Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sharing My Sweet Friends BEFORE AND AFTER Home Tour

Today I want to share a dear friend's house with you. 
My friend was very tired of her decor style and ask me to 
help re-decorate various rooms in her house

She didn't really know where to even start and what style she wanted.
So I put my thinking cap on and created a few collages in PicMonkey 

to give her ideas of what I can visualize in her space

Here is a Before of the Family Room
And here is the collage I created for their family room. 
DON'T JUDGE the sloppiness of the collage please
I am not a professional Designer and I helped her with my ideas 
& opinions as a friend, not for money. I created them quickly, only 
to give her a visual of what I have in mind! 

And Ta-Dahhhhh, here is the AFTER
What a difference!!!! They did purchase a new sectional and moved the old
leather sofa into another room. The sectional fits the space perfectly.

I found those gorgeous wicker plates on the wall at Target, they add such warmth 
to the space. The floor pouf is also a Target find. The other accent pieces (such as 
the coffee table, side table, table lamp and chair) are various finds from Marshall's, 
T.J. Max, Home Goods, etc. (YES, she was very busy going shopping!).

Don't you just love the layering of rugs??? It's a jute rug with 
a black cowhide on top from IKEA. LUV the POP of contrast!!!

 We found this gorgeous old window frame at a local store 
during a shopping trip last summer. Her husband hung it 
up and she added some tiny string-lights.

The entertainment center is also new from Overstock.

OK, off onto the foyer BEFORE

And AFTER -- She moved this pine dresser from her master bedroom 
into the entry. It's a much more neutral piece and allows for 
changing the decor much easier than before.

She decorated it so beautifully with more finds from Marshall's, 
Ross, etc. The new modern rug really makes the dark wood floors pop.

Next stop -- The Dining Room BEFORE
This was a very dark & gloomy space, due to the wall color.

The family never really used the formal dining room, so she had the 
wonderful idea of making the space into a library instead.

Here is the collage I created for inspiration

Here is the AFTER 
First project was to paint the walls. Her husband 
painted the walls from the dark red to a light grey, which made 
such a HUGE difference. They found these beautiful 
book cases at World Market.

Here is the sofa that used to be in the family room. The carved 
art work is also a Target find. The silver hammered coffee table is from 
World Market as well. The rattan chair is from IKEA.

Let's go see the kitchen nook BEFORE

Here is my design board for this space

I have always loved this table from World Market. Plus, the price was right!!! 

The texture of the wood is a bit rough and rustic.  I think it will 
hold up well against every day abuse. 

The chairs are also from World Market

And so is this gorgeous bead chandelier.

 They also made a few little changes in the 
kitchen, so here is the scoop ...
The Kitchen BEFORE

They have a pretty large kitchen with lots of tall, dark cabinets. 
They took out one upper cabinet and added white shelves 
from IKEA to allow for a more open feel.

These gorgeous white leather bar stools are from Pier 1. 
They look super good next to the dark cabinets for a pop of contrast.

They also took out the doors to the kitchen island and gave the inside 
a coat of Annie Sloan paint

Super cool, isn't it ???? So much more personality!

Off to the Game Room BEFORE


As you can see, they took off the white wall shelves and 
got rid of the blue accent color.

Well, that turned out to be a long post. I hope you enjoyed the tour.
I think my friend and her husband deserve a big round of applause....
They pulled all these changes off over the summer. That was a ton of hard work!
Geesh! As for myself, I still have my Halloween decor up !!!! LOL 
I love to hear what you think!!! 


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  1. Christine I'm blown away! They all turned out so phenomenal! I have to say my favorite is the dining room transformation into the library. Love love love!

  2. Wow, what a beautiful transformation. Sometimes just taking one color out of the room makes a ton of difference. Bravo to your friend. She has a lot of beautiful pieces of furniture in her home.

  3. Realy wonderful!
    I love Before & After so much!
    Thank you for the pictures.

    Greetings & Love

  4. Everything looks so pretty! I love how it turned out after the changes were made. That was quite an undertaking for the summer!

  5. Wow Wow Wow Christine. You should be a designer. These rooms are fabulous. I am going back to look again. Love all the rooms beautiful.

  6. That grey sectional is the best!! Where did they find it? Wonderful job!

  7. Wow, MAJOR difference, the whole house is lightened up and looking so fresh! Great job!

  8. Oh my goodness Christine! You did such an awesome job! It's all so beautiful but my favorite is that first room with the grey couch and black cow hide rug!!!


  9. I love your decorating! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family! Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode

  10. Lovely transformations, Christine! You might not be a 'professional' designer-but you know your stuff, girl! I think my favorite is the opening up the kitchen island! What an awesome idea!!

  11. I like the window you posted on funkyjunk. I have some old windows and am always thinking of new ideas but yours is really nice. I like the way it feels in a room to have some string lights lit, it warms up everything. Nice Blog too!

  12. You missed your calling Christine, wow, what a difference, you did awesome job. Want to come do my house? Please? They really bought some new furniture and accessories that made such a difference. Love that dresser in foyer. It's all wonderful and they must be so happy with your talents.
    Hope you have absolutely awesome, wonderful happy Thanksgiving. Do you celebrate in Canada/ I think you're in Canada.

    1. Well hello there!!!! thanks so much for the sweet words. We actually live in WA State, Olympia is where we are!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!!!

  13. I so enjoyed all the before and afters. The dresser added so much to the foyer.

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  14. LOL it WAS long but it was fun to see! :) And truthfully I prefer a long post versus the sort of ones that are like "Here's my Pillow and I'll REVEAL my chair tomorrow" ha ha! :)

  15. This looks so great! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Wow you really have a talent with interior decorating and did a great job with your friends house.
    Thanks for sharing these ideas at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Happy Thanksgiving.
    We hope to see you again.

  17. Christine, I think you did a fabulous job with the inspiration boards for your friend! You really helped step the home up and give it a much more warm feeling. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  18. That window with the lights is wonderful! Great idea! My sister brought me two old windows when she drove down from NY. They have sat in my basement for about a year waiting for the "right" project. I'm scanning my walls now to see if I can do something similar. Beautiful conversation piece.

  19. Just beautiful Christine! Thanks for joining HSH!

  20. Great job & thanks for sharing!!

  21. Looks great such a warm welcoming home thank you for sharing with Pin worthy Wednesday

  22. Wow Christine! You did such an amazing job at transforming your friend's home. I am so happy you shared it with us at Create • Share • Inspire Link Party. We hope to see you back this week.

  23. What a transformation! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday.


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