refreshing a bungalow






Happy Sunday Darlings.  Today I want to share with you my friend Karen's new/old house.  Remember the the ivy league mom makeover?  She recently sold her big home and downsized into this cute little house.  I'm using the real estate listing photos to show you the before.  There was nothing wrong with it but it wasn't her style.  I tried my best to get similar shots so you can see what I changed but real estate photographers have fish-eye lenses that can make rooms appear much larger than real life.  We'll start with a before and then an after and see if this makes any sense shall we?


Before

When you walk in the front door you see the kitchen first.  There is an entry area but really this is what you see.  In these photos the walls look white but they are actually gray and some walls beige.



After

We started by painting the entire interior Benjamin Moore Simply White and that began the refresh.


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The subway tile back splash/upper cabinets really added some sparkle too.




Before

Everything looks white here but in real life it was a dusky gray.




After

Faux shade on ETSY


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This is a shot of how the kitchen and living room spaces connect.






After




After

Remember her big Crate and Barrel sofa from the last house?  I didn't think it would fit and it barely does, but they had it custom made with down filled cushions so it was staying.

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After

We added a rug and some pillows from Home Goods and the JC Penney Roman Shades.



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I sure love this light fixture (also on sale) and simple photo shelf from IKEA.  We selected favorite travel photos and printed them in b&w.




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This is the master bathroom.  It was not Karen's style.  So we did this...



After




 The Sconce Here is also on sale.




After

So pretty.




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Kids room.


After

Now Karen's office.


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The Ikea Ektorp Loveseat and these drapes from Amazon (on sale now.)



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Another kids room but it is now the master bedroom...




After

A calm and soothing place to sleep.




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Custom doors and drawers made for the existing closets.

This whole project was such a labor of love for me.  The job gave me something to do that I find v relaxing so it was really healing for me.  I hope you enjoyed the tour. x

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52 comments

  1. It looks so different and so much better! You have a real gift for decorating in a simple and cozy style.

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  2. It's beautiful! The house was pretty nice before but you have really made it a calm and peaceful oasis. Just lovely style!

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  3. Oh my goodness, I love this! You have such a good eye for creating beauty. Wow. I'm going to have to get a cup of tea and just slowly scrutinize each photo. Is the curtain/shade in the kitchen from JCPenney, too? How lucky she is to have you as a friend, and as you said, what a wonderful way for you keep busy doing something you love. xo

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    1. thank u kathy. no the kitchen sink window shade was made on etsy. i added that link. highly recommend. v affordable and well made. x

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  4. What a remarkable transformation...nice before, but now cozy & calming. I love it all! You do have a gift Janet.

    Anita ~ the cabin on the creek
    ...all is grace!

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  5. Too many patterns and prints before and now more decluttered and soothing. I especially like the bathroom. It's all so beautiful!

    D.

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  6. Brava, Janet!!! 👏👏👏. Wish I could move in right now. This is just the sort of house I'd love - plain, simple, elegant, fresh, lovable, human-scale. A true haven in this world of disorder. You did a wonderful job.

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    1. thank u anna. i was going for simple and fresh and i think it is! x

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  7. I absolutely love it - great job! Just FYI, the link you posted at the beginning of the post comes up as an error.

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  8. A beautiful change at home wonderful pictures

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  9. I love the transformed house, and I love that you are posting frequently now, Janet. It's always a pleasure to find a new post from you x

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  10. What a transformation - I've just spent a very pleasant time going back and forth between befores and afters. You are very talented, Janet. Have you considered doing this professionally? I would love to have your advice if you could work remotely (I'm on the east coast). I bought a house over a year ago and I've managed to do very little, partly because I work long hours but also because I have no aptitude in this area.

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    1. thank u marie. i'd love to help you but that would be hard. this was hard and it's literally a short walk away. lol

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  11. Just beautiful Janet, as others have said you have a great eye and fabulous talent for making things look exactly right xx

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  12. This looks darling Janet. You took a builder grade home and made it special!

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  13. Stunning! I adore everything about the house (really!). I am fascinated with the blue plate in the kitchen (it is all about the details). And what, may I ask in the bathroom; is the container that 'appears' to have a blue cup/scoop in it? Simply an exceptional place to call "home".

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    1. thank u. that is epsom salts. she was so excited to have a bathtub to soak in after long bike rides and yoga. x

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  14. Such a beautiful transformation! It was so much fun touring the before and after!
    Kathy

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  15. Goodness gracious! You are one talented soul.

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  16. Your friend is lucky, Janet, that you were able to help. She must love the transformation! It looks so pretty and peaceful.

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  17. Beautiful clean design. Great aesthetic and flow. Love the creative storage design in the bedroom. You have talent! Susan

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  18. All the changes in the home was truly beautiful. There is a soothing, calming flow to each room. It's good that you could help your friend. I have always said when we help others we help ourselves. Be blessed.


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  19. What a lovely transformation. I wish you lived near me, not only for your decorating talent! You are such a nice friend to help her.

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  20. I love everything you did! this seems to be your true calling.
    you should get the word out more. not so much that you had projects on top of each other and stress! but almost like Sister Parish did... word of mouth and enough that she loved it always!
    your style and touch are always so beautiful. XO

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  21. It all looks so beautiful and cozy and inviting! Wonderful job!

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  22. Loved how the bathroom turned out. So light and airy.

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  23. You have such a gift, you can take a house and make it a lovely home. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us.

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  24. The house had good bones, but you really made the most of it. Just lovely. I'm glad to see she kept the fans in the bedrooms, they are so good in keeping a house comfortable.

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  25. What a beautiful job you've done! The house looks completely different. I have a question, though. Are the floors and the brick on the fireplace the same as they were? If so, I have to say how much better they look with the current paint color. (Shocking the difference a color can make!) Kudos on a wonderful transformation!

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  26. Gorgeous! It is amazing how lightening everything up makes such a difference - AND - you have such a good eye for arrangements, placements of objects. So inviting! Thank you for sharing.

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  27. congratulations and thanks
    thanks for sharing your inspired remodel
    a reinvigorated home lends new life to it's occupants
    your friend must be over-joyed

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  28. Your new career, Janet?! How much nicer it looks, your friend must be delighted.

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  29. I am going to study this post like a student during finals! My very small place needs a refresh and I'm having a hard time seeing how to change it for the better. I think for some of us who aren't talented in this area, it becomes really hard to notice problem areas once we've lived with them for awhile. At least that's my theory.

    I love it when you post these makeovers- and I really really hope there's another one on the horizon soon.

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  30. Great job! Could be an interesting part time job, you are so very talented. Hope you are safe from the frightening fires going on.

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  31. Dear Janet,

    The transformation is so beautiful and calming. I love it. I wish my house had the same calm. You did a great job. This is also inspiring me to redo rooms in our house.

    Also, I sincerely hope the fires out there do not effect you or your loved ones.

    Sincerely,
    Debra of SENC

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kindness is never out of style.

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