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Recent Project: Traditional Updated

For a recent project, my client and I made some relatively small changes that made a big impact to several rooms in her home.   I couldn't wait to see her home today and take all these pictures of the transformation.   If you like before and after shots, you'll enjoy these pictures!  Click on the pictures to enlarge...

My client did have some wonderful furniture and accessories to start with.  In fact, I convinced her a new sofa was not needed.  It was in great shape and to replace it with something of equal quality would have cost a lot more money then to reupholster.   The picture above is an "AFTER" shot.  The rug, drapery, and artwork were to stay.  We reupholstered the couch with a soft chenille that had a subtle geometric pattern, added some pillows, found coffee tables on Craig's List and had them repainted, added a mirror to the top of the side table and found a new shade for the lamp!

Below are the "BEFORE" pictures.  Flower fabric on couch...gone!  Large glass coffee table with sharp corners...gone!  Lamp shade too big for the lamp...gone!

Here's a "BEFORE" picture of the coffee tables before they were painted.  Great design but the orange had to go...

So much better.  My client loves animal prints so we added some cheetah pillows too! 

On the opposite wall from the couch we wanted to create a seating area plus add a gallery of photographs showcasing all the great places my client has traveled too around the world.  Below we started to map out where to place the photos.  

Below is the finished result.  The white floral fabric on the chair was replaced with a cool chevron fabric!  A pillow with chevron fabric was added to the english regency chair but we were careful not to detract from the chair's pretty wood details.  The gallery is complete.  Her pictures of the far east are amazing!

Below is a close up of the chevron fabric on the queen anne chair.  The pillow was made with the couch fabric.  If you look close, you can see the geometric design.  My upholsterer did a great job.  

Here's a "BEFORE" picture with piano in the corner.  We centered it on the far wall which made for a better focal point.

Here's the "AFTER" picture.  We relocated artwork to above the piano and added some pretty accessories.  The piano bench was recovered in cheetah fabric which will hid more then the previous white fabric.  

My client converted her TV cabinet into a bar.  She added a mirror to the back of the cabinet which really opens up the space. Very cool.


Now for the dining room....  Here's an "AFTER" picture (sorry... no "before" pics for this room).  A shiny brass chandelier was replaced with this wood ball and bronze chandelier.  The dining room chairs were recovered in a mini chevron fabric.  Floral print drapery panels were added.

Artwork and accessories were rearranged...

A view of the dining room from the kitchen...

In the kitchen, glass accent tile was added throughout.  It transformed the look of the kitchen...

Here's another picture of the tile.  It's even prettier in person!

In the master bedroom, this window needed some help.  Here's the "BEFORE" picture.

Here's the "AFTER" picture.  A custom flat roman shade was made of white linen with a chocolate brown linen banding.    

Traditional furniture with classic details never go out of style!  As long as you buy good quality furniture to begin with you can refresh them over the years with fabric and paint and make them look current.

I'm thrilled with how everything turned out for this project but, more importantly, my client loves the results.

It was a good day!

1 comment:

KEM said...

The before and after pics were really fun and inspirational in what can be without a complete makeover. Thanks for all the good ideas.