Tag Archives: Home Renovations Minneapolis

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OUTDATED CARPET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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The Story of a Chair

If a chair could tell a story I wonder what it would say? Especially this chair.

 

Chair before

 

I saw this chair in a house that was going to be remodeled; I was hired to do all the design selections and then stage it. When I saw the chair I knew it was a classic, well made and had been a stunner in it’s day.

 

Who had owned it? What stories had it heard?

 

 

Chair 2 before

 

Chair 3 before

 

 

The house had basically been abandoned after a death and estate issue. I asked the investor if I could have the chair and he said “sure.” I called my upholsterer, had him pick it up and I went on a hunt for fabric. It got a new look, face lift, some new guts and delivered back to me all spiffed up.

When I went to stage this home I just knew the chair had to go back for one more HURRAH! To say “Here I am back to my full glory!”

 

Here is the chair, back in the home where I found it.

 

Chair after

 

 

 

Chair 2 after

 

The house sold in a couple days with multiple offers and over the list price. I think this chair is smiling about that. It now sits in my living room where it commands a focal point, will continue to hear more stories,  and support many ‘seats’.

The moral of this story….don’t overlook the old. What was meant for the trash can become a treasure once again. The story of life perhaps?

If you want to see all the photos from this complete renovation here is a link to my previous blog showing all the before and after photos.  “A St Paul Renovation”

 

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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A St. Paul Renovation – A ‘Fixer Upper’ for Sure!

 

I love renovation projects and lucky for me I have been doing a lot of them lately for an investor. It’s always fun to see old homes with so much character brought back to life. 

This project was in St. Paul in a great neighborhood. Sadly the house had been neglected with no one living there but now it is vibrant once again with a great family. 

My favorite TV show is ‘Fixer Upper’ and I especially love when they start each show with “Do you have what it takes for a Fixer Upper?” I do, I do!! 

Take a look!

 

Living Room Before and After:

 

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Dining Room Before and After:

 

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Den Before and After:

 

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Office Before and After:

 

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Main Floor Bath Before and After:

 

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Kitchen Before and After:

 

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Master Bedroom Before and After (the ceiling was able to be raised):

 

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Kid’s Bedroom Before and After:

 

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Upstairs Bath Before and After (yes, we pushed back a wall):

 

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These old homes are so precious. I am so glad they are being restored to their glory along with modern updates. Looking forward to the next one!

 

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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