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Thursday November 15th, 2012

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Before & After: Cabin Renovation

I think a lot of us share a dream of buying and fixing up a little cabin in the woods, but I’m sure that if that dream became a reality, the process of renovating a full home would not be without its stresses or struggles. Long before I pursue such an undertaking, I want plenty…

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Thursday September 20th, 2012

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Before & After: Bathroom Makeover

In all our years of posting Before & Afters, I don’t think I’ve ever come across this many flowers in one room. The bathtub has flowers on it!! Yikes. Luckily, the owner of this late 1800s Victorian farmhouse, April Cochran-Smith, is a photographer and designer with a great eye for contrasts, color and drama. She’s made a…

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Thursday September 13th, 2012

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Before & After: Kitchen Makeover

I’m sure a lot of us go through favorite color phases. Right now, Grace is loving olive green, and I can’t disagree — it’s a rich, warm, earthy color that’s perfect for fall. Even though we’re interested in dark tones right now, I can still appreciate a pale palette, like in Kristine’s kitchen makeover. I…

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Thursday August 9th, 2012

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before & after: small home redo

I am in full agreement with Peta Mazey, the owner responsible for this wonderful home transformation: Sometimes, as she says, you just have to “throw white at it.” White may not be the most novel color, but as this home proves, white can do wonders for brightening a space and making it modern, fresh, spacious…

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Thursday August 2nd, 2012

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before & after: clean + simple kitchen redo

There are many rooms in the home where I tolerate, and even encourage, artful clutter: collections of knickknacks, walls covered with art, neat piles of magazines and books. But not so in the kitchen. For whatever reason, I love maximalist decorating in other rooms, but I’ve always dreamed of having a simple, clean, bare bones,…

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Thursday July 26th, 2012

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before & after: apartment transformation

This one-bedroom apartment renovation from Claire Leger proves one thing: good paint colors can go a LONG way toward transforming the feel of a space. I’ve always been kind of terrible at choosing paint colors — no matter how many test swatches I try, I always make the wrong choice, which causes me to suffer…

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before & after: bathroom renovation

I think this bathroom renovation from Omar De Pablo will appeal to many people, not only because of the beautiful peacock blue he’s chosen, but also because he’s managed to totally transform the look of this bathroom (including hardwood flooring!) on a remarkably low budget. Part of his secret was doing the bulk of the…

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Thursday July 5th, 2012

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before & after: bathroom renovation

A majority of the bathroom projects we share lighten a space with lots of white, so it’s nice to see a dark bathroom makeover every once in a while. Lindsay added a lot of sophistication to this small bathroom with black walls, an eye-catching patterned curtain and a small pop of color with hot pink-framed…

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Thursday June 28th, 2012

Thursday June 14th, 2012

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before & after: portland home redo

Honestly, the idea of building one’s dream home seems daunting, expensive and impossible to start. However, after seeing this full home renovation project, I am filled with inspiration and hope. Textile and interior designer Vicki Simon decided to completely transform her small home in Portland, Oregon, replacing synthetic surfaces with all salvaged and eco-friendly materials. The results…

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Thursday May 31st, 2012

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before & after: bohemian chic nursery

One of the joys of working for D*S is our loyal readership. We love seeing repeat submitters over the years because it means we get to follow their lives a little bit: first home, first office, first nursery, and so forth; it’s kind of like being part of the family. We’re longtime fans of designer…

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Thursday May 24th, 2012

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before & after: closet makeover

As someone who sleeps in my apartment’s “living room” and watches television in the “dining room,” I have a soft spot for people who use rooms for completely different purposes than what was originally intended. Interior designer Courtney Agosti was noticing a serious lack of bathrooms in her home, so she decided to turn a…

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Thursday May 3rd, 2012

Thursday April 19th, 2012

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before & after: craft studio makeover

Raw, open spaces like this can be exciting but also overwhelming, especially if they arrive in this kind of chaotic condition. How do you fill the space and make it welcoming but stay within a modest budget? The answer in Renee’s case was lots of fresh, white paint and cleverly repurposed materials to create storage…

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Thursday March 15th, 2012

Thursday March 1st, 2012