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Going brave when it comes to small spaces is the surest way to turn a “I like it” into a “I love it.” If you don’t feel like you “love it” when you step into your own condo apartment, it may be time for a self-help makeover.
As part of our new series, we’re scouting out amazing transformation apartments from various designers and homeowners and profiling them here as “case studies.” In this first case study from homeowners Grayson and Elyse Darren do it themselves — a video by Robeson Design.
With a large dollop of courage and an even larger helping of creativity, they transform a drab white apartment into a stunning home. The message — even with your own hands, a little bravery, some patience and hard work can transform your home.
“But it did take some time, ” Grayson explains. “We had a lot of ideas and big dreams, but the reality is, we’re on a budget. So what we have, we saved for, built, or — in some cases — gifted.”
Small details and brave thinking
Not only did they go brave on colour and fixtures — they creatively used small, inexpensive tricks to really make their apartment stand out. Memorable details include:
- cheap Ikea floor tile as a wall trim
- a picture frame turned into a jewelry hanger
- overhead kitchen cabinets ripped out to make way for a single hardwood shelf with hangers
Watch the full video, or read our transcript below:
“Hey, welcome to the apartment. So, it’s been a long time since I showed you our apartment (Editor’s note: the video is part of a series.)”
In the bathroom: “I don’t know what colour this is, but I want more.”
Out shopping: “Elyse and I had a ton of fun experimenting. Different styles, and colours! Sweet! Yeah!”
“We got ourselves a new sofa, and an actual bed, which is a huge step up from a mattress on the floor. Not much going on here yet. But at least I got a couple lights.
But it did take some time. We had a lot of ideas and big dreams, but the reality is, we’re on a budget. So what we have, we saved for, built, or — in some cases — gifted.
“We made a lot of progress. And, I’m excited to show you guys how it all turned out. So, without further ado…”
“Hey! I’m Grayson Darren and this is my beautiful wife Elyse and our baby Alaya. Welcome to our home!”
[Scenes of the home being gutted, drilling and painging, quick cuts.]
Sarcastically, “Now as you can see, a very dull, neutral colour palette. Not really.”
“So, when you guys were last here, this room was completely empty. There was a kind of awkward sofa. We returned that and got this sweet new sofa! I like it! It’s kind of a grey-brown tufted. What I like about it most, it’s a little bit mid-century, so you have those awesome wooden legs, which is great for cleaning under, and it also lets light through.