Frankly, my dear…

Frankly, my dear…
Ok, you might have to stare at this one for a while, tilt to the side and scratch your head. Indeed, it does not appear to make sense. 
 What you are looking at before is a very grand, but very useless staircase. Sure, it makes a dramatic impression, but there’s only so many times you can sweep theatrically down it in a formal gown before the neighbors start talking. 
“Look Myrna. There she goes again.”

“I just don’t understand it, she’s only coming out to weed the garden!”

“Well, she’s got to make use of that fancy staircase somehow, I guess.” 

 So Sue, decided to heck with that, and turned her grand foyer (you must pronounce that fohYAAAY) into a comfortable, functional living space.

And as if that wasn’t enough, she tackled the outdated bathroom too, by warming up the tile and paint and saying farewell to the gold accents of yesteryear. Great job, thanks Sue!



  1. August 19, 2010 / 6:24 PM

    lots of head turning, etc but I still can’t see it. did sue put in a different staircase that comes down at a different angle & left room for a room? or did she divide that massive lobby & put a lower ceiling in thereby creating a new room upstairs? i’m lost….

  2. August 19, 2010 / 6:37 PM

    I don’t see it, either. Was the staircase removed?

    The bathroom was given the “McMansion” treatment for some reason. Now it looks like the bathrooms put into every home built in the U.S. in the past ten years. That could be a good thing if the house is going on the market very soon.

  3. August 19, 2010 / 6:56 PM

    Sorry, I don’t see it either.

  4. August 19, 2010 / 7:02 PM

    Looks like she extended the 2nd floor (you can tell if you compare the 2nd floor door in both pictures). That would necessitate switching out the grand staircase for something more utilitarian since there is less space to work with.

    I’d be interested in seeing this from the perspective of the foyer, before and after.

  5. August 19, 2010 / 7:36 PM

    I’m confused as well. I love the staircase picture, hope that wasn’t the before. It’s so hard to tell what it really looks like from our perspective. Maybe if we saw it in person we would go WOW!

  6. August 19, 2010 / 7:51 PM

    I see it! I see it!

    she extended the 2nd floor landing. You can tell because look how close the window is in the after photo, compared to the before.

    BTW – If I walked into a bathroom that looked like the first photo, I would love it (sans gold fixtures of course). My bathroom is about 1/4 that size. LOL!

  7. August 19, 2010 / 7:54 PM

    I think the “after” pic is the upstairs and you can see the new staircase in the center of the pic. The chandelier and palladian window above the door in the before and chain on the far right in the after pic. I think it’s a shame. Now it just looks bland and like every other house on the block.

    And on the bath, while I agree that the brass fixtures were dated, the beige tile is again, the choice for blandness. I like the before better in both cases.

  8. August 19, 2010 / 8:12 PM

    They sure get points for effort! But, sadly, I think these transformations made their home very ho-hum and booooooring. I definitely can’t figure out that foyer redo…am I looking at the upstairs in the 2nd photo?! I am confused.

  9. August 19, 2010 / 9:42 PM

    Lindsey, you are so funny, reading your posts is always like reading a short comedy. I also hope your charater Myrna did not get rug burns from constantly making her way down those stairs LOL

  10. August 19, 2010 / 9:44 PM

    I think the new bathroom looks great!!!! Sooo much easier to keep clean, and I love that there is no longer a tile step into the tub. The trim on the front of the tub looks great.

    I am confused about the staircase. I think she expanded the landing at the top, but would love another photo. 🙂

  11. August 19, 2010 / 10:41 PM

    After reading some of the explanations I see it. So, now when you enter the home and look up, you see the back of a flat screen TV peeking above the short wall? Is the chandy out of proportion now? I don’t know about this make over. As someone else said, maybe if I could see it in person it would be spectacular.

  12. August 20, 2010 / 2:04 PM

    I’m going to have to ditto most of the negative comments about both rooms. Sorry Sue.

  13. August 20, 2010 / 4:26 PM

    I’m going to disagree with most people about the bathroom makeover. I think it looks great and I love the tile. The space is so much warmer than in the before pics. I certainly would love a bathroom like this. To each his own.

  14. August 20, 2010 / 5:35 PM

    I would totally have loved to sweep down the staircase everyday. Make carrying laundry so much more dramatic!

  15. August 6, 2011 / 9:02 PM

    Had she simply changed the brass fixtures to chrome the bathroom before woudl be perfect. It is 10,000 times better than the after. If I bought the house with the after bathroom I would completely gut it. The tumbled marble look is 100% a “2003 builder grade bathroom”. Today’s style is for a clean utilitarian bathroom.

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