Bedroom: Paint Color Makeover

This was one of our favorite makeovers! Why? Because the ONLY two things we bought were the paint and the fabric for behind the bed! Everything else the client already owned, and most of it was already in the room, except for the two lamps that had been in her living room. An Enormous Transformation - it’s amazing what a gallon of paint can do!

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Bedroom: Paint and Pillows

This couple had chosen great lamps and a great set of bedroom furniture, but wanted the room to feel really finished.

We removed some of the built in shelves which allowed the tv to be recessed onto the back wall, and painted the recess and the headboard wall a deep eggplant purple, drawn from the lamps on their bedside tables. By doing this we grounded the bed, helped the tv become less prominent, and made the room feel more sensual.

Then we added simple, large pillows to the bed that would make it feel finished but not fussy and still easy to make, and a coordinating coverlet at the end of the bed. It was important to keep the bedding dog-friendly, so we shopped for washable options. We replaced the ottoman in the corner with a chair and brought in vases from elsewhere in the house to fill out that empty corner by the window.

Now the space is finished, elegant, and sensual, just like a bedroom should be.


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Living Room: Just Accessorizing

This family had a great house with great colors and accessories! All they needed was some help placing the items to create better focal points. When I arrived the pictures in the nooks were all the same height, and the two feature nooks on either side help items that weren’t tall enough to fill the space. The pillows on the couch were not the right style to go with the richness of the other items in the room, and the couch was set all the way back against the built ins.

We pulled the sofa forward to give everything a little breathing space, and swapped the pillows for some with more luxurious texture and color. We added height to one of their existing vases to fill one of the feature nooks (the flowers are orange to balance the triangle sculpture on the opposite side), and helped select a new, tall sculpture to fill the opposite nook. The we curated the shelves and moved around the items they already owned to show them off at their best.

Sometimes a room just needs a little adjusting.


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Living Room: Lovely Rental

This single gal was renting this queen anne condo and couldn’t paint, but still wanted to really make it feel like home. She’d already been there a couple years, knew it would be at least another couple, and decided she no longer wanted to live like she was still in college.

She already had two beautifully reupholstered pieces, a chair and sofa handed down through family.  Unfortunately the rest of the room was a mish-mash of unmatched wood pieces, all too small for the room, and a much-too-little area rug with no personality.  She asked for a beautiful room where her friends would love to gather, and to make the view and her books the focus of the room instead of the tv. 

By bringing in a soft, oversized rug and a contemporary entertainment unit that was more about books than media, adding more seating and fresh accessories, we created the room she wanted without changing the paint color at all.

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living room after : inviting

Dining Room: Beautiful Built-ins

This family had a gorgeous craftsman style dining set and a Restoration Hardware ceiling light that they brought with them to their new home. We installed built-in white-painted cabinets to serve as a display and buffet next to the table area, and stained cabinets for the bar area off the patio door area leading to the barbeque out back. Opting for painted cabinets for the built-in hutch area set off the lovely cherry dining set they already owned, while the stained wood let the bar area recede.

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dining room after : classic

Bedroom: Bland to Bold

This woman had moved into this bedroom after her divorce. She didn’t have a large budget for new furnishings, but it was important to her to create a space that felt grounded, bold, and finished. She had some great pieces to work with and a furniture layout that made sense, so this was really a project about paint and accessories.

We painted the walls a dark, deep charcoal grey, painted the dressers, trim and doors fresh white, replaced the hardware on the dressers to suit the beautiful French Country mirror, and painted the desk to match the new curtains and bed pillows.  After we added some new accessories and lighting we spent some time reorganizing the desk and closet for efficiency and created a sophisticated, calm room that makes the owner smile.

Total cost for this room, $200 in materials, 16 hours time.


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bedroom after : bold

Living Room: Hiding a big TV

A recent and significant job loss helped this couple take a critical look at their life in general and acknowledge that they were feeling really unsatisfied, especially with the state of their home. It was so cluttered that they felt too embarrassed to have friends come over. It was time for a change. They wanted a room they could be proud to share with guests and that also felt great when it was just the two of them.

They actually had great furniture, but just too much of it for the space. The light yellow walls didn’t do anything but show off all the clutter, and their giant flat screen tv dwarfed everything else. We found new homes for much of the furniture, then painted the walls a medium, warm grey that would help both the furniture and the tv recede. Lastly we added soft, colorful accessories like the rug, drapes, art, and new lighting to create an inviting, cohesive space.

The homeowners now feel proud of the space and never hesitate to invite friends over for a movie or glass of wine.


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living room after : uncluttered

Living Room: Craftsman Classic

Like many families these homeowners already owned a number of nice pieces of furniture, and also like many families who take on a big remodel, there wasn’t much money left in the budget afterwards to buy new furnishings, regardless.

We chose colors that would both compliment the new remodel and also perfectly incorporate all their old furnishings into their new home, creating a wonderful space to raise their kids for years to come.  The deep pine-forest green on the far wall not only tied in their large area rug, it also grounded the large armoire and made it fit snugly into the room. The rich burgundy in the far room (dining) also tied into the rug in the living room, making the whole space feel thoughtfully planned, warm, and inviting.

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Guestroom: Fun and Fresh

Guest rooms are the perfect place to have a little fun in your home.  In this one we wanted to create a space that would be inviting to both adults and young kids, so we brought in both lively lime green and grounded coffee brown, and accessorized with oversized leafy art and some clever frog and dragonfly treasures.  We also were able to pull in a number of photographs the homeowner had purchased years ago and, of course, make it all work with the furniture they already had on hand.  A great guest room for grown ups and kids alike.

