Home Makeover – Before and After

Today I’m so excited to finally share a home design project I worked on last year. I’ve always loved Interior Design and when I started this blog it was actually to focus on two topics, fashion and Interiors. The Fashion part sort of took over but I’ve never actually stopped doing projects on the side for friends and family and clients I found through personal referrals. In partnership with my sister-in-law (former pro interior designer) I’m going to officially launch a new Design Service (very soon!), but we have already started taking projects for 2016 so if you are interested in working together, please send an email to zahra@lovezahra.com with the subject: Interior Design, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

This project was especially fun because the clients had pretty much a blank slate to start with. That means we were able to help select everything from floor to ceiling, literally, from rugs such as sheep skin rugs, to chandeliers and everything in between. They had recently moved in to a beautiful new home and had some basic furniture that they carried over from their last home, but the place lacked warmth and any kind of cohesive design or style. Also, the clients had held on to some furniture that really didn’t fit their current personal style, and they had accents like rugs and curtains that didn’t quite fit the new larger space. Interior design is a lot of scoping out what designs would work best for the area as well as fitting it into the personality of the homeowner. The design of a home, building, office, etc. is not painting the walls and hanging a picture, it must be practical too for people to live and work inside. To help designers and architects who need some guidance like so many of us do, no matter the stage, there are resources such as an FSB Interview on OWL that can be very beneficial, as well as seminars on specific trends, and so on. Design can make a home a home and do so much more than making it just look pretty.

I would describe the final result as a gorgeous transitional home design with a warm neutral color palette accented with some bright pops of color. Working on home makeover projects such as this are always giving me new ideas that I can incorporate into any future jobs that I have. When it comes to the interior design industry, you never stop learning. For example, just the other week, I learned that epoxy floor coatings is the perfect choice of flooring that can be fitted into your garage or basement, and that places similar to this epoxy floor coatings fort collins company are the best people for the job. Some people may not realize it, but your choice of flooring could make or break the overall look of the room, so this is something that you shouldn’t pass over. With this in mind, I think I achieved this very well in the makeover we have just done. Scroll down to see the full makeover and all the way down for the before pictures as well as links to most items. Please feel free to comment or email me and let me know your thoughts, hope you enjoy it!
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Hall rug

Office Rug (Exact rug available in color ‘midnight’)

Entryway Rug

Entryway Console Table

Living Room Accent Chair

Office Accent Chair
Custom Islamic Art above Fireplace (Custom Framed at Michael’s)

Office and Living Room Wall Art

Living Room Sofas -Macy’s

Living Room Rug


Fireplace Screen

Living Room & Dining Room Lighting

Dining Room Sideboard

Pillows & Accents – Homegoods, World Market, One Kings Lane, Joss & Main

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