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I’m excited to finally share with you a huge Before and After project that we finished up last year that is being featured in the Charlotte Observer Home-Design section this weekend! We started this project back in April and walked into a home filled with browns, reds, greens and golds and some clients who were ready for an update. They moved into their home 10 years ago and now with 3 grown children, were looking for a fresh look.

Our clients desired an updated color palette and when selecting furnishings, we chose to stick with the traditional style of their home. They already had white built-ins in the family room and white kitchen cabinets, so the main areas we focused on where the dining room, breakfast nook, and family room. They are huge Chapel Hill fans and entertained for the basketball games often, so having comfortable seating with views towards a television was a must. The majority of the living was open with views into the other rooms, so it was important that the rooms flowed well together.

The most dramatic change was the dining room with dark red walls that were changed to Sherwin Williams Misty. I am always amazed at how much change one can of paint can make in a room – I tell our clients that paint is one of the most affordable and impactful changes that can be made in a home.

Dining Room BEFORE:

We kept their existing dining table based on the client’s request and the fact that it fit the room really well. We replaced all of the other furnishings with a mix of warm woods and the colors navy blue, white and gray.

Dining Room AFTER:

Family Room BEFORE:

The family room had some well-loved brown leather furnishings and caramel colored walls. The family dog loved sitting on their existing ottoman, so we needed to make sure that he was going to be just as comfortable in the new space. We had a custom ottoman built with a matching blanket for the dog to lay on to protect the upholstery. This room is used to watch lots of Tarheel basketball games, so we switched the furniture layout so that the sofa faced the television to maximize the seating facing the TV. We stuck with a mix of taupe and gray as a timeless neutral base in added in small hints of blue to keep the color palette calming.

Family Room AFTER:

Breakfast Room BEFORE:

The breakfast room was a challenge given to us from our clients. They ate the majority of their meals in their dining room and wanted to change the breakfast room into a lounge/coffee space. We selected a slightly curved sofa from Sam Moore and had it upholstered in gray Sunbrella fabric to keep it from fading. It was important that the seat height worked with a standard dining room table so that it would still be comfortable for coffee or small meals. We ordered two chairs covered in Crypton powder blue velvet and had two of our client’s Grandmother’s chairs covered in the same fabric.

Breakfast Room AFTER:

We ordered 3 new counter stools in powder blue bonded leather with silver nailhead trim. These stools are beautiful but also kid and guest friendly because they are wipeable!

We just loved creating such a transformation for our clients and the calm and serene feeling that the subdued colors of gray, taupe and blues give their new spaces. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions that you have on where we sourced any of these items or if you’d like help with your own transformation!


Photos by Laura Sumrak