Category Archives: Room Makeovers

Well hello everyone!  We have been very busy over at The Designed Home, painting, accessorizing, decorating, staging, and refinishing cabinets!  So busy that I barely have time to share the pictures.  But today I am excited to show you an incredible before and after.

This client is a friend of mine and we started her redesign project in January.  She had not updated her furniture and decor for about ten years and was ready for a change.  After meeting a couple of times, we set these design goals in search of a whole new look:

  • a fresh new color of paint
  • new furniture for family room and kitchen nook
  • new lighting
  • new curtains
  • accessories

But what about the style?  Becky loved elements of the farmhouse style, but her current home was very traditional.  So we ended up with a mix of farmhouse with some contemporary elements like metallics (notice the gold lamps).   The end result:  Casual and Classic.

The eating nook:

Becky wanted a new table that could sit six comfortably.  I found these Moroccan style curtains that are a bold pattern, but this room could handle it.  We added a circular light which looks great over a circular table.  Add in faux leather chairs that weather spills and a cute tray with succulents and there you have it!


So lets dive in a bit…

We started with painting the walls one of my favorite grey colors:  Scroll Beige (trust me, it looks grey).  After discussing room layout, we decided to go with a design that accommodated the most seating possible for when Becky and her husband host groups in their home.  Also, Becky wanted to be able to see the TV from the kitchen while she was cooking.  Function always comes first in design!

Then we picked the general color scheme for furniture and accessories…we would have a neutral palate of furniture, rug and walls, but then bring in blue and a pop of golden yellow with a few pillows and accessories and pattern in the curtains.

 

Becky’s husband had one request– swivel rocker chairs.  We found these dark grey, light grey and cream chairs at a store in Denver called “The Showroom.”  It’s also where we found her couches and end tables.

Notice the striped curtains behind the chairs?  We found them at Pier One.  They are a subtle pattern which works well with the bolder pattern in the chairs.

Design tip:  Mix subtle stripes with bolder florals or larger prints. 

These curtains also balance the strong Moroccan print on the kitchen nook curtains. As long as you carry the same colors through, you can pull off different patterns in elements of a room (well you can sometimes mix colors too, but that’s for a different post!)

The mantle design in is a mix of classic and contemporary (we called this picture the blue jellybean print).  Mixing these two styles adds interest and surprisingly a sense of peace and calm.

 

Below: This mirror above the couch was originally above Becky’s fireplace mantle.  She asked for it to stay in the room if possible.  This wall could hold more, but since we had more going on with the mantle and other areas, we kept it simple.

We opted for a square coffee table which would allow some resting of feet and plenty of surface area for drinks.

One more….

 

This before and after gives a good view of what “lightening and brightening” can do for a room.  If you are wondering how to do that in your home, start with lighter walls and lighter furniture.  Then add in color with accessories, curtains and pillows.

I found this navy blue lantern –love!  And the yellow flowers from Home Goods….

One final pic!

THERE’S MORE!  But for another blog …(we also worked on updating Becky’s bedroom, dining room and bathroom).

Hopefully this post gave you a new idea or two for your house.  Almost all of the items you see in these rooms besides the main furniture came from Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, Pier One, or Target.

If you want to see our progress on projects on a week to week basis, follow us on Instagram @amyandval.  We have a lot of fun over there and I post design tips too.

Have a great rest of your week!

xoxo

Amy

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Are you craving an updated space to work?  Or to organize your mom-life?  Home offices tend to be one of the last places we “design” (my own office is a testament to that) because they are often out of view so we don’t care how it looks, and it can feel overwhelming because of the organization involved.

I have worked on three offices for friends in the last few months, in fact I am finishing up this one with my friend Jamie Larson from The Snap Society today:

But the makeover I want to showcase today is my friend Kelly’s office.  Kelly runs a successful online business out of her home called Directly Successful and needed a functional and inviting place to work.   We went to work this fall and we are both so pleased with how it turned out.

Before I show you pictures however, I want to share with you two key areas to focus when redesigning an office space that works for you:  FUNCTION and STYLE.  Not only does your space need to work for you (organization, room layout, etc) but it needs to be inviting enough that you actually want to “get away” into that space to be productive.

Kelly asked for both of these concepts.

FUNCTION:  Kelly films videos for her business and needed a place to sit with an interesting background that was brand consistent.  She also expressed that she is someone who needs to “see” all the projects she is working on, so we needed to provide organization of her files, etc but they needed to be visible. I told Kelly that I had her back in that one–I am exactly the same.

STYLE: Kelly’s brand colors were a navy blue, gold and pink.  We pulled these colors together into a stylish and inviting room that Kelly LOVES to be in now.

Here are a few Before and Afters (I love this part!)

Let me break it down a little.

  1. Kelly cleared out a lot of miscellaneous items–chairs, boxes on the ground, shelving that was holding books and files, and other non matching furniture items.  Her dining room was a hot mess for a couple of weeks as she sorted and organized.
  2. We painted three walls a wonderful color called Colonial Grey.  We painted the fourth wall behind the couch a deep navy called Calligraphy.  This wall serves as the backdrop for Kelly’s videos and displays a eye-catching gallery picture collection.
  3. We purchased a couch and ottoman because Kelly prefers to work there over working from her desk (here here!)
  4. We made an Ikea run for storage items and a bookcase.
  5. After bringing in all of the design and storage elements, Kelly re-organized all of her papers and projects into the new space.

Here are pictures of the finished office:

(Above) We hung wood shelves behind her desk to display some decorative items.  To the right of the shelves is a bulletin board and hanging storage for Kelly to easily access work files, etc.   The framed dry erase board was something I made for Kelly using a glass poster frame and I just painted the back of the glass with a neutral color.  She uses this to jot down work ideas, dates and tasks.

(Above) We purchased this couch and ottoman where Kelly spends most of her time working.  I brought in a floor lamp for warmer lighting options, and created the gallery wall behind her couch with her brand colors, inspirational words and warm wood tones.

Kelly found this chair which was the perfect color and accent to the room.

Here is Kelly being all productive…

She had this great phone which we placed on the side table…I just love it.

(Above) One problem that Kelly wanted solved is that when she was filming a video or a webinar, her family would walk by or try to get her attention on the other side of the french doors.  She wanted a way to have privacy while she was working and also to have a second backdrop for her videos.  To solve this problem we hung curtains on the inside of the french doors…closed they offer privacy and a cute backdrop!

I brought in all sorts of storage options for her desk and she picked the ones that worked best for her.

Finally, this bookcase from Ikea has become one of my favorite office makeover additions.  The wood tones warm the space and it just holds so many different items- books (of course), but files and boxes and baskets too.

I am going to be offering a “Make Over Your Office In Five Days” mini course in the near future.  I will help you create a space you love in a clear step by step process!  To receive information about this in the future and occasional design posts, subscribe HERE!

One more BEFORE and AFTER:

Ahhhh….

Kelly said she has been more productive in this space than ever before.

Side note, I am TERRIFIED of spiders and for some reason TWO BIG ONES appeared during this design project.  There was a lot of screaming and jumping up and down.  Here is fearless Kelly getting one of them:

More office makeovers to come, along with simple and inspiring design ideas for your home.

And you can follow me on instagram @amyleehayes.

xoxo,

Amy

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