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Quick Change – Ashley's Living Room

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!

Before & After: Kitchen Remodel

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

kitchen before

AFTER KITCHEN OVERVIEW

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kitchen-after-microwave

BEFORE KITCHEN OVERVIEW (FRENCH DOOR INCLUDED)

kitchen-after-wall

AFTER KITCHEN OVERVIEW (FRENCH DOOR INCLUDED)

Kitchen-after-overview

kitchen-after-refrig

BEFORE KITCHEN WINDOWS

kitchen before

AFTER KITCHEN WINDOWS

Kitchen-after-drapes

BEFORE ISLAND/NOOK AREA

kitchen-before-island

AFTER ISLAND/NOOK AREA

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kithen-after-oven

kitchen-after-oven-close-up

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BEFORE NOOK AREA WALL

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AFTER NOOK AREA WALL

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I’ll include a full-source list (paint colors, lighting, tile, etc.) regarding our kitchen remodel in an upcoming post.