Before + After: Volo Town House Makeover

August 26, 2015 Before + After 6 Comments

Lovely little project to add to the portfolio this week! A contemporary town house makeover in the northwest suburbs.

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This project consisted of a decorating face lift for an outdated town house. My client had to relocate quickly and needed a paint color scheme, and new floor plan that would incorporate existing furniture from her prior residence. With a little bit of re-imagining, fresh paint, and some new pieces to update the contemporary/global look, this town house went from garish and (too) bold to tranquil and textured in no time.

The pictures really tell the whole story, but the key was definitely to re-think the floor plan. It’s often hard for people to see past what the space looked like before.

Design Tip: Try and erase the existing floor plan from your mind! Just because the prior tenant used the space one way does not mean it’s the best way. Even if you think you are terrible at drawing, try to generally sketch a blank floor plan on paper. This gives you a clean slate on which to play with new ideas. Don’t worry about scale at first. Simply try to think of how you’d like the space to function, and play around with where those areas or pieces of furniture might fit into the floor plan. At the very least, this quick exercise will help you generate new ideas about possibilities for the floor plan.

Here are the before photos:

The living space is open concept. Sometimes not having walls can make "rooms" or separating spaces more of a challenge.

The living space is open concept. Sometimes not having walls can make “rooms” or separating spaces more of a challenge.

There are several problems here, but the most glaring is the bright orange paint that stops midway along the wall!

There are several problems here, but the most glaring is the bright orange paint that stops midway along the wall!

Neon racing stripe in bathroom is not my favorite look.

Neon racing stripe in bathroom is not my favorite look.

Everything in this bedroom feels too small. The space needs visual weight and height.

Everything in this bedroom feels too small. The space needs visual weight and height.

Guest bedroom does not feel very relaxing with bright red accent wall.

Guest bedroom does not feel very relaxing with bright red accent wall.

This project was a fun challenge because my client had several pieces of existing furniture that she was hoping to incorporate into the floor plan for the new town home. My job was to make the furniture look great and fit well into a totally different layout. Of course, we also added in some new pieces and picked paint colors to complement what was already available from the old residence.

Design Tip: Just because you have a bench (insert any piece of furniture) that once lived in your bedroom (insert any room in your home) does not mean it needs to stay there! Mixing and matching pieces and placing them in new areas of the floor plan is the best way to get more milage out of your existing furniture.

Here is a look at one of the design boards for the downstairs where I incorporated existing pieces like the rug and green cabinet with new concepts such as the office space and paint palette.

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And here are the after photos!

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XO – CLAIRE

Photography by Joe Tighe