Before and After

Carrying out renovations to your home can be a traumatic experience (often for the designer, as much as the client).  But they are always worth it because it is so rewarding changing a space so that it is not only more beautiful, but also more functional.  So today I thought I’d share some before and after pics of some renovation projects I’ve worked on.

In this kitchen the 3 doors behind the breakfast counter rendered most of the space unusable.


Moving the outside door (shown on the left) to the other end of the kitchen and opening the dining room door into an arch, increased the floor space.  Moving the breakfast counter to the other side of the room also allowed for an easier flow of traffic entering the room.

Kitchen after

Here’s the kitchen from the other end of the room.

Kitchen before

And after the transformation.

The dark carpet and wood panelling behind the stairs made this hallway dark and dated.

Hall before

The panelling was removed and a beautiful new door and oak staircase was fitted.  The carpet was replaced with lovely polished porcelain tiles.

Hall after

Here the original wardrobes were removed and built in wardrobes were built on the adjoining wall.

Bedroom before

You can barely recognise the old room layout.

Bedroom after

Not all projects need to be major renovations though.  This room was more of a dumping ground than a bedroom.

Bedroom before

However no renovation work was need to turn this mess into a lovely guest bedroom.

Bedroom after

If you have a space you want transformed, contact me through my website and I’ll be delighted to discuss your options with you.

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.


  1. Wow, what fab improvements and well done for having the foresight to take 'before' photos, i always find I forget to!

    love the wallpapers and the greens in the guest bedroom – fab.

  2. somethingspecial

    Good work-especially the kitchen !

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