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Before and After

As we wrap up another year, it’s fun to reflect on all we’ve accomplished. Life isn’t always before and afters, but my do they feel good, even if they just show progress. This post was originally written June 2016 and has been republished December 2017.

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In just two weeks we’ll mark two years since we moved from our home in Kansas to St. Louis. It’s crazy how fast the time has passed since our first walk in our new neighborhood up to the club to watch fireworks! While it wasn’t our dream home, it has become home and I love it more and more everyday. Over the past couple of years we’ve done a lot of projects, big and small to adapt our home to fit our lifestyle and aesthetic. There are still a lot of projects to do, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to do a quick before and after to remind myself that it was worth it!

Where to start? The front porch!

fall front porch decorating ideas

Simple & neutral Christmas front porch decorations




how to decorating for spring

foyer makeover - the before and after of an entryway

how to update a basic evergreen christmas wreath

Half bath


beautiful half bathroom | small bathroom ideas

Pretty and simple bathroom decor



traditional office for home

Pretty office credenza

Brilliant ideas to organize your home office, calendar and to do's!

Family Room


blend old and new to create a neutral room with interest

Armoire / Wardrobe Linen Cabinet

Living room organization - linen closet

beautiful family room ideas | fiddle fig piano and sailboat painting

neutral family room decor

easy spring decorating ideas

Screened In Porch | Outdoor Dining Room

Easy home project ideas - Fall Makeover

outdoor living at it's best - a covered screened in porch, perfect for dining and entertaining



Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room

Outdoor decorating ideas

Dining Room

Dining Room Design - before photos

interior design blogger Julie Blanner shares her home in progress

traditional dining room decorating ideas

Traditional dining room decor

Breakfast Roomsunroom-beforeHalloween entertaining - beautiful Halloween table setting

beautiful breakfast room ideas

breakfast room of home blogger Julie Blanner

home blogger Julie Blanner shares her home decorated for summer




A kitchen makeover without paint - making the best of an 80's or 90's kitchen

Stunning mudroom design from luxury home blogger Julie Blanner


pretty counter stools with ticking stripe slipcovers for farmhouse kitchen

living finish - a brass kitchen faucet that ages with time or can be polished

flowers that dry well

Powder Room

powder room before

Home design blogger Julie Blanner shares her powder room transformation that blends utility and design

traditional powder room

Home design blogger Julie Blanner shares her powder room transformation that blends utility and design




Hard to believe this is the same view!

Christmas decorating ideas for the mudroom / entryway

Beautiful interior design ideas

upscale home decorating ideas


Organize your gym gear with an outdoor closet | garage storage and organization

Organize your running gear with an outdoor closet | garage storage and organization

Garage Cleaning Supplies

garage organization tips

The Side Entrance

I failed to take a before shot, but this “before” back view of the home gives a little perspective.

christmas door decorations garland, wreath and a mini tree


Natural Fall Decorating Ideas

Natural Fall Decorating Ideas

Living Room

Living Room After

Bar Cabinet


Beautiful bar cabinet in a built in bookcase

Beautiful bar cabinet in a built in bookcase

Basement and Basement Stairs

how to update your basement stairs on a budget

A simple finished basement on a budget

a beautiful finished basement with brilliant tips, tricks and ideas


get tips and ideas to update a hall with dark, dated doors

traditional home hall lights | brass lanterns

beautiful hall with brass lanterns

Linen Closet

How to organize a hall linen closet

Hall Bath


Home blogger Julie Blanner shares her ideas for updating a dark, dated hall

Ani’s Room

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Little girls bedroom ideas - integrating old and new

how to make a teepee

Adalyn’s Room


girl bedroom decorating ideas

children's bedroom play area

Brass & glass chandelier for little girl's bedroom

Make a silhouette of your kids in just a few easy steps - beautiful bedroom decor

Isla’s Room


white nursery | girls bedroom design

A nursery vignette - simple ideas to create a beautiful nursery on a budget

Laundry Room

Easy home project ideas - Fall Makeover

laundry gift basket | perfect idea for a high school grad going away to college or a beautiful housewarming gift idea

simple laundry room organization ideas with free printable labels

how to organize your laundry room and the best natural stain removers


Great tips for a functional laundry room

Simple storage solutions for the laundry room

Master Bedroom


beautiful bedroom Christmas decorating ideas with lights

decorating indoors with Christmas lights

free printable christmas tree print


Thanks for taking time to reflect with me on a before and after look of our home. Truly, it’s a before and during, but it’s always nice to take a moment and appreciate what you have done when you feel overwhelmed about your to do list. I often remind myself that it’s more important to enjoy our home than to decorate it. Think about all the things you love about your home rather than the things you don’t. It will not only bring you peace, but will also help better define your next project. Right now my favorite room is our breakfast room. What’s your favorite room in your home and why?

