14 January 2011

An Incredible Renovation!

 

 

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BEFORE:    This foreclosed house was a mess and in need of a total redo.    Outside, there was no real landscaping, just a few bushes.  Still, the owner knew she could make it home.

 

A friend of mine sent me pictures of a remodeled house that she had recently seen saying “You’ll love this one!”   She was right!   After looking at a zillion “before” pictures, the first “after” picture had me stunned.  I couldn’t even believe it was the same house.   I love a good remodeling story and know that many of you do too.  So, I begged the homeowner to let me show her pictures and she graciously agreed to open her doors to us! 

This story starts with a family looking to downsize a bit.    The owner is a mother of 2 teenagers who will soon be leaving for college.  The house is located in a suburb of Houston where most houses are around 10 to 20 years old now – just old enough to be looking a bit dated and in need of a facelift.     In fact many houses in the neighborhood have been updated somewhat.    Which is exactly what she didn’t want.   She was looking for a house that she could put her own stamp on.   She didn’t want to buy something that had already been remodeled because she wanted to redo everything, down to the doorknobs.    Luckily, she found her “dream” house in foreclosure, which was even better on the pocketbook.   Her friends and family thought she was crazy when she bought it.   It was a wreck.  Dated, dirty, and with no curb appeal – it was perfect for her!   She likes to remodel:  she grew up in an old, Victorian house in San Francisco that her parents had completely redone on their own.     Living in a half finished house seemed normal to her.   

Despite the homeowner’s history with remodeling, the task at hand was huge for a number of reasons.   She was pressed for time and  she was on a tight budget and had to prioritize.   The biggest savings was not hiring a contractor.  She had only 20 days to finish the job.   During the closing process, she started ordering flooring, lighting and hardware to save time – even knowing she might be risking the money.  But by ordering before she closed on the house – she was ready to start the demo on day one.  Friends pitched in to help with the frenzied redo.    She saved money by going to Lowe’s and buying from catalogues like Ballard Designs.    She removed the light fixtures and curtains from her old house before it was sold – which added more savings.    And most amazing – the homeowner is not a designer, she works in the health industry.   The owner does admit that she has five very creative friends and a daughter who all helped her with decorating decisions.   I think she is just being humble.    

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did when I first saw them!!!!

 

 

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The back yard was in even worse condition than the front.   Boarded up windows added to its “appeal!”

 

 

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There was a fence between the house and the garage – which was immediately removed by the new owner!!

 

 

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Walking in the front door, to the left was an office with paneling and a built in desk, along with old carpet.   Luckily there were a pair of French doors that closed off the room and provided a bit of charm.    After closing, the built in desk was immediately torn down.

 

 

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To the right was a red dining room that led into the kitchen.   Love all the different shades of red in the molding.

 

 

 

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The kitchen had never been updated.  It was stuck in the 90s with its light oak stain, white appliances, checkerboard backsplash and tiny island.    You can see the door to the dining room before it was removed.

 

 

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The kitchen is across from the family room.   The front door, study and dining room are through the archway on the left.

 

 

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The family room with its sea of carpeting and ceiling fan had a dated fireplace though the molding was as asset.    The 3 bedrooms are off the doors in the corner.

 

 

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Looking back from the family room into the kitchen with its dated white tiled floor, ceiling fans, and fluorescent lighting.  

 

 

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The master bedroom was painted like the dining room in two tones of red.  It is large with an attached sitting area.

 

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A blue bathroom to match the red bedroom?   Strange decorating!

 

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The blue master bathroom was large, with a tub and shower and carpeting and tile and brass. 

 

DEMOLITION:

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The demo on the kitchen was extensive.   The door to the dining room was closed off and the island and bar were removed.  The owner was able to reuse the cabinetry which was another huge savings. 

 

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Without the island and the bar, it already looks so different!

 

 

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The front study without the paneled built in desk.

 

 

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One of the changes was closing up the door to the kitchen, which allowed for much needed counterspace.

 

JUST TWENTY DAYS LATER, THE FAMILY WAS READY TO MOVE INTO THEIR NEW HOME:

 

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New landscaping was installed.   The trim was painted a deep gray.   New lanterns were installed next to the door.   Ready to go inside????

 

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I told you!!!!!   Can you believe this is the same house?????!!!!   First, the flooring and carpet was replaced with hardwoods.   Next, the cabinets were painted a fresh white.   New stainless appliances were added.   And instead of a bar and an island – one large island was built.     Next, granite countertops were added along with subway tiles.   The fabulous lanterns were the owners – she bought them at market 8 years ago and Alcon wired them for this house.   I love the lanterns in the sink window, along with the textured blinds – they add so much warmth, as do the curtains in the breakfast area.

 

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Looking towards the family room.   You can see where the added countertop space came from closing up the dining room door. 

 

 

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And, notice the door to the pantry – it’s old and was bought at Atkins and new charming hardware was added to it. 

 

 

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Looking towards the front door.  The study, with its French doors is to the right, the dining room is across from it.   Notice the lantern in the entry hall. 

 

 

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The breakfast room has a wood chandelier and red curtain panels hanging from pewter like rods.  

 

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The family room and kitchen were painted white with gray trim.  The owner removed the built in bookcases next to the fireplace and painted the mantel a deeper gray.   The fireplace was also redone – with a light brick.  Seagrass covers part of the new hardwoods.   The same curtains in the kitchen hang here for continuity.    I love the small antique cabinet – it looks like it was made for that space!   Love all the white slipped furniture – this room is so cozy and warm and inviting.  

 

 

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Looking back towards the kitchen.    I really love the dark gray on the door and the fireplace with the lighter gray on the molding.  It’s so chic looking.   Love the antique piece in front of the window flanked by two chairs with trendy pillows.    And I love the old wooden piece over the back door.   Just darling!!!!!  Isn’t this the cutest ever???

 

 

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The owner installed sconces next to the fireplace and she added a new ceiling fan (it’s Houston people!!!)   By removing the bookcases, it all looks so much cleaner and bigger.   

 

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Looking from the entry hall into the family room  

 

 

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The front study used to have a wall filled with a paneled built in desk.   That was removed to make way for her collection of antique furniture.   The homeowner added a chandelier and sconces.   The French doors are a nice touch that came with the house.

 

 

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Looking back towards the entry hall and dining room.  

 

 

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And looking out the two front windows.   Cute lantern!

 

 

 

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The dining room has a skirted table and an assortment of chairs surrounding it.   Cute baskets flank the console with its tall lamps.

 

 

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Here you can see where the door to the kitchen was removed.  The owner uses her dining room as a library.  Love that wicker bottle.

 

 

 

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The once red master bedroom got new patterned carpet in a soft taupe.   Her bed is all white and taupe.  Love those silver lamps!!!!

 

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Overlooking the new back courtyard, the owner added linen curtains and textured shades along with her collection of antique furniture.

 

 

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In the sitting area of her master bedroom, the owner added more white slipped furniture and an antique armoire along with the curtains and shade.   Cute scalloped wicker lamp shades match those in the bed area.

