Fun, Fresh, Friday

In line with yesterday’s post, I have a pretty little home to show you (again). I’ve blogged about it before, it was one of the first home tours I ever featured, but I know you won’t mind seeing it again. It fits the bill perfectly as it is all about transforming dark and dated interiors into fun, fresh, modern ones with minimum of effort and on a budget. Imagine that!

Country Living published the story in 2011 and it still remains one of my favorite makeovers! Designer Sara Story helped her sister Lisa redecorate her Connecticut house without breaking the bank. With a budget in mind, the entire home design was cleverly planned and carefully thought out. The major ”splurges”, or investments if you will, were made in the kitchen (new cabinets and appliances) and powder bath (new tiles and waterworks). The rest of the rooms got new coats of paint, wallpaper, old pieces were smartly recovered to play along nicely with some new catalog additions.

The end result is simply fabulous! It certainly pays off to have a decorator sibling willing to help you create a beautiful home.  With some clever tricks, the house looks brand new and so bright.

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Bellow you have a sequence of images, I’ll let you guess which ones are the before shots 🙂

sara story entry

sara story living before

sara story living after

sara story living room before

sara story living room after

sara story kitchen before

sara story kitchen after

sara story dining before

sara story dining after

sara story dining corner

sara story bedroom before

sara story bedroom after

sara story bath before

sara story bath after

And my favorite thing about this whole design makeover is that it looks totally attainable. It feels like a great recipe for homeowners who’d love to transform their home but are mindful about the costs. It is also great for those who’d like to take on a fixer-upper project. You can read the original story and get all the sourcing deets here.

Happy Friday!

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  1. May 19, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    I remember this story! Love how it still looks fresh today. 🙂

    • Eva Contreras
      May 19, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      Exactly! I was surprised to find out the project was completed so many years ago, still looks fresh, and very California 🙂