{The “Before” Photo of the Living Room -hello, cute pooch!}

Today’s Furniture Friday is courtesy of Marie Flanigan Interiors.  They sent over this great multi-room “before and after,” I just had to share.


The home is located in the great Memorial area in Houston.  The homeowners asked Marie and her team to transform their Kitchen and Sitting Room.   Instead of starting from scratch, the team opted to reinvent many of their existing furnishings.  Radiating a mix of French style and contemporary features, the updated rooms impress with clean, neutral color palettes and a hint of the dramatic.

What a stunning after shot!


The client’s elegant sofa and club chairs were re-purposed in the Sitting Room transformation.  Accent pillows with geometric shapes and traditional ikat patterns were incorporated to add a bit of frisky to the soothing, classic furnishings, while a lucite coffee table and coordinating lamps add a bit of glamour to the room’s antique French design.


I especially love what they did with the existing built-ins.  By removing the shelves on either side of the armoire, and adding antique mirror on the back walls, they were able to completely re-invent this piece without a lot of construction or remodeling.  Such a clever solution!  Getting the “bones” or architecture correct in your space can truly make all the difference!


The finishing touches – an inlaid bone tray (love, love, love this) with books and rock crystal candle holders, hold court next to an antique brass magnifying mirror on a stand, and a bold pop of purple.

{Kitchen – Before}

{Kitchen – After}

Nearly all the existing Kitchen cabinetry was saved and painted in a soft gray hue.  This was handsomely accented by a fresh new beveled-edged, white ceramic backsplash (a personal favorite of mine).


Custom grey and white drapery, reupholstered dining chairs, and a French antique chandelier unite the look for a space that can functionally feed ravenous teenagers while also appealing to Mom and Dad’s distinctive sense of style.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this special Furniture Friday.  I’m a sucker for a great B & A!  Thanks again to Marie Flanigan Interiors for submitting this project!

Vendors used: Area, Design House, Hien Lam, Joyce Horn Antiques, Memorial Antiques & Interiors, and Vieux.

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6 Comments to 'Furniture Friday: A Multi-Room “Before & After”'

Arun 11 Aug 12 at 7:24 pm

Great improvements! I especially like the kitchen.

Chris @ Contempo Space 13 Aug 12 at 7:14 pm

Wow, what a difference!

Always neat to see how a few small changes (and better lighting, it looks like) can make a room so much more inviting!

Kristin 20 Aug 12 at 10:37 pm

Where do I find that coffee table?

Jason Skelton 30 Aug 12 at 8:40 pm

Difference is from renewing or changing known things to become newly unknown. Creativity and Artistry is needed for a good change. If you were a follower of this,See more about kitchens and cabinets at cabinetsandkitchens.com.

Stephanie@cre8tive 02 Sep 12 at 4:45 pm

This HAS to be one of my favorites. Such smart and classy ideas implemented in this design. The built ins are my favorite. They were so dark and boring before, and now with the artwork and the mirrors on the back, just stunning. Marie did an awesome job on this design.

Houston interior design 17 Jan 13 at 10:38 am

The built ins are my favorite. They were so dark and boring before, and now with the artwork and the mirrors on the back, just stunning. Marie did an awesome job on this design.it is neat and clean Furniture Purchasing design.

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