Hello again! Did you guys get a chance to check out my latest blog post? The beautiful and DRAMATIC kitchen remodel that I designed over at my client Abigail's house? If not, here is a refresher:
That kitchen might go down in history as one of my favorites ever, BUT if you read that blog post you might remember that I mentioned restyling her entryway and living room as well. Abi wanted a fresh look and some new accessories in both spaces, while keeping all of their existing furniture. Sometimes all it takes is for another set of eyes to get a fresh perspective on a space, and thats what I did. I incorporated all of Abigail's current furniture, while giving paint and DIY suggestions, along with helping her make some choices on their fireplace remodel. This scope of work fell perfectly into my "Enhancements" package that I offer on my website which can be viewed here.
Let's take a look at the living room BEFORE:
As you can see, Abi already had furniture that I could work with, and a large space filled with possibilities. As per usual, my first thought is paint. that. oak. If you have been following me for a while you are probably not surprised by that. I am a firm believer that a little paint goes a long way, and by "paint" I usually mean white. Brighter is better in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the look of ALL oak, and I do love the warmth of natural wood tones, but in Abigail's case there was just a bit too much of it. The beautiful beams on the ceiling, the hardwood floors, the built-in window seating, all of the trim work, and the fireplace mantle. It was a lot. We needed to brighten and modernize the space while bringing my client's funky and colorful personality in.
For the fireplace we decided to do something very similar to the kitchen island meaning we removed the river rock completely, and instead replaced it with shiplap. The only difference being that instead of the shiplap being "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore, I chose "Peppercorn" by Sherwin Williams in a matte finish. The shiplap brings in the farmhouse vibes but also adds a more modern feel with the darker paint color. The existing corbels were replaced by industrial bolts, and the hearth replaced by a black natural slab. Here is the finished result:
And a side by side BEFORE & AFTER:
* All items seen in this post will be linked at the end for you to shop!
Now for the rest of the living room! I should note that Abi had a decent budget for decor items but it really didn't take too much. I sourced new pillows, throws, rug, wall art and accessories. That, rearranging existing furniture and a little paint is all it took to restyle this space. Let's take a look at the initial design board that I sent Abi for the living room:
As you can see here, this design includes ALL of her furniture while adding new accessories and repainting the dark navy accent wall back to the light grey (Abalone by Benjamin Moore) to brighten things up. Lets take one more look at the BEFORE:
What do you guys think? Repainting the dark accent wall, window trim, and built-ins made a HUGE difference.
Now for the built-ins and window trim! It took a little convincing on my end to show my client that painting this window trim was extremely necessary and I don't blame her- it was a lot of work. I told her "Better you than me..." Ha! But I just knew how amazing the end result was going to be and trust me- IT IS. Here is a reminder of the BEFORE:
BRIGHT. AND. BEAUTIFUL! The trim work and seating are painted in "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore to match the kitchen, as well as the new shaker style cabinet fronts for a more modern look. Oh, and can we just take a second for those new brass sconces? I am still obsessed.
The final area in Abi's living room was a simple restyle using her existing furniture and decor pieces. Here is the Before and After:
Now, let's take a look at the Entryway Restyle!
Abi didn't need too much done in the entryway but I did source a few new accessories for her, and convince her to paint the trim work, ha! Here is a look at the BEFORE:
...and the AFTER:
As you can see, all that was done here was:
Well, I hope you enjoyed this long but *hopefully* worth it blog post! I would love to hear your thoughts on this two room restyle, so leave them below and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more photos and updates! @decorandmoredesigns
If any of the items in this blog post caught your eye, you are in luck! Everything is linked below for you to shop directly. Have a great week, friends!
Shop the Living Room:
Shop the Entryway:
Hi, everyone! I am so excited to finally be sharing this blog post with you! It has been a long time coming, but I assure you, worth the wait. I have been working with my client, Abigail for over 6 months now and she has been an absolute joy to work with- the ideal client, really. She knew what she wanted, was open to suggestions, and trusted the process. When I first met Abi, she was planning a full kitchen remodel in their gorgeous, yet slightly outdated farmhouse and wanted to keep with the country/farmhouse theme while adding her funky style to it. She called it "Kardashian Meets Farmhouse" and I couldn't have said it better myself.
