Whole House Transformation

by DIY Maven

Front of House

This before and after could give This Old House a run for its money. Amanda and Ben are the owners and DIY team behind the 1960's rambler redo. They tackled their project "one ugly room at a time". Take a peak inside and TRY not to be impressed. I dare you.

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Before and Afters GALORE

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Oh how we LOVE before and afters. *sigh* These come to us from Shelter Style's Joetta. What's great to see is her reusing so many original pieces in the rooms, some of which go through makeovers as well. I guess we might want to call these makeovers within makeovers. *double sigh*.

In this first transformation, note the bottom of the bookcase and painting. 

Kathryn & Bradford Living Room - Before
   
Kathryn & Bradford Living Room - After

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The Oval Office Gets a Makeover

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The Oval Office Gets a Makeover

In some respects this is the granddaddy of all makeovers. Not in a 'I can't believe it's the same room' kind of way, but in a 'it's the freakin' Oval Office!' kind of way. At first glance it might not look all that different in the 'after'. It was and still is pretty beige. (Perhaps not to overpower the priceless artwork?) Anyhoo, on closer inspection we can see the sofas with the granny print have been replaced

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Peek inside Jennifer Aniston's Eco-Chic Diggs

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jennifer aniston house279012 Jennifer Anistons New Eco Abode in Beverly Hills

When Jennifer Aniston got her hands on this 1970's residence, she gave it the Curbly once-over taking it from drab to eco-fab. The 6 bedroom 7 bathroom home was fitted with a bunch of solar panels and a reflective metal roof, which was meant to set an example for eco-housing real estate. The environmental lesson continues to the garden; it consists of plants that can stand up to drought. As far as the 9,000 square feet of interior goes, it's surprisingly cozy.

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My Showroom Tour of Room & Board, Part 1

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My Showroom Tour of Room & Board, Part 1

Last week I had the opportunity to take a private tour of my local Room & Board, and, I must say, in our mass-produced world, walking through their showroom is always a breath of fresh air. If you haven’t heard of Room & Board, here’s all you need to know: they sell furniture and accessories of timeless design and impeccable quality. The retailer achieves these feats by establishing relationships with family-owned companies who share their commitment to craftsmanship and sustainability. 

Because of the relationships R & B has fostered for more than 25 years, they are able to set a specific aesthetic direction, designing 90 percent of the furnishings they sell, which, as my tour guide Preston put it, are ‘steeped in classic design.’ Their inspiration is Shaker, Asian, Danish Modern, Mid-Century Modern and Arts & Crafts. If that sounds like recipe for an unfocused collection, let me assure you, it is not. It’s the very reason why Room & Board pieces can seamless bridge the gap between centuries, countries and even generations.

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Take the Shaker-inspired dining room pieces pictured above, from the new Adams Collection, for example. The clean lines of the cabinet and extension table pair perfectly with the mid-mod grasscloth pendant lamp and Danish modern Doyle chairs.

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