Tuesday, June 30, 2009

updates - liz's apartment

we made some major progress on liz's apartment in detroit.

we had a $500 budget to make the changes ... and 3 days!

we're still waiting on the curtain fabric for the living room to show up, two chairs to get reupholstered and a brass headboard for the bedroom- and then, BAM. until then, here's a peek

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Cherry TV Stands in glass and metal.

79 comments:

Magchunk said...

Wow! What a beautiful transformation! I love that you introduced a cohesive color scheme that isn't too rigid. Love the pillow on the couch and the green boxes above the desk. And the bedroom knocked me out. Gorg.

Anonymous said...

A freaking mazing. You are a genius!

Shea McGee said...

I'm really glad you switched careers. Seriously, this is more than fantastic.

Blueprint Bliss said...

It looks so good! I love b&a's!

Allison aka HaselBride said...

Fantastic! I absolutely love it!

lily said...

WOW!

Martha said...

WOW. Awesome. WOW.

katycavell said...

it's gorgeous. way to go! i love how colorful it became.

kayduh said...

The apartment looks great! Any idea where the 'I heart Detroit more than ever' poster is from? As a die-hard Detroit lover, it would be a great addition to my house.

i suwannee said...

i made the print for her -- if you're interested, just email me.

i can also make other cities!

jamie.meares @ gmail.com

CJ said...

Nice work! Goes to show you don't need a huge budget to make some big changes.

Amy said...

Wow - brilliant makeover!!! If you are ever in MPLS and itching to do another makeover...

zakary said...

Wow, you were busy!

Looks nice!

Kimberly Julie said...

Um... Oh my god. It's like a whole other apartment! You're absolutely phenomenal. Seriously.

Lisanne said...

A star is born!

Congratulations on answering the call!

It looks G-R-R-R-R-E-A-T!

Chesa said...

Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous! Makes me wish I had more color coordinated books! I love it, great job!

linsey said...

i have had my eye on that urban outfitters rug online, can you report its in-person feel/quality? thanks. beautiful work, by the way.

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Wow, you've made such an amazing transformation! Fabulous job, I'm jealous!

Elsbeth said...

What the what!? That is so fantastic. Let me tell you, I was not feeling that gold mirror in your previous post, but I bow down. It is genius. Jamie, if you're ever in Chicago I want to buy you a cocktail!

Jenny B. said...

hot damn!

i spy an ikea duvet-turned-curtains in that bedroom... i know b/c i'm in the process of doing the same thing.

Devon said...

Smart move on the career change. You have clearly found your calling. Great update.

Jennifer said...

it looks SO good, Jamie! really. the bookshelf is perfection -- just enough undone.

my favorite and my best said...

*tears...nuthin' but tears.


(of course they are tears of joy you knuckle head!!)

Anonymous said...

I love that David Friedman print! I have the same one hanging in my kitchen!!

Lovely Little Nest said...

#1 - Fabulous transformation - so bright and colorful!

#2 - I love love LOVE the Anchorman quote at the bottom of your page!! :)

Jackie said...

You totally just blew my mind right now. You did all that for $500? Amazing job.

Jessica said...

Um, super awesomesauce with freshly grated cinnamon.

suzanne cabrera said...

NICE job Jamie!!!! Very nice!!!

Auntie Pockets said...

$500!?!?!?!? SIGN me up!

Maison Luxe said...

AMAZING!! great job jamie, love it!

Anonymous said...

you girls have got it goin on! that may be one of the best before and afters i've ever seen - especially on such a tight budget. no lie.

Shannon said...

Amazingness. Sheer amazingness.

tanis said...

there are no words. truly phenomenal. let me know if youre ever in los angeles.

pure genius.
and beauty.
and awesomeness.
and on the cheap! wowowowow!

kat said...

WOW. Awe winning out over jealousy, it looks fantastic.

Lindsey said...

wow, what a great redesign! everything is looking awesome!

{ Lindsey }
http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

ms. less is always more said...

love, love, love. job super, duper well done! now if we could just get you to West Michigan...

The Curmudgeon said...

It looks gorgeous!! What a beautiful job! Congrats.e

Jen said...

Yowsh!!!! The apartment is bangin!!!! Love the green accents!

Haven and Home said...

I spy about 1,000 things in that apartment I want and I am not exaggerating!

emilyalane said...

dang... you need to come to my house. shit.