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guestroom after : fun

Office: Feminine Den

Officially this was the homeowner’s office space, but she rarely spent time in the room because it was just a cold, ugly, cluttered space. She wanted a room that looked beautiful and would be less of a clutter magnet.

We rearranged her office furniture so that nothing blocked the windows and so her back wouldn’t be to the door when she worked. We painted the room a yellow the color of deep summer sunshine, and brought in elegant, comfortable seating where she could linger over a book. That made the space a room of rest, not just work and bills.

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office after : warm and feminine

Bedroom: Eliminating Clutter

This couple’s bedroom was overrun with laundry and clutter, leaving no room for rest, relaxation or romance! 

We spent a day sorting and clearing, going through every piece of clothing and through every drawer.  We painted the walls a lovely island-waters blue and had our contractor flip the door so it would open out of the room instead of in. As a result we could rearrange the existing furniture so the headboard no longer blocked the window.  Then we accessorized with gauzy white curtains, recycled mirrors, the homeowners’ art and knickknacks and some new throw pillows. 

We created an island-inspired retreat in less than three days and for $1150. Two years later, they’ve still maintained their new, clutter-less lifestyle! To quote the delightful words of the homeowner, they’ve gone “from Piglet to Peace.”

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bedroom after : serene

Living Room: A Sunny Personality

This delightful woman hired me to help make her place feel more personal and warm. She had a very good sense of what she liked and knew she wanted to paint the room yellow, but also knew that choosing the ‘right’ yellow could be an impossible challenge. It too often turns out too bright and garish or too sweet and pale.

Within an hour of starting our color consultation we had picked out new paint colors for each of here rooms and she was set to go. Now, what I love best about these before and after pictures is that there is almost nothing new - only paint and the dining light fixture.  Just the change from pale beige walls to rich sunflower yellow gave every item in the room new life!  It made the space feel happier and friendlier and, most importantly, it made the place feel more like the homeowner herself!

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living room after : bright and sunny

Living Room: Southwest Modern

The owners of this home just purchased this beautiful contemporary sofa, but needed help complimenting it with the right accessories.  We added a beautiful new area rug and laid it horizontally in the room to reduce the long skinny feeling of the space, then placed an accent chair, Naguchi-style table and colorful accessories to create a warm, cohesive, contemporary living room.

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living room after : accessorized

Office: Work-From-Home Den

As a loving gift to her recently-laid-off husband, this woman asked me to salvage their home office so that he could feel the possibility of success again and have a space where he could possibly build a new business from home.

Together we emptied the room.  It took two full days of sorting to figure out what would need to go back in... by the time we were done we discarded three garbage bags of trash, filled the recycling container twice, and taken two full carloads to Goodwill.  They were troopers and we were all worn out by the end! 

Then came the fun part.  We painted the walls pear green, replaced the old overhead fixture, brought in the storage towers that were unused elsewhere in the house, uncovered his grandfather’s old desk, and arranged the room to feel like a cozy, warm library.  We brought in a leather reading chair from the living room, and added a new chocolate shag rug, oversized clock, and two woven framed mirrors.

We didn’t have to buy a single piece of furniture for this room - it was all about purging and then making the most of what they already had on hand. Total cost for makeover (including the sorting and organizing time) $2100. Since this project he had built a successful business and has in fact hired others to work with him! That’s success!

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office after : organized

Guestroom: Beautiful Makeover

This guestroom suffered an identity crisis - the elegant artwork didn’t go with the youthful bedding and stuffed animals, and the ironing and holiday decor was turning it into a storage room.  We painted the walls a buttery yellow and replaced the mat on the artwork to a softer, more elegant color. We kept all the same furniture but rearranged it so that the bed could be approached from either side, making the room feel more spacious.  We hung long violet colored silk drapes and gauzy sheers to camouflage the flat skinny window, then dressed the bed in soft eggplant colored linens with playful throw pillows in poppy reds. Simple de-cluttering, new paint and accessories, and the room got a whole new life!

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guest room after : inviting

Dining Room: Paint and Accessories

This bachelor owned beautiful mid-century furniture but hadn’t been able to make the space feel warm or personal. Simply painting the walls in several shades of warm grey, reupholstering the chairs from office tweed to navy leather, and adding some modern, masculine accessories, and the room went from cold and impersonal to warm and inviting, without every feeling ‘fussy’.

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dining room after : personal

Living room: Robin's Egg Redesign

This busy mother of two wanted a feeling of openness and calm in her living room. We added a soft, breezy blue to the walls to lighten and open the room and show off the color in the homeowner’s artwork, and rearranged the furniture and removed pieces that weren’t useful so that the room felt less cluttered and more welcoming. A fresh coat of paint and a little reorganizing can go a long way to making a room feel fresh and new again.

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living room after : serene

Bedroom: Teal and Chocolate

This bachelor had bought bedroom furniture but had never decorated the room in a way that showed it off, and though it was kept neat and clean it felt crowded and messy.  He wanted a space that felt ‘finished’ and would feel inviting should he invite guests over.

We rearranged the furniture so nothing blocked the windows or closets - that took away the feeling of being crowded.  Then we painted the walls chocolate and aqua, color pulled from the painting he had in the room, and hung coordinating curtains to soften the look.  Aside from a new duvet and pillows, paint and drapes, we didn’t have to add anything new to make this transformation. Easy to maintain, easy on the eye.


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bedroom after : finished