Better Before or After?

{The DeMattei-Wade Living Room “Before” featured a rich, neutral color palette, tailored shapes, a framed photo by Slim Aarons of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, a sleek, lacquered cocktail table, and a glamorous crystal chandelier.}

The San Francisco home of retail executives, Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade has appeared in House Beautiful, the San Francisco Chronicle, and on many blogs over the past couple of years, but it wasn’t until today that I came across the most recent images of their living room’s transformation. With a fresh coat of paint, some new furniture, and plenty of new blue and white accessories, they took the room from polished traditional in the city to stylish beach cottage in The Hamptons. The original look is more in line with my own style, but I couldn’t resist sharing this makeover as it shows how a few simple changes can completely change the look and feel of a space.

{The DeMattei-Wade Living Room “After” features an airy color palette of white with various hues of blue, Chinese blue and white pottery, a white Chippendale coffee table, slipcovered sofas with ikat pillows and an overall English vibe.}

Which look do you prefer—the before or the after?

 

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40 thoughts on “Better Before or After?

  1. I also prefer the first look, but I know how living with something every day can tire you out. It’s cool how they changed the entire thing with accessories and paint color!
    xoxo -e (modern24seven)

  2. Hmmm? I like the before better for Fall and the after better for a beach house in the summer. The blue and white is a bit much and the beige is a bit dull, but they are both lovely interiors. This is definitely an interesting renovation!!

  3. I’m with you…the redo is lovely, but the original do is still my fave. I wish I could change looks every five years or so to satisfy all of my interior cravings!!

  4. I think it would be exciting if we could fuse the two looks together! I love the zebra bench and deep moody walls in the first but also like the ikat pillows in the second and the Chippendale table.

  5. Both. My only problem with the second one is that it is too heavy with small accessories. Too cluttered from that angle.

  6. Generally I love color and pattern, asian influences, and blue and white in combination. But I prefer the before. Somehow even though it’s glamorous it’s cozier. The tartan, zebra, and chandelier stop the beige from looking overly dated. The blue room, as other have pointed out, is cluttered, and I wish they could have used a more nuanced and complex color scheme.

  7. Definitely the before. It’s warm and cozy yet sharp and high style at the same time. That’s the kind of tension I love in design. The after is cold and cluttered. It’s also contrived. I believe design should be grounded in a sense of place. San Francisco is not the Hamptons.

  8. I often say I need several homes, because I love so many different styles. The first is gorgeous, but I’m such a fan of blue and white…I could definitely live in both!!

  9. I love blue and white, but prefer the Before room.

    The After, feels more cluttered to me.

    Also the Before room says San Francisco/sophisticated city apartment.

    Not sure what the After picture says. I can’t “place” the room.

  10. Both are beautiful. But the second version is a little too busy for me. If they removed some of the accessories, I’d probably like it better. So, I guess I’d have to say I like the first version better.

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