Today’s second and third Before & After projects celebrate pattern and color — they are both maximalist in the very best way. This first colorful home renovation comes from Aimee Daniels. Aimee is a lover of bold, brilliant textiles and all things vintage. Looking through her newly redecorated home, it’s clear that she had a knack for mixing prints and for choosing just the right complementary colors for the walls. I love the dark, dramatic rooms as much as the bright, wild ones, and I hope to someday have a similarly fearless method for achieving well-balanced eclecticism. Awesome job, Aimee! — Kate
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Cost: each room cost less than $500
Basic Steps: I would describe my style as dark midcentury bohemian. Once I had the rhythm of my design down, I was able to paint the walls and slowly replace anything reserved or refined with something eccentric. It was like flipping through a magazine, adorning every face with a mustache. Each room has been placed in the past two years, with plants and décor shuffling from room to room weekly.
I am a scrappy girl and know a good bargain takes a lot of hunting. I try to visit my favorite thrift stores, antique stores and designer-discount stores regularly and ask store clerks when shipments come in. I also carry sanitizing wipes and measuring tape with me at all times. I use the wipes to test if something dirty is salvageable and measuring tape to guarantee a perfect fit. Each room was decorated and furnished for $500 or less. On my blog, I try to keep my followers informed of good deals, remodels and fabulous revamps of old, discarded pieces.
I achieved the look of my house by not being afraid of where it would take me. I have always bought what I love. I advise that when decorating/designing a room or home, start simple. I like to think of every room as an outfit. Every outfit must start with the basics: a dress, a white t-shirt and jeans, etc. If poorly accessorized, an outfit can become lost in the shuffle or speak louder than planned. Start with a dress you love: a couch or bedding that can be garnished accordingly. For me, I love blending patterns, fabrics and trends. — Aimee