Everyone loves a good makeover. Whether it’s an interior or a landscape transformation, before & after pictures offer the instant gratification of good design without the inevitable troubles of home improvement. It takes many trades to realize a designer’s vision for a space, it takes time and patience to create a beautiful home. Before and after pictures cut trough all of that. Over the years, I have collected quite a few transformation stories and it’s time to share some of them with you. Who knows? Maybe they’ll inspire your next home improvement project!
1.BEFORE: Too much green.
This tiny kitchen in a century-old Atlanta cottage had good bones but was in dire need of some TLC.
New floors, new cabinets, a light color scheme and a jewel stove make a world of difference. Georgia-based designer Shon Parker transformed this space with the help of new shaker style cabinets, new appliances and a light color scheme. He kept the original ceiling beams to preserve the home’s historic appeal. The beautiful window was moved to the left and a new, smaller one was inserted on the right for balance. Parker opted for a cute table and stool in lieu of a bulky island, a great idea for small kitchens.
2. BEFORE: Good bones.
This Boston townhouse kitchen had beautiful windows, great cabinets and countertops, new appliances. But those cherry red walls had to go.
Using what was already there, designer Nina Farmer created a perfect new kitchen for her clients. A powerful illustration of what a few cans of paint can do, this kitchen looks unrecognizable. New hardware, a new light fixture above the island and warm linen shades were all that was needed.
3. BEFORE: Hello Yellow!
This 18th-century Sconset cottage is my most recent discovery.
Like any old home, it came with charm galore and New York designer Kevin Isbell made sure to preserve that charm. He embraced the home’s quirks and elevated it to a better version of itself. Again, you can see the power of white paint and a few clever flea market finds. The blue and white checked sofa is from Serena & Lily, the bamboo shades are from The Mine. The cheerful mix of colorful prints is the best choice for a summer getaway.
4. BEFORE: Bland exterior.
When it comes to real estate, curb appeal is paramount. It’s the first thing your guests or potential buyers will see so make sure it represents what’s inside. In this instance, the exterior is not that bad but it certainly is boring and washed out.
AFTER: Much better!
The blue shutters are a game changer! A new roof and cedar shingle siding are great investments but what really makes this little cottage stand out is the contrast. Plus, everybody loves blue. To keep the costs low, the homeowners replanted the boxwood bushes and reused the original bricks to pave the front yard.
5. BEFORE: A boring patio.
The backyard of this Long Island cottage is surrounded by water and beautiful views, but lacks comfortable seating areas to enjoy the outdoors.
AFTER: Beautiful outdoor lounge & dining area.
This is one of my favorite makeovers! Designer John Oetgen completely transformed the previously bland patio into a show-stopper. He increased the home’s footprint by creating an outdoor dining area as well as a summer lounge space, while the blue shutters inspired the color scheme of the cushions and accessories. So clever, so good! Don’t you think?
I’ll be back next week with another 5 inspiring home makeovers!