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updates - liz's apartment

By 6/30/2009

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

  1. 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.

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  2. A freaking mazing. You are a genius!

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

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

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  5. 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.

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

    i can also make other cities!

    jamie.meares @ gmail.com

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

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

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  9. Wow, you were busy!

    Looks nice!

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

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  11. A star is born!

    Congratulations on answering the call!

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

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

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  13. 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.

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

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  15. 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!

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  16. 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.

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

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

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  19. *tears...nuthin' but tears.


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

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

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  21. #1 - Fabulous transformation - so bright and colorful!

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

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

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  23. Um, super awesomesauce with freshly grated cinnamon.

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  24. AMAZING!! great job jamie, love it!

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  25. 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.

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  26. Amazingness. Sheer amazingness.

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  27. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  35. 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!

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  36. wow, i am blown away. terrific job.

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  37. 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!

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  38. 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!

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

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  40. cute beans!

    love the girly kilim and that fab gold mirror.

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  41. 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.

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  42. 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.

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

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  44. 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.

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  45. 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!

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  46. 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?

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  47. 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.

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

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  49. Can i ask where you got the rug? FAB!

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

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

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  52. 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?

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  53. 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/

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  54. 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!

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

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  56. 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.

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  57. 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

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  58. Nope. Runner is eBay. Living room is uo

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  59. 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

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

    Thank you.

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  61. try seller pakobel rugs.

    and search for kilim

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  62. Fabulous fabulous bookcase.

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

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  63. 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

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

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

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

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