 

 

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The once dark blue bathroom is now all white with the deep gray.  Granite was added to the countertops and new tile was placed on the floor and tub surround.   The mirror adds a cozy touch, as does her styling on the sink.   The bathroom vanity once had an open area to sit at, but she replaced it with more drawer space instead.  Gray painted molding added to the mirror makes it look more substantial. 

 

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The owner added sconces and a light fixture over the tub, along with textured blinds. 

 

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The dated brass doors were removed and the shower was given a complete facelift in the new tile.  New plumbing fixtures were added throughout the bath.

 

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Here’s a peek at her son’s room with its cute striped upholstered headboard.

 

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Her daughter’s room is darling with old shutters for her headboard, a charming blue painted side table and black and white check curtains.  So cute!

 

 

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In the back, the fence between the garage and the house was removed, making room for a large courtyard, which was paved in slate tiles. 

 

 

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The master bedroom overlooks the charming courtyard.

 

 

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The back door today. 

 

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Finally, it’s hard to believe – the house went from this…..

 

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To this in just twenty days.   Unreal.

 

Thank you so very, very much to our homeowner who so graciously shared her house with us!!!

219 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm speechless! The owner certainly had a vision of what this house could be! The truly amazing thing was that it was accomplished in only twenty days?

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  2. I think my mouth was hanging open while looking at all the after pictures. That house is gorgeous! I would love to live there! :)

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  3. WOW! I'm in absolute awe of the transformation!

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  4. Jaw-dropping before and after...wow! I love every single change and can't get over how quickly it was completed. I love her use of lanterns throughout and the textures everywhere are yummy.
    The perfect post for the end of a long, long week.
    Thanks Joni.
    Hugs~
    T

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  5. What an incredible makeover, such vision and twenty days? Really? It now looks fabulous!!!!! Love it. ;-)

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  6. Amazing. She can do all of that in 20 days and I've been in my house 6 years and still trying to get it like I want it. Love that kitchen sooo much.

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  7. Wow!! Truly stunning. The homeowner has impeccable taste. I adore her lanterns!

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  8. My jaw hit the FLOOR when I saw these pics. WOW. This is such a gorgeous remodel. Probably one of the most striking transformations I've ever seen! So beautiful!

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  9. Absolutely amazing. What an inspirational story. The house is GORGEOUS! Thanks Joni :) xox

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  10. thanks, joni. that WAS a good one. some great ideas to take with us, too.

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  11. superb! and in that time frame.... incredible! pam

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  12. One of your best posts ever! Wow! This remodel leaves me speechless. Not since Sally Wheat has a house done that to me. I love everything about it and to think it was just 3 weeks from before to after. This homeowner deserves the Oscar for time effective achievement in remodeling. Beautiful!

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  13. That's what I call having a vision and putting a plan into action! Terrific job!

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  14. Thats great looking!
    Nice and very real and livable!!!
    I like it.
    L.

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  15. This is amazing....wow, cannot believe she did this in 20 days. Love it all!

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  16. Incredible! All of that in 20 days! What a great before and after.

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  17. Wow....20 days? Who was her workers? That is incredible! Loved it!!!
    I would have to light a huge fire under my man's u-know what to get all that done in 20 days.....

    Cindy

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  18. Joni,
    OMG, shut the front door! Too gorge, thank you so much for sharing

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  19. I was talking to you with every click of my mouse...did you hear me? I think I wore out my mouse going back and forth between the before and after pictures.
    This is so my kind of remodel. Get in, get it done, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
    Kudos to the home owner for letting you share her gorgeous, gorgeous house with us, and to you for your edge-of-our-chair presentation and commentary.

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  20. I'm heading to our local hardware shop to pick up some paint and nails. I'm feeling inspired.

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  21. Wow! This transformation is amazing! And done in 20 days is too! I love the subtle pops of red. Those curtains in the kitchen are beautiful. And I love the idea of lantern style pendants above the kitchen island. This is my first time on your site, and I am now a follower! Thanks!

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  22. Love the transformation - shows that sometimes ripping the guts out straight away pays off - if my husband had seen all that built in cabinetry in the office space I'd have lost the battle right there!
    Great job - very impressive.

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  23. Wow! I love reading stories like these. So impressive. It just shows how a neglected house can be transformed with a little money and good taste. This is prettier than alot of non-neglected houses that I've seen! The new homeowner certainly made wise decisions and made a house a home. I can't believe all of this was done so quickly! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. She could have a second career! I wonder where she bought her shades? Fabulous!

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  25. Great story and I agree with the others: it was an amazing transformation. The homeowner had a vision and carried it through admirably.

    My only quibble: some of her lighting choices, i.e., those two lamps on either side of the sofa in the family room, seem wildly out of scale.

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  26. OMG! Joni, I cannot believe it! This woman is a design dynamo....she should be heading a Fortune 500 company.
    Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!
    -linda,ny

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  27. * "Shock" for you, Joni, as I'm allllmost S_P_E_E_C_H_L_E_S_S!!!!!! (Note I acknowledged the "ALMOST!"~ Grins!)...

    Now THAT's what I'd call a "TRULY NATURAL TALENT"... she's been GIFTED!!! I just can't get OVER it all~ and even if she'd have taken a REAR or MORE or, I'd STILL be in awe... and yes, I LOVE her TASTE!!!

    Pleeease give her MY HUUUUGE THANK YOU for letting you share this with all of us!!!

    Note: Am forwarding this on to my two (married) nieces in So Cal & Boston (they're going to LOVE seeing this as much as all of US have!)~~~ "Yessireebob", some FAAAABULOUS IDEAS as WELL as just plain ol' PERRRRTY as can be!!!

    Hugs,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  28. * P.S. As this was posted I noticed the comment above from TOPAZ... YES, while most would have to agree they ARE "massive" lamps, I personally think they make a GREAT STATEMENT about this gal, who KNOWS what she WANTS n' LIKES n' WHAT MAKES HER COMFY n' HAPPY... I actually LOVE that part!!! (And that's kinda what makes all this so FUN, too, isn't it?!?!?!)... XO again, Linda...

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  29. What????!!!! It's the "20 days" that gets me. Amazing. Impressive. Jealousy-inducing...

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  30. Joni,

    My jaw dropped. The before and afters, plus that she is not a designer ....amazing!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  31. Wow!! Absolutely unbelievable...and in only 20 days! I love it!

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  32. My GOODNESS! I've never seen a 20-day turnaround ...and never imagined it could be done so beautifully! Is this woman a designer? She should be! It looks like she knew what she wanted and had everything ready to go.

    I can's stop admiring the monogrammed cutting board in the kitchen.

    I hope this homeowner is feeling ten feet tall today! She absolutely should!

    WOW!
    Linsey

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  33. I am stunned and beyond words. What a gorgeous and comfortable home!

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  34. It doesn't even look like the same house...and in only 20 days. That's incredible. Each picture was more and more amazing.

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  35. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! It took me at least twenty days just to pick out new hinges and cabinet hardware, and don't even get me started on how long it took to pick out granite counter tops and marble flooring!!! Add to that ordering and delivery time, various workers schedules and the usual problems which generally accompany any remodel - and it eventually took 4 months to redo a small bath in my home. Twenty days - AMAZING!!!!! Oh, and I still haven't found a window treatment!