As always, if you see something you love, you can follow the link to the post or shop our home here to be directed to the specific product.

73 comments on “Before and After”

  1. Gorgeous afters! Thank you for sharing these beautiful glimpses into your home. 🙂

    • Thank you! Have a great weekend!

      • Julie – I LOVE what you have done with your home.  I recently moved into a home that looks extremely similar to your before photos.  I was feeling pretty hopeless that I would be able to convert it to my style but after seeing your photos I am very optimistic.  Besides the kitchen, did you paint the existing doors and trim or did you replace it all?  Are the walls the same color as the trim or different? Would you mind sharing the colors?  Thank you so much!

        • I would have just painted the existing doors and trim, but they were in pretty bad shape due to damage from dogs on the main level and upstairs they were cheap hollow core doors, so we opted to replace. When we had new hardwoods installed, we went with a more substantial trim as well since we had to replace anyways. In some rooms I painted the same color, but trim in a higher sheen and others a white trim. All of my colors can be found in the side bar. Enjoy!

  2. Julie these are stunning transformations. You have a beautiful family and home. You inspire me!!

  3. Hi what’s the paint color on the walls? Love it!!

  4. Beautiful, classic choices! Do you mind sharing the neutral paint color you decided on for the walls?

  5. Just found your blog! Your home is lovely. Jealous of your screened in porch????. Can’t wait to see more!!

  6. I love all the makeovers, you did a super job. You also have three very cute little ones.

  7. What carpet do you have? I need to replace my light beige/white carpet. Thanks.

  8. I also like the tile in the laundry room. It looks neutral to go with white and cream colors without being too plain. Thanks.

  9. Julie, I am learning so much from your beautiful home! In an earlier post, you mentioned getting some of your interior doors custom made at Lowe’s, after you learned about it from a friend. Have you already tried this out, and if so, what exactly did you order? I love the look of your doors–it’s exactly what I want in my home. Thanks for your help, and all of your inspiration!

  10. What a beautiful home you have made for your family! Thank you so much for sharing these before and after pics. It helps to see how your vision has transformed the spaces. Gorgeous!

  11. Julie your house is so Beautiful just pure perfection.

  12. When I grow up, I want to be just like you, lol!
    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your home. About the dresser, how did you have that finish? I haven’t clicked on the pic link yet. Any info will be greatly appreciated!

  13. Absolutely beautiful! You have done a wonderful job! You should become an interior decorator!

  14. sorry Julie, it is all too bland for me. It does not look like it is lived in, especially with your precious girls. Needs warmth for my taste. I miss the richness of textures. …looks too staged. sorry !

  15. This is so stylish, full of light and positive feelings! Thank you very much Julie for this gorgeous before and after tour through you lovely house. Much work, much love for details and a perfect feeling for reduction and the using of light.
    Wish you and yours a great, healthy and peaceful 2018!

    Best regards from North Germany.


  16. Really beautiful Julie.  You have indeed created a calm and soothing space and I am really inspired by your work.  Thank you so much for sharing.  I always look forward to opening your emails!   Following you as you transform that very heavy and dated house into a light and fresh, clean, organized home with such an airy happy vibe has been inspiring and fun.   I’m looking forward to what’s to come in 2018!

    • Really? Thank you! That brings me so much joy! It’s been fun making it function for our family, I had my doubts, but loved the neighborhood and there wasn’t much on the market at the time we needed to move. It’s amazing what you can do with a little will! Hope you have a beautiful New Year!

  17. I loved it all!  I smiled through every before-and-after.  Your choices of color and simplicity are calming. Gre post. 

