When I first saw what Emily could do freehand painting a closet, I said to myself 'this lady's got some mad skills'! So I dug a little deeper into her blog and noted this before and after of Emily's living room that pretty much sums up her talents. It's also a testament to the power of a design in transforming a space!
Now, granted, the before picture is pretty sad. It would be easy to dismiss this makeover by saying that just about anything would have been an improvement on that. But when you look around at all the details of Emily's makeover, you can see that even the subtle changes help the home feel more lovely and livable.
Of course, the first thing your eye is drawn to in the room is the fireplace. I wouldn't have thought to paint the fireplace white but it really cleans it up and makes it a focal point of the room. It also make the mantle, which Emily decided to leave in its original finish, pop. Installing the french door where there was formerly a solid door brings more light to the room and makes it feel bigger. And the high horizontal line of the two-tone walls helps the space feel taller, too. Lucky for Emily, the hardwood floors were laying under the old carpet you can see in the before photo. It cannot be left unsaid that the refinished floors with their dark stain go a long way in warming up the space.
You can see all of the changes Emily has made to her home over on her blog — Merrypad.