Before and After in McLean, Virginia

Before and After in McLean, Virginia with Margery Wedderburn Interiors, LLC

We just love these Before and After stories.  This family room had a rather dramatic makeover while keeping the main features and staying within budget.  As you can see, the room was extremely dated, and the young couple that bought the home was just stumped at how to change it out.  They visited similar homes in the neighbourhood looking for ideas but just couldn’t find what they wanted.

These dens are tough because unless you want to change out the fireplace area, which is one of the main focal points, you are hard pressed to figure out some alternatives.

This is the Before…Very dated

 We had clear goals in mind:

  1. Make the room look less “wind tunnel” – ish!
  2. Make the ceilings look higher.
  3. Bring the style into this century!
  4. Change out some detailing at the fireplace
  5. Add the electrical behind the walls to allow for a large screen TV on the wall
  6. Work with the existing rug.


…And we wanted to get rid of the panelling!!

So here are some intermediary shots below… We removed the dated panelling, added drywall, painted it a nice Matchstick color from Farrow and Ball.  We got rid of the popcorn ceiling and added recessed light fixtures, added sconces on the long wall.  We prepped the wall for the TV…We got rid of the existing fireplace shelf and added a new, more proportionately correct shelf…


We added this great light fixture and some wall panelling details to balance out that fireplace wall… Then we completely painted the bookshelves with the light blue and white detailing …

We added box trim detailing on the fireplace wall to break up the length of the wall and add interest.
Then…new sectional, new chairs, new TV entertainment unit, new coffee table, new chandelier, new mirror, and new tall bookcases flanking the fireplace.  In this picture below there is only one, as one arrived damaged but was quickly replaced.
And we are still not quite finished…there is a new coffee table arriving, and one more tall bookcase for the fireplace wall plus a sofa table and artwork.  Stay tuned to see the final room design in future blogs!!

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