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Thursday December 13th, 2012

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Before & After: Nursery Makeover

Over the years, we have featured a few sophisticated and modern nurseries that I would happily live in myself, and today’s project is no exception. When redesigning this small room for her newborn son, Anna Weaver decided to choose a rich, dark navy for the walls and bring in plenty of warm, bright colors for…

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Thursday October 25th, 2012

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Before & After: Window Nook Makeover

In every house, there are the main rooms (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc.), and then there are the secondary spaces — those little hallways, nooks, closets and crannies. These spaces are wonderful, and they certainly make a home unique, but figuring out how to use them to their full potential can be challenging. I love Before &…

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Thursday October 4th, 2012

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Before & After: Recycled Lamp Mirror

These glass lanterns have been popping up a lot lately. I’ve seen them mostly repurposed as terrariums, which I love, but I don’t see many people taking them apart and tinkering with the individual pieces. Sarah Dorsey decided to disassemble her lantern and use the glass panes to create this beautiful faceted mirror; it’s easier…

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Thursday September 27th, 2012

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

Thursday August 9th, 2012

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before & after: tiny kitchen makeover

I know the downsides of a tiny kitchen, but in some ways a small space can be a blessing; little spaces can allow for very dramatic design decisions that would be overwhelming in a larger room. This kitchen makeover from Kristin of The Hunted Interior has so many lovely drama points — like the gilded drawer…

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Thursday July 26th, 2012

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before & after: pegboard bedroom wall

Using pegboard as wall art is just a really cool idea. I’m surprised it hadn’t occurred to me before, although admittedly, I could see many ways in which it could go wrong and look overly industrial or officey. Not so with this version from Ashley of Sugar & Cloth. Ashley and her husband wisely kept…

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Thursday July 19th, 2012

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before & after: refinished dresser

In many ways, “makeunders” are much more difficult than makeovers. I’ve passed up many a promising chair or table simply because I cowered at the thought of all the stripping and sanding required to bring the piece back to life. I admire those determined individuals who follow through on a refinishing project, and I love…

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Thursday July 5th, 2012

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before & after: living room makeover

This is a simple renovation, but even simple renovations can achieve great results. Judith and her family moved into an 800 sq. ft. apartment in Berlin that had layers upon layers of wallpaper and paint on the walls. Judith decided to strip the rooms down to their essentials and start fresh, with lots of beautiful…

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Thursday June 7th, 2012

Thursday May 31st, 2012

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before & after: bar cart redo

Sometimes the simplest projects are my favorites, especially when they provide dramatic results. I’m such a wimp when it comes to sanding; I just don’t want to put in the time to do it, and I know I end up passing on a lot of potentially great pieces because of it. It’s nice to see…

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Thursday May 17th, 2012

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before & after: ombre booth walls

It’s a thrilling time of year for me, a former display artist, when I get to see emerging designers not only prepping their goods for exhibitions but also tinkering away to create unexpected, dramatic displays to showcase their designs. The booths deserve their own show for the amount of effort and creativity that go into…

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Thursday May 10th, 2012

Thursday April 26th, 2012

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before & after: reclaimed wood dresser

I love patchwork wood projects like this dresser makeover from Jonnie Anderson, whom you may remember from her lovely studio renovation a couple years ago. The weathered wood and pastel tones give the piece a wonderfully beachy, summertime vibe. I’ve never been lucky enough to find salvaged wood in such beautiful colors, but if I…

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Thursday March 29th, 2012

Thursday March 15th, 2012

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before & after: cheese box nightstands

Everyone has his or her own opinion about nightstands. Some people reject the idea of any nightstand without hidden storage, while others gravitate toward slim stools, floating shelves or sculptural blocks — perhaps to prevent clutter or because they prefer the minimalist look. Personally, I can see the value of both sides, but I daresay…

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before & after: dresser makeover

Chevron patterns have been coming back in a big way, and recently I’ve seen some interesting developments in chevrons: irregular chevrons, gradient chevrons, broken chevrons. Part of the fun of trends is watching them develop and change as people play around and experiment with different elements. The alternating chevron bands on this dresser makeover by…

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Thursday March 8th, 2012