Rebecca (Dog-Eared) said...

$500 budget?! you are magical.

meg said...

i need to know more about the poster/print in the bedroom on the wall with the window. love the rugs and the punches of green. awesome!

jennifer said...

wow, i am blown away. terrific job.

The Mighty RandR said...

Wow, girl. As an architect who likes to think (perhaps not so humbly) that I have an "eye" for design, I must say you've got what it takes! Beautiful, really. Even the photos ooze a certain level of professionalism. Good work!

djnekokittie said...

What a fantastic job! It went from looking like a college dorm room to a chic pad! It's amazing what $500 and a good designer can do!

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

FABULOUS job! And with that budget? Kudos to you!

modern eve said...

this is absolutely aweSOME!

THE BRICK HOUSE said...

cute beans!

love the girly kilim and that fab gold mirror.

Anonymous said...

I know you're not done but I need the lowdown on how you did it! How did you spend the money, what did you repurpose from what she already had, and was there anything that just HAD to go?

I could really use your magic touch on my place! Well done.

Anonymous said...

HOLY S*&! !

This looks amazing. Definitely - can you tell us what your budget went into? I can hardly believe $500 could transform my apartment in the same way.

Meg said...

Wow! Totally amazing!!! I think your new business is going to soar!! Congrats! ;)

lucitebox said...

Make a cute vintage desk into a vanity!! What a GREAT idea!

Come see me in Chicago please. I need help. Too much crap in here.

Jessie said...

I think this honestly might be one of my favorite before and afters I've ever seen!

I'm already trying to think of ways I can get you out to Kansas City to help me. :)

Also, I really love the "Detroit" print you made... might have to custom order one for myself!

nikinikinine said...

okay I have to know how you are reupholstering a chair on that budget. Are you just talking about a cushion or a full on chair?

Thao said...

Holy cow, that's amazing. Great work! I would love to have such a beautiful little space. I'll definitely keep hopping over to your blog for design inspiration for our new condo.

liler said...

I can't even tell you how impressed i am! Awesome job!

Leah said...

Can i ask where you got the rug? FAB!

LindsB said...

I cant believe that was only $500!! What an amazing before and after, it is beyond beautiful, awesome job!!

i suwannee said...

rug is urban outfitters

kellyhicks said...

I love what you did! Where did you get your inspiration from? Very cool.

Rachel said...

Oh my gawd, Jamie. You are too freaking good. I've known this and yet I am still stupified. I mean. Really. How did you do this for 500 dollars? Will you go with me ... shopping?

Tiina of LiviaConcept said...

that carpet is very beautiful! i really would love ta have a like in my living room. have a lovely day!
Tiina
http://liviaconcepts.blogspot.com/

ottobear said...

you are a genius! love your blog. any chance you could give some details on the artwork/print seen in the bedroom? i'm obsessed. thanks for making my turning on the computer everyday worthwhile!

i suwannee said...

ottobear, shoot me an email and we'll discuss...
jamie.meares @ gmail.com

Deodand said...

Your customer really got her $500 worth! Dang!

Her place certainly had some potential and you went and made it shine. She has great baseboards, moldings and a lovely floor. You can't go wrong spending your initial investments there.

nycgirlygirl said...

Hi. Is the multi-colored runner from Urban Outfitters? Did you get it in the store? What location? I can't find it online.

Thank you
Michelle

i suwannee said...

Nope. Runner is eBay. Living room is uo

Anonymous said...

I have that same uo rug and mine looks dark brown and cream. Yours looks black and white. I want yours. i thought it was black and white when I bought it. grrrr

nycgirlygirl said...

Thanks for letting me know about Ebay. What did you search? Or do you know the seller you bought it from?

Thank you.

i suwannee said...

try seller pakobel rugs.

and search for kilim

JHill said...

amazing

Bromeliad said...

Fabulous fabulous bookcase.

Is it possible to make a living just as a bookcase stylist?

Corinna White Charlton said...

i keep coming back to this post- i am moving in a few weeks and want to do it up right with the shiz i already have. amazing how subtle color and organizational changes transforms a room.
p.s. i am addicted to your "looking at ebay" posts- they do it for me

Robyn said...

I'm curious - where did the bird prints come from?

They're beautiful, as is the rest of the apartment. Lovely job.

s. said...

are you f(cking kidding me? I'm speechless.

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