After months of planning, we completed this Feel Good Makeover over 3 days. Continue reading for all the before and afters! This post is in collaboration with Amazon Home.
It’s Reveal Day!
We couldn’t be more excited to share with you the reveal of LaTanya’s Feel Good Makeover! This project has been months in the making – from planning to execution – and in the end, we pulled it all together over the course of 3 days in LaTanya’s home. From start to finish, this has been the result of many FaceTime calls, Zoom meetings, online shopping sessions and early mornings (and lunches and dinners) with Casey from DIY Playbook, and it has all been worth it to give LaTanya the gift of a home to call her own.
We could not have completed this head-to-toe makeover without our team of volunteers during the install weekend, and of course, our co-collaborator, Amazon Home! Every single item you see was purchased from Amazon Home, from the furniture to the textiles, artwork to decor, electronics to lighting. These are our mood boards for the space, and we’ve also curated the items in this shoppable Amazon List.
LaTanya lives in a beautiful, vintage Chicago Two Flat, which features a living room that opens into a dining area. Beyond that are two bedrooms, one bathroom and a kitchen tucked in the back. While this reveal features the living and dining rooms, we had room left in the budget to stock her kitchen with new dinnerware, utensils and necessities (such as a toaster, pots and pans and more!), her bedroom with all new linens and bedding essentials, and her second bedroom with a desk, shelving and an office chair. Our volunteers (for whom we are endlessly grateful) not only stocked these bonus rooms, but reorganized, cleaned and styled them, too! Our goal was to have her walk in, see her space with a fresh set of eyes, and feel immediately at home.
Aaah, okay, I can’t wait to start sharing, so let’s start with the living room!
Living Room | Before
Living Room | After
Living Room | Before
Living Room | After
LaTanya’s New Living Room
What a difference, right?! We were there, and yet I’m still surprised when I look at the photos. When LaTanya moved into her home this spring, she had only a few moving boxes, a pull out sofa, a bed and a dining table. Because of this, we had the luxury of building each room from the ground up, as we took into account her love of color with gold accents.
This paint color had all of us swooning, but it held more meaning than even we knew. From the beginning, LaTanya told us she wanted to be completely surprised. Choosing a paint color with zero input can feel intimidating, but I couldn’t shake the idea of a deep, warm mauve. It felt like LaTanya. Cozy, inviting, friendly. We landed on this color from the Prestige Paint line at Amazon Home, which is a comparable match to Sherwin-Williams Dutch Cocoa. It was only after the painters finished coating the walls (and revived her original wood trim with a light sand and gel stain) that LaTanya called me, a little choked up. She told me that when she was a child, her mother (who has since passed) painted all the walls in their family home mauve, and this color was a gift. She cried, I cried, and then I called Casey and she cried, too.
We unrolled this soft geometric rug with the sweetest fringe details and created a seating area with a large leather sofa and flanking swivel chairs. The two-tiered brass coffee table holds a collection of all new books, a triptych above the sofa pulls you in, and greenery in varying sizes around the room makes it feel like home.
On the other side of the room, we created a media console from this dresser, which will also double as much needed storage for out-the-door items. Think: shoes, hats, gloves, scarves, sunglasses and keys. Below, you can see that the right front door is juuust to the right of the console, so we needed a piece of furniture that could pull double duty, and this filled the space beautifully!
Above the dresser we hung a Frame TV, which completely fooled LaTanya! This was also a great place to include the few family photos that she had, which I enlarged, printed and matted in these frames. A Sonos Move, tabletop lamp and amber candle set the scene. We even included a cute wick trimmer, which LaTanya loved!
Because the front door swings right into the living room, we also wanted to create a drop zone for bags and jackets. We set up a little entryway by adding a large floor mirror and a coat rack, proof that you can make any space more functional with a few hooks and a mirror to bounce light around.
Throughout the room, we were sure to incorporate everyday luxuries, such as a woven basket filled with throw blankets, stacks of books for conversation starters, small ceramics for faux or dried flowers and floor-to-ceiling velvet curtains for warmth. But perhaps my favorite stand out moment in the room is this chandelier paired with the large, ornate ceiling medallion!
