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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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!