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  36. Positively stunning! I had to remind myself what it looked like before when I was looking (ok, drooling) at the afters! It's like it's always been that way. Thanks for sharing@

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  37. Hi Joni! Twenty days? Wowzies! This home looks marvelous! The homeowner certainly had vision, didn't she? How lovely everything is! The kitchen! I love kitchens! So pretty!
    Thanks for sharing this and Happy New Year! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  38. Wow! It can take me 20 days to decide on a paint color, Really beautiful home.

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  39. On one hand it's a fantastic job; on the other, if it's my own house, I wouldn't do it in 20 days only. Where is the fun in decorating?

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  40. Well it is obvious this homeowner hasdone her homework...Great transformation!!!!!!And I like tha fact they pulled design elements from different sources and put it together their way... Well done! Thanks Joni for briging it to light!Maryanne ;)

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  41. Twenty Days!... that's fantastic! I can't even get some contractors to finish writing up their bids in that time period!

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  42. This is beautiful and so thoughtfully
    done.

    I'm sure you will get lots of requests for sources...I'm wondering about the big monogrammed pillows on the master bed. Think she would share the source?

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  43. country french judiJanuary 14, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    How many people were working on that house to complete all that in 20 days??? Think about all the work that was done in the kitchen, painting cabinets, they need to dry between coats, measuring for countertops, painting walls, electrical work for all new fixtures and outlets, putting down a new floor, new door, etc. how were they able to stay organized and not falling on each other?? Then there are people working the second floor and the patio OMG that requires a dedicated crew of contractors. Kinda like the TV show! I don't know what the rush was but it is a beautiful renovation.!!!!!!

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  44. Did you say 20 days??????????????
    I don't know what to say....I can barely organize our renovation in 4 months and that doesn't include furnishings and window treatments. Who is this wonder woman? Is she a contractor or in the business? I must know more.

    Thanks as well to the Skirted Roundtable for keeping me entertained while painting a darling french provincial dresser for my daughter. It was such fun listening to you and several of your guests. Are you coming back?

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  45. Stunned is the only way to describe my reaction to this makeover. I can not believe it is the same house and it was done in 20 days. This woman is a powerhouse. I would love to see what her old house looked like. Please pass on my congratulations for a job well done.

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  46. O.K,
    Obviously stunning, a makeover by a superwoman!
    Here's my question, and I'll take advice from anyone who has accomplished (success's only please!) the painting of oak cabinets so that they don't have that heavy grainy look that they're known for.
    We have light oak cabs, and they're in good condition so we don't want to rip them out and incur that huge cost of new installation. I think I'd be happy painting them white but I've heard some horror stories..and then I see pics like these and they look stunning.
    Any tips for me.....anyone who's been there? Thanks so much, this was an amazing overhaul on this house!

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  47. I told y'all!!!!!! My mouth dropped when I saw the first after picture. Even if she did it in three months, it would still be amazing. I guess by not using a contractor she could schedule as many crews as she wanted to!!!! Plus it's just sooooooo cute!!!!!

    I KNEW you all would love it as much as me. I told the homeowner people were going to go crazy. Hehe.

    Thanks everyone!!!!

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  48. What a lovely, gracious home. Amazing - especially given the timeline! Love the details - especially the draperies . . . and the toile throughout. Thank you for sharing these!

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  49. Yowza!
    Surely you meant to say 20 weeks?!?!?

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  50. How many individuals helped this lady accomplish this feat within 20 days. Unbelievable !!!!!! If someone would have told me this was possible within that timeframe, I would not have believed it. This is a great home. Give my regards to the lady.

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  51. Beautiful! Could she share who is the maker of the subway tiles, and their name? Thanks! Cathy

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  52. Amazing. How inspirational for those of us going through renos on homes of this era. I swear my husband and I looked at a house with this same exact layout when we were househunting in early 2010. It wasn't THIS house... paint and a few finishes were different, but it was in the same shape. Crazy what "could have been." Love it!

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  53. I just went through the pics again and have one more request from the homeowner! The sources for the lighting in the office, off the back door and on the bathroom mirror. Lovely! Thank you so much for sharing, Joni!

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  54. Joni- Quite amazing. That's twenty days of determination.

    Loretta

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  55. I AM SO IMPRESSED!!! Can you give me her number??? I need her to come to my house!!! LOL


    I love the kitchen! Simply stunning!


    xo


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  56. You're kidding me, right??? Twenty days??? She is a miracle worker! This is fantastic!

    Joni, this is one of my favorite remodeling projects, and I love her kitchen. I cannot get over what she did. BRAVO! I'm just completely blown away and am going to have to go back and ogle her kitchen so more. It's faboulous. The whole redo is. From the front door to the back... super job. Please thank the home owner for us and let her know how very much we appreciate her graciousness in sharing her home with us. I loved this!

    Love you, too...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  57. So sad to me that may have been the dream of someone else. Happy for the new homeowner, but sad for the thousands of Americans who have lost their homes.

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  58. OMG, words cannot express how I feel about this renovation....beautiful, stunning, unbelievable, gorgeous are just a few that come close....thanks Joni for sharing this awesome home.

    Judy

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  59. Amazing transformation. I like the way its so cozy, inviting,elegant but not at all stuffy and very in keeping with the feel of the hosue. The befores were almost hard to look at! I am sure it made one lucky family very happy:)

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  60. 20 days??? Pffft! She should see what I've done here in 3 years! I mean, I painted ONE WHOLE ROOM and if you think THAT'S a lot, then I even stripped ONE room of wallpaper in addition to that! Take that, sister!

    No, seriously. My mind is still reeling over this! Absolutely incredible. So happy for her--her home really looks like it reflects who she is (not that I know her).....very cozy, thoughtful, and welcoming. Great job!

    xoxo,

    Andrea

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  61. Simply brilliant! Stunned by the transormation and the timeline. Spill it sister: what WAS the tight budget?? I am so changing my lame vanity area in our master bath to drawers; it's that exact same double-sink layout and I always assumed it wouldn't work because the drawers would be uneven. I agree those 2 lamps seem too tall (or the two end tables are a smidge too high); but that is IT ... the one and only thing I would change in the whole house. Fabulous job!

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  62. WOW!!!!! Put this woman in charge of the WORLD!

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  63. Is there a living room? Wonderful art work.

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  64. This is awesome! I read so many decorating blogs and all of the houses are super white... I found the color in this home refreshing. So Texas! :)

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  65. Do you know the square footage of the home? I cannot believe she put this together in 20 days! Fantastic.

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  66. Love this post. What is the best way to paint stained cabinets like this homeowner did?

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  67. Beautiful! I would love to know, if the homeowner is reading this, the artist of her beautiful paintings (they look to be the same artist?)

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  68. OMG !!!
    I am blown over. in 20 days!! She certainly had some awesome contacts to pull that off. Joni thanks for sharing this with us and thanks to the homeowner.
    B

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  69. This woman is incredible. One of the posters said the key word: husband. Tear out perfectly good cabinets? Paint when it isn't necessary?

