Before and After: 4 Favorite Makeovers from HGTV

    Before and After: 4 Favorite Makeovers from HGTVGetting a makeover can be so much fun! It’s true for your hairstyle or your makeup or your wardrobe.

    And it’s also true for your home!

    One of my favorite places to see home makeovers is on HGTV. The channel dedicated to home and garden projects hit the airwaves in 1993, and we’ve been busy ever since with home improvement projects. We’ve learned about real estate, gardening, crafts and remodeling. But some of my favorites programs have always been the ones that show the “before” and “after” versions of a project.

    These are the types of episodes that explain the whole process, showing what goes into the transformation, whether it’s updating the interior design style with a seasonal refresh or undertaking a major renovation to add a new room. The best part is that there are always professional tips and tricks you can adapt to your own house!

    Here are some of my favorites!

    Split-level Quandary

    In this episode, Meg Caswell, host of Meg’s Great Rooms, helped a couple with an unusual split level living room and dining room combination. She used a unified wall color to tie the rooms together. Then she furnished them so they were coordinated, but distinct.

    Take-away you could use: the cool divider Caswell created. Rather than use the standard railing divider, Caswell created a railing that also incorporated shelves and cubbyholes for displaying books, pictures or trinkets.

    Colorful Upgrade

    For another young couple with a growing family, Caswell transformed a standard suburban living room and kitchen area. She started by adding lots of color to the originally neutral palate. Then she differentiated the living and dining areas with beams, changed the fireplace mantel so the TV isn’t so prominent and added stylish storage for the toddler’s toys.

    Idea to steal for your own space: a colorful accent wall using wallpaper in a fun print.

    Curb Appeal

    On each episode of Curb Appeal: The Block, host John Gidding gives a house an outdoor makeover, from paint to landscaping to walkways. These examples are filled with ideas big and small. The big ideas: adding architectural elements, upgrading the walkways or constructing a pergola. The smaller ideas: painting the front door or planting flower beds.

    Tips for transforming your house: Window boxes and picket fences are easy ways to add charm to the front of your house.

    Honeymoon House

    Before and After: 4 Favorite Makeovers from HGTVI have to admit that I’m in love — with this spin-off of the Property Brothers!

    In this special series — Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House — Drew Scott and his fiancée, Linda Phan, renovate their home in Los Angeles, with the help of twin brother, Jonathan, of course.

    But the before-and-after result is astonishing as they take their vintage fixer-upper from very dated to very modern, with lots of art decor-inspired designs. Take a look at these photos from the living room, den and foyer, and you’ll see what I mean.

    Cool style trick: That mirror above the fireplace is actually the TV!

    A makeover, big or small, can be just the thing you need to fall back in love with your house. But if you’re considering buying or selling a home, I’ve helped plenty of Northern Virginia residents through the process, and I’d be happy to help you, too!


    A lifelong resident of Northern Virginia and a top-producing real estate agent, Samantha Bendigo knows buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction — it’s a life-changing experience. Over the course of 14+ years, she has closed 500+ real estate transactions with over $100 million sold. Helping homebuyers and sellers throughout the Northern Virginia region, Samantha specializes in Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Prince William County, Fauquier County and Loudoun County. Email Samantha Bendigo at Virginia Luxury Homes today, or call 703-628-2420 to discover how you can start living in the home of your dreams.

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