Before and after room makeovers are so inspirational and can be sources of great joy (and grief!) to homeowners. In this post you’ll see how design vision went full steam ahead to take this crumbling gem from faded to fabulous!
I’m simply drawn in to homes and rooms with a melange of the old and the new. Pattern on pattern, color mix and playfully bold in a home that should grace the pages of House Beautiful.
Last week we discussed Grandmillennial Style. Tap over and read that interesting piece if you haven’t yet. Homeowner Tori Donahue has embraced this look! She rescued a dilapidated house in rough shape and transformed it into a swan.
The home was the right size for the Donahue family of 6 that live in Tori’s hometown of Scranton, Pa.
Grand Millennial Style At Jefferson Home Design
Tori holds a BA in Communications and later earned a degree in Residential Design. After spending several years in the wedding event planning and floral design industry she became a stay-at-home mom to four. Tori is a self-proclaimed “grand-millennial” wife and mother of four, residing in Scranton, PA.
I love fashion, art, antiques and incorporating fun color, pattern and texture throughout my own home and bring that same passion to homes that I design.
I am deeply passionate about anything having to do with creating beautiful things, but primarily when it comes to interiors and florals. in 2018, we purchased our dream fixer-upper and gutted it from top to bottom, restoring its original beauty while also adding more life through color, pattern and textural features.
About Tori’s Home Journey
We will have been in this house two years in April. My husband and I both knew that we wanted a fixer-upper, me being a lover of old homes and their charm, and him being in commercial real estate development and construction. I had the eye and he had the resources. When we came across this house (which was an estate and we ended up getting for a steal) we knew it was the one. It checked all of our boxes: Fixer upper, lots of old house charm, the right size, the right neighborhood, great backyard. A lot of people would have walked into this house and turned and ran the other way, but it didn’t scare me. Im fortunate to have the ability to see the potential in things given a little bit of TLC and not be thrown off by their current state.
Before and After Room Makeovers at Jefferson Home Design
The interior renovation was an entire gut job, and it took us 5 months to complete. We were very fortunate to not run into and structural issues along the way, so aside from new plumbing, HVAC and electrical, all the work we did was pretty much cosmetic.
We completed the exterior renovation this past summer, and it truly has made the house feel much more “complete”, although I feel that the house will never truly be complete as I am always adding things, moving things around, re-arranging, re-painting. I feel more and more each day that this house represents everything I am and everything I love.
I got a lot of sideways looks going through the design process of my home. I still do from my husband, like when he walked in to me wallpapering my family room ceiling the other day. BUT, I have never let others opinions deter me from executing a vision I have in my heart! I think that’s why ultimately, I love this home so much! I’ve received so much amazing feedback from others ! One of the things people say to me alot is “wow I never would have thought to do that.” Or, “I never thought that would look good, but now seeing it, I love it!” That makes me happy. The risks I’ve taken on my own home may have encouraged others to do the same!
Let’s break it down room by room with some incredible before and after room makeovers!
The Living Room – BEFORE
The Living Room – AFTER
The Dining Room – BEFORE
The Dining Room – AFTER
The Kitchen – BEFORE
The Kitchen – AFTER
Family Room – BEFORE
Family Room – AFTER
Master Bath – BEFORE
Master Bath – NEW
The Children’s Rooms – BEFORE
The Children’s Rooms – AFTER
The Children’s Bathroom – AFTER
Tori says, “there is a quote by Emily Henderson that has always stuck with me”:
“I believe that a perfect house is like a perfect person; no one really wants to be around them and everyone secretly hates them. Be the weird person. Be the interesting person, the person that sometimes says inappropriate things or laughs too loud at jokes, and have your home reflect who you are.”
And this has truly been my mantra when it comes to decorating my home. As Em says, “Perfection is boring, lets get weird.”
PIN THIS POST FOR INSPIRATION WHEN YOU NEED IT!