6 Amazing Room Makeovers
These decorating projects were stopped in their tracks...until Real Simple stepped in and turned a space from incomplete to incomparable.
Expert advice to smooth the way, from San Francisco interior designer Kimberly Ayres and New York City wallpaper master Al Hoxha.
Amy & David’s Kitchen: Before
The location: Rye Brook, New York
The “before” story: Amy and David Low moved into their split-level home last year with their children, Alli, now three, and Seth, six. “The kitchen looked like it hadn’t been touched since 1959, when the house was built,” says Amy, a stay-at-home mom. Weary wallpaper, countertops, and cabinets overwhelmed the room.
Why they stalled: “It just seemed like too much to take on,” says Amy, so the couple “kind of ignored the kitchen” while David, a partner at an ad agency (who also happens to be handy), renovated other rooms.
What they hoped for: Amy envisioned a “light, bright” update that would make the kitchen a cheery center of family life.