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I am pleased to present a fabulous renovation of a reader's home today. This one I can relate to. Interior designer Sary's home looks about as narrow as mine (12') which is quite a design challenge. Here is a bit of history of her home: "It's a typical brick Philadelphia rowhouse built in the early 1900's. The previous owner was an elderly woman that had been living there for over 60 years and probably hadn't renovated it in about 50. It was filled with paneling, peeling wallpaper, drop ceilings, dirty carpets..." The result was basically a gut job by Sary and her family turning this into a spectacular makeover that is SO inspiring. First let's look at a couple of before photos of her living/dining space that was dark, dingy and just plain NASTY.

Sary essentially redid every surface - the walls, ceilings and floors. Track lighting was installed, a brick wall exposed, the railing removed on the stairs, the stairs redone with wood treads....

I loooove the bench/tv stand/book storage unit Sary and her father built (in an afternoon with just a nail gun, using wood she had pre-cut at Lowes) that extends from the living room into the dining space. Talk about multi-functional which is so necessary in a small space. More of Sary's home after the jump...

Next, a couple photos from the powder room located just behind the dining room.

And lastly the kitchen, which had a drop ceiling (that was removed), awful cabinets, countertop and flooring (all replaced). The window was replaced with a larger one and the door with one that is mostly glass. I'm loving the little nook she created with an ottoman opposite the back door. Great for friends to chill out on while she's cooking. :)


CONGRATS Sary! You should be very proud of the incredible job you've done. It shows everyone that you can make any house a home with a little creativity and ALOT of hard work.

Reader Comments (81)

I dunno why people think generic cooky cutter design looks good... TLC is the worst thing that happened to interior design.

17 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGuathor

I adore every bit of this. Simply Beautiful.

27 Jan 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Meehan


this is absolutely amazing <3
fantastic job for sure :)

25 Feb 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBreanne

Seriously- this brought me almost to tears! SO AMAZING!!!!

7 Mar 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNat

Very nicely done!!!!!!!!

26 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShanda Kay

Nice job. Love the brick wall. The kitchen is perfect!

4 Feb 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Dale

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