    I loved every bit of her work even though I'm not a grey person. Those lamps in the family room do look precarious though. I hope she'll share her sources. I've already got a few ideas from her.

    Hope she enjoys her new house.

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  70. WOW!!! In just twenty days?! Now, I have no more excuses!! What an amazing transformation!!

    Karen T.

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  71. Wow!!!! I just hope the last owners don't kill themselves...

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  72. Absolutely stunning!! I would love it if the owner would be willing to share some of her "secrets" and "sources"....this is SUCH an inspiring post- thanks Joni!!

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  73. Wow! Is it just me or does anyone else think the lamps, especially in the family room, look huge? Is this a new trend? Obviously done on a budget, I'd love to know the cost of the transformation. Great job using what she already owned!

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  74. Beautiful! I think the family/kitchen area is my fav, I wonder where she got her curtains from? Love them!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us (;

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  75. Love everything about this house. What a genius! Would love to know the gray paint colors.

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  76. Truly an amazing renovation! I was wondering why the 20 day crunch time?
    The kitchen is terrific and the large hardware on the pantry door was an immediate favorite of mine! The oversized mirror over the vanity in the master bathroom was a wise save and getting rid of the old light fixtures was a great improvement! She certainly has great ideas and is lucky to have those family and friends that were so helpful! Great job!

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  77. My father, who is a contractor, always says, "You can have it done quick, you can have it done inexpensively, you can have it done right. Pick any two."

    After seeing these pictures, and knowing from extensive experience what goes into home renovation, I'm not buying the homeowner's story about this admittedly dramatic transformation, especially since she was her own general contractor and supposedly did not quit her day job.

    I think you you summed it up best, Joni: "Unreal."

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  78. I think all of us peeps would love for her and HER peeps to be OUR peeps!!!! Great vision, great execution, too many favs to mention. The home as a whole is comfortable, interesting and inspiring.
    I've just GOT to be braver in my own home!
    Thanks for begging, cajoling or bribing to get the post!

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  79. I look at up to 30 blogs daily, and I'll have to say this is the most outstanding re-do I have ever seen! How the owner organized herself to get all this done in 20 days is fabulous! Of course, her wonderful furniture and accessories help this "new" house look great, but you have to have a master plan to make it all work. Congrats to the new family in this wonderful home and thanks to you, Joni, for sharing it with us!

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  80. Wow. 20 days? I'm speechless. Love her paint choices, too -- and I'd love the color names!

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  81. Joni thanks SO much for sharing this wonderful transformation! Alot of my friends live in a neighborhood with homes from that era/look. I just recently did a post about updating a home similar to this, but we've only started to scratch the surface. The client has started with the kitchen/FR, but we'll eventually go into other rooms. I'm hoping to help others in our area to redo this style of home.Having this before/after is a great visual.

    Amazing though how they accomplished this entire house in 20 days!!!! Must of had several crews?

    Here's the redo I did for a client just before Thanksgiving:
    http://jvwhome.blogspot.com/2010/12/renes-redo.html

    (i just noticed my pics on my blog look so dinky compared to your fab ones...any advice??)
    Have a great wknd!!
    xoxo

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  82. OMG!!!!!

    I am exhausted from scrolling back and forth over and over!!!!! Even made my husband look at it!
    Absolutely lovely!

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  83. Wow.....just amazing! Loved every single thing she did! Bonnie

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  84. Twenty-one days! That girl had vision. And drive. And a good crew.

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  85. That remodel is fabulous! Congrats to the homeowners who saved that house and for their vision.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  86. I am in awe. That is one of the most amazing transformations I've seen, especially in that short of time. AMAZING!

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  87. Like everyone else, I am impressed! My husband and I downsized to a house last August that is dated like this one was -- suffice it to say, we have not made anywhere near the progress she has. Could you please ask her to share some of her resources -- curtains, lamps, hardware, etc.? Thanks to both of you for the inspiration! (And what did you decide about the wicker chairs?)

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  88. OH MY GAWD!!!!!! COMPLETELY STUNNING!!! In every way! Having worked with different sub-contractors on reno jobs I am stunned that she was able to get all of them to SHOW UP when they were supposed to so that this job could be completed on this time line. Subs are notoriously unreliable and cause more headaches than the cost over-runs!!! She must have gotten GOOD ONES....obviously...worth their weight in GOLD!!! This home is absolutely FANTASTIC! Thanks to her and to you, Joni, for sharing it with us! WE ARE ALL INSPIRED!!!

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  89. Joni,
    Oh my goodness so beautiful. I love the overscale lamps myself. They give the room a certain something, a boldness which reflects the home owners personality. My question is what is the lovely soft gray shade she has on the trim?? Its perfection!!!!

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  90. Wow, even if it wasn't 20 days, it is truly impressive. This is a woman who knows what she wants. I am impressed by her design sense, her vision, resourcefulness and energy -- but most of all her organizational skills. She should definitely be running a company.

    I'm embarrassed to admit that I've been in my current house for 4 months, and am still trying to decide what paint colors and design changes need to be made. Ugh!

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  91. Beautiful...and a truly wonderful story!

    Ahhhh... the power of women...and one's inspired imagination!

    She can do this full time...that's for sure!

    VICTORIA

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  92. As I was scrolling down, my jaw dropped when I saw the first after picture. I cannot believe this was all accomplished in 20 days! Amazing. I also love everything she did. The kitchen is so wonderful. Like you said, even if it was 3 months, it still would be amazing. Thanks for sharing the best before and after ever.
    ~Delores

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  93. Joni, What do you think of the drapery rods in the breakfast nook not going all the way across the window? This is very timely for me because I have a large bay window in my breakfast nook and am considering doing the same thing - not taking the rod all the way across. Can you please comment? Thanks.

    And of course the whole redo is unbelievably fantastic! I am so impressed. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  94. Renovate in haste; repent at leisure.

    Sure, there are some things that you like to have done before you move in, but I don't believe in fairy tales OR three-week total renovations.

    Especially when there were so many disciplines involved, led by an inexperienced general contractor.

    And were no permits required?

    What, exactly, was her idea of a tight budget? Obviously, it included massive amounts of professional labor. And every job has it's share of cost overruns; when you're trying to do it this fast, that's going to make it even worse.

    It was a pleasant story, though.

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  95. That's amazing! I love the white walls and grey trim, it looks so elegant! I also love the crown moulding she used over her kitchen cabinets to make that great ledge -- the perfect way to work around the soffit. Thanks for sharing!! I'm inspired...

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  96. Thanks for sharing all the lovely pictures from this remodel. Very inspiring to see what can happen in such a short time, when your determined. Great job on your blog, I'm always inspired!

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  97. After absorbing these photos I sat for a few minutes and tried to put my finger on why this remodel stands out so much, why is it so much better than usual?

    What I came up with is this one has fantastic CONTRAST. Light and dark, high end and rustic, smooth and rough. So many design schemes today lack adequate contrast, but this one sure has it right!

