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before & after: amy’s louisiana home

by Grace Bonney

this before & after is part makeover, part sneak peek. the lovely amy shutt of day lab was kind enough to share photos of her new home in southern louisianna and i couldn’t resist including the before shots so you could see how far she’s come in her new space. i’ll let amy do the rest of the talking, so i hope you’ll enjoy her home as much as i did. stay tuned for another sneak peek at 1pm (and more tomorrow)! (be sure to click “read more” at the bottom of the post to see full-sized images of amy’s home)

My daughter and I moved into our house in Southeast Louisiana three years ago. It is located on a street with an eighty year old oak allee in a neighborhood established on old plantation land in 1923. We just love it here. The house itself was built in 1939 by an English Professor at the state university here. It was later severely remodeled and added onto in the late 1960s. Aside from the lipstick and rouge type of alterations here and there the house had largely remained as it was in the late 1960s until we moved in (this includes flooring and wallpaper). The original family who built and lived in the house until the mid-1970s are still the owners. Before we moved in it had been rented to a couple who remained tenants for twenty years; it was not your typical rental house and had been well maintained over these years.

Because it was a rental I was limited in what I could do in trying to make it feel like as much of our home as possible. I was given permission to paint the walls and to pull up the old bright blue carpet in every room upstairs (it was covering the original wood floors). Just these two changes alone made a huge difference.

As a young single parent I was pretty limited in what furniture I did have and in some ways I was literally starting from scratch with this move. I constantly have to come up with new creative ideas for functional and affordable furnishings, in lieu of dropping several hundred dollars for whatever it is I may need. It has been a fun challenge so far.


CLICK HERE for the rest of Amy’s makeover/sneak peek after the jump (including additional, full-sized images)


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