I knew right away this was going to be a fun project and that the before & after was going to be drastic. The kitchen layout was a great starting point, but I needed to brighten things up and bring my client's personality into this space.
Let's take a look at the kitchen "BEFORE" photos:
As you can see, we had a lot of space to work with, and a relatively great floor plan. From the first time Abigail and I met, we talked about removing the built in desk in the dining area (pictured in the second photo) and the dry bar/built in behind the island (pictured in the third photo). Although not changing the floor plan too drastically, I knew removing these cabinets would help open this space up a lot.
Going along with the "Kardashian Meets Farmhouse" theme, Abigail knew from the get go that she wanted the signature Kardashian black and white tile flooring, so that was my starting point. Below are the initial design boards I presented to Abi:
I chose classic white shaker cabinets to go along with the 24" floor tiles and warmed up the design by adding modern brass hardware, wood finishes and jute touches. Luckily for me, Abi was open to a fun wallpaper because I knew it was just what this space needed to incorporate her "funky" style.
As you will see, there were subtle changes made from the design boards to the final design, but the overall look and aesthetic is the same.
Now for everyones favorite part: the AFTER photos!!
(all sources will be linked at the end of this post)
One of my favorite things in Abi's new kitchen is the beautiful butcher block countertop on her island. Abi and I joke about this, because she was very unsure about a wooden top, but I pushed for it because I knew we would need a bit of a warmth atop all of the black and white. The warmth of the butcher block matched with the shiplap base makes for a cozy farmhouse feel in a very modern space.
Designer Tip: Since the layout of the kitchen wasn't changing much, we were able to keep the existing cupboard bases, while just adding new painted fronts and hardware. This is a great money saver for anyone thinking about renovating!
Island Pendant Lights: IKEA Ranarp
Gallery Wall: IKEA Ribba Frames
These beautiful floating shelves were custom made to match the island butcher block, and the green wallpaper (my favorite!) is tied in with the matching wall in the dining nook.
So... what do you guys think? A pretty drastic change, eh? Here is a little side by side action to get a better idea:
Interested in any of the items seen in this post? Shop directly by clicking on the links below. And if you enjoyed this kitchen transformation please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts! Sidenote: I also helped Abi restyle her living room and entryway and will be featuring a blog post on those spaces soon so keep an eye out! Until then, you can stay updated via my Instagram @decorandmoredesigns and as always, thanks for reading!
Wall Color: "Mindful Grey" by Sherwin Williams
Cabinet Color: "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore
Floor Tile: 24 inch matte black & gloss white with 1/8" grout lines.
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Hey there, friends! Are you like the rest of the world and love a good "before and after"? If so, then you are in the right place. Today I am going to be sharing my client's living room transformation with you, and I am so excited to finally do so. This reveal is a long time in the making, and is well worth the wait!
Sidenote: If you find yourself interested in any of the decor pieces seen in this post, then you are in luck. I have gathered all of these items and they are listed at the end of this post!
Now to the the fun part- the photos!
My Starting Point:
The End Result:
A little background- My client, Becki had just moved into her custom dream home and was starting with a fairly blank slate. When Becki contacted me, she only had her large navy sofa, white area rug, and cow hide but needed help filling the rest of the empty space and making it feel like home. I was eager to start on this project knowing that Becki had a similar style to my own and that she was open to my suggestions. My client, like myself, loves modern yet classic, neutral design with a touch of farmhouse and Scandinavian flare.
For reference, here are a few before photos of the space sent by my client:
Living Room Before:
I think I speak for all Interior Decorators/Designers when saying Becki's home is dream starting point. Brand new, beautiful, and SO much potential.
When I first received these photos, I immediately knew I wanted to add some shelving on each side of the fireplace, and needed to add some warmth to the space. Luckily for me, Becki had already purchased this transitional navy sofa from Basset Furniture (linked at the end of this post along with all other products) and this specific piece left us with many different floor plan options. As you can see in the before photos, the sofa can be arranged in a "U" shape, but it can also be turned into a traditional "L" shaped sectional, and even reassembled into 2 separate pieces. As you will see below, I decided to go ahead with the 2 facing couches in this design and I think it really opened the room up visually.
