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Before and After: All About the Art

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I love clients who come to me with a great starting point for inspiration, and are fearless about color and pattern! In the living room I designed above, the clients collected a lot of art, which gave them pieces for me to design around, and also made them really appreciate how mixing patterns and colors can make a room come alive.

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This is the painting that they wanted to keep in the room, and to inspire my selection of fabrics, patterns, and colors for the room. It’s a great piece that definitely gave me a fabulous jumping off point!

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They also had a gorgeous mantle that they wanted to keep – the photo is a little dark, but you can see it above in the “before” photo. And this is the room that they gather in to watch TV, so they needed a spot for that, as well. But the cabinetry they had built in was dated, and also the furniture in this room was heavy and a little tired.

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As you can see in the close-up “after” photo above, the mantle and the art are at the heart of this room! The TV has a more sophisticated home, and the colors in the room complement the painting, highlighting its beauty without distracting from it.

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The room before was also a little cluttered, and the light coming in from the windows was gorgeous, but way too bright for watching TV. And there were no window treatments to help darken the room when needed.

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I added color, pattern, updated and refreshed furnishings, and gorgeous window treatments that can be closed for TV time, or opened to allow in all that lovely natural light! I do love to mix pattern in a room, and here you can also see that I followed my rule of letting one pattern be dominant, while bringing in other supporting players in varying scales.

So what do you think of this colorful living room? Do you like to design around art in your rooms? Let me know in the comments section below! I’ll have more before-and-afters coming soon!








Before and After: A Sophisticated Bedroom

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A master bedroom really should be a retreat – the perfect getaway for rest and relaxation. So when I started the redesign on my clients’ bedroom, I knew that we not only needed to give it a more modern and sophisticated update, but we also needed to make it a more relaxing room.

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I love natural light, but as you can see in the “before” photo above, this room was almost too bright. There were no window coverings to help darken the room for a great night’s sleep. The neutral walls, ceiling and carpet just bounced that light around, creating a too-bright effect. So I knew I needed to soften the light in the room, and to give the room a palette that would be serene and sophisticated.

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The combination of taupe, grays, and plums really gave the master bedroom a chic sense of calm. And new furnishings and accessories really amped up the style quotient, giving this room a fabulous and more modern update.

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And while my clients loved having extra seating in this bedroom, the old sofa they were using just didn’t work for them.

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I gave them two fantastic and comfortable chairs, with a shared ottoman that could work as both an extra table, or a place to rest their feet after a long day.

So what do you think of this Before and After? Didn’t it create a more relaxing retreat? Let me know in the comments section below! And if you want to see the Luxury Spa Bathroom that is part of this lovely Master Suite, you can Find it here.







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Before and After: A Serene Master Bath

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The master bath is one of the top rooms that most homeowners want to renovate, with the kitchen being the #1 room, of course. Most of those homeowners want a “spa like” experience in the bath, and my clients for this project were no different! They wanted a relaxing retreat that would soothe any stresses from their everyday lives! But they also wanted more room and organization. Two things that can definitely add to a stress free life. So an addition was definitely on tap for this redo!

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In the before photo above, you can see that the room was dated and dark, with carpeting and cabinetry that didn’t work for the space. They definitely needed more room and updated fixtures!

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For the updated room, I brightened the design with new colors that make the room look fresh, clean, and soothing! I also added this fabulous vanity that is perfect for getting ready to meet the day. Notice that there’s plenty of storage now, too. And for perspective, this vanity area just off the master bath was the square footage of almost the entire bathroom before.

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The bathroom “before” had a tiny entry to the shower that included one of those flimsy brass-framed doors. That made the shower a dark and not-very-inviting space.

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We opened moved the bathroom wall back 10-12 feet and instead of the garden tub as the focal point on the back wall, now we have a large and beautiful luxurious marble trimmed shower. We also have a gorgeous frameless glass door, a lower step into the shower, and I even added multi-functional plumbing fixtures for that perfect spa experience! Plus I added a large and updated vanity with two sinks and lots of storage drawers and cabinets.

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The master closet was accessed through the bathroom in the “before,” which was awkward and cluttered for the homeowner. By moving the master closet into an extension that I created for the home, it allowed us to open up the bathroom, and to even add a fantastic coffee or wet bar in the space (you can see it below). This is a great place for the homeowners to make coffee in the morning, or to have wine in the evenings or most likely, a bottle of water in the middle of the night. And we have additional linen storage in the beautiful cabinet to the left.

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So what do you think about this master bathroom before-and-after? What spa-like elements would you love to add to your bathroom? Tell me in the comments section below!








Before and After: A Bright Family Room

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I love working with a client who isn’t afraid of color, and who embraces the idea of bold patterns and color combinations! This client’s family room was already making a strong statement, since it was wrapped in a dramatic red from top to bottom.

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However, the deep red really darkened the room and was too much contrast against the white trim. Another tricky part of about the before (above) was an error that a lot of people make in their rooms, which is that the rug is too small for the space. And a small rug has a way of dictating your furniture placement, so that oftentimes people are only using a small portion of the room. That was definitely the case in this room where two sofas were floating in the middle of the space and seating was VERY limited.

Now we have a sectional, two lounge chairs, a large round ottoman, a wing chair, two banquettes (one with a game table) and some floating ottomans. Talk about a place to entertain friends and family!

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In the After photo above, a lighter and more neutral paint brings fabulous light into the room, and acts as great backdrop for the bold jewel-toned colors of the upholstery and the art. And a fun patterned rug now fills the space nicely!

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Before, the furniture was all either sitting in the center of the room as I mentioned, or was pushed to the corners and walls. It didn’t use the space well and it actually made the room seem smaller. And the clients are avid art collectors and their pieces didn’t show up at all in the dark red room. Now the art is what really brings this space to life!

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The reworked room seems much bigger with the new furniture layout, and I added two fabulous banquettes flanking the fireplace to create a great reading nook on the left and a dining or game area with a table on the right. In the finished design, my clients still had the color and “wow factor” that they wanted, but in a lighter and more cohesive look!

So what do you think of this colorful before-and-after? Let me know in the comments section below! Isn’t that acid yellow ceiling a kick? I love how it draws the eye up!

Look for more before-and-afters in the coming weeks!









Before and After: A Kitchen for Gatherings

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There is nothing I love more than a good kitchen remodel – especially when the kitchen is transformed from dark and dated to light and lovely! And that’s what I did for some special clients recently. They have adult kids and wanted to rework their home to better serve the way they live today.


They love to entertain friends and family, and the island they had didn’t have much room for gathering people around in this heart of the home. And, as you can see in the “before” photo above, the black appliances and dark counters seemed to trap all the light in the room.


So we not only turned up the “light,” but I also added a great island with more comfortable stools and plenty of work and eating space. Can’t you just imagine a low-key dinner party with guests keeping the host and hostess company here?


I also took out the brick floor and the old and tired cabinetry, again lightening things up and adding a level of quiet sophistication. I also moved the appliances around in the room so the work area is much more efficient and functional.


Note that the cabinets also now go all the way up to the ceiling. This is a design idea I use all the time to not only add more storage, but to also trick the eye into seeing the ceilings as taller than they are. That also gives a feeling of more space in this kitchen.

And finally, of course, we added the fabulous breakfast area that you see in the photo at the top of the page, another great gathering area for friends and family.

So what do you think of this transformation? Let me know in the comments section below! And look for more before-and-afters in the coming weeks!