One-Day Makeover

Do you ever feel like your house will never feel like a home?  Sometimes a fresh perspective on the things  you already have is all you need.  This client had a lot of nice things and recently moved into a new home.  She was having a hard time making her stuff work in this new and different place.  I had helped stage the home she just bought, so she contacted me for an interior styling consultation.  This was the way her living room looked when I arrived:

 

  

We talked about what kind of look and feeling she wanted for this room.  She has young children and spends lots of time at home.  She wanted a place that was comfortable and welcoming, but not a free-for-all kidzone.  And for the time being, she only had what she had to work with – so no shopping elsewhere!   We “shopped” from around the rest of the house and found some pieces that worked together in a more interesting way, adding personal photos and decor to warm up the space.  I decided to use a sofa she currently had in a different room, so that the living room could be a sophisticated retreat for the grown-ups.  Here’s the after:

 

When installing an art or photography grouping, here’s how I determine the placement of the pieces:

 

And, of course, I determine where the grouping will be placed.  In this case, I wanted to cluster these family pictures above the sofa in the living room.

 

 

And here’s how it looked once I installed the grouping:

 

Here’s a before shot of the other side of the room.  The wall between the windows was really too small for the piano that was placed there.

 

Using a slender table and a pair of lamps in place of the oversized piano adds balance and warmth to this side of the room.  And the stacked mirrors reflect the light from the lamps.  This shot is a bit dark, but here’s the more sophisticated after shot:

 

What a difference a day (and a different perspective) can make!  If you want to make your house feel more like a home without breaking the budget, schedule a One Day Make-over with The Decorologist.

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Andrea
Andrea
9 years ago

Ohhhhhh, those pillows with the big flowers. Aaaaayyyyy-dorable.

Kelly, Arte Styling
Kelly, Arte Styling
9 years ago

Nicely done, Kristie! I’m sure your client was thrilled with the results.

Heather
9 years ago

you are so amazing at those photo groupings!

vicky
vicky
9 years ago

Beautiful Kristie! I love it! You are such a talented lady.

Lee
Lee
9 years ago

beautiful – wish you were in Central Florida!

Kelley
9 years ago

Wow, that’s fantastic! I wish you could come visit my parents’ house in California.

Christiana
Christiana
9 years ago

I have LOVED watching how you have made our old house belong to someone else. It looks soo wonderful. You have such a gift of decorating for a person and their style and way of living.

Annie, bossy color
9 years ago

Kristie, this is inspired! I love “shopping” people’s houses – you really did a FABULOUS job w/ this one! I especially love the art wall. I hope your client was thrilled – she should have been!

Lazy Gardens
Lazy Gardens
9 years ago

I want to see where the red couch and the piano went!

Excellent “shopping”.

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9 years ago

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Cindi
Cindi
8 years ago

ok, where did the lady get the white overstuffed armchair? i love it.

Gina
Gina
8 years ago

I’m wondering if you painted the walls? They definitely look a different color. Or is it just a different lens on your camera in the after shots?

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