Category: Before and After

Updated Traditional Master Bedroom

I am very excited to share this master bedroom makeover.  Louann, my client, had a husband who unexpectedly passed away last summer.  At Christmas time she had a big cookie decorating get together at her house and snuck me back to her room and asked if I was willing to help transform the space.  I could tell this was really needed for her mentally so amongst my busy mom and school life, I was happy to take on the challenge.

A few months later we had our initial meeting where I get an idea of the direction she wanted to go.  I strongly encouraged her to remove the red and she agreed.  She imagined white and gray but still traditional, nothing modern.  Out of respect for my clients, I do not share budgets, but I will say I liked the budget she gave me.  It was enough to complete the vision yet still needed to be creative on where to save and where to splurge.  Pretty much everything in the room she wanted removed.  The bed she had since she was first married (I’m guessing 30+ years), the nightstands and dresser were only 3 years old, but picked out by her husband.  She needed all new.  She needed a space that reflected her…the new her.    This is what I came up with:
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I am never right on my first try, but at least it’s a jumping off point.  I soon found out that she had already purchased a bed.  I wasn’t a fan of the bed, and threw a hissy fit at first (I’m so embarrassed), but then realized that she loved the bed and I needed to “make it work” (Louann, if you are reading this, again, I am so sorry!).  I could also tell she wasn’t loving the vision board.  I knew I needed to add just a hint of red back in and make it more traditional. So after a few revisions, this is what we ending up with and we both love it:


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Here are some before and after pictures of the space.  Such a great transformation. Enjoy!


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We took the existing curtain rods, raised them, and added connectors at the angles in the bay window.  This area of the room was begging for some pattern, so we went with these semi shear panels from Pottery Barn.  The chair is a glider that swivels, if she wanted to face toward the windows and read a book or turn and face the TV.

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The tall dresser wasn’t needed anymore so I thought a decorative sofa table would look good under the TV.  I am going to leave it up to Louann to style it, because I’m not a fan of clutter or decor with no meaning.  I suggested a plant, baskets for underneath, and a picture or two on top.  The TV is huge, but important to my client, so I had it installed on a swivel so she could watch it from her chair.

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Most Texans love their ceiling fans, but Louann said she could never feel this one when in bed, so it was pointless.  This aloud us to find a pretty chandelier.  This one is a perfect scale for this big room and gives her the light she wanted.

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The picture below is the first view when you walk in the room and it’s such a welcomed one!

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And for some finishing touches…

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Lastly, I want to talk about my favorite part of the room and that is the wall treatment.  The Picture molding is gorgeous and painted SW Monorail Silver.  The rest of the room and ceiling was painted SW Pure White.  This really helped lighten up the room.  Any time I can add custom woodworking to a space, it completely elevates it to a whole new level.

I hope you enjoyed the transformation.  Louann loves it and that makes me so happy for her.

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The white bedding and pillows are from Pottery Barn

The Sofa Table, Blue Lamp, Clue Coral pictures, Chair and Ottoman are from Home Goods

Side Table by chair and Mercury Lamps are from (the room needed a little contemporary)

Rug is from RugsUSA and absolutely beautiful and soft.  Highly recommend!

Nightstands are from Ashley Furniture

Upholstered Bench is from Wayfair


5 Ways to Update Your Space

5 ways to update affordably

My bio is true, I specialize in affordable updates. My client Sandee was so nice to let me share the changes we made in her Kitchen and Dining nook.  Her budget was tight, but that didn’t scare me because they were willing to put in a ton of work themselves, and boy did they.

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This is the vision board I presented to Sandee and her husband.


The floor was recently done and beautiful.  A few things they requested to stay were the countertops, major appliances, dining table, chairs, and light/fan.  So here is my recipe for updating this space, which can work for so many of you.

