Tight on time but big on cre­ativ­ity, a tal­ented de­signer re­freshes her home’s main floor to achieve a space that fuses clas­sic style with fash­ion­able flair.


A de­signer up­dates her main floor to achieve a space as time­less as it is trendy

“Mad­ness!” That’s what de­signer Sarah Walker says drove her to ex­pand her liv­ing room makeover into the nearby din­ing room and kitchen.

The am­bi­tious project is one she took on as part of a One Room Chal­lenge, a bian­nual on­line de­sign event that in­volves trans­form­ing an en­tire room within a strict six-week time­line. “The liv­ing room is open to these spa­ces, so they re­ally read as one,” she says. “I wanted the fin­ished prod­uct to feel co­he­sive ev­ery­where you looked.” It was this re­al­iza­tion that led the in­trepid de­signer to ex­tend the scope of the up­date to the en­tire main floor. Luck­ily, the din­ing room and kitchen re­quired rel­a­tively mi­nor fi­ness­ing, as they had re­cently been re­done. OP­PO­SITE It may look like a mil­lion bucks, but the kitchen book­case’s styling is a les­son in cre­ative DIYing. The evoca­tive art­work is ac­tu­ally an in­ex­pen­sive print that Sarah (pic­tured) aug­mented with black paint and had framed. The re­source­ful de­signer also cov­ered her col­lec­tion of cook­books in graphic wall­pa­per for a uni­fied look.

Flanked by Mid-Cen­tury Mod­ern arm­chairs, the stun­ning liv­ing room side­board is ac­tu­ally a dresser, which home­owner and de­signer Sarah Walker chose in or­der to max­i­mize stor­age space for her sons’ toys and books. “I love how the flower art­work above it re­ally pulls ev­ery­thing to­gether and acts as a beau­ti­ful fo­cal point for the room,” she says.

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