We're getting refinanced and today an appraiser's coming to give us the value of our home.  As a result, Mick and I worked to get the place all spiffied up.  It also inspired me to look at some of the photos we took during the home inspection when we first bought the place.

We bought our condo in May 2000.  We knew we wanted to buy something, but at the time we were only half-heartedly looking.  One day after a Sunday lunch on Main Street, we happened upon an open house in the neighborhood and that was the first time we saw what was to be our new home.  Mick still remembers me pulling on the front of his t-shirt in one of the hallways saying "Mick, we have to buy this house!"

And we did.

It has gone through many changes since we got it.  The most significant change (at least visually) is the kitchen.  This is what it looked like when we first bought the place:


Nice enough, sure.  But the light wash on the cabinets just wasn't doing it for me.  This is how we change it:


I'm a dark wood kinda gal and the dark wood cabinets are much more striking (despite the fact that this isn't the best picture in the world).

Another before:


And after:



The dining room before:




Aside from the fact that we put furniture in this area, the only thing we've really done is painted.  The yellow was actually very pretty, but too bright for me (even though we lived with it for a few years after we moved in).

Here is another before shot of the dining room:


And after:


As you are probably beginning to guess, we are not minimalists when it comes to decor.  My husband would probably be if I wasn't around, but since I pretty much do all of the decorating, my taste is the one that's reflected the most.

Let's continue with the tour, shall we?

This was the living room, before:


Same view, after:


Aside from changing the peach-colored paint (replacing it with a deep chocolate brown), the main thing we've added in this room is floor-to-ceiling silk drapes.  They offer a very dramatic change visual and also good light control.

I don't have any more before shots of the living room, so I'll leave you with some additional photos of the living room as it currently looks:



Tomorrow I'll finish the tour with the bedroom and master bathroom.

6 Replies to “Casa West: Before & After Part I”

  1. Clean Blinds says: August 6, 2009 at 1:04 am

    The final finish photos shows that the amount of work and effort you have put into this project has been worth it. It looks great. Hope you did not burn a big hole in your pockets given the credit crunch we are all in.

  2. Made to measure Venetian window blinds says: April 5, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Nice pictures….I want to make interior decoration for my new home…..So give me some tips….

  3. Holly says: March 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks, Heather! I love your home too, of course. I think we actually have a similar style (and I’m not just saying that because of the sofa).
    Hey, my stomach is rumbling. Is that goat I smell?

  4. Heather says: March 26, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I, too, LOVE before and after pics. And I’ve always loved your decorating style. Your home always feels chic, yet totally comfortable. I like the little thingy you did with the sectional. Is that still not the BEST sofa ever???

  5. Holly says: March 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Antoinette, we had someone refinish the cabinets. That job would’ve been way too big for us to tackle. I did refinish the cabinets in the master bedroom myself (and need to post pics).
    Thanks for the kind words!

  6. Antoinette says: March 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I adore before and after decorating pictures. I’ve always thought you have amazing taste and these pictures prove it.
    Did you guys do the kitchen cabinets yourself? Were they just painted? Or stripped and stained? I agree with you that the darker wood is really beautiful.
    We’re oh so slowly buying what we like and replacing either hand-me-downs or temporary fixes. It’s such a nice feeling to own quality furniture. We have a long ways to go though.
    I love all the personal touches and pictures in your house. I think you should be able to tell a lot about the people who live in the home by what they display, not think you wandered into a model display house!
    The Christmas we spent at your place is still one of my favorite holiday memories.

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