Category Archives: Before and After Photos

A Dream Home In the Country Comes True!

Everyone has a vision of their ‘dream home’. It’s different for every person and my job as a designer is to understand my client’s vision and assist them in achieving it.

A few years ago I met a couple that were selling their home. I assisted them with suggestions on how to get their home in top selling condition, they followed the suggestions and their home sold quickly!

During that consultation time they had shared with me that they were looking for their dream home in the country with acreage and that they just hadn’t found the perfect home yet. Maybe a year went by when I heard from them again, they had found and purchased their country dream home!

They wanted my assistance with some things in their new home so I put on my ‘Designer’ hat and headed out to see it. As you drive up the driveway you see the beautiful country setting and the land surrounding the house. Stunning! Then I approached the door and walked inside. I was greeted with enthusiasm as they couldn’t wait to show me their dream home.

I have to admit that I didn’t get it. My mind was going “Really? This dated home is your dream? You left your beautiful home in the suburbs for this?”

They wanted to talk about paint, some basic ideas, etc but what I wasn’t getting was that the current home wasn’t their dream home…..what they were going to make it was. Whew….

This is what I saw when I came the first time:

DATED HONEY OAK EVERYWHERE….

Foyer Before

BAD PAINT COLORS

Dining Room Before

DATED WALLPAPER

Family Room Before

OUTDATED CARPET

Porch Before

AND THE KITCHEN…YIKES!

Kitchen before

Kitchen Before

But with time this home has changed and oh how it has changed!! With a ton of hard work by my clients….visits from me for ideas and some shopping trips, this home is a something you would see in Country Living Magazine. Seriously. Take a look…

LOOK AT THIS STAIRCASE!!

Foyer After

AND THE DINING ROOM….

NO HONEY OAK TRIM ANYWHERE

Dining Room After

CHECK OUT THIS LIGHT FIXTURE!

Dining Room After

FARMHOUSE TABLE WITH VINTAGE FABRIC CAPTAIN’S CHAIRS

Dining Room After

SOFT SOOTHING COLORS

Dining Room Detail After

LARGE BUILT-INS NOW REPLACED WITH MODERN FLOATING SHELVES

Family Room After

AND YES THE DETAILS MATTER…..

Family Room Detail After

Family Room Detail After

WHITE ON WHITE IS STILL MY FAVORITE….ESPECIALLY IN A SUN PORCH

Porch After

ALL SUN PORCHES NEED A POP OF COLOR

Porch Detail After

AND DRUM ROLL PLEASE…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOOK AT THIS KITCHEN!!! NO WORDS NEEDED…..

 

Kitchen After – White Shaker Cabinets and Floating Shelves

Kitchen After – Black Distressed Island

Kitchen After – Cambria Counter Tops

Kitchen After – Island Pendants, White Subway Tile and Attention to Detail everywhere

So how is that for a transformation!

The main level is almost complete with just the mudroom and laundry room to go. The Master Bedroom and Bath will be the next big renovation and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

So just a reminder….your dream home doesn’t have to be perfect when you buy it!

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Chic Farmhouse Style Hits Suburban Minneapolis!

The farmhouse style home is all the rage right now, made famous by Chip and Joanna on HGTV’s show ‘Fixer Upper’.

I just had the opportunity to design a farmhouse style house from the blueprints up, and then stage it. What a fun experience and may I say I want this house!

It has elements of rustic but with modern and chic mixed in. A warm and cozy home for sure. I want to share the photos with you so if you also are a huge fan of ‘Fixer Upper’ like I am,  you may enjoy these.

 

House Before Demo Day:

 

Orchid Exterior Before

 

 

House now rebuilt:

 

 

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Great Front Porch, note the light blue ceiling:

 

 

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Look what awaits you when you open then front door! A foyer that opens up to an office with a barn door for privacy:

 

 

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Would you really even mind working in a cozy office like this? Complete with a Shiplap accent wall!

 

 

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A great….Great Room. A White Shiplap accent wall gives this room texture.

 

 

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Open Concept Floor Plan into the Dining Room:

 

 

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I want this kitchen!!

 

 

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A huge island:

 

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Galvanized pendants lights:

 

 

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Custom made rustic floating shelves:

 

 

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A farmhouse screen door closes off the pantry:

 

 

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A custom range hood:

 

 

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A mudroom for the kiddos but a barn door to close off the mess:

 

 

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A fun laundry room:

 

 

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Jack and Jill Bath (do you see Jack and Jill?) 🙂 

 

 

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Guest Suite Bath:

 

 

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Half Bath and Lower Level Full Bath – Fun throw-back light fixtures:

 

 

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Stunning Master Suite:

 

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And check out this master bath!!

 

 

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Every farmhouse needs a claw foot tub and of course bubbles on the ceiling:

 

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Mornings just got better with this shower!

 

 

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The bar area in the lower level family room continues with rustic charm with more custom made floating shelves.

 

 

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So do you see why I had a blast designing and staging this one??   If you love this style but are not able to buy this property, just know you don’t need a farmhouse style home to incorporate the look into your space. Stayed tuned to my next post on how to bring some of that farmhouse charm into your own home!

 

 

Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer
www.RoomsWithStyle.com
952-567-1124

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New hope in New Hope, MN

Houses are just tired sometimes and need some new life. That was the case at this property in New Hope, MN.

Most of the changes were very light cosmetic things. Paint, flooring and new lighting. The kitchen and bathrooms did however get a full makeover bringing them into the current decade.

Take a look!

 

First impressions are key and this is the room you see right inside the front door. Yes the room was painted but the key to this room was exposing the original hardwood floors under the carpet. Having them refinished added extra glam and shine.

 

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Paint and light fixtures are huge when updating a  house. What I want to point out here too is the lack of carpet in the Dining Room. Carpet in a dining area is a dated look and no one wants carpet under a dining room table anymore. Worth changing if you can.

 

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The kitchen is THE most important room in the house and will make or break any sale. Having an updated kitchen is so important and the Return on Investment is high. Always bring in a professional though so you make the right choices for your investment.

 

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Amazing what paint can do!

 

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Even if a bath is small it can be functional and feel luxurious!

 

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This full bath got a new vanity and the dated wall tiles were removed. Paint and a new light of course!

 

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My favorite part of the update was the fireplace. I mean really….look at those beautiful beams around it as well as on the ceiling. They were lost in the dark brick and paneling before but now they are showcased.

 

 

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All houses need new hope once is awhile. What in your house may need a little sprucing up?

 

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Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer
www.RoomsWithStyle.com
952-567-1124

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