEFORE of the living room:
BEFORE- the living room
AFTER- the living room
I wish I had a picture to the right of the sofa in the bay window. Not only did we create a great place to lounge, we also included a second seating area with the sofa and two chairs.
AFTER- the living room
The homeowners have several collections- from crosses from oncology patients, to tons of family photos, to baseballs from their favorite major league teams. They had them spread throughout several rooms with no order to them at all.
I incorporated their momentos in a way that is cohesive and tidy.
BEFORE- the study
Before- the study
- AFTER- the study
AFTER- the study
After- gallery of family pictures
Notice the grouping of family photos and the shadow box of the baseballs? Now they hold special meaning and are focal points in this home.
Stay tuned for part two as I will talk about the master, family room, and kitchen. This transformation is amazing- not only aesthetically, but how this home functions for this busy family of five.
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