1// Cabinets

If you can and are willing, change or paint them.  I love the options at IKEA (along with their quartz countertop choices), but if that’s not in the budget, which it usually isn’t, then paint them.  Everyone needs to do it at least once in their life. And then never do it again. The transformation can be incredible and worth it.  I give all my clients a tried and true instruction sheet, just be ready for sanding, sanding, and more sanding.  It’s about a 1-2 week process.  Sandee’s aesthetic is pretty contemporary and after showing her two different color boards, she chose black.  Being the detailed (nice way to say perfectionist) person that she is, they look fabulous, especially in person.

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Kitchen Cabinets Before


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Kitchen Cabinets Before



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Kitchen Cabinets After


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Kitchen Cabinets After


2// Wall Color

This kitchen was a sea of brown to me.  Since the cabinets were now changing to black, she needed a nice white background.  Not wanting to commit to pure white, I suggested one of my favorite whites with gray undertones…SW Eider White.  Her and her husband painted it and again, it looks fabulous.  The high contrast is what makes it look so good.  We’ve all heard this before, but it’s so true…if you are willing to do it yourself, paint is the cheapest way to transform a room.

3// Backsplash

So many Texas homes come with brown tile backsplashes in the Kitchen, which can feel dark to me.  Sandee and her husband very carefully removed it and replaced it with very affordable, classic, white subway tile with white grout.  Looks so clean and fresh.  There are so many resources to help you with this (you tube, blogs, Home Depot), the price of tile and grout is so cheap that this is totally doable.

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4// Window Treatments

Sandee really loves the color red, and still does, but I told her to pick a new accent color to breath some fresh air.  We decided on blue.  Goodbye red.  I first suggested replacing the blinds with custom roman shades, but that wasn’t in the budget and I’ve never successfully sewed them myself to recommend a DIY project.  So we went with Pottery Barn linen drapes in blue.  They are gorgeous!  She told me her husband helped find affordable hardware online for the unique hardware angles (instead of doing custom), and when the drapes came he ironed them.  So Cool!  She loved them so much, she also splurged to add them to the adjoining family room.

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Dining Nook After


5// Accessories and Art Work

This is where a designer (like me!) can really make a difference and help pull it all together.  I am very anti cluttering up above your fridge if you have empty space.  My first suggestion was to buy a pre-made upper cabinet, or the more affordable choice was a floating shelf.  I’m so glad she chose this option because it allowed for self expression with  accessories.  We went shopping at Home Goods together and I put everything that “speaks to you” in the cart.  I like to help guide, not necessarily pick, accessories so that the space reflects you not me.  Before we checked out, I re-evaluated everything with her and made sure there was balance and scale.  If there was a splurge in the space other than drapes, it would be the wool rugs.  I love them.  The art on the wall is also a favorite of mine.  The pictures were taken by her husband who is a hobby photographer, from their recent trip to Italy.  They picked their four favorites, framed them in white IKEA Riba frames, and grouped them together.  I remember looking at me funny when I said get the white frames…she was so used to black and she thought that white would wash away on the new light walls.  I told her to trust me, and luckily she did because now the art is whats showcased and not the frames.  So Lovely!

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After: Accessories edited and floating shelf above fridge added


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Sandee painted her Kitchen Aid! Did you know you could do that? It was red before.


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I wish I took a closer picture of the wall art because its fabulous and original.


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New Drapes and accessories in the adjoining family room


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Here is the hard worker herself! I love this girl. And by the way, she is an amazing baker, and I’m glad she’s my friend.  The only thing she hasn’t done is add the pendant lights above the sink/bar area.  If I had a #6, it would be to update the lighting.


There you have it! 5 affordable updates everyone should and can make, especially if you are willing to do a lot of the work yourself.  IF you want to hire it out, I always suggest getting three reputable bids.

I made all of these suggestions to a friend recently who wanted to sell her house fast and for top dollar (which they did), and her only complaint was that she didn’t do it sooner to enjoy! Now if that’s not motivation, what is?!