Before and after: Modern style in a Dutch Colonial

Over the last two Wednesdays we did some final install and photography at a project that was LONG in the making.  In fact, these were some of my very first clients, and have remained some of my biggest supporters.  We initially met at a wedding in Seattle more than a decade ago, and then bumped into each other at a kids music class when I moved back to the Twin Cities.  I was initially hired to hang a gallery wall of family photos in the stairwell, and it just sort of unfolded from there.

This is one of my most modern projects, and certainly my most minimalist (so few rugs! Not a dingle curtain!).  The before shots aren't really fair--a lot of them were shortly after they moved in and they didn't really have furniture, plus the paint and lighting were mostly holdovers from the previous owners--but I think they are great to show the power of paint and to demonstrate that we can re-use items and still find a new look.

This was also one of our toughest shoots--we were installing simultaneously, and every time I got a shot ready, the clouds would roll in and the rain would pour down.  You mostly wouldn't know it from the photos, but I know what was happening off camera. :)

At any rate, shall we take a tour?

Entry before:


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Stairway Before:


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Living room before:



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 Seating area before:


After (looking the other way.  Also, this was the darkest/stormiest moment of the shoot, and it shows!)


Far corner before:


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Fireplace before:



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Couch wall before:


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A close up of the floating bookshelves in the corner (plus you can actually see the fabric on the window treatments):



Dining room before:


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Powder bath before:



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Girls room 1 before:



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Girls room 2 before:




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Window seat before:



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Master bed sitting room before:


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Master bedroom before:




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Landing to the master bedroom before:


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Details and other angles:

(So i love with the dining room window fabric)












There are so many things I kind of want to point out or mention, but it just took 2 hours to get all of that edited, organized, and loaded....it probably should have been 2 or more posts!