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Before & After: Buying & Selling with the Property Brothers: Kristin & Craig
November 30, 2012 in Before & After | 18 comments

Finally the HGTV Property Brothers episodes I did the design work on this past summer have started to air!  I worked with the team on 2 episodes during the summer and this consumed my time for a good 8 weeks.  And, by consumed, I mean 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week, if not more!


Shot of family room after (all photography by Heather)

It was a lot of fun, a great learning experience and an incredibly tight time frame.  That said, let me show you what we started with and where we ended.  The biggest element to overcome was actually the hall bath as well as a variety of floor materials in the open plan entry, family, dining and kitchen area.  Otherwise, it was minor cosmetic work and staging.

Not having a ‘client’ (just ‘the Brothers’ and the TV production team) I was able to be much more creative with colors and patterns. Traditionally, I would do a lot of white with minimal color, but you need to have much more pattern and color for the elements to show up on TV. I was very excited that my bright pink and green color scheme was approved!

Before: Family Room

family room before

After: Family Room- fresh paint, new flooring, re-arranging the layout and bright, fun colors.

family room, surya rug

Detail of added ribbon trim on cube ottomans



Before: Entry


After: Entry

Entry hall

Before: Dining Room

dining before

After: Dining Room


Dining, kitchen

Before: Kitchen- hard to see laminate counters and 4×4 white ceramic tile backsplash.  Note: the tile in this room is different from that in the family/dining area.


After: Kitchen- Note: new countertops, new glass backsplash and new flooring


Before: Hall Bath

Bath before

After: Hall Bath- this was basically ripped out entirely, with new flooring, tile, tub, wall paneling and paint.  The toilet, sink, light fixture and mirror were reused to save budget.

Bathroom after



I must say it was a very dramatic ‘before and after’ and I was very pleased when I found out that the homeowners sold their house shortly after listing it.  Perfect proof that investing in remodeling and professionally decorating your home pays a return.

My other episode, Christi & Peter, airs in a week and a half.

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