A Bit Too PlainThe first thing Freeman notices is the antenna on the roof, which she insists be removed before the open house in a couple of weeks. She also notes that the general look of the exterior is drab. Increasing curb appeal is a key element in garnering top dollar from a sale.
BeforeThe stucco on the large wall on the front of the house is in great shape, but it's too dull. Same goes for the courtyard—she wants to paint the red tiles gray to make it feel more outdoorsy, and fill in the rest of the railing for more privacy.
A cost breakdown and product listing for this project is included with the last photo.
BeforeThe living room looks stark and vacant, rather than a warm and inviting. The furniture does not complement the home's midcentury architecture, and the piano seems out of place. Since it's the room closest to the entrance it needs to make a better impression. LaPorta wants to paint at least one wall with a soft neutral color to add warmth and draw attention to the fireplace, which is always a selling point.
AfterContemporary furniture has been positioned to feature the fireplace, and the freshly painted accent wall, window treatments and decorative accessories tie it all together.
BeforeThe antique furniture really dates the dining room. A more modern light fixture and window treatments to soften the hard edges on the windows will work wonders here.
AfterCreative window treatments, bold accessories and fresh paint left over from the living room complete the transformation in the dining room.
plants and materials $237
paint and lumber $134
light fixtures $299
window treatments $158
The Coaster Company
two chairs, 3617
coffee table, 5522
lamp for living room, 1151
table and six chairs for dining room, 5064 and 5065
Michael's Furniture Warehouse
living room sofa, Millennium by Ashley, 191704
The Great Indoors
two valances, one cut into pillow covers for living room, 96 97268900
exterior lantern, 4034 08716
house numbers for exterior, 83 24567
doorbell, 83 20817
two valance rods, 180432
plants (king palm,100332; salvia assortment, 51839; basic annuals, 93432; palm queen, 80402)
deadbolt for entry, 176711
dining-room chandelier, 197825
dining-room art, 274937
living-room art, 203350
two sets of four-valance "place mats" for dining room, 171051
dining-room napkins, 461773
Blue vase for living room, 447363
The Home Depot
concrete stain for exterior, 082474271018
lumbar for decorative lattice for exterior, 9420004100390
entry knob for exterior, 043156939879
chandelier chain for dining room, 0307211700620
Palans candleholders, 20067669
Komik candles, 90059048
Flite float candles, 60067988
Malma framed mirrors, 90075741
Plommen pot, 60070330
Ringum rug for entry, 80064205
Torra potpourri, 00071549
Solglimt plants, 90066435
Blanda glass bowl, 90057247
four Respekt vases, 50064179
Parodi large glass vase, 00079545
Smycka dried sticks, 60027285
Jubilar Pillar candles, 00059057
Ralph Lauren paint color