Bringing in Spring

Is there a better time of the whole year to refresh your home than in spring? Nay, I say. And the beauty of a ‘refresh’ rather than a ‘redo’ is that you only need a few small changes to make a room feel brand new.

Corey’s family room is a perfect example. If I had walked into her house for the first time, I would have probably squealed, “Ooh, your house is so cute! I love this and that and this,” and walked around petting her stuff.

But let’s see how it benefited from a quick refresheroo:

Family Room Refresh Before

Family Room Refresh

So much more color and life! Now we can see how the before room was dominated by squares and straight lines: the photos on the wall, the coffee table and rug, and the blunt lines of the chair in the foreground. It was altogether a bit heavy and monochromatic.

The after look still features those nice clean lines, just softened and brightened! The rug adds color and pattern, the coffee table is elegant and airy instead of boxy, and the splashes of color all around the room bring it to life.

And don’t forget the easiest way of adding literal life to a room: plants!  Even if you don’t have the budget for new furniture or accessories, you can always head outdoors and snip a few branches to display. I did this a few days ago with my bougainvillea, and I still get a little thrill at all the punches of hot pink scattered around my house. It doesn’t take much to bring in spring! (Or to amuse me, I know).


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I hope your scrolling finger is sufficiently stretched out, because this coastal living room makeover is going to give it a workout.

Scroll down – “Woah!”

Scroll back up – “There’s no way that’s the same room.”

Scroll down – “Yes, I think it is. The windows are in the same place.”

Scroll back up – “Still, I’d better double check.”

Scroll down – “The new furniture layout makes so much more sense.”

Scroll back up – “And such a huge change from that before wall color!”

Scroll down – “Loving all the details here. Cute pillows, the hanging lantern … hey, are those burlap curtains?

Scroll up one more time for good measure

Scroll down – “I’d give it two thumbs up, if my hands weren’t already exhausted!”

 

coastal living room makeover before

coastal living room makeover after

Once your fingers recover, click over to Jessica’s blog Four Generations One Roof to see much more!


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Living Room, Laugh, Love

This before living room wasn’t terrible, just empty.  Easy enough fix. But anyone can put furniture in a living room. That’s not the hard part. The hard part is making it both comfortable and chic. Keeping it cozy but not cluttered. Mixing in eclectic elements without looking like you’re having a yard sale. With enough sentiment to make it personal but not to the point that your visitors want to blarf. (If you have wedding pictures hanging in your guest bathroom, I might be talking to you).

I’d say Kaylee nailed it on all accounts!

living room makeover before living room makeover - after

Cozy, chic, colorful, comfortable, and she even incorporated an enormous wedding picture that blends in seamlessly! *Slow clap.* I’m impressed.

Plus, she had to paint all that trim from gray to white, so that counts as a major makeover to me. Currently, my ambitious self is trying to convince my lazy self that we need to paint all the off-white trim in the house white-white, and she’s not having much luck.

See more from Kaylee at Kaylee Coles.


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The best of the best of 2015

Today we’re wrapping up the best of the best of Better After’s 2015.  If you missed the first half, don’t worry your pretty little head; you can find them all right here.

 

One of my very favorites from July was undoubtedly this retro home renovation from Better After reader Gwen.

1958 Home Exterior Before copy

1958 Home Exterior

If that little yellow gate doesn’t make your heart pitter-pat, check your pulse my friend. Hit the link above to take a peek inside!

 

In August we met the talented Amanda at Ferpie & Fray.

Peachy Pink Mini Buffet Before

Peachy Pink Mini Buffet

I would highlight all of her work if I could, she’s just so good! She has a gift for making things look timeless and trendy at the same time. This coral chest makeover and more are available for your viewing pleasure right here.

 

September brought us this playful playroom makeover by Jennifer at Dear Lillie.

Pink and White Play Room

Pink and White Play Room Before

Jennifer is another ultra-talented gal and every room of her home is perfection. I’d move in a heartbeat. If she ever decides to sell her house, I call first dibs. I don’t even know what state she lives in, but I don’t care.

 

One of my favorite makeovers in October was from one of my favorite people, my dear friend Denise.

Formal Living Room Before

Formal Living Room

Her living room makeover is legendary, and click the link to see her equally awe-inspiring dining room makeover too!

 

November started a dresser revolution thanks to this makeover from Brooke at Start at Home.

Cream and Wood Storage Bench Before

Cream and Wood Storage Bench

Dressers everywhere began to realize that they still had much to offer, even with broken drawers or *gasp!* no drawers at all!

 

And so recent that you probably remember it like it was yesterday, comes my favorite from December, this dining room makeover from Better After reader Leatha.

 

dining room before  Cow Kitchen 2

It’s that cow. Gets me every time. Plus the whole room looks fabulous and I’m pretty darn impressed by that hand-crafted table too.

 

So that was 2015! What do you hope to see more of in 2016? Or less of? It’s always so interesting to me to see trends cycle through over time. What can stay around forever as long as you’re concerned, and what needs to GO already?

Here what has my vote:

Stick around:

  • subway tile
  • white kitchens
  • gallery walls
  • succulents
  • wallpaper
  • stripes

Adios:

  • shabby chic
  • woodland creatures: owls, foxes, squirrels (Still cute in a nursery though)
  • vinyl lettering
  • marsala
  • mason jars
  • wood pallets

But hey, that’s just my opinion. If you want to deck out your marsala-soaked house in mason jars and hedgehogs, you go girl. Never let trends (or bloggers, or bossy Buzzfeed articles) dictate what you love or don’t love! It’s always good to grow and try new things and refine your taste, but also don’t forget to just do what you like. Trends come and go so quickly anymore that it’s impossible (and expensive!) to try and keep up. Our homes aren’t disposable – our style shouldn’t be either.

So be happy being you! That’s the moral of my soapbox. (I hope it made sense. I was only interrupted like 200 times trying to write this. #terroristtoddlerproblems)


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