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  98. A 20 day transformation is clearly evident in many respects. The owner certainly made a huge improvement to the back yard and to the landscaping in general giving the home more curb appeal. This is an attractive home on the outside and suggest great potential for the inside. I have to wonder whether or not the speed at which this project was done will come back to haunt the owner at some point. The one room that clearly did not improve to my eye was the bathroom which now looks dated and dirty. In addition the huge lamps are distracting and the decor needs some serious editing to avoid the cluttered look it currently has. I will give the owner credit for having been able to harness the manpower to achieve her goals.

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  99. Joni, What an amazing transformation! The home is gorgeous. This is one of my favorite remodeling projects of all times.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  100. Joni, isn't it wonderful to see someone who just "went for it?" She had a vision & knew beforehand how it would all come out. Thanks for posting this, it should inspire many people to get started on projects they've been dreaming of. xx's

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  101. Your friend did an outstanding, amazing job! I can not believe she accomplished it all in twenty days, truly remarkable! I personally think she needs to change her profession. I love all her unique personal items. She even gave me a few ideas. Truly a stunning makeover!!!!!

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  102. I am Inspired and In Awe!!! Thanks so much sharing this wonderful project. I absolutely adore it ;-)

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  103. Oh this is beautiful!! I love it and would live there in a heartbeat!! I would love to know where she got the red curtains in the kitchen and living room or what fabric was used!

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  104. I'm amazed! I love her antiques and how thoughtfully everything seemed to be done! Some people just have the knack, vision, whatever, to know how to fill a space to make it cozy and inviting. She has it. I would love to have her walk around my house and just talk about what she would put in particular spaces. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Joni!

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  105. Joni, this was just what we needed today! My husband has been crawling around inside the wall behind my stove, cheerfully (not!) redoing the ductwork to accommodate the new range hood that I ordered. We're in the middle of a kitchen makeover -- more than 20 days in for sure -- and looking at the amazing photos of this renovation helped us to focus on the finish line. 20 days? No contractor? Are you kidding me?! GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing this with us! In fact, I'm going to bookmark this post as well as share it with a couple of my realtor friends. It can be so hard for most people to look past dated kitchens and even paint colors to see the bones of what a house COULD be, yet a little creativity, imagination and elbow grease is often all that stands between us and the home we've always dreamed of living in. Thank you!

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  106. By the way, could you possibly find out which gray paint color the homeowner used for her exterior trim? This is such a beautiful transformation!

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  107. I want to get every contractor in my small town around my computer to view this and start screaming this was done in 20 days!!
    I would also love to find out the gray exterior paint color.

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  108. Joni, there is a lot to be said for negative space or having a place to rest the eyes. Between the street lights sitting on the the tables and an over use of lanterns, the house makes one dizzy. It's such a pretty house outside, but with the decor I must assume the decorator couldn't pull it together in 20 days.

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  109. I have to join the legion of folks who were amazed at this transformation in only 20 days. I have to assume she had great inventory to build on.

    Really wonderful job! Think how many houses this gal could make livable in a year!

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  110. What I won't do to see a beautifully designed home...I'm out of town & left the computer at home. when a friend texted me that I would adore your post, I hurried to borrow a laptop (complete stranger in hotel lobby - yes, I think I might have a problem!! if only you heard me explaining myself) so worth it though, because this has to be one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES!!! Oh my! So good!!! Thanks, Joni!!!

    Tessa

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  111. From one who did a similar remodel in about 60 days, I think it can be done IF you had access to the house before you closed and had everything ordered and in stock before you were ready to demolish. I think Joni said she had pre-ordered some things before closing. Being that is was a foreclosure, it was probably not occupied prior to closing. I did not have this luxury before my remodel.

    Lamps- I think she had them made from stair banisters/spindles. Just have a hole drilled thru the middle and buy the lamp/wiring kit and shade and VOILA! Rindy

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  112. Beautiful! And as a reminder, this blog is for fun. Stop with the negativity, people. No one is perfect. Let us have our fun.

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  113. What a leap of faith and marvelous vision! This is perfect for her--and will still have room for kids in and out from college. This is my favorite kind of post--thanks for sharing it!

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  114. Joni, I love your before and afters! My favorite kind of post.

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  115. absolutely fabulous. would love to know the what that type of renovation cost. the owner has great style and real project management skills. she could give up her day job.

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  116. 20 days?! That's incredible! And a lot of hard work! Gorgeous renovation!

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  117. Joni:
    Thank you again for allowing to see another before and after. I have now looked at it 5 times.
    Please - would love to know where she got her wood floors from! They are just what I am looking for in my remodel!
    I know that the homeowner must be so proud of her beautiful remodel!
    Thanks again to both of you for allowing all of us to see it.

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  118. She did a beautiful job, and I forwarded this to my son and daughterinlaw, as they are moving to Dallas from Katy and hope this will inspire them! Now for all of you "NAYSAYERS" houses are renovated in that time frame alot, I am a designer and do selections for an investor that flips 6 to 10 houses a year. He gives his subs plenty of work so they take care of him.
    Last may I did a country club in Mckinney, Texas, they hired me on May 3, it was framed and the sheathing was on we had the ribbon cutting ceremony on the 28th of May. Granted I hardly did any other work that month and my 3 part time assistants worked a couple of 14 hour days that last week. I didn't get to order the furniture because of the time constraint, I had to find things local, good thing we have a large design destrict.

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  119. Wow, wow, wow, what a transformation! 20 days, that is unreal. It is truly gorgeous, all the details are wonderful.

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  120. Wow! I can't believe that only took 20 days! She was prepared! I am getting a full length mirror like that for my bathroom. Thanks for sharing!

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  121. Great remodel! Will she share her trim (crown molding and fireplace) paint colors?

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  122. If you are able to get sources I would love to know where the bedroom carpet is from and what color!

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  123. Let us be rational for a moment and ask a few questions before we jump into ooo lala mode. These are photographs we are seeing posted on a website. We have no clue about the quality of the finished carpentry, drywall work, painting, tile installation, flooring or cabinetry work. You could probably build a lot of things in 20 days if you are not particular about the end result. I have no way of judging, but I will say from experience that a house full of construction workers from every stock and trade for 20 days does not perfection make. There have been some sacrifices made here in the interest of taking possession of the house. If that suits the buyer so be it, but it would not suit most of the readers here if left with the same decisions. Let's get honest and don't ask your contractor on Monday to perform accordingly unless you want to get royally screwed.

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  124. Just entered Blogland. I have been missing out on all of this girliness. Just travelled to Provence. Found "French Essence" blog and then saw your blog on her site. We moved to Houston so glad to have found a more veteran blogger!! Can't wait to get through more of your site.

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  125. what about that tv show where they build a new home in like 3 days? it can be done. she did it. and it looks fabulous.

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  126. stephanie - the owner took the curtains and rods from her old house - so that may account for how the rods didn't fit the windows exactly? myself - i do like the rods to go all the way across, but that is SO personal because i like the way her rods look!!!! but i am doing curtains on my five french doors and i have one huge rod going from one end to the other. that's what i personally prefer.

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  127. Joni!
    This woman had incredible vision of what could be and she executed outstandingly! There are so many things I love!
    xx

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  128. Joni, would you really want a home built by ABC or HGTV that was put up on a slab in three days - REALLY?
    Even Habitat doesn't build them that fast. Stop fooling yourself because you aren't fooling us with that kind of rationale.

