Life + Style

March 31, 2011

Texas home reveal

When Maggie, one of my readers contacted me last week regarding her living room before & after in a 1950's ranch I just knew I had to share with y'all.  
I'm a big fan of showcasing how smart design can be achieved on a budget.

Let's have a look at this precious family and their Texas home.

Hello Julia!! Thank you so much again for sharing our before and afters! Ever since I found your blog, I have been hooked. Your house is absolutely stunning!! My husband and I recently purchased a 1951 ranch in Texas that needed a lot of work. We knew it would require a lot of commitment, but we both love do-it-yourself projects and knew that we could tackle it on our own. The room that needed the most help was our living room, which looked more like an Italian restaurant than the cozy country cottage we were going for. 

Our goal was for the space to feel organic, like it had been collected over time. We have found that by purchasing only the things that we love, the space, in turn, feels more cozy than if we were to go to one store and buy a lot of coordinating items.

Here are some more tidbits about the makeover:
  • The wall color is Olympic “Toasted Almond” in flat and the color on the trim, built-ins, and fireplace is Olympic “Ultra White” in semi-gloss.

  • The decorations are from a variety of discounted home stores including TJ Max, HomeGoods, Tuesday Morning, Target, and even Walmart. We also found a lot of great things at resale and antique shops.
  • The curtains are actually painter’s drop-clothes from Lowe’s. We knew we wanted something light and airy, but also knew we didn’t want to spend a fortune since we needed 8 curtain panels. They fit perfect in the room, and the $9.99 price tag wasn’t too shabby either.
I also wanted to share my dated dining room makeover as a bonus:

It feels so fresh and inviting thanks to more affordable items and ideas.
– Maggie 

Please go visit Maggie's blog here to see much more of her home tour and read all about life with her husband and precious little boy.

Also, did I tell y'all I'm working with a client on my first e-design?


  1. I could move right into her family room. So pretty!

  2. What an incredible transformation! I even love the color on the dining room ceiling. Thanks for sharing.

    PS Julia, best of luck on your first e-design!!!

  3. Love it! It gives a layered look of time like she wanted....
    I am trying to tweak my living room...HELP! Need. Feedback. Badly. xoxo Shelli

  4. Looks amazing! I love seeing these before and afters!

  5. Love it!!! Maggie, I want to come over with a bottle of wine. Congrats on such a fantastic transformation and thanks for showcasing it on PIP!!!

  6. Wow awesome makeover! Good luck with your e design!

  7. WHOA. Lovely job, Maggie. You have a great vision!

  8. Is the e-design me? If so, can't wait for your help in giving our sad, neglected living room a much needed facelift!

  9. i'm so impressed! that family room is SO cozy!


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