BEFORE: Boxed In
AFTER: Artful and Open
Ceiling-to-floor turquoise shelving and a mahogany secretary add warmth and storage, while a tie-dye-bright floor rug and gold pendant light strike a playful contrast. Guests seated on the vivid blue chaise have a prime view of the room’s focal point: a stunning abstract painting.
BEFORE: Shabby Shed
AFTER: Utilitarian Chic
A clearly defined storage area and workshop maximizes space and cures the clutter. The rolling shelves stand perpendicular to the wall, with tools and supplies neatly grouped and stored, while an inspiring decal above the slick, epoxy-coated floor guarantees style on every surface.
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BEFORE: Vintage Vice
AFTER: Loft-Style Luxury
A luxe leather three-seater, geometric prints, and a statuesque cactus that stands tall against wall-to-wall brick lend an earthy, lived-in feeling to the room. The dark floor and brick veneer are attractively balanced by the ivory-toned rug and a positively luminous pendant light.
BEFORE: Kitschy Diner
AFTER: Light and Airy
The walls, ceilings, trim, and cabinets are rejuvenated with crisp milk white paint and a new subway tile backsplash to match. A whitewashed maple floor brings an additional lightness to the space, while a vintage rug adds lived-in style.
BEFORE: Retro Regrets
AFTER: In Living Color
Wide-open windows and pendant lighting illuminate the airy white walls. An energizing orange entrance, lush greenery, and a rustic coffee table bring jazzed-up New Orleans style to a once colorless room. Photographs and other artwork liven the walls and nestle in the spaces of the shelving unit, while a wool shag carpets the room in comfort.
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BEFORE: Creativity Fizzled
The blogger at Craving Some Creativity was weary of her cluttered craft room with its jam-packed filing cabinets, overstuffed boxes, and cramped work surfaces.
AFTER: Fun-Filled Workshop
In this crafty makeover, a children’s art station with a gallery wall offers shelter for unruly materials, while a nearby grown-up wall organizer puts art and ideas on colorful display. The pegboard above the computer is both hardworking and playful.
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BEFORE: Dining Drudgery
AFTER: Sumptuous Sensation
BEFORE: Case of the Blues
AFTER: Let There Be White
Freshly installed plank walls and a wide banquette lengthen the space, allowing diners to stretch out in modern sophistication. The brightened space expresses a whimsical country personality through the Highland cow painting and faux cowhide rug.
BEFORE: Ramshackle Retro
AFTER: Modern and Multipurpose
BEFORE: Dowdy and Dated
AFTER: Industrial-Strength Style
Freshly painted cabinets paired with industrial-style lighting, a new stainless steel stove, and updated cabinet hardware add light, space, and modern function to the kitchen. Plush stools give diners the best seat in the house at the breakfast bar, which is now open to the rest of the space.
BEFORE: A Cold Bath
AFTER: Tropical Paradise
BEFORE: Behind Bars
AFTER: A Place in the Sun
BEFORE: Lonely Artist
AFTER: Elegant and Eclectic
Texture and color dominate in this transformation, evident in both the faux fur- and fabric-draped vintage-style furnishings and the imposing pastel hutch. The studio throbs with vitality, thanks in part to hanging plants arrayed at varying levels for dynamic flair.
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