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  129. anon. seriously. are you kidding? people are saying it was shitty work because it was done in 20 days. i mean really. what was done? painted, prefinished floor installed, tiled bathroom, granite in kitchen. kitchen island built. take it apart. 1 week paint/2 days floor and carpet/1 day granite/1 week bathroom.
    we aren't talking handpainted murals, fauxed walls, intricate molding installed. it's all pretty easy work. she probably had someone working on the bathroom while someone else did the kitchen island while someone else installed the lighting. etc. it is what it is. it was a feat of organization. plus she's lucky she lives in texas where we have lots and lots of labor available cheap. she made quick decisions and it all came together beautifully i think. i think its adorable.

    the house itself is a cookie cutter that fills every suburb in houston. we've all seen that house a million times. she turned it into something new and fresh and unique. she did a great job imho.

    if you don't like it or think it's shoddy work (which you really can't honestly judge that) - then fine. by the response i would say that most people disagree with you. most people seem to think it's adorable, just like me.

    i'm not trying to fool anyone here. why would i? i just said that yes - this could be done. entire houses are put up in a weeks time or less. no, they aren't mansions or bobby mcalpine houses, but they are houses.

    and truthfully - i would be very happy in her house. i think its adorable.

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  130. Oh. My. Gosh. This is just incredible. What impeccable taste and great choices the owner made. Thank you so much for sharing, Joni! And thanks to the homeowner...you have a 2nd career waiting for you!

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  131. WHOA! In twenty days I would consider getting rid of the Snookie Fake Tan colored walls in the kitchen alone an accomplishment. Wow. I am impressed!

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  132. My hero, the Energizer Bunny with a vision and organizational skills. She must be some motivator to get all the workers on board. Looks great.

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  133. Joni please delete anon and his negative viewpoints...he is spoiling our fun. This house is amazing.

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  134. Holy C R A P. That is monumental. My tastes are just too confused to pull anything like that together in less than a year. I am in awe - she has great stuff already but made the shell just beautiful in such a short time. Honestly, I think it is a gorgeous home and wish we had houses like that here - even the before looked a lot better than some of the crap being built here. So much potential in the hands of a master!

    Great job - and it looks so inviting I just want to curl up on her sofas...

    xo Terri

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  135. You are spot on...that is incredible. I have been working on my federation (c.1900 in Australia) home for 6 years and I have still not completed it! To think they did all of this amazing work in the short space of time is mind boggling!

    I did a post on my kitchen renovation but I unfortunately forgot to include "before" photos. Which of course makes the transformation a lot more interesting!

    By the way, I love your previous post "A Glimpse into the 18th Century" - as an antique dealer it is great for me to see what American dealers are up to (you guys are often one or two steps ahead of us!). Thank you for a great post, as usual...Tammy

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  136. I do not care how many days it took to do this home. I want to change so many things that I can not begin to list them all.

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  137. Joni- thank you for sharing this post. Too bad there are those who have to say something negative. This home is adorable, great style, whether it was done in weeks or months. The homeowner and friends are quite talented and inspired many of us.
    Joni, you are the best!

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  138. Beautiful reno. Love it all!

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  139. Thank you for sharing this inspiring reno. I have a beach house that needs similar love. This post gets me thinking. Thanks again.

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  140. 20 days incredible!--in NYC you couldn't get the permits to change a doorknob in 20 days-ha, ha! Great transformation, and as always, you brought it to life for all of us!

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  141. Joni, you're a doll for stopping by my blog.....and I so appreciate your blog tip on the Windows Live.

    I always adore your blog posts!
    xoxo

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  142. Holy crap!!! So much inspiration. I need to get moving on my own house.

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  143. I echo many others' sentiments . . . jaw-dropping, inspirational, beautiful.

    I have no doubt that with: Plenty of planning, lots of organization, amazing crews, a great eye (and friends with great eyes!) AND a little luck, this can be done in 20 days.

    What holds me (and I suspect many others) back is indecision. It takes me just forever to make even the most simple choices.

    This absolutely deserves a follow-up post - - more information and sources, please!

    Thank you, home owner, for opening your gorgeous home to us!

    Jennifer

    p.s. This post also supports the theory that it is wise to buy beautiful furniture/antiques/art that will serve you well from house to house.

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  144. Love, love, love the changes she made!! So jealous of her quick decision making skills. Have been living in my cookie cutter house for almost 4 yrs and still can decide on drapery. Fabulous reno!!

    Like so many others, I would love to know paint colors, LR drapery sources, etc!

    Carol

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  145. The nature of blogging lends itself to debate. Not everyone is going to agree with everything. So sorry if some of you find a little common sense about construction projects so jarring, but some of us, even if we like what she did with the project (mostly), find it improbable that it was completed within the time frame described and on a "tight" budget. Especially when essayed by an inexperienced non-professional who didn't have seasoned sub-contractors at her disposal.

    Joni, thank you for posting this. The pictures are what make this an interesting story. But please, you know there's no way a house can be built in "three days" and have it be a quality project in any way, shape or form.

    By the way, there's not one anonymous "he" raining on the parade. This "she" can appreciate the transofrmation, just not the specifics as stated.

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  146. Best: the kitchen re-do. Reconfiguring the space really brought it up to date and made it more liveable.

    Worst: the bath re-do. That brown tile is really ugly and the lack of a shower enclosure is jarring.

    And I agree with previous posters who thinhk the lamps, and some of the lanterns, are just too big.

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  147. I am a little jealous that she could pull this off so fast. I namby pamby around for months making decisions. But I will say 2 things that apply to me. If I did anything this fast I would make tons of mistakes. And also I think it is kind of fun to spread things out over time. As my dear old Dad reminded me, once you have your house completely decorated there is nothing left to do but sit around and look at it! I actually love the process as much as I love the finished result.

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  148. Maybe someone can answer this? I see the kitchen island before had an electric stove and the after island has gas. I'm guessing you have to jackhammer the foundation to get a gas line to the island? Would it come from a main outside line, assuming you had a gas heater, dryer, etc.?
    How long would this take to do?

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  149. Joni, would the homeowner be willing to share her beautiful int./ext. paint colors?

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  150. This is a very very nice post. I especially like the cheery red and white or cream in the living area. The patterned curtains add some rythm. I like that pattern. I like the little frech table for a desk, but using that keyboard might hurt after a while, since it's a little high. Same for the TV. The TV looks fine, but it's high. I love the big island. My kids and I enjoyed looking at the kid's rooms, especially the boy's room, since my kids are boys and we are working on their rooms right now. This is only the second time I can recall an attractive boy's room on a blog. I would imagine they are that rare, but we are doing our best.

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  151. Wow Wow Wow!!! What an incredible renovations in only 20 days!! I'm so impressed I can't believe it and I can't believe they did it all themselves!

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  152. This home is fabulous. The homeowner, with the help of her friends and family member, made some awesome choices. I love it all and would LOVE to know if the curtains in family/breakfast room are red? dk coral? And where she purchased the fabric or at least the name of the pattern and who it is by. Congratulations Homeowner. We are all so jealous!!

