Archive for March, 2009

Reader Redesign: Beam Me Up

When Liz sent us her stunningly spectacular before and after photos we did a major double take. Here’s her letter:

Ever since I discovered your website a few weeks ago, I have been totally hooked!! Truth be told, your website was partially the inspiration for the blog that I started. After seeing all of the amazing transformations on your Reader Redesigns, I couldn’t wait to send you a few pics of my own redesign! My hubby and I bought a sad little ranch in Dallas, TX last September and spent a few months renovating every square inch, from the linoleum to the fuzzy gold wallpaper to the Astroturf on the patio – it all had to go! We are finally all moved in, and I’m extremely proud of the transformations. No longer a blast from the past, our rooms now perfectly fit our lifestyle and style in general. I’d love to hear what you think!! Keep up the great work! ~ Liz

Here’s the living area looking into the kitchen before

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… and after:

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Here’s the living area before:

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And the same space after the renovation:

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Gorgeous! Stunning! Fantastic! Thanks so much for the pictures Liz- and we wish you all the best in your beautiful “new” home.

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Samantha’s Design Dilemma

This open floor plan is primed for a major makeover and we’re all too happy to help. Here’s Samantha’s letter:

Is there a way to make the living room and office into ONE cohesive room to make the house appear larger? We would also like to make the living room work as a multifunction space, since there will be a dining area placed right outside the kitchen (how can we define each area?). I am open to getting rid of EVERYTHING and starting over (our Ikea sofa/chairs are beginning to feel a little too modern but we’re open to new slipcovers if you think you can make them work and to replacing them if you can’t). We’d also like new colors for all the walls (in the front door hallway, the living room, the office and even the fireplace that’s currently painted white). We’re putting in new wood-panel flooring in about 2 weeks and need to repaint before they’re in. We like colors that will give the room a warm and cozy feel. We have a huge TV that doesn’t seem to work with the room. We’re not big fans of large armoires or entertainment ctrs, but if you think you can make it work… (or we’ll just move it to the bedroom and save up for a flat screen). The styles that most appeal to me are modern meets traditional with LOTS of comfort and nothing that’s too sleek or cold. Also, if you can suggest pieces with storage that can help hide toys and still look good, please do (although it’s not a priority). Once we complete this space, we will definitely send you pictures and will probably begin enlisting your help for other rooms in the house in the near future! Thanks! -Samantha

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This open and airy space is bursting with potential. Here’s the plan:

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And now for the mood board breakdown.

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