So many transformations involve bright colors or bold, outrageous patterns, so when we get a subdued makeover here and there, it can be quite refreshing. Don’t get me wrong — I love high-intensity design. But I’m finding the calm, neutral palette and subtle polka-dot pattern of Sarah’s desktop makeover very pleasing. Sarah had an old Ikea desk with a surface that had seen much better days, so she decided to update it with a piece of taupe polka-dot oilcloth. The result is lovely, much easier to clean and fits perfectly with Sarah’s cottage-by-the-seaside style. Great transformation, Sarah! — Kate
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Now, it’s true that we’ve seen Union Jacks in our Before & After column before, and the beautiful version on Mackenzie’s dresser last fall was so great, it made me realize how much I prefer this flag to the ol’ stars and stripes . . . sorry USA. What this amazing dresser from Marian (aka Miss Mustard Seed) has also made me realize is how versatile the design can be, depending on its application. Where Mackenzie’s Union Jack was sharp and bright, Marian’s has a more aged finish. It looks spectacular on this antique-style dresser, and I love how she’s carried the pattern over the entire front. Truly stunning. I’m completely converted to loving the Union Jack as a home-decor design. Fantastic job, Marian!