From Refried to Simplified

From Refried to Simplified

Sometimes I come across makeovers that make me want to burn my house to the ground and start over. Camille’s house is one of them. But then, before I do anything drastic, my inner-voice reminds me to remember that Camille started with acres of bland tile, blue shag carpets, brass fixtures, and made a masterpiece, so golly gee whiz, why can’t I?! (I think my inner-voice is a Newsie).

Let’s check out some of her recent work.

My favorite thing about the living room is this fireplace! I’m SOL. (That means swooning-out-loud, not the other thing).

I love how she covered up that depressingly sad little arched nook and took the whole thing all the way up to the ceiling instead.

On to the front room. This whole house was like a shrine to the saddest color of yellow in existence. How can a yellow be so sad? It’s like the color of refried tears. And yet the grey look so bright and happy? It’s breaking all kinds of laws of physics.

This staircase was pretty stunning, as in “I’m stunned that someone would paint the railing the same color as the wall. That’s not even a good idea with an ATTRACTIVE color of paint.”
Ugh. It’s so beautiful, it literally pains me.

The kitchen got a face lift as well. It’s amazing to me that almost all of these changes are simply cosmetic. No large scale demo work going on, just some new paint, flooring and fixtures, and the whole house looks brand new. The moulding on the tops of the cabinets here is such a small detail, but makes a dramatic difference.

If you want to check out more of Camille’s fabulous before and afters, visit her blog Simplify!
She has a craft room that will blow your mind. You’ve been warned.

(Sorry, I’m going to have to shut down comments on this one.  You won’t believe all the CHeaP DRugz!!! spam it’s been attracting thanks to the word ‘refried’ in the title.)

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  1. November 2, 2012 / 6:14 PM

    GEEZ, “refried tears” – lady, you had me laughing so hard my boss came outta his office 🙂 these makeovers are amazing considering the lack of rubble….nice work!

  2. November 2, 2012 / 6:21 PM

    Crap. Crap, crap, crap. That fireplace is AH-mazing. Totally unbelievable. If she had nothing but the fireplace it would have been amazing, and if she had done nothing but hte wood floors and the fireplace I would have wet my pants with glee, but damn, that’s somethin’.

    I’m jealous.

  3. stephbo93
    November 2, 2012 / 6:35 PM

    This is exactly the color palette I’ve been drooling over, with exactly my type of furnishings. And I went to her site to see her craft room, despite your warning. Oh. Just…..oh. I think the house is big enough that I could live there, and she’d never notice me. I just might have to try it.

  4. November 2, 2012 / 7:23 PM

    Refried tears??? That’s going to be my new description for everything…lol. So funny! Love that kitchen! I’m SOL!

  5. November 2, 2012 / 8:11 PM

    Girl! You are too dang funny!

    You know. Until you said it was just paint and cosmetic I didn’t even realize! Now to me that is a great makeover.
    I was looking at the pictures and seeing demo and redo.

    Looks muchly better now.

    Jake’s a Girl

  6. November 2, 2012 / 8:35 PM

    Amazing makeover! As I looked closer, she didn’t even change the counters in the kitchen! Three words … FAB-U-LOUS!

  7. November 2, 2012 / 11:11 PM

    This is an amazing transformation of a very bland house. Love the color palette, the fireplace surround is stunning and the kitchen – wow!!!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Laurel@SoPo Cottage

  8. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 / 11:26 PM

    Seem pretty cookie-cutter to me in before and after.

  9. November 3, 2012 / 12:35 AM

    That house turned out GORGEOUS! I’m green with envy 🙂

    Also, I love your new “Welcome” pic, Lindsey!

  10. November 3, 2012 / 1:42 AM

    I think I’m in LOVE!!!!!

  11. November 3, 2012 / 10:43 AM

    Please know I’ve always been a huge fan of your blog. BUT, how can you possibly consider using the phrase “BURN MY HOUSE TO THE GROUND”? Are you kidding me? Even in jest,after Hurricane Sandy’s damage to so many suffering people right now this seems so self centered to say the least. The ‘timing’ is just wrong for this post. Yes, its a great post, and yes, I too get caught up in decorating/changing etc. This hurricane was a real ‘eye-opener’ for me to be more aware of how lucky many of us are to have a house. I’m sure you’ll remove my comment. Just so you know,I’ve never made any kind of negative comment on any blog. BETTER AFTER is one of my favorites. Right now we all need to consider the BETTER AFTER of SANDY victims.

  12. Roberta
    November 3, 2012 / 4:29 PM

    @Lesa, I think you’re overreacting. This post had nothing to do with Hurricane sandy. And to come here and call Lindsey ‘self-centered’ for a joke anyone can see is an exaggeration, is just plain rude.

  13. November 3, 2012 / 4:33 PM

    Ha ha… you are too funny!! Couldn’t wait to hear your witty commentary on our sad yellow (!) house, and of course you didn’t disappoint. Refried tears, indeed! Thanks so much for featuring it!

  14. November 3, 2012 / 6:31 PM

    ROBERTA, wanted to contact you instead of responding here but you don’t allow that. Turn the channel from HGTV to CNN and get real. The ‘joke’ THAT I REALIZE is a ‘EXAGGERATION’ is the point. ALSO, any and all are entitled to an opinion; and you and I expressed ours. I WILL NOT further respond on this blog, as that, in MY opinion would be much more than ‘plain rude’ to Lindsey. TIMING MY DEAR, I REFERENCED TIMING,you might want to re-read my comment.

  15. November 3, 2012 / 7:17 PM

    So beautiful!! But I’m obsessed with that blue and white color combo… you can’t go wrong!

  16. November 4, 2012 / 1:19 AM

    Please understand that I often schedule my posts up to a week in advance. I would never choose to make light of a situation like this, and my heart goes out to everyone whose lives have been affected by the devastation from the storm. I apologize for my unintentional timing and unfortunate choice of words.

  17. November 5, 2012 / 3:20 AM

    Where did you find that living room rug with the diamonds (fire place room). It is exactly what i have been looking for! Great job!

  18. November 5, 2012 / 4:24 PM

    TOTALLY blown away!!! BEAUTIFUL!!

  19. November 6, 2012 / 7:41 PM

    Amazingly beautiful!! And you are seriously cracking me up with your alternate definition of SOL and then refried tears! Hilarious. 🙂

  20. November 6, 2012 / 8:36 PM

    so crisp and pretty! love it. come do my house. 🙂

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