When it comes to home decorating, seeing is believing.  The magic of a makeover lies in the contrast between the “Before” and “After.”   And a designer’s portfolio is filled with these images.  We’ve been so busy helping our clients with their own transformations, we realized it’s been an embarrassingly long time since we’ve found time to showcase what we’ve been up to!

Below is a sample of Before & After pics from a variety of the decorating projects we’ve tackled  so far in 2024.  As they say, a “picture is definitely worth a 1000 words!”  These Before & After photos, while incapable of capturing the new “feel” of the spaces, demonstrate how thoughtful design, (whether it’s a major makeover or a simple redesign) can transform any space.

Loveable Living Room Makeovers:

This Crystal Lake, new-build Living Room was originally furnished with space holder items from our client’s previous home.  While we were able to reuse most of our client’s keepsake decor, the furnishings were replaced to match the updated and more current style of the home.

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In Lake In The Hills, we were called in to help our clients start over after their previous designer went out of business.  Blue-gray paint was replaced with a warmer greige.  And again, new furniture, art & accessories completely transform this Great Room into a modern, updated space that is reflective of its wonderful owners.

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Another Lake In The Hills’ Living Room project needed finishing touches after these clients ordered a new sectional but asked for help with layering in the details.  Warming up the blue-gray walls, again, with a fresh coat of paint, we helped this young couple leap ahead in time to a space that feels loved and lived-in for years!

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What should have been the formal Dining Room in this Huntley home would’ve been a redundant use the room considering the large eat-in kitchen nearby.  Rather than waste the space, we adapted it into a semi-formal Living Room complete with new leather, swivel chairs, rug, art and accents.  Every room in your home should have a useful purpose for your family, even if it’s not the “norm”.  Who wouldn’t wanna enjoy a beverage, with family and friends, in this cozy, re-imagined space?

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Creating a warm, inviting space often requires the addition of a dramatic focal point to unify the room and create visual drama in the space.  Using their recently acquired, new furniture, we helped this retired couple transform their ranch home in Huntley.  By adding a custom media wall, soft window treatments, art, rug and accessories, we created a beautifully styled, bespoke space our clients love.

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Sometimes, a refresh can be as simple as rearranging and updating a few key pieces to completely change the mood and feel of the room.  In this Wauconda Living Room, we re-oriented the existing furniture, added new art purchased by our client and re-accessorized to create space that feels fresh and updated, without spending a lot of money.

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Fantastic Family Rooms Transformations:

Our clients knew this Crystal Lake Family Room needed a refresh once they renovated their adjoining kitchen.  Starting with a fireplace remodel, we continued updating the space by selecting new furniture, art and accents as well as by enhancing the existing window treatments.  The updated space flows beautifully now with the back of the house and is just asking for someone to come in, relax and enjoy the warmth of the stylish new space.

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This Huntley Family Room already had the “bones” needed to create a beautiful space.  Using the homeowner’s existing sectional and other decor, we simply added an accent chair, soft window treatments and some new accents to put the cherry on the proverbial sundae that is the heart of this beautiful home.  Some makeovers are as simple as that.

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Scrumptious Dining Room Do-Overs:

We often tell clients, “The “stuff” you touch makes the stuff you don’t touch, look worse.”  After redoing the nearby Family Room in this Crystal Lake home, the Dining Room was also crying for attention.  By simply replacing artwork and adding a soft, new area rug and some greenery, this space was easily transformed and serves as a proud introduction to our client’s beautiful home.

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Anyone who works with us knows we specialize in reusing and repurposing decor, to the extent possible.  Yet, sometimes, it’s difficult to create a space that fits the character of a home or our clients by reusing, tired and dated elements.  We helped update this Crystal Lake Dining Room by adding a gorgeous, new Canadel dining table and chairs, soft treatments and a rug to create a stunning dining area that flows seamlessly into the adjoining spaces in this open-concept home.

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Restful Bedroom Revamp:

This Huntley Primary Bedroom was in need of some simple finishing touches.  While the furniture placement was fine, the room wasn’t serving as the restful sanctuary it was meant to be.  With new soft treatments, an accent rug, bench, art, and new lamps, we were able to cozy up the space, creating a retreat anyone would love to come home to at the end of a long day.

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Harmonious Home Office Update:

Every room in your home should be useful and inviting.  Sometimes, all it takes are a few judicious “adds” to warm up a space and make it feel more welcoming.  In this Crystal Lake home’s Den/Office space, we tweaked the space by adding greenery, a small rug and blending a few new accessories with the homeowner’s existing treasures to elevate and enhance this stylish Home Office.

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Outdoor Oasis Overhaul:

The (semi) outdoor area in this Lake In The Hills three-season room was predictable and underutilized, with sparse seating and very little pizzaz.  Less predictable furniture along with thoughtful edits and addtions were all we needed a create a space which is now a welcoming extension of the home.

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As you can see,  we’ve been awfully busy, all over the Northwest Suburbs, helping our awesome clients refresh, update and fall in love with the various rooms in their homes, all over again.

These Before & After pictures highlight the transformative power of thoughtful decorating. Whether you’re refreshing a single room or reimagining your entire home, the right design choices can make a world of difference.  From simple edits, to major redecorating, we know what it takes to bring our client’s vision and personality to life.

If you’d like to experience your own Before & After transformation, give us a call.  We’d love to help!

Happy Transformative Decorating from Decor Designs..  815-245-2433