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  153. Oops! I also meant to comment more on quicker choices being made a little easier - - hire a decorator/consultant to help you choose fabric, paint colors, layout, etc. Someone with the experience to choose wisely, effectively and creatively. I have certainly found it is easier to help someone else make decisions for their home than for my own!!

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  154. Unbelievable! I just love to see what creative people can do if given the chance. This is a doll house now. Joni, you had me cracking up with your before descriptions. I'm with you, I don't think I've ever seen someone use multiple shades of red paint in such a decorative way???Yeah, to the new home owners and you for sharing. I think I'll go back and look again.

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  155. Anon.1:38, I agree with you totally. The logistics alone to produce a custom island the size of this one would take weeks if an owner is lucky enough to be in cue at the right time. Much of this narrative invites the readers to suspend disbelief and as we see, many have done so.

    Anon. 1:48, I agree with you about the bathroom. There was so much potential there for a fresh and classic look but the outcome is dated as a result of the tile choice which seems to not blend with the color of the vanity.

    My other question would be why the owner closed off the dining room from the kitchen (an existing convenience) for an additional three feet of counter space if the width of the door is all she gained considering the size of the island sitting in the middle of the floor offering plenty of work space.

    There is so much "stuff" sitting and hanging everywhere it is difficult to get beyond the clutter to appreciate the actual changes.

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  156. In 21 days!! Please, please, I need to know who are her miracle workers!!

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  157. Ok, so I was one of the people who commented about the scale of the lamps in the family room. I've had some free time on my hands as a prisoner in an ice jail here in Atlanta. Just opened up the House Beautiful makeovers issue and low and behold there are two massive lamps made from bronze andirons on tiny tables in the made over living room. Check it out -- Makeover Bee Cottage Part 1 (page 18).

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  158. This may be the 8th time I've visited this post since you first published it. I can't stop taking it in - and being insanely jealous of the space! Whenever I (finally) make a decision for my home, I decide I need to "think on it some more." The kind of decisions that are required for this kind of makeover would take me months. Looks great!

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  159. Some of you need to get a grip. It's an okay job but there are lots of things that look rushed or questionable. And aside from the ridiculous oversized lamps and lanterns, there's too much "decor" everywhere.

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  160. I was in a similar situation...it can be done.!!The lesson I walked away with is what is most important: Ultimately we all know what we love and when faced with deadlines... REAL deadlines...we all choose what we love and are very happy. Any fine tuning can be done as years go by. When motivated by closing deadlines, budgets restraints, considerations for loved one...as in uprooting school age children,,renovations, and the knowledge that one has found their dream home, the matriarch usually wants to get it done and settle her family in...exactly what this uber talented lady did. This homemaker wisely chose a foreclosure knowing what she was looking for...when she walked in to the home my guess is she instantly knew what she would change. My guess is she had all the bullet points in her head of what she was looking for and how she would make it her own before finding her dream home. Adrenelin is a powerful motivator. I absolutely am motivated by her fortitude, restraint, and creative design and thank her for sharing the heart of her home-her lovely kitchen- with Joni and for Joni as always to graciously think of her readers and pass it along for (my) edification.

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  161. Joni Great post as always - This homeowner is to be commended on a job so very well done. Don't know what the negativity is about. Some people take themselves way too seriously and isn't it strange they are always anon with no names! There are times in life when things happen quickly and they turn out amazing. Other times not so. It's life!! I happen to think this lady or someone who helped her has terrific taste. Not everyone has the same taste and we need not be so critical. A quote from one of my favorite inspirational speakers, Wayne Dyer. "Every judgment we make of someone else we are no defining them we are defining ourselves". Most creative people go against what is considered "the norm" like the scale of the lamps. I happen to think they look adorable and the house is wonderful and not cluttered at all. I'd take it in a heart beat!

    Thanks again for your extraordinarily wonderful blog.

    Janice - Pemaquid

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  162. Joni, I back for about the fifth time, taking this post all in....Amazing, beautiful, livable,personal -

    The homeowner should be very,very, very proud indeed.
    -linda

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  163. Oh my word!!! What an amazing re-do, no matter what length of time it took. That it took only twenty days -- incredible!

    Joni, I'm sure this lady makes a wonderful contribution to the world of healthcare, but seriously, she might be in the wrong business. To be that organized and to be able to achieve that kind of result -- wow, I am in awe!

    PS Would you please share the name of the fabric of the curtains in that breakfast/kitchen area -- love it!

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  164. That just blows me away! Breathtaking!

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  165. She did a fabulous job!! I'm sure she is loving all the coziness and freshness she built into her home! THANK you Joni, for this post!

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  166. Wow. Did I read that right? 20 days for this entire house?! I'm amazed. That kitchen has to be the biggest improvement next to that bathroom and dining room. Beautiful.
    xoxo
    Lila Ferraro

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  167. Blown away...absolutely blown away! I keep scrolling back and staring at this stunning house! I cannot beleive it took 20 days! I love the style and well..everything about it! Thank you for showing us this unbelievable transformation! I am now motivated to make some changes...If those cabinets can go from 90's oak to that...I am buying some paint today! Fabulous!!!

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  168. What IS all the negativity about?
    It is a wonderfu reno and great blog. Thanks for posting.

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  169. After months of watching and not posting, I finally have to come out of the woodwork!! Joni, delete the negative comments - he/she is clearly in the minority and doesn't deserve the limelight (but is surely enjoying it). It's YOUR blog. When you're paying for it, I'm not convinced the 1st amendment applies.
    And, by the way, I think it's stunning.

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  170. Just the kitchen alone could offer additional work space were the counters not so cluttered with non essentials. By the way, art lights now come battery operated so there is no need to string a long exposed wire down the middle of a wall. This redo will never make it into a local or regional magazine until the owner allows a stylist to clean the place up a bit.

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  171. Very beautiful renovation. However, always sad to read about a foreclosure.

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  172. Holy guacamole! I'd say she could find a new career out of this! And all in 20 days? Astonishing!

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  173. I just discovered your blog & loved it. I'm just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
    scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com
    I had a lot of fun putting it together. I would love your feedback on it if you've got a spare minute.
    Cheers
    Melissah

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  174. This is yet another one of your captivating posts. I live in one of these cookie cutter Perry homes in the burbs of Houston and I've yet to change the mini blinds or wallpaper in the 18 years I've lived here. How's that for procrastination? I love the new kitchen/family area and bath. I would have probably liked to have kept the desk and wall unit even though it was in the front of the house. The dining room is an improvement over the dark red for sure. I thought the lighting flanking the fireplace was a bit large but what do I know? Thanks for all you share!

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  175. Yeah, the house was dated, maybe dirty, but hardly a "wreck." The 'before' pictures show very little evidence that this was anything more than a house that needed some updating. The front of the house did indeed have curb appeal before, contrary to what was stated, and I have to question the new owner's friends and family who thought she was "crazy" to buy it.

    I just hope the people who lost it in foreclosure never find this blog to see all the disparaging comments made about their decorating when it was actually their home; it's bad enough to have lost it in such a way. To have people make fun of choices made 15 or 20 years ago is off-putting.

