Hey Wife in Progress readers! I’m Natalie and my little slice of the internet is called Refined Rooms, where I share ideas, tips and inspiration to help you create an organized and beautiful home. I was thrilled when Jenna asked me to share some highlights of my whole home redesign journey with all of you today. I know that y’all love some good room makeover eye candy, and I promise to deliver!
Jenna and I are kindred spirits in that we’re both in the process of tackling a whole home redesign–a BEHEMOTH project in which NO room is left untouched. Although the scope of our projects is similar, our specific redesign challenges are different. Jenna’s challenge is to modernize a 1960’s-era home, whereas my challenge is to banish Builder-Grade Bleh from a new construction home.
On my blog, I chronicle my efforts to transform our builder-grade house into a home that reflects my sense of style. Along the way, I love to provide design inspiration for others who are on a similar mission. We’ve been on our room-by-room redesign crusade for about three years now. In that time, we’ve transformed seven different rooms in our home (you can check out all of the room makeover reveals here, and take a peek at our new whole home color palette here).
Today, I’m sharing my top three favorite room transformations that we’ve completed to date.
The revamping the master bedroom was the official kick-off project of our whole home redesign. My vision for redesigning the master bedroom was to create a calm and tranquil retreat by using a neutral, monochromatic color palette with large doses of textural elements. In the process, I planned to correct a multitude of design sins that I committed during my first round of decorating (including improperly hung curtain panels and too much faux greenery).
Oh, and do you spot that red chair in the Before photo collage? I vowed to somehow make it work in the new space.
When I completed the first round of decorating our home, I really had a thing for red and gold. These days? Not so much.
Master Bedroom Before:
Peaceful. Serene. Calm. These are the feelings I wanted my master bedroom to evoke. After the redesign, that’s exactly how I feel each time I enter the space.
As the starting point of the room redesign, I chose to repaint the walls using Benjamin Moore’s Silver Fox. Then to up the WOW factor, I created a stenciled focal wall in a Moorish Trellis pattern using silver metallic paint. That focal wall was DEFINITELY a labor of love, but the high drama it created was so worth the effort, don’t you think?
In an effort to add even more drama to the space, I introduced floor-to-ceiling linen curtain panels to soften up our wall of windows. I also added a set of silver mirrors hung horizontally over my dresser. The vaulted ceilings create a vast expanse of wall on this side of the room, which the mirrors fill quite nicely.
Remember the red chair? Same chair. MUCH different look. I worked with a local reupholstery company to transform this chair to be in keeping with the redesign. That meant reshaping the old curved back to make it straight, replacing the fabric, removing the skirt, and replacing the legs with ones that give off a more contemporary vibe.
I also used fabric remnants from the chair to create a coordinating throw pillow. The floor lamp was relocated from another room into the bedroom in order to create a reading nook.
One of my favorite additions to the space is this pair of gorgeous table lamps. When I spotted them at T.J. Maxx, I was instantly smitten! The base is shimmery and full of cool texture, and the shade has an oval shape that’s truly unique.
Our laundry room is actually a multipurpose purpose space. It also serves as a mud room (the transition room between our garage and kitchen), AND our family’s drop zone. Although the room has always been fairly functional, it definitely was in need of some TLC:
Laundry Room Before:
You can read all the specifics of our laundry room redesign goals here. In a nutshell, the goals were to:
- lighten and brighten the space with new paint and lighting
- replace damaged flooring
- replace above-cabinet storage bins (the current ones were damaging the cabinet tops)
I can’t overstate how excited I was to change the paint color in this room. The drab, dark olive walls were not doing it for me any longer. The new color (Benjamin Moore’s Mountain Laurel) really makes me happy, as does this new piece of wall art:
Our current drop zone set up was working well, so everything in this area essentially stayed the same:
The torn-up sheet vinyl flooring was replaced with this gorgeous luxury vinyl tile flooring (read why we chose this type of flooring).
I’ve got a thing for indoor/outdoor rugs. This one adds just the right punch of color and pattern to the space:
Sometimes it’s the small details of a room makeover that brings us the most joy. Such is the case with our laundry room. I purchased these baskets to store paper products and pantry overflow items on top of our cabinets, and they make my heart go pitter patter each time I catch a glance of them!
The great room makeover is our most recent redesign project. This room is the heart of our home, and the epicenter of our whole home redesign, so I really felt the pressure to get it right. For that reason, it has also been our most frustrating and challenging project to date. Despite the challenges, I’m over-the-moon excited to share the Before/After transformation with you!
As you can see, the room really has some great architectural bones to work with…18 foot ceilings, a really pretty fireplace surround, and so much natural light. But it was definitely time to banish the outdated color scheme and furniture:
Great Room Before:
My main redesign goal for the great room was to transform the style of the space from a formal/traditional vibe to a more casual/contemporary vibe. I also wanted to give the room a “color overhaul” to make the furniture, wall color, and accessories consistent with our new home color palette.
Without further adieu, may I present Great Room 2.0:
Without a doubt, my favorite element of the redesign is our new reclaimed wood leaner shelving. I had a devil of a time sourcing a set of shelves for what would become our “TV wall”. I was on the hunt for modern industrial shelving for what seemed like an eternity. After several months, I finally stumbled upon this shelving option, and the hunt was over.
O.K., maybe I lied when I said that the shelving was my favorite part of the room makeover. This new accent chair + ottoman + fiddle leaf fig plant = the perfect little corner to cozy up with a favorite book.
After bidding adieu to our 16-year old sofa, we welcomed this new addition. We wanted something cozy & kid-friendly that still fit the contemporary vibe that we were going for. This square-arm slipcovered sofa really fit the bill.
(Note: this room has a few outstanding projects, including the addition of a new gallery wall above the sofa. Stay tuned for that project in the next few months!)
This favorite space in our home is much more “us” now. It’s definitely a more accurate reflection of my personal style.
With the change of seasons just around the corner, I’m in the process of adding all kinds of spring touches to our great room. I can hardly wait for the flowers to bloom and warmer weather to arrive!
So that’s a wrap. Thanks again Jenna for letting me pop in and hang out with your readers today!
The next projects in the queue for our whole home redesign are biggies– a kids’ bathroom makeover, kitchen makeover, and replacing all of the flooring on the first floor of our home (yikes!). You’re cordially invited to join me over at Refined Rooms in the coming months and follow along as we tackle all of these exciting projects!