  18. Hi Julie,

    I love what you have accomplished. Your home is simply beautiful ! I am wondering where you found your ceiling light fixture for your dining room. I have been looking everywhere for one like this. I have to be careful with the diameter, so we won’t be standing up and hitting our heads, but this is exactly what we are looking for and can’t seem to find.
    Thank you for sharing your before and after photos with us !
    Judy ( from Ontario, Canada )

  19. Where do you get your picture frames? Or do you paint them yourself? I love their color and simple lines.

  20. I loved his post! The final effects look absolutely stunning and I loved how you changed this heavy look into a gorgeous and bright space. Can’t stop admiring all this work and how it turned out. It made me think of my future home and how much I want to decorate it already haha I believe there’s so much hard work that has to be put in it but you definitely nailed it. Congratulations!

  21. Your home is absolutely stunning, a true vision of serene beauty! #homegoals Great work!

  22. Classic, peaceful, natural, and visually pleasing–that’s how I would describe your home! Your style is very calming
    in this stressful, chaotic world. What a gift of a safe haven you are creating for your family. Thanks for sharing! You inspire me to do the same!

  23. Wow this house was dark! To see how much light you’ve brought into to the spaces is amazing. Our house has very little natural light so even with lighter paint, we still have some challenges. My husband and I are currently discussing our kitchen and I’m trying to convince myself that I could love stained cabinets, but as soon as I saw your kitchen my heart skipped and I knew my kitchen joy is with painted cabinets. Not to mention I adore the inset doors. Thanks for sharing! 

    • Thank you, Jaime! I have an old post with tips to add light to a room if it helps. We were able to make our kitchen window a bit larger in the process and I fought for every inch our house could accommodate to make it feel brighter. I love both stained and painted cabinets, but painted remind me of English country Kitchens, timeless and beautiful.

  24. Happy New Year Julie!I LOVE your beautiful home and your blog!(I live in Rolla, so we are almost might have missed it’ but can you tell me where you got the beautiful brass and glass light fixture in your mud room?Thank you

    • We are! My nephew attends college there and we pass through often!
      It’s from Schoolhouse Electric, enjoy!
      Thank you, hope you have a beautiful New Year!

  25. Stunning in every way – my inspiration. ♥️

  26. What a wonderful tour…thank you so much for sharing. I am curious…did you spray the birch logs in your bedroom with anything (bugs???) before bringing them inside?  I use mine on my porch but would really love to incorporate them inside my home.  Happy New Year from NJ!

  27. Your home is so beautiful and calming. I always get inspiration for my own home after looking at your amazing photos. I’ve been looking for a old weathered leather chair just like yours, you happen to have another one? 🙂 Also, what kind of plant/flowers do you have in you entry way?

  28. Oh, girlie, I want to be you when I grow up! Never mind that I’m 62!!! I absolutely love EVERYTHING you do. Keep sharing all things lovely.  From one Diet Coke loving Julie to another, thanks for sharing so much prettiness. 

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  29. So relaxing! Love how the unified colors help create calm. 

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  30. Julie, you have a beautiful home. It is like you stepped inside my mind and created my dream home. Gorgeous. Big hugs!

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  31. Julie, you’re whole house is the inspiration for my renovation. I love everything. Wondering what you did for kitchen appliances – did you do panels? If so, what hardware did you go with to match your unlaquered brass pulls? I purchased your 1” unlacquered brass knobs and need to find appliance pulls. Any suggestions? Thank you!!

    • Thank you, Lisa! We did panels using the pulls for the dishwasher and larger handles from Rejuvenation for the refrigerator. I hope that helps!

  32. hi there
    what a beautiful peaceful space. i admire your skills as a designer.
    quick question… we have 5 messy children. i noticed you used carpet for the bedrooms. i have always had a secret love for the warmth, coziness, and sounds barrier that carpet creates. we are remodeling a home and want to do carpet for the kids but i am afraid of how dirty they may become. how do you keep them clean?

    • Stainmaster! We keep their shoes in the mudroom which eliminates most of the potential mess and don’t allow food or slime in their rooms.

  33. Beautiful home and fabulous inspiration. I love how you combined the warmth of wood and brass against a neutral backdrop. Just what I am looking for as a I gather thoughts for updating our home!

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