My family recently did a major interior upgrade and I helped with many of the design aspects of these projects (with lots of phone calls, texts and face-timing remotely from DC) so I thought I’d share a few stages of the overall process. Over the next couple weeks, I’ll go through each space and the decision-making process, post progress photos, etc. Starting off with the master project list. Every item on the list is currently finished with the exception of the dining room, but my mom and I have chronicled every stage, so I’ll start with the before photos and a full list of updates and renovations for the home.
- Replace blue carpet with a taupe color in living room, on staircase, all of upper floor
- Stain ceiling beams darker in living room
- Paint wood paneling white in living room
- Paint window and door frame trim white in living room
- Resurface and re-stain wood floors in kitchen, dining room, hallways, laundry and bathroom
- Stain door frames and trim in kitchen to match wood floors
- Replace appliances in kitchen so they all match
- Repaint laundry room
- Stain and paint stair railings in a contrast dark stain with white spindles
- Paint dining room grey and white
*Many of these photos are right before painting/carpeting/sanding etc started so there’s a noticeable lack of furniture, sheets covering things, etc.
The living room before: blue carpet, wood beams, trim and paneling with an orange colored tint.
The dining room before: Worn out wooden floors, dated paint colors. Hallway/entryway before: Worn out floors from high-traffic area, blue carpeting on stairs, dated orange tinted stain on the stair railing and spindles Kitchen: Worn out floors, mismatched appliances, trim and wood floors don’t match well with darker stain on the kitchen cabinets That’s a wrap on the before photos, so stay tuned over the next couple weeks for progress posts and the full reveal!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I recently ordered this rug (on sale!) from Target. It finally arrived and I’m so thrilled with the new look. The rug looks fantastic with my current furniture and decor and was a great little refresh for my apartment.
Here are a couple before shots with the old rug:
First look at the new rug!
After a bit of shifting and measuring, I put it slightly back under the front legs of my sofa (as I did with the old rug) and added the coffee table back on top:
Completed new look! I love it:
One of my close friends (who also has a studio apartment) recently got a major couch upgrade and I had to share! Her old Ikea couch was too small for the space so we scoured through CB2 to find the perfect replacement. Enter: the Ditto Grey Sectional. It works with her existing furniture, plays well with the color scheme and is much more size-appropriate for the space. And best of all: it’s gorgeous! Before and after photos below.
Awaiting the new couch arrival:
With a few new throw pillows, this look will be complete! I had a great time helping pick out the couch and a couple other pieces of furniture for her space.