Before & After: Sarah’s Real World Makeover

I have to admit that one of the best parts of this makeover came at the end of the email chain between me and the homeowner, Sarah Hubbell. While sharing some details and photo credits with me, she casually mentioned that in addition to editing Emma Magazine, she was also one of the house members of The Real World: Hollywood. I am a confessed Real World addict, so when I heard the season, I instantly knew who she was. Thinking about the full circle that this has made from my TV screen to a beautiful home on my computer screen makes me smile.

After her time on The Real World, Sarah founded a beautiful home and lifestyle blog, The Hubbell Chronicles, and became the editor-in-chief of Emma, a magazine devoted to DIY, entertaining and all sorts of crafting ideas. She and her husband moved into a 1940s ranch home just before Sarah gave birth to their first child. Sarah describes this living room (the focus of the makeover) as the “owner’s only idea of an ‘update’ because the rest of the house looked untouched in seven decades’ time.” Covered in faux wood paneling, the room was begging for a makeover, and with the help of their friends, Sarah and her husband did just that. The full makeover and furnishing details continue after the jump. Thanks so much, Sarah, for sharing this with us! xo, grace

Photos by Gina Meola, Stephanie Fay and Michelle Herrick

The full post continues after the jump . . .




Sarah and her husband discovered that under the paneling of the living room was actually a brick wall. But with a baby on the way, they decided not to open that can of worms (and start a demolition job) and instead chose to paint. With help from their friends, Sarah and her husband painted a coat of oil-based primer followed by a creamy white finish.

The sofa, a Craigslist find, is slip-covered for easy cleaning. Sarah painted the desk chair white and recovered it with fabric from an Urban Outfitters shower curtain. Most of the furniture is thrifted, with the exception of the TV stand (Ikea) and the desk (World Market). The wall-mounted bulb planters are from CB2 and were a quick way to bring in a bit of color. Sarah explains that “committing to an all-white room (especially with a baby on the way) raised a few eyebrows, but we have not regretted it . . . yet.”




Photos by Gina Meola, Stephanie Fay and Michelle Herrick

  1. John says:

    It really brightens the room. However, I don’t think it is faux wood. It looks like real pine boards to me. If my hunch is right these are vertical pine boards toe nailed similar to how a hardwood floor is layed. A router would have been used to add the trim edge when the boards were cut. Big difference!

    1. TRACI says:

      You are exactly right…that is definitely real wood!

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