client flip #3 – before & after


i have been blessed to work with some friends on a few fix & flips.  They call me in on some tricky or rushed jobs and i give my opinions, choose the finishes, then they do all the work – dream job, right?!  this is the 3rd house i helped with, but i haven’t shown you the second yet because my computer’s hard drive crashed and i lost a ton of pictures, including all of the before pics of the second house – darn.  here’s a quick reminder of flip #1 – it was pretty cute.


i’ve been big on white houses lately, but the contractor/flipper already had some of this sage green color on hand, and it actually turned out great.  its also really similar to the color of our last house, which i always loved.  i make all sorts of suggestions, but its up to the contractor in the end.  just a note:  i don’t choose all of the finishes.  sometimes they opt for something else for various reasons.  no big deal.

this house had a major lack of curb appeal before we started.  since this was going to be a very quick flip, i suggested just clearing out the front yard completely and adding in some grasses (this is in a beachy town) and bark.  if this were my own home, i’d definitely do things differently, but it just needed to look better.


there was just too much and not enough going on all at the same time.



the best part of this older home was its open concept great room.  this was the before view from the front door.  while it wasn’t great, it also wasn’t bad and it was open, with vaulted ceilings and skylights.


wow!  look at this!


i did really love the beams, but it was so nice to remove the odd wall anchoring the corner of the kitchen (which held up the beams).


the kitchen was completely gutted, but the general layout stayed the same with the appliances.  the huge island was a nice addition and created a great flow for the space.  the white shaker cabinets are a great choice for flips – they always look nice.  other features are the grey caesarstone counters and the carerra marble subway backsplash.


this was an odd space, almost 2 spaces.  maybe a dining space next to the kitchen, and a den/office space near the back door?  we decided to ignore it and treat the whole great room as one space and let the future owner decide on their own.


this is the reverse view, back to the front door, to the left of the fireplace.

(pendant light)


this was actually a really great space and just needed cosmetic fixes.


new paint on the walls, new door, painted bricks, tile hearth, painted fireplace surround, new flooring, and a new clean line mantle made a huge difference to this space.

floors: callistoga collection (“pier”, i think)

wall color: stone white by glidden

trim: ultra pure white by behr (my favorite bright white for trim and cabinets)


everything in this house was original. everything!


everything in the bathroom was gutted except the tub.  this isn’t the best pic, but the floor tile was large grey rectangle tiles.  caesarstone counters and the same white shaker cabinets as in the kitchen make for nice continuity in the house.  and with this neutral base, the homeowner will be able to add their own colors and style to the space without having to change anything major.

(undercount sink, towel bar, faucet, lights)



new white subway tile freshens and cleans everything up!


bedroom 1, before

i’m not sure why they didn’t keep the carpet?  its so nice ;)


paint, new trim, carpet, lighting and closet doors made a HUGE difference in all 3 bedrooms!



bed 2, before


bed 2, after


master bedroom, before


master bedroom, after – !!!!


and now for the best part of the house… the PINK master bathroom!  but wait, it gets even better…


with matching pink tub!  oh man.   so bad, yet so good.


you’d never know these were the same bathroom!

(mirrors, faucets, lights)



i didn’t get a before pic of the smallish back deck, but the new deck is so nice!



i love a good before and after, don’t you?


stitch fix now has shoes!

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hey friends!

so i’ve been using Stitch Fix every month now for a few years i think.  i rarely keep everything they send, but most months i keep at least one item.  some of my favorite items i have are from Stitch Fix, like my field jacket and black ponte pants!

for those of you new to Stitch Fix, its a shop at home service: you fill out an extensive style questionnaire, they send you 5 items each month.  you keep what you want and send the rest back!

so what’s new?  they are now including shoes in the fix!  i’m super excited about this!


They’l be including brands like like Dolce Vita, Seychelles, Franco Sarto & TOMS!


i’m pretty neutral with my clothing lately, but i do love a fun shoe to set off an outfit!

if you’re already a Stitch Fix subscriber, just be sure to update your Style Profile with your shoe size, schedule a Fix and request SHOES!

if you’re new to Stitch Fix, sign up here and give it a try!

*i am an affiliate of Stitch Fix, so i get a referral fee for each sign up/first fix.  good news:  you can do it, too!