In this episode of House Stories, our designer worked with the homeowners to take their living room and dining room from an outdated 90’s-style covered in burgundy and florals, to a fresh, updated look while still incorporating their beloved invested pieces.

Redesigning your home doesn’t mean that you have to start with a total clean slate. In this episode of House Stories, the designer from Herman’s Furniture worked with the owners of this home to transition from ’90s florals and shades of burgundy to a fresher style while still keeping their beloved investment pieces.

The homeowners wanted to concentrate on redoing their living room and dining room, two areas where they love to relax and visit with family and friends. Here are before pictures of both rooms. These photos are fuzzy, but you can see that the rooms are dark and decorated with large floral sofas, burgundy-colored wingback chairs, and decorative wallpaper with window treatments to match.

The designer’s vision was to freshen up both spaces and create continuity between the rooms while still honoring the homeowner’s traditional style. Like so many of us, the homeowners had timeless pieces of furniture that still deserved love in the home. They were excited to say goodbye to the outdated fabrics and old wallpaper but didn’t want to part with classics like this dining room table.

The designer knew exactly what to do—out with the old and in with the new by replacing the dark carpeting and wallpaper with cream-toned carpet and Sherwin-Williams accessible beige paint with white trim. This room automatically looks larger. A brighter fabric was chosen to reupholster the dining chairs, and the old lighting was replaced with an updated chandelier to complement the traditional wood furniture.

Custom window treatments have as big of an impact in a home as paint color or new flooring, plus they can add value to your home. These new window treatments are beautiful and perfectly frame the room. The designer wanted to add dimension to the dining space. She chose Euro-pleated window treatments with a beautiful texture that are hung from the crown molding to the floor to elongate the window space.

The ornate gold-framed mirror and mahogany console are two beautiful pieces that the homeowners treasure. To update this area of the room, modern accessories were added to the traditional furniture, creating a more curated space.

Moving into the living room is like a breath of fresh air from before to after. The designer created continuity from the dining room into this living room space by using the same wall paint color and carpeting. You can see how much she was able to open up this space by rearranging the furniture. The new sofas and chairs have clean lines for a more modern look, and the neutral fabrics offer the perfect canvas for updated accessories.

The fabric chosen for the accent pillows looks vintage and complements the homeowner’s traditional furniture while still giving a fresh updated look. And this coffee table with an onyx top and gold leaf bottom is a modern interpretation of a classic piece of furniture.

If you have a room in your home that needs freshening up, book an appointment with the Herman’s Furniture designers or visit either showroom in Sandusky or Avon Lake.

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