This Weekend Home Makeover Is A Stunner

Makeovers are laborious affairs. Rarely do they happen overnight without a massive behind-the-scenes remodeling team. So, we were a bit stunned to see this Los Angeles home redo by Target home style expert and stylist Emily Henderson, which was completed in a single weekend (with a design team of three, and a budget of about $3,000). The dilemma? Couple Erin and Carson had recently bought a place and moved in, but their furniture was too big and awkward for the new space. Plus, they'd outgrown a lot of it.  

Click through for the exclusive story, all of Henderson's styling tips, and a video of the whole process, from clearing out to styling. The result is a light-filled, midcentury-style space, with a living and dining room that seamlessly combine old and new pieces. Our one remaining question is whether she'll do our place next. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Emily Henderson.
Living Room, Before
"The biggest problem was that their furniture was too big for their new space, and it was just a hodgepodge of looks," Henderson said of her biggest challenge with the space. "She liked a ton of different styles and was having problems making decisions or pulling triggers, and he was good at knowing what he didn't like, but was less good about knowing what he did like. So, it was the usual style paralysis — good taste and style, but unable to sort of implement."
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Living Room, After
"They have really good art," said Henderson. "Erin is constantly collecting from thrift stores, and Carson is a painter — plus, they have a few really beautiful pieces that his grandfather painted (like, pieces that I would buy in a second). It's so hard for people to find good art that isn't a fortune and have them agree on it (which is why I wrote this post recently). So, having that problem already solved was pretty amazing."
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Carson created and installed the custom mantelpiece that same weekend. Here, books and art have space to breathe.
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Before
"We all liked the dining table, but the 'faux-aged' shabby-chic paint job on the base was offensive, so we painted it a nice gray and then added those really pretty (and comfortable, and affordable) blue Threshold chairs, which made the room come alive and become way more inviting."
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After
The blue chairs pop against the wood-grain floor.
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"Also, we needed some accessories that made sense together. There is one thing to be said about collecting over time, but often if you don't have a color palette in mind when you are shopping, you end up with a pretty mismatched hodgepodge of accessories that make the room look juvenile and messy. So, by implementing a pretty strict color palette, the accessories added so much texture and layering, but without it looking messy."
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Succulents are a major life booster to any room. We love how Henderson mixed metal vessels, antlers, driftwood, and ceramics with the greens.
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"That sectional was so needed," Henderson said. "The sofa they had before was a beast, and didn't provide enough seating anyway. The sectional made the room feel so much bigger and provided so much more seating, especially after we included those two adorable Target/Threshold chairs. (We got the sectional off Craigslist for $600.) The media unit they had was going down the 'generic' route, and it was a huge eye-sore to me, so updating it with that adorable little modern unit made it recede, and made the room feel bigger and more open."
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Photo: Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt.
The team repainted this brown wood table to fit the new color scheme. Benches under the table serve as extra seating when the couple needs them.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt.
"The sofa, side table, mantle, art... it was full of rectangles, and that is fine. But, a round [coffee table] can really help soften things up. Round can be tricky with normal sofas, because they tend not to be long enough (ovals are better) or they can be so big. But, since it was a sectional it really just filled up [the] space perfectly."
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Photo: Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt.
A leaning shelf blends into the wall, letting the personal mementos shine.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tessa Neustadt.
"For two days and not very much money ($800 budget, plus $2,000 in Target store credit), that was a pretty darn good transformation, and they are so much happier in their home. Erin and Carson said it finally felt like them. I think they are right."
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Watch the video of Erin and Carson's home transformation here.
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