Before/After: A Lesson in Paint and Scale by Chango & Co.

Susana Simonpietri, creative director for New York interior design firm Chango & Co., knows how to transform a space.  One thing I love about her company's website is that instead of just showing a portfolio of their work, they also show a great deal of before and after pictures of their projects.  It's here that you can get a true grasp of what a good eye, great scale and great color can do for a space.

Here is one project in particular that is a favorite of mine, a brownstone in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood. 

New paint, furniture and minimal styling update this entry.

New paint, furniture and minimal styling update this entry.

It's hard to believe that this is the same size room isn't it?  Those huge mirrors are amazing and define the grandeur of the rooms ceiling height.

It's hard to believe that this is the same size room isn't it?  Those huge mirrors are amazing and define the grandeur of the rooms ceiling height.

Anyone else swooning over that light fixture?

Anyone else swooning over that light fixture?

This dining room was updated with some paint, a new light fixture and amazing built-in, another signature element in Chango's designs. 

This dining room was updated with some paint, a new light fixture and amazing built-in, another signature element in Chango's designs. 

New wallpaper and mirror and your powder room is transformed.

New wallpaper and mirror and your powder room is transformed.

This master got a makeover with some new trim, paint and large-scaled furniture to fit the room.

This master got a makeover with some new trim, paint and large-scaled furniture to fit the room.

I spy another great addition of a built-in.  What family doesn't need more storage?

I spy another great addition of a built-in.  What family doesn't need more storage?

Here is the other side of the family room, showcasing some more built-ins that look like they should have been there all along.

Here is the other side of the family room, showcasing some more built-ins that look like they should have been there all along.

Last but not least is this adorable nursery.  Look at how different the windows look when they have the right window treatments!

Last but not least is this adorable nursery.  Look at how different the windows look when they have the right window treatments!

For more before and after photos of their work go here.  And if we can help transform your space from a "blah" before to an amazing after, drop us a line today!

Client Project- Soothing Master Retreat

One of our recent clients made a move from Charleston, SC back to their home state of Alabama.  Their new home is absolutely stunning, but they felt that their old furnishings weren’t doing the new space justice.  They enlisted our help in their master bedroom where they wanted to create a comfortable retreat but were overwhelmed with never-ending choices.  We were so excited to help them make this space their own!  

Before: The door pictured leads out onto a covered second-story porch.  Dreamy right?

Before: The door pictured leads out onto a covered second-story porch.  Dreamy right?

The double doors lead to their gorgeous master bath (with a cooper tub!) and the door to the right of that is the one entering the bedroom  . 

The double doors lead to their gorgeous master bath (with a cooper tub!) and the door to the right of that is the one entering the bedroom

Keeping the space neutral with some coastal colors (the clients' favorite) worked in, we added some layers with textures and patterns and chose new furniture to better accommodate the space, adding a seating area in front of the big window wall. 

master bedroom layout

Here's a before shot of the focal wall in the room:

And here's the "After" elevation of the same wall.  We added long, patterned curtains to accentuate the clients' new woven shades (not pictured above) and tall ceilings and used new layers of bedding, an upholstered bench and neutral rug to soften up all of the wood tones in the room.

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Here is the final room plan.  We kept an overall muted palette for a soothing backdrop and added in some blues with artwork, fabrics and accessories.  

soothing neutral master bedroom mood board 3a design studio

Also included were a few styling options for the corner console and dresser.

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We were thrilled with the final product and were so excited to receive this response from the client:  

I LOVE it!  Beautiful, beautiful work.  And so professionally presented.  Best of all, I feel like I can take this plan and run with it - I can do it now that I know what I'm looking for!  Thank you both so much for an outstanding job.  I'm thrilled.

That's another one in the books!  If we can help you achieve the room you've always wanted, drop us a line here

Client Project: Farmhouse Before and Afters

We last showed this client farmhouse project here, but now we're back with a few before and afters!  

Special thanks to our awesome client for sending us these updated photos!  

One of the sad (for us) things about doing E-design is that often our projects are too far away for us to "check-in" on or photograph after.  So when clients send us some after shots, it is a real treat, and we thought you guys might want to see too. 

Here's a before/after comparison of the corner of the living room and front entry.  We suggested new paint colors for the walls and cabinets and outfitted the space with a new layout and pieces for the entry. 

This before/after is of the previously "yet to be determined" corner of the great room when we first saw it, our suggested plans and the final result.  Pretty amazing, right?

And here's one more comparison (because we can't get enough) showing the elevation concept we sent to the clients and the finished result.  

Our clients did an amazing job implementing everything, and we loved seeing our designs come to life!

If we can help you transform your space, contact us here or check out our E-Design page for more information. 

Before and after: Piano Room

Paint has the ability to really transform a space. Recently, we did a color consultation for a client's piano room. As you can see from the image below, they had a gorgeous piano but all the beige and red in the room did not allow the piano to take center stage like it should.

before

To balance the red in the piano, we chose grays with green undertones.  Sherwin Williams paint colors Cityscape and Passive were selected for the walls and trey ceiling. We also helped select a few accessories to pull the room together.

sw cityscape and passive

The wall color now acts as a dramatic backdrop for the piano to really shine.

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If you are having a hard time pulling the look of your room together, drop us a line. We'd love to help!