Client Reveal: Neutral & Bright Living Room

I'm so very excited to finally show you a client living room reveal. I've been waiting to share this home reveal with you until I got my new website and blog design up. We finished this project last year, so it's been a long time coming to show you the final design! I shared peeks throughout the process on the blog, so if you've been following along, you might remember we completely gutted the main floor of this family home. We redid the living room, kitchen, dining, sunroom and mudroom & laundry room. I'll be showing them all over the next few weeks, but first up is the living room!

And now a walk down memory lane, because everyone loves a good before and after. I always think of the old proactive commercials when I see before and after photos. The before pictures have bad lighting, the people aren't smiling and of course, they have blemishes. Same with the interior photos! The before makes the after look even better. Take a peek...

No curtains, a medium/dark wall color, oak trim, oak mantle, older furniture, and carpet...

Now for the after! Lighter paint color (revere pewter), fresh white trim, curtains, white mantle, new furniture, gorgeous hardwood with a plush rug on top and so much more...

How cute is my sweet client + her pup, Burton?! :)

Just for some perspective, below is a BEFORE of this long wall with a small opening that leads to the entry of the house. The opening was just so small and didn't create that more grand entrance into the home that we were going for.

This is that same wall AFTER the reno, and as you can see, the homeowner had the idea of opening up that wall to reveal the staircase and I couldn't have agreed more with this choice. She chose some beautiful spindles, so these changes made the front door entry way a real statement. The curtains frame both of the windows and offer SO much height to the living room. Can you tell how much higher the ceilings look now with the addition of the curtains? We hung them much higher than right above the window, which makes such a difference! Anytime you can do this, do it!

Ashley Slater Photography
A few sources: pair of chairs / main light fixture / gray bar with marble top: vintage find from Reimagined Just for You / white curtains

Isn't the transformation beautiful?! I just love how it came out, but love even more how happy my clients are with it. One of the reasons I loved working with this homeowner so much is because she already has such a keen eye for design. She knows what she likes and has incredible style and ideas, so working with her to bring the space together was extra fun. It's always a joy when a space is a collaborative effort between me + the client.

Hope you enjoyed this client tour!
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  1. Wow. What a fabulous transformation. Everything is so light, bright and airy. Doesn't even look remotely like the old room. Congratulations Michaela, job well done.

  2. Oh my word, that transformation is amazing!!! LOVE everything about it!!! Just stunning!

  3. Beautiful! Is that the same crown molding in the before and after? Did you do a treatment on the fireplace? It looks lighter. And I love the sofa. Can you share the source?

    1. Hi Nicole! Sorry for the delay! The crown molding is new and was from Standale lumber. The mantel was completely rebuilt and designed by my client (she's awesome!) but we didn't do anything to the brick. The couch is from Ballard Designs!

  4. This is SO lovely! I may need to consult you for some apartment revamping!

  5. So pretty - I think I said "wow" out loud when I saw the first After photo! I love all of the light! Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Aw thanks, Jen! Thank you for reading + taking a peek!

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Amazing! The fireplace, in particular, is such a beautiful focal piece in the room! And what a great idea opening up the wall, very Joanna Gaines! I love everything about this room, well done!


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