Over the weekend, we had some time to catch up on some recorded shows and watched a recent episode of Trading Spaces. This time, two Los Angeles couples swapped houses. Both homeowners had some sort of design background (one worked at an architecture firm, and another was an aspiring designer, with a husband in design). We were really taken to one of the results in particular. The above is the "Before" shot, check out more pics and the "After" behind the jump...
The designer for this home was Laurie Hickson-Smith. (Out of all the designers they have on the show, she remains our favorite and most consistent.)
We love the interesting mix of textures, like the slightly 70's mod color striped valance with the subtle zebra print ottoman.
We also love how she placed the stacked horizontal mirrors on either side of the fireplace, which reflect the windows across. She moved their couch against the back wall, which opened up the room. The final space feels warm, modern, and comfortable. Did anyone else happen to catch this episode? [ images via TLC ]