Living Room Sources
Prestige Paints SW6032-PCM | floor mirror | coat rack | chandelier + ceiling medallion | media console | sonos move | frame tv | console lamp | curtains | side table | sconces | art triptych | sofa | gold pillows | lumbar pillow | round pillow | swivel chairs | coffee table | brass butterfly | geometric rug | large floor planter | hanging planters | woven basket | black + brass tray | acrylic tray | candle | wick trimmer duo
There is still so much more to cover! The dining room is connected to the living room, just beyond a large cased opening. LaTanya had a large glass-top dining table that was gifted to her years ago, and we were sure to incorporate it into the design. Let’s dive right in!
Dining Room | Before
Dining Room | After
LaTanya’s New Dining Room
To me, this room exudes charm. From the statement chandelier to the blue velvet curtains (a call back to the blue chairs in the adjoining room), the gold lamps to the dining chairs – I feel a strong pull to nestle in and enjoy a meal with LaTanya.
The workhorse of the room is tucked behind the table and fills the whole wall, thanks to a little DIY! We ordered two of these sideboards, with the idea to push them together and create an extra long buffet. Once we got them out of the box and put together, we realized we’d need to get creative. Scott ripped down the overhang on the sides that would get attached. We picked up some taller legs to give it more height, and after attaching them together, we had a large piece of MDF cut to length to put on top and hide the seam. Some color matched paint tied it all together, and I think our plan worked out really well!
The table lamps are gor-GEOUS. We swapped out the drum shade for these pleated shades, giving them a classic, high-end feel. We accidentally (oops) ordered 16 of these aged brass candlestick holders when we meant to purchase 4, but the end result is better than what we could’ve planned for. The cluster of glowing lights will be so dreamy for a dinner party.
Inside, we tucked baskets filled with cloth napkins, extra decor, pretty water and coupe glasses, and stacks of speckled ceramic dishes. To add height and light to the room, a faux olive tree (in this basket) fills an empty corner, and the wide arched mirror highlights the large window nearby.
To connect the two rooms, we hung this fiber art that we found from Amazon Handmade! We initially purchased it to hang above the sofa, but after seeing how tall it was, we realized it would make a better statement on this wall. It’s thick, heavy and quite stunning in person.
Dining Room Sources
Prestige Paints SW6032-PCM | faux tree + basket | chandelier | rug | dining chairs | vase | curtains | sideboard | lamps + shades | mirror | candlestick holders | wooden bowl/tray | ceramic vases | storage baskets | fiber wall art | ceramic dishes | ribbed glassware | coupe glasses | marble coasters
One more before and after coming at you!
Dining to Living | Before
Dining to Living | After
What Did LaTanya Think?
Over the course of this makeover, LaTanya became a true friend. Casey and I checked in on her every few days and gave her project updates, but those texts quickly turned to friendly ‘hellos’ and life updates and everything in-between. The minutes leading up to the reveal had all of our stomachs in knots (in the very best way), but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:
I can honestly say that we had the VERY best time creating this home for LaTanya. As a woman who gives so much of herself back to her community, she is deserving of this and so much more. Throughout the makeover, she referred to us as her Dream Team Angels, but I would argue that she’s the Angel! Scott, Casey and I have a new friend for life, for which I am forever grateful.
How You Can Help
If you’d like to help, you still can! LaTanya works for Cara Collective, a nonprofit organization helping those in poverty to find employment through education and access to resources, while also advancing employers toward equity and inclusion. LaTanya created an Amazon Gift List of items that will help further Cara’s commitment to the community, and you’ve already cut the list in half (wow, thank you!). Anything you purchase will be sent directly to the Cara offices in Chicago. This is a wonderful way to directly help a nonprofit in assisting others.
Thank You, and More To Come!
We’re not done sharing yet! Seeing LaTanya’s reaction through photos will always warm my heart, but we also hired a video team to capture the makeover and more of LaTanya’s story. I’ll be sharing that soon, as well as all the fun (and silliness and pure exhaustion) that happened behind the scenes of this 3-day whirlwind makeover. Thank you for cheering us on, Casey for being the best teammate we could ask for, Amazon Home for supporting this project from start to finish, all the volunteers that pulled through for the install, my parents for driving in from Pittsburgh to hang out with Lucy for the entire weekend, and of course LaTanya for being a positive force in this world. xx