Today I'd like to share some fun 'before and after' looks. But first, I have to tie up a few loose ends. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who comments, even though I so rarely get a chance to respond.
During the week I'm often working until 7:00 pm and usually on the weekends as well. I'm lucky to work at a terrific company with a lovely group of people. But it doesn't leave much time to get back to all of you as frequently as I would like!
Laney, June and Judy, I owe you all emails and notes! I love reading your comments! And thanks to all the Jewel Box® visitors... Ella, The Cozy House, The Cool Mom, Laurie, Mary, Kelley and Skooter8, to name just a few. Most of you have blogs and I'd love it if you left links to your sites in the comments section.
Now a big shout out to Joyce who asked if the Jewel Box® Home website is still up and running. The answer is yes, but it definitely needs restyling for 2011. With Amber's help, I'm hoping to get caught up on the newsletters and reader stories. Joyce, I promise to post your story soon. I loved it and know everyone else will too!
And 'Friendly Fridays', are starting up again after Memorial Day. If you would like to have your house featured, send a short email and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to share your beautiful homes and tips.
Paging through 'before and after' looks is one of my favorite things to do. Today's looks are from Chicago Home + Garden Magazine. Most of these are larger homes, but the colors and furniture styles would work well in smaller rooms.
|The colors in this room are so refreshing and elegant. I actually like this wallpaper, probably because it doesn't look like wallpaper.|
|For those of you who want a bigger kitchen, but don't want to move or put on an addition, here is an idea. Move the kitchen to the living room. That is what these homeowners did.|
|It seems like most houses have one of these ugly little powder rooms shown in the before photo above. But replace the vanity with a cabinet and built in sink, add a mirror and sconce lighting and the space becomes a little jewel.|