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We’ll see how this goes as we work through, room by room! The exterior is traditional red brick and they are on a lovely street off the Marietta square. Excuse my photos, I didn’t have my tripod with me, so they aren’t the clearest, but you can get an idea of the layout of the house. She would love to open up the wall behind the sofa into the family room behind it. I’m sure that’s a load bearing wall, but it would really give more of a spacious feel if it was opened up. The family room is right behind the formal living room and the kitchen is through that door to the right. We are going to reupholster some of her furniture and I’ll help her shop for new pieces later on. I’m trying to figure out how to update the doors, maybe adding some molding. Not sure what we will do with this desk area, may keep it or do something different. Can you imagine how much lighter and brighter it will feel? She already got rid of a lot of stuff in here and we aren’t finished decorating yet. I’ll keep you posted along the way as Andrea and David update this home and make it a beautiful space to live. I'm Rhoda, from Atlanta, GA and I love decorating and DIY projects.

We are going to paint this brick fireplace and all the wood paneling. Not sure yet, but we are probably going with White Dove on the kitchen cabinets and some of this paneling. It’s got so much potential and I can’t wait to see it come alive! Decorating a home doesn't have to cost a fortune and I've spent years thrifting at antiques markets and yard sales, finding those treasures that make a home unique.

She visited my house and had started reading my blog and decided I was the one to help her with this house, so I said yes, I would.

And I told her I would blog about it, which she is excited about.

How can you do this without tearing out walls, you ask?

Actually, making your home seem open and airy can be easier than you think.

Also, formal dining rooms seem to be going out of style.

Here is your opportunity to create space in your home, making it more appealing to you and to your visitors.

While there are a lot of do-it-yourselfer’s out there who work tirelessly on their homes and seem to be updating or renovating on a constant basis— this is not possible for those of us who don’t know the difference between a table saw and a drill.

I’ve got a fun project I’m helping with and want to share it with y’all today! One of my friends from my church and fellow choir member, Andrea, has lived in this 1950’s brick ranch house off the Marietta square for 14 years.

She bought it from her mother and has never made it her own.

Andrea has promised to do what I ask her to do and I think it’s going to be a fun project. One of the first projects they are tackling is adding board and batten below the chair rail here in the hallway. I’m going to be looking at fabrics with her to update some furniture and bedding. It’s a very small space and I know how that is, since my master bath is really tiny too. David found this pretty wood dining room set at an estate sale recently. All that wallpaper and window treatments will be coming down soon. Look closely and you can see a mirrored backsplash, which is also coming out. Andrea had painted it this darker gray color, but when she said she wanted to start in here, I started thinking of a color that might work. When I told her we were painting the brick, her eyes got really big and she said, we ARE? That sofa is going and we are going to recover those wingback chairs. The walkway from the garage is right in the middle of the room so we have to leave a traffic path. We are going to reuse some things in here and get these chairs recovered and make this room so cute and functional too.

We are going to try to do it on a budget as much as possible, so I’m not sure that there will be any tearing out the kitchen cabinets or any of that, but new countertops in the kitchen and bathroom will happen eventually. David, her handy husband, will be doing much of the work as they move through the house. We will start with the inside of the house and hopefully move to the outside to give it some updates too. Back to the foyer and hallway, now we’ll head to the formal living room. It’s very nice wood, so we are going to work with it and recover the chair seats. She would love to rip out the carpet in the living room and dining room and continue with the oak flooring all in here too. There are mirrors in several locations around the house, one here in the dining room. Not a great pic, but this is a really pretty china cabinet. We are thinking that her hubby will build a banquette seat in the window in that corner. Lots of things to decide on, but she’d like to keep these cabinets since they are all wood. These appliances are all original and she’s going to replace those as well, the oven and cooktop.1950’s finest! So, they got busy and bought the paint I suggested, Revere Pewter, by Ben Moore and got it all painted out, brick and all. We’ll add a rug back in here eventually when we get colors figured out. Revere Pewter is such a gorgeous color, now I want to use it somewhere. There’s also a nice pool in the backyard right outside these windows, so that’s an extra bonus.

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