Top 10 Bedroom & Office Makeovers of 2011

created at: 12/20/2011

As another year comes to a close, we'd like to take the opportunity to look back at all the marvelous makeovers we've seen here on Curbly in 2011. In this roundup of the best of the best, we're concentrating on bedrooms and offices. The criteria for landing on this esteemed list is simple: the rooms had to make us do a double take. Sometimes that meant studying the before to make sure it was the same room as pictured in the after. Sometimes it was studying the before to see how even subtle changes can make a huge difference. So, without further ado, here are the best bedroom & office makeovers of 2011. 

created at: 01/10/2011

First up is Kate's home office. It used to be a source of embarrassment, but 5 months and a thousand dollars, it's fit for the pages of Elle Decor. 

home office after final

Heather's office wasn't much of anything when she first moved into her house. 

But just look at it now!

Curbly's own Chris turned a spare bedroom from a workspace....

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 into a bright, inspiring and proper home office.

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Monica made over her entire bedroom/office this year as well. It went from chilly...

Desk - before

to utterly charming.

Desk - after

1912 Bungalow is a labor of love, as exhibited in this home office project. Here is the room ready to become something:

And here it is something wonderful:

Now, as we turn to the bedroom portion of this post, we're going to visit 1912 Bungalow once again. Much as the office pictured above, this room was in rough shape 'before.'

Not any more.

This room lands a spot on our list for clever re-use of wall color. 

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That's right, it's the same purple, but with new accessories, the room is as fresh as springtime. 

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Mai's bedroom went from sad minimal...

to sensational minimal. 


Sleeping  in Melissa's wood-paneled bedroom must have felt like she was sleeping in a crate!

Not any more! Now it looks like the inside of a cloud. Dreamy.

Cat's bedroom...what can I say? Paint testing splotches on the wall, various area rugs scattered about...it was a mess.

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Now it's marvelous. No surprise that the makeover won her $10K from Domino Magazine. 

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 And finally, this dramatic black and white makeover.


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I've toggled between the before and after a dozen times and it still leaves me shaking my head. Yes, it IS the same room. 

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Anonymous on Aug 10, 2015:

OMG.. last pic painted over crafted wood.  So sad.  But over all a fun site to see.

Anonymous on Sep 07, 2012:

I agree...  paint over the crafted wood!? What were they thinking?

Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012:

Can't believe painted that nice wood in the last pic. ugh!

Laura on Dec 26, 2011:

Great makeovers, this gives me already many ideas what to do with our bedroom in 2012. Thanks for the ideas and the great make overs.

Teri on Dec 22, 2011:

What a fantasic (and all inspiring) collection!  I LOVE before and afters!  I had to do a double take on the purple wall room,  I can't beleive the paint is the same! 

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