This spring, I helped a dear friend of mine spiff up her apartment. I took these photos on my little digital camera (before I purchased the mighty Nikon) and I thought the images were lost for good in the new camera transition, but they live!
Anyway, in short, Ashley wanted to give her place a quick makeover, and after trips to Ikea, Target and Home Goods, we had the supplies to do so. I love this makeover because it’s a great testament to how big of a difference curtains, a new chair and a few accessories can make.
Ashley’s living room BEFORE
Ashley’s living room AFTER
Isn’t it amazing what a few hundred dollars can do to a room? The room feels warm and fresh, even without any paint on the walls or fancy window treatments (which Ashley couldn’t do anyway because she was renting). We used a number of items she already had. In fact, Ashley kept pulling out fun items that were living in drawers and boxes, just because she hadn’t found the perfect place for them in her new home. The one item we didn’t find on our shopping trip was a rug, but even without that, the space feels much more cohesive.
Thanks Ashley for letting me be your shopping buddy for a day and for sharing your cozy living room with me and my readers!
Did you know we have a plan?
We hope to finish our basement, and thanks to Lucas Posada at GBD Architects we have the plans in place. The money? Not quite yet. But it’s fun to dream and think about paint colors and furniture and all that jazz. Talk about some major blog content too! I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on our plans and let you know when the fun has begun!
I could go on and on about our kitchen remodel, but I will spare you all the drama. There were plenty of things that did not go as as planned, even though I had a massive excel spreadsheet full of numbers and timelines and deadlines. Needless to say, we learned lots and lots about home improvement during this project. We learned even more about patience. And did I mention that we were also in the midst of planning a wedding?
A few quick things to note…the nook area actually used to be a bedroom. The owners before us took down the wall, however, they left us with some pretty interesting ceiling and wall lines. The goal of the renovation was to connect these two rooms more seamlessly, and also stick with a 1920′s period craftsman feel, while modernizing the kitchen and bringing it up to speed with the times (hello ice maker and garbage disposal!).
I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking:
BEFORE KITCHEN OVERVIEW
AFTER KITCHEN OVERVIEW
BEFORE KITCHEN OVERVIEW (FRENCH DOOR INCLUDED)
AFTER KITCHEN OVERVIEW (FRENCH DOOR INCLUDED)
BEFORE KITCHEN WINDOWS
AFTER KITCHEN WINDOWS
BEFORE ISLAND/NOOK AREA
AFTER ISLAND/NOOK AREA
BEFORE NOOK AREA WALL
AFTER NOOK AREA WALL
I’ll include a full-source list (paint colors, lighting, tile, etc.) regarding our kitchen remodel in an upcoming post.