California Craftsman Neutral Makeover Before and After

This is Sue's great room all set for Christmas.  We have had several months of make-over projects in her home.  This comment in an email from her recently made me smile 
"Thanks again for all your help in making our house a home!!" 

Outside those windows is a beautiful Marin County hillside view.  So, I suggested this sturdy pub table with a footrest .   They can sip coffee and look at the view...or I envision them playing Scrabble since the table top turns.
Her existing bar stools were updated with Windsor Smith's Pelagos in Smoke.

Here is the room before we started.  I'm not sure why those little pendant lights below were there.
Here it is after the pendants were removed and the walls were painted (Benjamin Moore Revere 
Pewter).  A new coffee table and television console was purchased from Restoration Hardware (using that class action settlement 33% off coupon--did you get one?  Use it before it expires if you have one.  And I was able to give them my extra 20% trade discount, too).  
The  rug is from Pottery Barn.  It's soft!  I think just the smaller sizes are available now.
Time to retire the sofas and remove the unused armoire.
Sue's husband travels for work quite a bit.  
So when home, he wanted a big, deep sectional to hang out on 
and watch television with his two sons.  

The custom sectional is from Lee Industries...in a durable fabric with a fun contrasting lumbar pillow.  Can you see the top stitching?  I like that.  
The tripod lamp and thleather stools are from Pottery Barn.
Remember the mirror that was where the television is now?
 We used it in the updated powder room.  The wallpaper is by Thibaut in Windward Sisal/Grey.
Same cabinet base painted in BM Kendall Charcoal.
We also installed this Rejuvenation shelf above the toilet.   I used their existing art and accessories.

 This was a weird little access door to the space behind the kitchen corner cabinet...which bothered me more than my clients.
but here is how we disguised it.
There are four matching panels and you can open the one on the far right.
I love that Sue, really enjoys decorating for the holidays!  More about the kitchen makeover here.

faux fur throw from Pottery Barn makes a great gift (I got the same one for my brother for his birthday)...so soft.  I like the chinchilla color...nice with grey, tans or navy.
I convinced Sue to buy it for herself...and the whole family loves it.  It is on sale now...maybe they should get another. :)

Merry Christmas 
from my family to yours!

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  1. dang! another home run Mary Ann! that bathroom is divine! is that marble for the countertop? love it! and hiding the little door...brilliant! love it all. hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas!


    1. Thank you, Nancy. Yes, Calcutta in the powder room. With my photos were better...really hard in a tiny room!

  2. Fabulous!!! It looks like a Christmas Card !!!

  3. Another fabulous job Mary Ann! I love the idea of that functional bar table and also that wlal paper in the Powder room, which is exactly what I was looking for for my Dining room!!!!

  4. Wow what a huge difference just the paint did. It looked so chopped up before. Love the pub table and the wallpapaer in the bathroom is wonderful! Great job as usual!!

    1. Thanks, Cindy, I encouraged them to paint the chair rail the same color as the walls...we could not remove it without really damaging the walls (and then we would need new drywall....)

  5. Wow -- so beautiful! What a lovely home!

  6. Beautiful job, once again!! Merry Christmas Mary Ann!!

  7. You've done it again! Brought new life and beautiful design to some tired and outdated spaces! How great that they have it all finished to enjoy the holidays in! You're the best!
    oxoxo Gail

  8. You know how much I love your before and afters! Great idea to disguise the access door along back of the kitchen cabinet/counter. now the whole thing looks great and no one would even know! And the updates in the powder room are so great! Same base cabinet painted black with new hardware? And the sconces look great! You're amazing!!

  9. Looks so good and refreshed.

  10. Dear Mary Ann You have such a gift in helping your friends and clients transform their homes! Beautifully done!!

    The Arts by Karena
    The Meaning of the Season!

  11. Love it! Makes me want to roll up my sleeves and redo a room at home! XO

  12. Looks beautiful Mary Ann! Hope you had a fabulous Christmas!

  13. Looks so beautiful Mary Ann! love the sectional paired with the lumbar pillow. looks so clean and fresh now!

  14. Hey Mary Ann,
    Really good job and I know I may be overrating, but.. Amazing pictures. I love the kitchen and the living room placement. Happy holidays! Keep up!

    Best Regards,

  15. Hi ¡, i love your blog ,, you have a new follower firmó chile

  16. Great makeover....more updated and yes those little details like disguising that panel make all the difference!


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