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Country Living isn’t a magazine I subscribe to, but I think I may have to. I admire lots of different styles, and lately I find that when I pick that magazine up there are more and more spaces that speak to me in certain ways.  Like this story of a renovation done by Sara Story for her sister on her dated 70’s Connecticut house.  The best part of this renovation is that it wasn’t a major renovation with tons of construction, but basically one done with paint, paper, furniture and lighting.  Goes to show you how much different a space can look without tearing down walls and busting the budget!

I LOVE this dining room with walls done in Schumacher’s Chenonceau paper.  With all the simple white details- drapes, bentwood chairs, buffet and rug.  It’s a good idea to let a bold paper make the single statement in a room.

Look at the before! Reminds me of my kitchen/ dining room when we bought our house!


The open family room with painted grey beams feels light and airy.


Where before it looked…yikes.


The new open and bright kitchen.


The before is a good example of when sometimes islands are a bad idea and make a small space crowded.


The bathroom before was a doozy!


After, penny tiles run to the ceiling and a fun cement tile floor.


The bedroom before is non-descript and dorm-room like…


And after (clearly the bed was moved to another wall) is a cool, modern but simple room.




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