Top 10 Before & After Interiors for 2016

by 1 January 16, 2017

Like most, I love a good Before & After Interior.  After working as a set decorator & stylist for the past 20 plus years I decided to open a Vintage & Modern Home Decor Shop.  The next natural step for me was to add interior design and decor services. I find there are many more similarities than there are differences between residential and film design.  I remember the first set I decorated on the film, The King of New York.  I was terrified!  My crew had to completely empty the contents of an apartment in Greenwich Village and I was tasked with reimagining the space to fit the character's lifestyle, habits & aesthetic.  I was on location in NYC, with a small budget, not a lot of time and not much experience.  In the end, it all turned out.  Being in New York in the early 90's with a rental car working with a bunch of super talented people, not bad!

Now, for my top 10 before & after interiors!

interior design, before & after, top 10 interior makeover Before |  Living room about to be transformed by tv celeb and Target collaborator, Nate Berkus. Celeb Designer, Nate Berkus, Before & After After |  I like the way Nate uses a lot of texture and natural materials in his designs as evidenced in the striped flatweave rug layered over the sisal.  I love the metal framed glass doors.  They're quite a bit taller than the original doors.  The glass panes with the added height makes the room feel grander and more hip.  Black metal framed glass seems to be a bit of a Nate Berkus trademark. Source - Architectural Digest Celebrity Interior Designer, Amber Interiors, Before & After, Kitchen Makeover Before - A kitchen/family room about to get a serious makeover from Architect Eric Olsen and Interior Designer, Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. Top 10 Home Renovations for 2017, Amber Interiors, Celebrity Interior Design Firm, Calabasas After | What a difference!  I love the addition of the banquette and recessed shelving faced with wood.  This space has a nice clean, upscale beachy vibe.  It's quite a transformation from the 90's cherry wood cabinets and black granite countertops. Source - Amber Interiors Living Room Transformation Before | Tudor Style Garden Room on the Hudson River with Arched French Doors. Tudor Garden Room Renovation, Colonnade, Arched Windows Architect James Nigro's addition of a colonnade in front of the arched windows and the green Chinoiserie wallpaper adds a nice layer to this voluminous space.  Alexa Hampton's decor is perfect for the space with coordinating green Chinoiserie ottomans and a large antique birdcage that serves as a nice focal point. Source - Architectural Digest Traditional Home, Hallway, Amazing Transformation Before | Entrance Hallway in Midtown Manhattan Apartment Manhattan Entrance Hallway Renovation, Before & After After | Manhattan Entrance Hallway and Library by designers Thomas Britt and Peter Napolitano.  The dark woods and black accents work nicely with the warm golden yellow walls and natural rugs.  The unframed Antique map is a nice touch in this inviting elevated traditional space. Source - Huffington Post via Architectural Digest Nate Berkus, Celebrity Interior Designer, Kitchen Renovation Before | Circling back to designer Nate Berkus, a cookie cutter kitchen resembling a model kitchen at Lowe's or Home Depot gets a major makeover. Nate Berkus Top Renovations After | What a difference!  This kitchen came out beautifully.  I love the way Nate repurposed the existing white cabinets by painting them glossy black and adding molding to the top.  My favorite addition to this kitchen is the metal framed glass wall.  First of all, it looks great, but it also serves an important purpose; it maintains a sense of openness while providing privacy.  I think it also adds a nice Industrial vibe to this formerly uninspired space. Source - Architectural Digest Before & After, Manhattan, Downtown Apartment Before | Straight out of the movie "Goodfellows" this downtown Manhattan Apartment looks frozen in time.  Got to love the plastic covered sofa! Before & After, Manhattan Apartment, Must See to Believe After | Interior Designer, Anthony D'Argenzio had a tight budget for this makeover.  He definitely worked some magic with this apartment leaving only the chandelier as a remembrance of what was.   Great move when he checked behind the plaster walls to uncover the original brick.  This apartment is small, but it has a cool vibe now. Source - Lonny Magazine Retail Shop, Before & After, Serena & Lily Before | Built in 1889, this Queen Anne Victorian in Westport, Connecticut was in need of a major facelift. Serena & Lily, Retail Shop, Before & After Renovation, After | Bay Window, Sitting Area | Retail Shop for Serena & Lily in Westport Connecticut. Architect Kenneth Holder in collaboration with Interior Designer Kate Marby did a beautiful job on this space.  The addition of the case moldings around the windows, painting the walls white and staining the hardwood floors dark provided the perfect backdrop for this chic & stylish space.  I like the mix of natural tones and bright colors and I can't wait to pay this store a visit! Source - Architectural Digest Incredible Before & After, Remodelista Before | 1967 Suburban Horse Stable in Kirkland, Washington Top 10 Incredible Before & After Renovations for 2016, Former Horse Stable converted into Live/Work Space After | Stunning transformation by Shed Architecture & Design in Seattle.  The yellow painted barn doors with black iron hardware are a really nice touch.  I love their minimalist approach to the interior.  There's a lot of natural sunlight and plenty of space to create & relax in. Source - Remodelista Interior Designer & Blogger Extraordinaire Emily Henderson's Best Makeover Yet Before | Former Chinese Restaurant Banquet Hall Jaw Dropping Before & After Renovation, Celebrity Designer & Blogger, Emily Henderson After | Drumroll please!  The Fig House by Emily Henderson, Interior Designer, Stylist & Blogger extraordinaire.  Talk about a transformation.  From removing the false ceiling to uncover the wood rafters to opening up the space with a series of glass French doors, to the vintage furniture reupholstered in a variety of velvet colors.  Wow!  This is definitely one of my favorite before & afters. 👏🏻 SourceStyle by Emily Henderson #1 pick for top Renovation of 2016, Berlin Gas Station Converted Into Modern Home Before | And now for my #1 pick for the most amazing renovation, I chose a formerly abandoned Shell Gas Station in Berlin, Germany. Top Before & After Renovation, German Gas Station Converted into Chic, Modern Home After | Juerg Judin, one of Berlin's leading Gallerists purchased and renovated the former gas station with assistance from BFS Design. Juerg Judin's Renovation of a !950's Gas Station in Berlin Anyone like me ready to start looking for an abandoned 50's Gas Station? Berlin Gallerists purchases abandoned Shell Gas Station to convert into his home Gallerist Juerg Judin with the help of BFS Design beautifully incorporated his clean, stark Gallery aesthetic into this unusual space. Berlin, Germany, 50's Gas Station Converted into Chic, Modernist Home Floor to Ceiling bookcase lined with art books, large picture window provides natural light and feeling of being outdoors. Amazing transformation, top pick for most incredible before & after home, Berlin Germany, Former Gas Station It's one thing to go out on a limb by purchasing a commercial building to convert into a living space, it's another to do it well.  Juerg Judin and BFS Design managed to preserve all of the best elements of this former 50's Shell Gas Station while completely reimagining the space.  That's why this is my top pick for Top 10 Before & After Interiors for 2016.  Which one is your favorite?  Let me know in the comments. In the coming months, I look forward to meeting & working with new clients.  Head on over to my consultation page for a 1 hour complimentary e-design consultation by using code MyFirstConsult. Source - Cheers!



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