Real Estate Room Reno

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hi ya'll! I'm back from a work trip to Austin, Texas. The only place I've ever been where people said 100 degrees wasn't 'that hot'. Austin made up for the melting heat with BBQ and live music though. For your viewing pleasure here is 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 real estate listing is exactly the kind of home I'd love to own in Montreal. A beautiful town-home in the hipster neighbourhood of Le Plateau. Yes it needs some work- we all know what  'retained many of its original features often means' but what amazing bones this place has. It's very rare to find such a large space that hasn't already been renovated to be ultra modern. 

A chapter in the history of the Plateau. This Victorian property is situated on a desired tree lined street and has retained many of its original features. A lovely garden terrace makes the most of the outdoor space. Make it your haven and also enjoy a rental income.

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Year Built: unknown
Asking Price: $742,000

Take a look at some of the interior photos, Chad said it looked like a horror movie set but that's actually what I love about it ( okay I'm weird). 

Look at the molding detail, the fireplaces, the built-ins and all that bad wallpaper! It was really hard for me to not want to decorate all the rooms. Since I've already done two living rooms, I figured I would branch out and redo this formal dining room. I wanted to do something fun, bright and modern to contrast with the dark wood trim and formal Victorian feeling (don't worry wood purists I'm not going to suggest painting it out). I also knew I'd need wallpaper- just not the original wallpaper! Here were some of my inspiration pictures:





Here's the dining room from the listing photo...

The Before

and the dining room after it's been 'Real Estate Room Reno'd':

The After

I absolutely love this room and how it mixes the period elements with vibrant colours and modern furniture. The only non-decor changes I made to the room was to darken the floor (they looked like they needed to be refinished) and paint the moldings and ceiling white. I think the white and black temper the strong hits of lime and fushia and balance a more formal wallpaper and mirror. I can just imagine the late into the night dinner parties in this room. Here is the source list in case you're in the mood for a bold space:
  1. Wallpaper
  2. Mirror
  3. Framed Artwork
  4. Yellow Vase
  5. White Vase
  6. Wall Scones
  7. Chandelier
  8. Rug
  9. Lime Green Chairs
  10. White Eames Chairs
  11. Dining Table
  12. Black Vases

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.

5 Response to Real Estate Room Reno

August 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

I love your version! It certainly takes the scary factor wayyyyy down. What were the owners even thinking, putting wallpaper on the ceiling?! And that old portrait hung at an's like they were TRYING to be terrifying.

August 22, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Thanks Colleen,

I have no idea what they were thinking-maybe they haven't changed anything since the actual Victorian period? That's probably why it hasn't sold yet. Now if only the price dropped in half then I could start to consider it.


August 25, 2014 at 1:53 AM

I get what Chad means, but, oh my god, amazing!!

I like your version, it's a real mix. The thing that ticks me off a bit is your choice of wallpaper. Seems a bit agressive to the eye. But, who knows, hard to judge by the picture, huh?

September 30, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Awesome overdyed rug - where did you buy it?

October 1, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The link to the sources are clickable words- the rug is from:

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