Family Room Before and After

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You all know I love a dramatic before and after comparison.  Well, this is one of my favorites. See how I took this cramped family room, breakfast room and kitchen combination to a space that is uncluttered with clean lines and a cool and relaxing color palette.

View towards the family room before 

Family area after

Kitchen before

kitchen after

After of kitchen with banquette attached to island for a space-saving solution!

Desk area before


And after

You can read more about this story on the At Home in Arkansas website in their October feature “Room Refresher”.

Photography by Nancy Nolan

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37 Responses to Family Room Before and After

  1. Jaime says:

    Wow!!! Tobi, what an amazing difference! This client has to be incredibly grateful, you completely transformed a builder’s grade property and turned it into something that oozes both style and confidence. Well done! Did you use the existing kitchen cabinets and build off of them?

  2. Camila says:

    Tobi it looks beautiful!

    Jaw dropping really! So bummed I can’t make design camp. Lots of madness going on around here.

    Love, love, love the color scheme especially the fabric on the window treatments! Who makes that? It’s heaven.

  3. LeAnn says:

    Wow, beautiful transformation…just stunning! Your work is amazing.

  4. Karena says:

    Tobi I love it!! I agree, adore seeing before and after transformations!!


    Art by Karena

  5. Erin says:

    What an incredible transformation!! I adore every inch of it!

  6. Lovely as usual! Looks like a completely different home.

  7. Janet says:

    Hi Tobi,
    The before and after you posted today is stunning! Where can I find that amazing blue polka dotted fabric you used for the dining chairs? I am in love!

  8. jerusalem says:

    i adore that kitchen.
    the cabinets and green subway tiles are my favs. Seeing the “before” makes it that much more beautiful!

  9. Brillante says:

    Hi Tobi, this is the story of Cinderella going to the ball and meeting the Prince, actually this time she met the Princess of design…you. Brava! Have you read my article on Milan for The Address Magazine? Hope you like it. Ciao! your friend from Vancouver.

  10. Absolutely beautiful Tobi! Breathtaking!

  11. Tobi says:

    Thanks Everyone for your lovely compliments! So glad you loved it. The drapery fabric is the Suzanne Rheinstein collection for Lee Jofa and the polka dot is by Jane Churchill for Cowtan and Tout. Again, thank you for the tremendous response. It really is one of my favorite makeovers! xoxo

  12. Tricia says:

    The first words out of my mouth were not original…”WOW”. That seems to sum it up. The transformation is amazing. The clients must be thrilled. I would be!!!


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  15. Alex says:

    This is absolutely stunning! The poka dots are to die for.

  16. Chrissa says:

    Tobi, you’re brilliant!

  17. Wow! I’m amazed! One question. Everytime I mention wanting to put hardwood floors in my kitchens, my parents tell me what a bad idea it is. Yet I’ve see it so many times. What are the pros and cons of hardwood in the kitchen??

    Brittany McCanna

  18. Chrissa says:

    PS-I need those…green “things” in the family room.
    :: swoons ::

  19. Stephanie says:

    This is gorgeous! Just spectacular. Can you please tell me where you sourced the lamps? I may need a pair for my home!

  20. Maureen Richmond says:

    I love the fabrics in the FR too. Please share.

  21. Tobi says:

    Hi Everyone, thanks for your comments. Most of the links to the sources are in my November features here on my blog. There are also source lists on the At Home in Arkansas website story called room refresher. And I listed the fabric info in a comment here yesterday as well. Happy Shopping! xo, Tobi

  22. sarah g says:

    love, love, LOVE!!

  23. Hi Tobi, I love it! I am visiting from House of Turquoise and love this post! Any chance you could tell me where the drapery fabric came from? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Fellow blogger and designer,

  24. I love the color of the subway tiles and the addition to the cabinetry up top — makes such a difference in the height of the space. What happened to the televison? Curious if it is hidden somewhere. The fabric choices are just devine.

  25. Megan says:

    I am dying over that fabric on the chairs, awesome!


  26. Hilaire says:

    Tobi, what an amazing transformation! Just beautiful.

  27. Kitchens says:

    Oh wow, the family room is just stunning. What a transformation. Well done!!

  28. WOW! Just beautiful!! I love the green and blue together… OK…so since I work for a cabinet design company I have to say what a difference the cabinets make. Thanks for the blog invite your work is impressive…

    Andrea (Jade Lo)

  29. Andrea says:

    I had to look again…I also love how you took those colors into the family area but toned them down – it’s just so clean and pretty…

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  31. Okay, this is drop-dea GORGEOUS! I have similar white cabs and would LOVE to do this. The added height just seems to make the ceilings look so much taller, and the colors you used … GAH. Love. I repeat, love.

  32. Wow! I just saw this on Hooked on Houses, and your kitchen looks great! I love the backsplash and all the fabrics you chose. Really looks fantastic.

  33. Jessie says:

    Hi Tobi,
    I’m Donna from Utah’s daughter. I am in love with this room. My husband & I updated our kitchen cabinets to white from that 80 oak color this summer. This is giving me furhter inspiration! Thank you!

  34. Kristen says:

    wonder what the backsplash tile is. Can you please let me know. I love this! The before….. is my kitchen now.

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