My Original Design Boards:
Living Room After:
Links to shop these bookshelves and more at the end of this blog post!
Sooo, what do you guys think? Does Becki's home feel complete and cozy? That was my goal after all. I wanted to create a stylish, but still livable space. Becki has 3 little girls and I wanted to be sure that it still felt like home to them, and not like they were living in a museum. The leather storage bins on the bottom bookshelf are home to dolls and toys, but allow for easy clean up when needed, and this gorgeous leather ottoman can always be pushed aside to make room for play. By the way- that ottoman is my favorite piece, like EVER.
You may have caught a glimpse of the unfinished stairway nook in one of the photos above... That area is still a work in progress, but I will most definitely share the finished result once we get there!
So far the only pieces in the stairway nook are:
Have your eye on any of the furniture or decor seen in Becki's home? Shop directly by clicking through the slideshows below!
(disclaimer: a few items are not exact, yet are similar options)
Shop The Entryway:
Shop the Bookshelves:
Shop the Living Room:
Large Ottoman: www.article.com/product/1939/tablet-charme-blonde-rectangular-ottoman
Thanks so much for checking out this blog post! Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this 'before and after'!
Hello there! Where are all my antique lovers at? Come on, raise your hand! If you're anything like me, you can't resist a piece with a little bit of wear and tear and some history behind it. Not only is most of the furniture in my home a repurposed piece, but being an antique lover is in my blood. When I was younger, my mom, sister, Aunt Barb and I would spend our Saturday afternoons driving around to find all of the local estate and garage sales- because what's better than rummaging through someone else's junk? HA! The old saying, "One person's trash is another person's treasure" still holds true in my mind.
Growing up with this love for vintage finds, is one reason why I was so excited when I was contacted by a company called Dalton Bain. Never heard of them? That's okay. I hadn't either until recently. But boy, I am glad I did.
Dalton Bain is an online boutique for antiques and fine furniture that was founded by a third generation antique dealer. Their online marketplace allows the consumer and the antique dealer to connect directly and has dissolved many of the barriers found in other antique websites. Their selection of vintage pieces dates back to the 17th century and is being updated by the hour. Unlike many other online antique stores, Dalton Bain is focused on high-end, quality pieces that you normally would have to spend hours to find. This platform allows designers and homeowners to shop at their convenience, and to communicate directly with dealers via instant messenger. Whether it is to negotiate prices, ask questions, or find specific pieces, Dalton Bain's interactive website and hands-on customer service team make the entire shopping experience a pleasant one. Oh, and did I mention they offer FREE RETURNS?! Yup.
Just to get an idea of some of the items this company offers, check out these GORGEOUS hand carved, Italian candlesticks that I got my hands on. These beauties date back to the 1700's and are even more beautiful in person!
I mean, just look at all the detail...
I think it's safe to say that you aren't going to find anything quite like these in your local mom and pop antique shop, which is why Dalton Bain is so great. Anddd, guess what!? They are offering all of my followers a coupon code for 10% off their entire website! All you have to do is register for a 'New User' account at www.DaltonBain.com using my Referral Code DD10, and you will receive 10% off your first purchase! It's that easy!
Wishing you all a great Wednesday, and of course, happy shopping!
Hello friends and happy Friday! If you are anything like me this may come as a big surprise to you- but H&M is killing it in the home decor game. We've all shopped their clothing for years but who knew they had such a great decor selection on their website!? (Affordable too!) I personally have never seen any of these items in store, so when I was browsing their site and came across their "Home" section I was beaming with excitement- which is why I have pulled all of my favorites together for you! I am sharing everything from kitchenware to bedding and hope that you share in my enthusiasm. Click through the scrollbar under each photo to shop directly!
Bedding and Throw Blankets
Towels and Curtains
Pillow Covers and Seat Cushions
Rugs and Kitchen Linens