Accord at Vinnord

Accord at Vinnord
I am hitting the road with GMC at The World’s Longest Yard-Sale this week.  You can check in for updates and make sure I haven’t melted to death on Facebook or Twitter! In the meantime, since you were so kind to stop by, here’s a little flashback from one of my favorites in the archives:

Originally posted Jan 4, 2012
This sweet little Norwegian cottage transformation is sure to take your breath away, or make you gasp in wonder, or at least sigh wistfully.  You may think the before photos are from like, 1992, but no, these were the listing photos when Trine bought the place in 2008.  Clearly, this place needed some love, and fast.
But Trine from The Cottage of Vinnord was the girl for the job!  First up was the most important room in the house, the kitchen. I’m no interior decorator,
nor do I play one on TV, but even I could tell you that none of the
fabrics, textures and colors in this room should exist together at
anytime, ever.  Except in a before photo.  Trine felt the same way and bid adieu to every single thing in here except the floor-to-ceiling beadboard. Which is amaaaaazing!
See the dining room peeking through there?  It wasn’t always such a stunner. First Trine had to deal with miles of maroon and pine paneling and a vibe that managed to be super-dreary despite two large windows.  But doesn’t it look about a millionty times better now?  I LOVE the slightly different shades of blue on the chairs.

And finally, the cave-like mudroom got lighter and brighter, with an equestrian feel that pays homage to Trine’s love of horses.  I love how subtle and elegant this look is, instead of hitting you over the head with full-on cowboy memorabilia.  

Trine says,I like to think I brought Vinnord back to life. I like to think is how
SHE would have wanted to look. Like a welcoming, warm and airy lady. And
it is true that this house possesses a certain soul. Every time you enter
the front door your pulse and breathing goes down. You relax, whether
you want to or not. Maybe this is why projects take longer here?”
Beautiful.  Thanks for sharing Trine!  Take the full tour over on her blog The Cottage of Vinnord.

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  1. August 1, 2012 / 7:36 PM

    Good grief it’s awesome. Where’s the app where you click on it and immediately download it into your own home? 🙂

  2. August 1, 2012 / 10:33 PM

    Gorgeous makeover! It looks so bright, airy and roomy now. Beautiful

  3. August 1, 2012 / 10:56 PM

    I absolutely love those mismatched chairs!! Plus the color is so gorgeous.

  4. August 1, 2012 / 11:20 PM

    love the look,and the Mudroom I want like right now..I want….
    Have fun, I know yu will!take lots of pics…

  5. August 2, 2012 / 12:23 PM

    It’s amazing what a little white paint can do in transforming a room into a beauty.

  6. August 2, 2012 / 4:15 PM

    I love the entryway in the last image. It’s the perfect remake, I think, suddenly so bright and welcoming! Very nicely done.

  7. August 2, 2012 / 6:35 PM

    These makeover a gorgeous. Love the white stairs. Very cottage feel. Love it!

  8. August 3, 2012 / 9:56 AM

    This transformation was amazing. I love the white, blue and the textures of the wood. Looking at them I felt peace and freshness. Beautiful.

  9. August 6, 2012 / 1:10 PM

    Beautiful! You’d think it was a different house. I’m assuming from the first photo that the previous owners were very attached to their oven and couldn’t bear to leave it behind.

  10. August 18, 2012 / 8:59 PM

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s the same place. Now it’s a cute little cottage, not a dreadful ’80s horror show!

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