Name: Bri Lehman
Location: Lafayette, Colorado (near Boulder)
Size: 980 square feet
Years lived in: 1 — owned
When I saw Bri's amazing transformation of her living room in a Before & After post last month, I just had to see what else she had done to her home. Not surprisingly, the rest of Bri's home has been given the same stylish treatment — and there are Before & After photos for every room!
I've said it before and I'll say it again and again — I love Before & After stories! There's no better way to actually see the power of design than in a set of before and after photos. Take Bri's house for example. Scrolling through these photos you can plainly see how Bri took a dated, shabby house and transformed it into a stylish, modern abode.
The truly great aspect of Before & After photos is that you can plainly see what changes were made for the transformation. As you can see in Bri's house, it doesn't always take a lot of changes to dramatically alter a room. Sometimes it is as simple as a new paint color and some jazzy accessories.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I think that my style is slightly masculine, with lots of texture, mixed with antique French naturalist and a little bit of Mad Men. I like things that look like they could have been around forever, but don't necessarily look too dated.
Inspiration: Any room I've ever been in that had personality and style but was still comfortable enough to live in. Also, the large painting in my living room that was painted by a good friend of mine (Lennon Michalski) always reminds me that you can do lots of different colors together and still have it look great.
Favorite Element: My favorite part is definitely the charcoal walls in the living room. I'm also quite fond of the paint by numbers in the kitchen and the bedroom — they came from the previous owners and it makes me happy to have a bit of them still with me.
Biggest Challenge: Finding bits and pieces. I'm not always able to articulate exactly what I'm looking for, though it's very easy for me to be vocal about what I don't like. I'm also on a pretty limited budget and have lots of hand me downs so it's a bit challenging to find a way to make everything go together.
What Friends Say: Can you do mine next? Also, my good friend's fiance agreed to let me "art direct" their wedding after coming over for dinner one night.
Biggest Embarrassment: The hanging lamp — it's a bit of a family story and although everyone loves it, it's a bit tacky from an outside perspective.
Proudest DIY: The bathroom — it was an epic project from day one and it took me months to figure out what I wanted to do with it but I managed to refinish the whole thing by myself.
Biggest Indulgence: The couch — needed something a bit feminine to balance all of the masculine colors and elements in the room and who can say no to gray velvet?
Best Advice: Find things you love — you'll find a way of making them work together.
Dream Sources: ABC Home, or any antique store/bazaar/flea market anywhere in the world.
Resources of Note:
Images: Bri Lehman
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