before and after

before & after: tim’s condo makeover

by Kate Pruitt

one of my favorite types of before & after projects is the whole apartment makeover. i find furniture transformations very inspiring, but sometimes i just want to live vicariously though someone who guts a whole place and makes it feel completely different. tim’s airy condo with a balcony is totally filling my need for big changes. i especially appreciate his bold choices: the mixing of patterns, the bright accent wall, and the moroccan feel to his balcony really make a strong statement. great, work, tim! –kate

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  • love the alphabet poster… would you share where it was purchased?
    fabulous make-over… I could live here (if I was inclined to live in a city)…

  • It’s fabulous! What a transformation! I’m dying to reupholster all sorts of things (that green couch, by the way, is fantastic), but the cost thwarting me, so I too will have to live vicariously through these kinds of transformations for the time being…

  • Ah! I’m dying over that patio. SO gorgeous.

    …and if it’s not the same one, I know I’ve seen nearly identical posters to the alphabet one above at IKEA.

  • so inspiring. i love the rug on the deck- it’s exactly what i’ve been looking for for quite a while, any details available?

  • So, the makeover is fabulous, but what’s funny is, I would gladly make MY place over into his Before!!

  • Nice job! I love orange as an accent.

    All I want for Christmas is a womb chair. Real, fake … I don’t care,
    I just need some cozy womb flair!

    a poem – by karen

  • how cool is that! i love it when it looks like a magazine stylist comes in and takes control. really let’s you see how that space has great bones, and the right color and fabric and furniture makes it just feel beautiful. great eye!

  • Love this! Such a great use of color, while still looking modern and comfortable. And that balcony is super sweet!

  • Beautiful I live in a condo and sometimes I feel at a disadvanage because it doesnt have much warmth.
    Is this in Toronto? It seems familiar :)

  • I love the chair makeover, great pattern-matching. That rug is really nice too.

  • I’ve lusted after that type poster too, it’s in Ikea. You’ll have to race me to get one ladies :D xx

  • The poster is great and loved the use of all the different textures and color in the apartment! The patio and view was my favorite!

  • I know the answer to the type poster questions! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70151043

  • Wow really nice transformation. Were the after photos taken by a professional? They’re very crisp the lighting is great. My kitchen is dark, similar to the before shot of the living room – just wondered how you managed to brighten it up so much or if it is just a photographic illusion…..!

  • Love this!! What color is that blue you used on the one wall??? Its the color I have been trying to find and keep getting distracted by pastels…

  • what a fabulous place. great job on the chair reupholstery. i second the request for the source of the living room coffee table. does anyone know where it’s from?

  • beautiful!
    but this one got me thinking: ideally the ‘before’ photos should have as much light as the ‘after’ ones. in itself more light makes a room look… brighter.

  • Love it! That green + black and white is so clean and fresh. And it’s definitely Toronto, you can see the base of the CN tower in the balcony “before” pic.

  • It’s a good effort but the results, although lighter, are hedious in my opinion. Too much colour and pattern and zero style!

  • To Llaves Designs: i hear you on the search for a great blue like this. i used La Fonda Villa Fountain from Valspar in my dining room and i love it!!!!! it’s an awesome teal (fyi, if you google it now, the sample is nowhere near what it really looks like in person). it looks more like the wall color in this makeover.

  • Great use of color! I am also curious about the coffee table0- can someone source this?

  • It is amazing how some color on the walls and in the fabric choices can really transform a room. Love it.

  • The rug is from Ikea. I would also love to know the source for the couch. Gorgeous makeover!

  • Its my hometown!!!
    this makes me slightly proud,
    even though i had nothing to do with it
    amazing job Tim

  • Thanks for all your comments!! The answers to your questions can be found on my blog:


  • LOVE the patio! for some reason I’ve become obsessed with white and blush. Very Greek Mediterranean, like Santorini.

  • What a beautiful space. I really like your colour selection and the way you combined everything together. I get so nervous when it comes to mixing prints, I could learn a thing or two from you.

  • There are some typos in here, but that doesn’t matter because the transformation is phenomenal! Very pertinent information. Thanks!