Real Estate Room Reno

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

We're back with another installment of 'Real Estate Room Reno,' where I re-do a room from a real estate listing that has potential but isn't living up to it. This time I'm doing a room in a house from my hometown of Ottawa and going back to one my favourite eras - the 60s.

Immaculate and beautifully maintained 3+1 bedroom bungalow situated on a dead-end street in a desirable neighbourhood. This sun-filled and comfortable home features hardwood floors, two gas fireplaces, & more! 

Bedrooms: 3 + 1
Bathrooms: 1 
Year Built: 1967
Asking Price: $474,900

'And more' is right. Now after looking through those pictures can you guess which room I re-did? If you said that amazing living room, you'd be right! I know, I know, the kitchen really needs some love but that living room is so almost there. If this were my house, I would probably open up the whole kitchen and create an open floor plan with an island. I would also carry the hardwood into the kitchen and refinish the floors to be a tiny bit darker. 

I love the white brick fireplace and since brass is having it's moment in the sun again, the fireplace surround can stay. The large windows let in so much light and the floors look like they are in decent shape. I could even almost work with the yellow curtains and that metal art above the fireplace. For this room though, I wanted to try something a little different for me, something fairly neutral and organic. Here were my inspiration pictures...

So one more time - the before:

and the 'Real Estate Room Reno' after:

While I normally gravitate towards bright colour and lots of pattern, I'm really loving this room. It's calm and inviting but also looks collected and modern. If you'd like to recreate your very own "organic mod" living room, here are the sources:
  1. Collection of African baskets
  2. Brass table lamp
  3. Console table
  4. Wooden side table
  5. Pair of armchairs
  6. Jute rug
  7. Walnut coffee table
  8. Brass side table
  9. Black metal and brass floor lamp
  10. Linen drapes
  11. Sofa
  12. Velvet lumbar pillow

What do you think? Does this help you envision what the room could look like? Do you have a room in your house you'd like help figuring out? Check out my services page so we can start working on creating your very own re-do.

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