Home Improvement: My Sister’s Home Overhaul, After Pictures


Back in the fall I blogged about my sister Nancee Lee’s home overhaul. We had a great time working on all the selections together. And the finished product is so open and fresh looking, especially in comparison to the before pictures. 

August 2012
August 2013

My sister and her husband Jordan both completed accounting degrees, and Jordan recently finished his masters at Clemson.

They saved for a year, and then started looking for a great deal on a house. Through a family friend they were able to purchase this foreclosed home and have the renovations completed (and still came out ahead, I might add).

Because they moved from a one bedroom apartment to a house, we had to find LOTS of good deals to fill the home with character.


I took the photos before Nancee had time to hang all her ferns. So she would like you to imagine ferns hanging on her porch as well.:)


 This red is one of the paint colors I included in my No Fail paint color post the other day.

It really is the perfect red color for exteriors.


Previously the home had dark stained trim and dark brown walls throughout so we opted to go with light neutrals to really lighten up the rooms.

The entryway and stairs were updated by removing the old stained carpet and staining the stair treads. We also purchased an over-sized navy runner to cover the full length of the hallway. It makes for a dramatic entrance. The art work in the hall was purchased on their honeymoon.


The Pottery Barn rug we found on clearance was the inspiration for the whole living room area as well as the paint colors for the entire home.

In the living room the art work over the fireplace as well as the piece over the bed in the master came from our great grandparents’ house.

We found the all the living room curtains on clearance at Ikea for $7 a panel.

My sweet husband tackled the task of hanging the curtains in the bay window. Bless him.

Nancee Lee found the sofa at the Ballard Design Outlet. She bought it for $700, originally $1484.

The grey chairs flanking the fireplace were a steal from Wayfair at $98 each.



Remember the chair from this post? I created a slipcover design and had an upholsterer go to work. I found the fabric for $7 a yard.

Because the house as a somewhat open floor plan we kept the the window treatments similar but not exactly same. Each room has white panels but with some form of design for interest.



She also found those gorgeous canisters at the Ballard Design Outlet.

The bar stools and cushions came from Ikea.


The herringbone pattern with subway tile on the back-splash was Nancee Lee’s idea. I LOVE how it turned out.

The state artwork was made by PerlaAnne. 


This mid-century dining table and chairs also belonged to our Great Grandma Hinrichs.

The linen and jute curtains came from World Market.

The paint color is called Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. It’s a gorgeous living color. Depending on the light it is blue or green.


 Although the lighting is off in the photo, their master bedroom is super cozy. They used Proper Gray that was also included in the No Fail paint post.

The curtains are a dark grey velvet, which we pulled to the side to help with privacy without blocking out all the natural light.


 Nancee Lee has a vanity area near her closet(seen above) and then a bathroom with another vanity/toilet/shower combo attached to the master.



They turned their master bathtub into a walk-in shower. I am definitely going to incorporate this idea in my own master bathroom makeover.

She found the teak shower stool at TJMaxx.


This bed was a hand-me-down bed from our sister-in-law Holly. Nancee bought some coral paint and gave it it’s own makeover for the guest bedroom.


That little white baby chest of drawers was my great grandfather’s.


We kept both bathroom design simple by using the same granite, tile, plumbing and bath fixtures. But because the color selections are classic it will convert later from a guest bath to a kid bathroom easily.


Her husband is a huge Arkansas fan so his man cave (or man roost since it’s upstairs) reflects his interests:)

They found the sofa at Ikea and the coffee table came from Target.


Nancee and I found the red campaign desk for $35 at a thrift store when she was in college. It works perfectly in this room now.

She is still on the hunt for an office chair that she likes.


This house is so fun and full of life. They are now working on the outdoor living areas that I am sure will be as great as the interior.

This project was really fun to work on because my sister was my “client.”

They also had professionals do almost all the work which made my DIY self a little envious.

What do you think?

If you are interested in using me for your next home makeover just shoot me an email @ hrpinteriors@yahoo.com.

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