Thursday, May 21, 2009

Eww to ahh



This lovely tranquil spot above, used to look like this (below). What I like most about this transformation is that they haven't seemed to have made any structural changes, just got rid of all the 'stuff' and repainted and resanded the floors, then added in some lovely vintage pieces including a reclaimed fireplace, just casually propped up. Even I could do that. All you need is a place that is solid, not too old and has 'good bones'.



In the same home, this very red living room becomes.....


....this! So much lighter and brighter. They just used loads of white paint and refurbished some flea market finds. Superb!



For more before and after images from this lovely home, go here.

I've been getting itchy feet lately. I'm longing for a little place that I can turn from 'eww' to 'ahh'. I love my home, but I want a challenge! So I trawled the net today for a look at what is available in my price range, which isn't much given that I would need to put money aside for the horrendous stamp duty, as well as a renovation budget.
I have my eyes set on a suburb just a couple of kilometres away from where I live - it's closer to my son's school and a little more of a pleasant neighbourhood (but not much more). My search on the net quickly revealed I could only afford a tiny two bedroom unit in this suburb - ie a major step down from my light-filled, modern three bedroom home, albeit in a slightly more downbeat neighbourhood.
So I guess I'll just stay put in my current home for a little while longer and just keep looking at other people's before and afters!
Best wishes,

32 comments:

My name is PJ. said...

The changes here are phenomenal! Look, if you need a project and can't afford to move....consider a vacation to the east coast. I have lottttttts of space for company and you could help me with your design know-how. You think I'm kidding, but no. Angus could go to school right in the neighborhood (and I have 4 dogs who love kids). You would be living where you worked and Chef Stu is an awesome cook! :)

mondo cherry said...

Simply inspirational transformations. I love everything they have done, especially the fireplace! You have made your place look so lovely from all the photos you have shown - I bet it wasn't that gorgeous before. I know the feeling of wanting something to transform. When we bought this place I was all excited as it needs lots doing to it.... reality check... I haven't painted a single wall yet!!
Clare x

Jade Creative said...

Isn't it amazing what white can do and decluttering.
I just recently was given 4-100 year old porch posts and am thinking I should finish them as the fireplace in your picture. My dilema is where to put them.
Thanks for visiting.
Have a fabulous day!
Darlene

delightfuldwelling said...

Wow, beautiful transformations. You have some gorgeous ideas on yoru site. I love all the white and light colors, so refreshing and happy.

Solange said...

those changes are amazing! I know that paint and a few new pieces can do miracles...
How exitning that you are planning to change home, but even if it doesnt work out, or if it is too pricey, you can always just do a make over at your own home. I am sure, that you can do a great job, you inspire us all!
enjoy the days!

ana said...

Oh my god! can't believe they were like that before, the change is amazing and absolutely beutiful
wow!!! I want to do that in my home too... I'm considering so many inspiring ideas that blogs like yours are posting every day... its great thanks!

Claire Jackson said...

Amazing space transformations Catherine, I simply adore the white, fresh and so easy to work with! You have such a wonderful decorating style, no matter where you live, I'm sure you and your son will always be in a beautiful home space. I dream of my seaside haven, I know exactly how it will be, I just have to find it! Keep looking, and keep your dreams alive:-)have a wonderful weekend. Claire :-)

Caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh my! is that the same room! unbelievable! it's incredible how much you can change with so little!

alice said...

Catherine, I loved seeing the before images (as awful as they are!)... I've seen the after images but they are even more refreshing now that I know where they came from! Definitely inspiring!

A-M said...

Amazing transformations! Isn't paint the best invention ever! A-M xx

Blair said...

Oh wow! Love the idea of the fireplace facade--it looks so lovely.

Sabina said...

Lovely transformations! I just love the first picture. Amazing what little color can do. Wow!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Catherine

I love the wonderful transformation -
that is amazing what some paint and hard work can do.
It has definately got the wow factor.

Enjoy your day.
Hugs
Carolyn

Danielle said...

What a huge change. It looks gorgeous. I love all the little features xxx

Millie said...

Huge wow factor here Catherine & I love how they haven't needed to spend megabucks to achieve such an awesome change.

Good luck with your house-hunting, you know the Hills are still very affordable & you could get a cute little cottage to weave your magic on!
Millie ^_

Chrissy said...

Yes, I get like that too, after 20 years in the same tiny house, but we are not going anywhere so I just rearrange things AGAIN!! Thanks for coming by today,all the best, Chrissy

Porchlight Interiors said...

Beautiful transformation Catherine! I understand your need for a challenge - the right house will come along at the right time! Have a great weekend. Tracey xx

janet said...

oh my gosh Catherine, i cant believe these are the same rooms, what an amazing transformation. I sure wish i could pull off a wow room. thanks for sharing
hugs
janet

The City Sage said...

Fab makeovers! Just goes to show what a little white paint and some DIY ingenuity can do! And that wall of plates? LOVE!

Deserae said...

Wow,what a huge difference! The changes are simply amazing! Thanks for sharing :o)
~Des

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I love the first photo and have been planning to use it on my blog soon...you beat me too it. GReat post.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

What an absolutely beautiful blog you have. I'm adding you to my favs.

♥Aubrey said...

This house is such an inspiration. It's amazing to see the changes.
I loved reading your blog!

Pearl Maple said...

Wow, those photos are a great testament to the power of white.

Can understand the longing for the creative rush of a cottage make over, you never know, put it on your wish list and it might just turn up.

{eloquent essence} said...

The change is amazing! White can add so much space in small places. I am a fan of white bedrooms because they are the most versatile being able to mix and match with any kind of decor.

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Jayne said...

What a great blog fellow-South Australian! And I must comment on an earlier post of yours re your letter to Home Beautiful. I read it a while ago in the magazine as I also subscribe to it and thought it was a brilliant idea. And it was you! Keep up the great work.

Anne Marie said...

We are transforming our shabby garage....it might not be much, but with our 5 children and many guests over for wine or coffee, well, you have to work with what you have~
Do you have a small space like that you can transform?
We call ours the "Summer House"

MissBliss said...

You are invited to Miami Beach to do a before and after on my little beach studio... ;0

viera said...

What a fantastic transformation!
Catherine, Thank you so much for your lovely messages
Love V

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