When warmer weather rolls around, I start to crave airy, open rooms like the “after” of this bedroom in Kim’s home. The clean minimalism mixed with homey accents, patterned textiles and lots of light neutral tones immediately put me at ease and make me think of summer breezes. The decision to rip up the carpet and paint the floor a warm taupe-gray was so smart — what a huge difference it makes for freshening up that space. Fantastic job, Kim! — Kate
Time: 2 months
Basic Steps: The house needed an update, refresh and to make it our own. Painting the interior white and the floors gray gave us a nice fresh, clean palette to play with. I wanted canvas that was modern and practical and that wouldn’t date; through accessories and furniture, color and character would be bought in. With the gray and white base, you can adapt any style of decor — you’re not stuck to one look forever.
We had a tight budget and needed to try and do as much as we could within that. Paint is a great way to transform a place — we painted a lot of old furniture to tie in colors and just give the items new life. A white canvas is modern and fresh and always helps a small home like ours feel bigger. I love that if you’re buying an old house from someone else, paint makes it smell brand new, like your own. — Kim
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CLICK HERE to see Sarah’s lovely new porch dining area after the jump!
They aren’t as prevalent on the West Coast, but man, would I love to have a screened-in porch! I have such fond memories of sitting on the porch in my childhood home listening to spring rain, and all the amazing dinners we had out there whenever we could. Sarah has done an incredible job transforming her spacious porch area into a beautiful lounging and dining space, and just in time for prime porch season! I love the mismatched chairs and the clean, modern-country aesthetic. Nice job, Sarah!
Time: A week for cleaning, scraping, and painting
Cost: $100 for paint, $138 for sitting area, $84 for dining area.
Basic Steps: The porch was born out of what I had around the house. I pick up a lot of free stuff on the side of the road and store it in my attic, as well as buy inexpensive textiles and doodads that I know I’ll use at some point. I rarely have a vision and then go about making it happen; I almost always react to what I have on hand and go about layering it until I think it looks good. Going “shopping” in my attic is fun because I discover all kinds of things I forgot purchasing/finding/adopting, or see an old piece in a new way.