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  176. I think the pictures look lovely. She did a nice job putting it all together and I could be pretty comfy there! I just don't believe the 20 days part. My husband is a Contractor, we build and remodel houses for a living. 20 days is crazy!

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  177. Joni, you are the best! Thank you for this wonderful before and after. The homeowner truly must be incredibly organized and talented. And certainly, if you have every thing on hand and dedicated crews, this renovation could be done in three weeks. I just imagine coming home everyday and walking through the front door of the “before” and then imagine coming home to the “after.” What a difference that would make in your life. I have grown so tired or my remodeling projects that I was at the point of just saying to heck with it, I don’t care any more, but this has given me new inspiration. Thank you.

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  178. I love love the Penthouse.....Beautiful and I love the nuetral colors....Thanks for sharing!

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  179. Well. First of all, opinions clearly vary on the meaning of terms like "mess", "wreck" "in need of a total redo", and especially "tight budget".

    Then there are some strange contradictions in the story. If this woman is so used to living in a half finished house, where was the pressure to finish this reno in 20 days??? I could see doing important stuff like painting/kitchen/bathroom work, all of which is messy as hell and best done before you move in. But really, the landscaping and patio work HAD to be finished in 20 days??
    And if I'm on a "tight budget", why would I buy hardware ahead of time, knowing I "might be risking the money"?
    Sorry, I usually like this blog, but this post and the gushing comments just felt ...off.

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  180. Yeah, I'm not getting the gushing, either. It's an adequate renovation job centered mostly in the kitchen. The less said about the bathroom, the better.

    As far as decoration goes, she picked two colors (white and gray) and one fabric. The house was hardly a wreck before, based on the pictures and it seems the homeowner used mostly existing furniture. The two front rooms, in particular, are nothing special. The study has two big vertical elements so the eye doesn't know where to go, a problem compounded by the many lighting elements in there. The "library" is just a dining room with a few stacks of books and baskets.

    I kinda have to laugh at the notion of this being done in 20 days, though. Her crews would have been tripping over each other as she tried to get all her demolition, drywall, flooring, carpeting, electrical, plumbing, granite, carpentry, painting, tile/brickwork, and window treatments done, and I'm sure I'm leaving things out.

    I especially liked the comments from readers who were going to show this to their contractors and "scream at them." Yeah, let us know how that works out.

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  181. I adore this post and this house- unbelievable!! Thank you for showing us!!

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  182. After recent events especially, I, for one, would really like for there to be fewer jerks in the world; e.g., one or two who have made it their mission to post tacky comments about this home and the work done on it. This homeowner worked her butt off to make a charming, gracious home for her two children. She is not obligated to explain why she was working under a tight deadline or budget. Everyone else thinks she did an amazing job and appreciates the work she put into it, and Joni for sharing the story and pictures with us. Thank you talented homeowner and Joni!

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  183. ok. here are the answers to your questions about the reno:

    · There was already gas in the house so they were able to drop a line down from the attic into a cabinet. Then they dug a trench for the gas line in the concrete slab from the cabinet to the island, ran the line and then patched the trench. The island was built over the gas connection.



    · Paint Colors – (all Sherwin Williams satin finish)

    · Kitchen Cabinets and Walls -- Shoji White (SW 7040)

    · Trim – Worldly Gray – (SW 7043)

    · Fireplace – Intellectual Gray (SW 7045)

    · Front and Back door – Urbane Bronze (SW 7048)

    · Exterior Trim – Anonymous (SW7046)



    · Fabric: I bought the drapery fabric at High Fashion – I have no idea the name or manufacturer (sorry). It was at least 5 years ago.



    · Lanterns: They are 25 high x 14.5 wide plus the half circle hanger (7 inches) that attaches to the chain. The 25 includes the finial like thing above the actual lantern.



    · Granite: Giallo Ornamental

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  184. I think this is a fantastic transformation and a great example of creatively reusing existing elements. I have learned a lot by looking at all the small details and want to thank you for posting this!

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  185. I would imagine the previous owners would have been thrilled to do the same thing had they had the money. Why is it necessary to insult the previous owners? I don't think the colors they chose were especially outrageous. Styles change and the new owners obviously had a different budget.

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  186. You know what I really love about this story-they didn't just tear it down and start all over. I love that she took what was there and made it her own and gorgeous on top of it!! it's inspiring!

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  187. This is just DROP DEAD GORGEOUS! Love tight budget stories like this!!! We are in the end stages of building and I originally came here through google search of "2 story window treatments" LOL! Soooooo glad I saw this!
    I was just talking about matchstick blinds today, THIS seals the deal!! :)
    Kristi

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  188. While I loved them both, I went ga-ga over the second one!!! LOVE IT!. 20 day? .... geeze, how wonderful!! Thanks for "tour"!
    Pink Hugs,
    Dee

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  189. Does anyone know what bed linens are used in the master bedroom of the Ginger Barber-designed home? I love the duvet cover on the bed.

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  190. You have got to be kidding me! I cannot even believe this is the same house! I must have NO vision because I could not even imagine what could possibly be done to make that exterior attractive and I certainly thought the interior was completely a lost cause. Holy smokes! If someone could transform that house into such a beautiful showplace, I think they could do just about anything. Very inspirational, Joni. Thanks to you and the homeowner for sharing.

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  191. Where did she get the red and cream curtains in her family room?

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  192. Thank you so
    Much! I have been waiting to see that one thing, that spark
    that hits the mark and gets my creative juices flowing. I have been stuck in a rut. Now, I have new ideas for my space. I love red and turquoise and refuse to let them go because "red is out". I see Beautiful gray everywhere and love it too!... But was at a loss for how to make it work with my colors. I see it all! Where are my sketch pads? Yay!

    Frisco, Tx

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  193. I think the homeowner did a fantastic job! I have to wonder if some of the "haters" leaving comments on here are out of work designers - LOL! Wake up people, this is 2011 and the economy is not what it used to be! Not everyone has (or would be foolish enough) to pour half a million dollars into a renovation, especially on this type of home. Speaking as someone who grew up in a Houston suburb similar to this, these homes definitely don't warrant the best of the best. All in all, I think the homeowner did a great job brining the home up to date, but didn't over improve. All these so called designers leaving comments could learn a thing or two from this renovation. Downsizing is here to stay and designers will need to get on board with some practical and economical solutions if they want to remain employed!

    Great post - thanks for the inspiration!

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  194. I think the homeowner did a fantastic job! I have to wonder if some of the "haters" leaving comments on here are out of work designers - LOL! Wake up people, this is 2011 and the economy is not what it used to be! Not everyone has (or would be foolish enough) to pour half a million dollars into a renovation, especially on this type of home. Speaking as someone who grew up in a Houston suburb similar to this, these homes definitely don't warrant the best of the best. All in all, I think the homeowner did a great job brining the home up to date, but didn't over improve. All these so called designers leaving comments could learn a thing or two from this renovation. Downsizing is here to stay and designers will need to get on board with some practical and economical solutions if they want to remain employed!

    Great post - thanks for the inspiration!

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