June 22, 2009

A Small Price to Pay

Just finished redesigning three rooms in my friend Debbie's apartment. She already had a lot of great Asian-influenced pieces, and we did a little shopping together. She told me she wanted more space for entertaining, so we gave her more seating options and opened up the space to take advantage of the square footage. We angled the couch and pushed it further toward the window, adding a Japanese screen to hide the bicycle stored behind it. Then we took the rug from under the dining table and gave it center stage in the living room. We added two more chairs and an ottoman where there had been no seating against a wall, and added in a couple of low stools that can be pulled up for even more seating to make this apartment totally party-ready. Then I asked my friend to let me take over her apartment for four hours and above you will see the "Befores" and "Afters." True to Pomegranate's philosophy of high style on a low budget, I owe it to my readers to let you know the price tag of our recent apartment makeover. Each "After" photo above shows the total cost of the new items added. Several items were already in the apartment or not purchased by Pomegranate. Proof that it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to freshen your space!


  1. I don't think most people realize how, chances are, all the foundations are there. All it takes to bring out the great design in most houses is just bring some life to it. Add some colors, some decor. Lay it out differently. The finish result can be almost unpredictable, but that's what's fun about the process!


  2. I love reading others' comments about what you were able to accomplish with the space, Robin.

    You did a fabulous job. The blog post is now up at www.JustAChange.com - look for the post titled "Have You Asked for Help Lately?" - Part 2