Design*Sponge

Your home for all things Design. Home Tours, DIY Project, City Guides, Shopping Guides, Before & Afters and much more

before and after

Thursday December 6th, 2012

Thursday November 1st, 2012

before and after by 92

Before & After: Salvaged Home Renovation

As a relatively indecisive person, gut renovations terrify me. It takes me so long to settle on one throw pillow or floor lamp that I doubt I would make it past the first stage of planning an intensive project like this full-home renovation from designer Jayme Guokas. From top to bottom, Jayme scraped down and…

Read More »

Thursday October 11th, 2012

before and after by 70

Before & After: Full Home Renovation

When I browsed through the images of this New Milford, CT home renovation from architect and designer Donald Billinkoff, I was very pleased to see how he redesigned the space to integrate into the natural surroundings. Built in 1968, the original home was a bit stuffy, with small windows and heavy carpeting, but Donald’s decision to…

Read More »

Thursday September 6th, 2012

before and after by 37

Before & After: Guest Studio Renovation

Our apartment was built in the twenties, and we’re constantly reminded of this fact when we uncover quirky little details, big and small: a phone niche, a crazy looking (and terrifying) old fuse box, antique glass knobs and a hidden opening in our living room wall where a murphy bed once lived. I boarded up…

Read More »

Thursday August 23rd, 2012

before and after by 44

before & after: oregon home renovation

Anyone who has rented a place by a lake or in a ski town knows that the mountain-lodge style can be kind of, well, terrible. Somewhere along the line, many a charming country cabin fell victim to the worst of country style: thick, dark carpets; ruffled curtains; chintzy furniture and more. I think it’s partially…

Read More »

Thursday August 16th, 2012

Thursday July 19th, 2012

before and after by 52

before & after: sunny kitchen makeover

I tend to stay away from yellow — in clothing, home decor and life in general. It’s a shame, really, because I do think yellow is an extremely energetic and joyous color. Bright, bold yellows can be really hard to work with, which is why I doubly admire this kitchen makeover from Christine Soccio. You…

Read More »

Thursday July 12th, 2012

before and after by 37

before & after: modern kitchen renovation

This kitchen makeover comes from Jaime Derringer, an all-around awesome woman and creator of the site Design Milk. When her site spills, you grab our site. (Sorry, lame joke! I don’t know what came over me.) Jaime’s style tends toward minimal and sleek, with clean lines, crisp whites and beautiful raw materials. I’m glad to see…

Read More »

Thursday June 28th, 2012

before and after by 43

before & after: wood-filled kitchen redo

I’m thrilled to end the day with another amazing kitchen renovation, one with an entirely different approach than Casey’s all-white interior from earlier, but similarly successful in creating warmth, energy and a super-efficient flow throughout the space. This kitchen was created by Portland-based architect Michael Howells, a man not afraid of a little wood grain….

Read More »

Thursday June 21st, 2012

Thursday May 10th, 2012

before and after by 36

before & after: salvaged wood bar

Whoa. My jaw dropped when I saw this project in my inbox, and over the past week I’ve kept coming back to admire it and dream about a space where I could do something like this. Brooklyn-based interior designer Jen Chu and her boyfriend recently built out this reclaimed wood bar to act as a gathering…

Read More »

before and after by 41

before & after: kitchen makeover

I love kitchen makeovers that combine raw, minimalist materials with a handful of fun, quirky elements. It’s been a while since I’ve seen wallpaper in a kitchen space, but I have to say, I love it! There are tons of great DIY ideas in this kitchen makeover from painter Lily Martine Baxter. For example, Lily…

Read More »

Thursday April 12th, 2012

before and after by 82

before & after: luxe spa bathroom makeover

This bathroom renovation from interior designer Lori Pepe-Lunché is the most dramatic transformation to come our way in a long time. The dark, heavy, cavelike “before” is my idea of a bathroom nightmare. Even if this room were spic n’ span, it would feel unpleasant. Now that doesn’t mean a bathroom needs to be white…

Read More »

Thursday April 5th, 2012

before and after by 44

before & after: elegant bathroom makeover

I have bathrooms on my mind after sharing not one but two awesome renovated bathrooms today. Though they have vastly different styles, both Kim’s bathroom from earlier and this elegant bathroom makeover from Katherine use similarly brilliant techniques, which are worth listing: They both kept things light and airy with a mix of light, neutral…

Read More »

Thursday March 8th, 2012

Thursday December 22nd, 2011

before and after by 42

before & after: minimalist bathroom makeover

branka_after

This Before & After features one of the dreamiest spa-like bathrooms I’ve seen, and to think it all started in this little 125-square-foot room. According to Branka Knezevic, the architect behind this beautiful renovation, the couple that commissioned it loves art, design and the sleek, modern aesthetic of mid-century architecture. The finished space not only…

Read More »

Thursday December 15th, 2011

before and after by 40

before & after: chocolate shop makeover

If you’re suffering from the winter blues, then this Before & After should immediately cheer you up with its fresh, springy palette. Ashley Hubbard and Robert Ludlow are the couple behind Fleurir Chocolates. Last April, they decided to plant some roots and open a retail shop, and they set their sights on this charming little…

Read More »

Thursday December 8th, 2011

before and after by 58

before and after: modern galley kitchen

If I had a long, narrow kitchen like the “before” here, I would opt for a galley-style floor plan almost identical to this one. Designed by architect Cindy Black for her clients Laura and Blake, this new kitchen boasts an ingenious use of space. What was once a cramped kitchen — with minimal counter space…

Read More »