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The At Home in Arkansas office is abuzz with befores & afters (not surprising since our May Before & After issue is now on stands and online)!
You won’t find a more dramatic example than this Little Rock living room. Can you believe the transformation? Dark colors and an over-abundance of accessories were replaced with a heaping dose of springtime hues and clean-lined furnishings. The homeowners wanted to keep it “light, airy, sort of Old World, with some contemporary details,” says interior designer Garry Mertins. “They also love wood and things that are a little bit earthier.”
The result is pure magic.
Wow. To say that we are fortunate to call illustrator Hannah Alexander a member of the At Home in Arkansas blog team would be an understatement. Hannah illustrated her little heart out for you this month! Here, her marvelous interpretation of a series of rooms featured in Lonny magazine–all tied together by the color green.
Get to know Hannah better and check out her adorable blog, Sundry Mumsy!
This month’s illustration is a quick rendering of my favorite use of green that I came across in Lonny magazine. I love the green curtains in contrast with the dark walls and muted browns. I think that green curtains are so unexpected in this room, and I love the use of unexpected.
*all images from Lonny
Illustration by Hannah Alexander
Images and quote via Drake Design Associates
From assistant art director Laura LaRue: “I love everything about this living room, but especially the exposed brick walls” (“An old renovated Spanish farmhouse” from The Style Files)
From marketing coordinator Megan Lindsey: “I absolutely love the rustic yet clean look of this space. I’m also a huge fan of using white and wood features, with a bright color that complements the look of the room. Love the yellow and the individual wooden tables instead of a coffee table! And the little yellow stools give it a modern and playful touch. What a great color scheme and look for any room of your home. Happy Friday everyone!” (“Interior inspiration, fabulous rooms & decor!” from ZsaZsa Bellagio)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Isn’t this the ultimate happy house? I always love how pops of color look against a white backdrop, and this place does that so well. My new favorite kitchen…and living room…and dining area…” (“Mona Ross Berman” from House of Turquoise)
From associate editor/online editor Paulette Pearson: “This image of Jenna Lyons’ office reminds me that messy offices are creative offices! The more magazine tears, photos and books you have lying around the more likely you’ll spark a great idea.” (“Design Darling on Tumblr” from Design Darling)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “This room has all my favorites–books, lots and lots of books, a dose of pink, sculptural Saarinen chairs, and even peonies. I’m ready to be invited to dinner.” (“Style idol: Minnie Mortimer” from Elements of Style)
From assistant art director Laura LaRue: “If this doesn’t brighten your Friday, I don’t know what will! My gray door, which I love, is a bit jealous. 🙂 Might have to bring a little sunshine to my porch too!” (“Old yeller” from Young House Love)
From associate editor/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Pretty sure this space would alleviate my dread of getting ready (drying hair, makeup, etc.) in the morning. Been dreaming of creating a bathroom and dressing room I can enjoy. This one is beautiful.” (“Gray and glamorous” from Shelter)
From account executive Stevi Jackson: “I love a good bold wallpaper â great examples of how to incorporate a graphic element into any room!” (“Add depth and interest with a feature wall” from Shayla Copas Interiors)
From marketing coordinator Megan Lindsey: “I was browsing Pinterest for some fun weekend DIY projects and stumbled upon this one. Vintage monogrammed frames. Super simple, and a great way to jazz up a wall in your bedroom or office! Get creative this weekend! Happy Friday, everyone!” (“Custom made vintage frames with letters” from Etsy)
We’re excited to welcome Cara Wilkerson of the blog Live the Home Life, which we recently discovered and can’t stop reading. Not only does it offer lots of design advice, it also brims with practical tips like the one in this guest post on redesigning a space to sell. Here, Cara shares her insight on using color to warm up a house for potential buyers. Check it out, then head over to her blog for more!
Redesigned to Sell
Few will argue that this living room is lacking potential. However, when shopping for their next dream home, buyers may have a tough time envisioning themselves living in a space in need of a little warmth and character.
With a few simple tweaks, this room will have buyers bursting down the door.
On to the game plan…
First and foremost, letâs send the lonely ottoman and rocking chair to storage. We have a few other tricks up our sleeve.
1. Paint & polish:
When prepping a home to sell, most turn to the almighty âneutralsâ to lend a helping hand. While it is true that neutral colors tend to be more widely appealing to buyers, donât be afraid to add a few strategically placed pops of color. For this room, warming up the space with a light, neutral wall color and bringing in an area rug, coffee table and wall art above the sofa will work wonders.
2. Frame it up:
Framing the windows with light curtain panels allow natural light to flow while giving the space a finished feel.
3. Accentuate focal points:
By painting the niche above the fireplace a shade slightly darker than the new wall color and adding a decorative vase, a buyerâs eye cannot help but be drawn to this living roomâs centerpiece.
4. Show off your space:
The purpose of staging is to highlight a propertyâs best features and help buyers envision themselves living in a home. The area to the right of the fireplace is begging to be transformed into an inviting reading nook. Bringing in a cozy chair, side table, throw pillow and lamp will help a buyer visualize themselves relaxing with a good read.
We’re counting the days until Cobblestone & Vine’s book signing and reception for interior designer Suzanne Kasler. (Eek!)
And to celebrate, we’re giving away one signed copy of Suzanne’s book, Inspired Interiors. PLUS, the lucky winner will be invited to join At Home’s editors at the book signing, where they’ll meet Suzanne in person!
TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
* Simply leave a comment on this post, and be sure to include your email address so we can contact you if you’re chosen. One winner will be selected at random. Visit our Facebook page on September 19, when we’ll announce who won!
The book signing/reception takes place 2-6 p.m. on September 22 at Cobblestone & Vine’s Heights location in Little Rock. Visit Cobblestone’s Facebook page for more info.
Suzanne Kasler is one of America’s top designers. Her classic interiors have graced the pages of Architectural Digest, Elle DÃ©cor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda, and even our sister publication, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Here’s a small sampling of her work:
Images via Cobblestone & Vine
Images via Suzanne Kasler