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From Dark to Light, a Renovation


This. This is where I spent my day yesterday, at a client’s home working on the finishing touches after a couple months of renovations. Ohhhh, this room. I’m in love! But it didn’t always look like this…


Thought you might enjoy a little before-and-after split-screen. This home was beautiful when my clients purchased it, but it wasn’t the look they were after. Dark cherry woodwork and floors, warm tan walls and ceilings, craftsman light fixtures…like I said, pretty, but not their vision. When they explained the look they were going for, I was so excited! Light, bright, fresh, and clean. Yes, please.

Paint was a game-changer in this home. The ceilings and all woodwork was painted white, and the walls went a soft warm gray, Sherwin Williams “Agreeable Gray.” We had the fireplace wall “planked” with a shiplap look, and the light fixtures here are my new favorite thing! A little industrial, a little farmhouse, a little amazing.


This little entry alcove got a happy new update…a great spot to sit and take off your shoes. Just look at that freshly painted staircase railing! Again, paint and light fixtures made allllll the difference.


The dining room. Light, bright, fresh…and the light fixture? GOR. GEOUS.


I love the way all of these rooms are open to each other and flow from one airy space to the next.


This built-in hutch was originally black. The new white paint just makes the accessories pop. I couldn’t WAIT to get my hands on these shelves…can I just style shelves all day? #lifegoals


The family room isn’t done quite yet, still looking for just the right thing for the mantel…but styling this little shelf above the TV was fun…the clients already owned most of these items. So fun to “shop” from what people already have!


Simple. Rustic. Industrial.


Even the porch got a little attention…I mean, how can you not take advantage of this perfect corner?


The mantel in the living room really captures the vision we had for this once dark, rich-toned home…simplify, lighten, modernize. In a lovely, inviting kind of way. I have to hand it to these homeowners. They really had the vision for what this home could become. And guess what? HOME is exactly what it became. I love it when that happens.

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  • September 19, 2015 - 6:52 pm

    Stacey - Absolutely gorgeous! The fireplace makeover is perfect. And you you can spend all day doing shelves…you are the best!!ReplyCancel

    • September 19, 2015 - 9:24 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Stacey, glad you could stop by! πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2015 - 8:12 pm

    Melissa - This looks great! Is this he same paint you have in your house?ReplyCancel

    • September 19, 2015 - 9:24 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Melissa! Looks like you already found the answer you were after…No, not the same paint. Our home is Valspar “Coconut Milk.” Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2015 - 9:31 pm

    Kelly Prior - Love the remodel! Beautiful! Where did you find the living room rug? I’m having such a hard time finding neutral rugs for our new home!ReplyCancel

    • September 19, 2015 - 9:32 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Kelly! The rug is from Crate and Barrel. They have so many beautiful options!ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2015 - 10:21 pm

    Wendy Jo Trigsted - I just LOVE before and afters…and this one is beautiful! Very well done! TOTALLY inspiring!!!ReplyCancel

    • September 20, 2015 - 4:41 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Wendy! It has been fun to watch the transformation! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2015 - 1:16 am

    Cynthia - So beautiful! I love it!ReplyCancel

    • September 20, 2015 - 4:41 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you, Cynthia!ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2015 - 2:33 am

    Bobbi - Lovely. All of it. Can you provide the source of the little table in the entry alcove? It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • September 20, 2015 - 4:42 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Bobbi, that little table is from HomeGoods. You just never know what treasures you might find there! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2015 - 3:56 am

    Allie - This is gorgeous!! I love paint! I recently helped a friend and we did almost an identical makeover. Cherry to white❀️❀️ Pretty sure we are kindred spirits??ReplyCancel

    • September 20, 2015 - 4:43 pm

      yellowprairieint - I agree, because EVERYTHING you do is my favorite. Thank you for the sweet compliment!ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2015 - 6:00 pm

    Heather - This is absolute perfection in my book! Would you mind sharing the trim & ceiling color? Wall color is SW Agreeable Gray, correct?ReplyCancel

    • September 22, 2015 - 11:51 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Heather! The trim was custom color-matched to some other existing trim in the home. Yes, the wall color is SW Agreeable Gray. Have a great evening!ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2015 - 12:24 am

    Pam Foster - Janna!
    Dad and I just looked at this renovation! WOW do we love this nice fresh look! BEAUTIFUL!!! You do such a great job of making homes look inviting and new and fresh!!! So pretty!

    Love you and all you do!
    Mom and DadReplyCancel

    • September 22, 2015 - 11:51 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you, Mom and Dad…LOVE YOU!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 24, 2015 - 3:39 pm

    Lori - Do you have the source for the beautiful light in the dining room?ReplyCancel

  • September 28, 2015 - 6:21 am

    Anna - Can I move in?! You have such a talent for making it look inviting and warm, yet uncluttered. I’d love to know where the grey wingbacks came from. They look like they will match the color of my kid’s grubby mitts. πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

    • September 30, 2015 - 12:30 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Anna, aren’t those chairs amazing? They’re from Crate & Barrel. They are probably my favorite chair ever!ReplyCancel