The Top 10 “Before and Afters” of 2011

These 10 makeovers were the most popular with my readers this year–click the “before” photos below to see the “afters!”

#1. An Old Bungalow Gets Its Charm Back

#2. A Dark Living Room Gets a Fresh Coastal Vibe

#3. A Beach House Kitchen Goes Classic Casual

#4. The Inn from “Nights in Rodanthe:” Rescued and Renovated

#5. Big Changes in a Small Cottage Kitchen

#6. Turning a Plain-Jane House Into a Craftsman-Style Cottage

#7. A Dated Kitchen Gets a New Look

#8. Nate Berkus Updates Billy Joel’s Beach House

#9. My Personal Fave, Because I Get to Enjoy It: My Sunroom!

#10. Bee Cottage: A Room-by-Room Remodel

What was your favorite before and after of the year?

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  1. Kate says

    Do you know the movie “Chapter Two” with James Caan and Marsha Mason? That was my all-time favorite brownstone in NYC! Have you ever showcased that home? I’d love to see it up close and personal! (By the way, I LOVE your blog — one home is better than the next! What eye candy you provide for all of us! Thank you!)

  2. Maddie says

    Looking at Bee Cottage again has inspired me! I have a wonderful little old cottage and did a lot of work that ended about 2 years ago when I ran out of money and energy. But there are so many ideas that just involve sewing, paint and seagrass. My New Year’s resolution is to redo my kitchen and guest room/sewing room on the cheap!

  3. says

    Love blogs that display the before & after! It provides so many wonderful ideas for staging. Appreciate the time and effort it takes.

  4. says

    Hi Julia!
    We are contemplating buying a 1960’s style ranch home but it needs a facelift because it looks like a 1960’s style ranch, a little rectangle box with no personality. In all your searches have you ever come across an overhaul of a home like this? I’d love to know if you have! Thanks!