We’ve teamed up with the blogger-renovators from Curbly – Alicia Lacy and Bruno Bornsztein – to help them transform a 100-year-old house into a home buyers will love. Take a look at the before-and-afters of this flip to see how they renovated and decorated three key spaces.
The Dining Room
The first thing Alicia Lacy and Bruno Bornsztein had to decide about this space was what it would be. It could have easily functioned as a living room, but because of the way they opted to change up the kitchen, this area ultimately became the dining room. Fresh paint and rehabbed floors form the backdrop for the revamped room, and an outdated light fixture was replaced with a unique new one. With plenty of windows, this room feels especially connected to the outdoors, so Alicia and Bruno opted to keep the design elements light and airy.
Built-in shelving is filled with stylish decor, and a mid-century modern sideboard rounds out the room, helping elevate the design and adding a layered feel with mixed styles.
The Living Room
While they’re somewhat separated, the layout of the home means the dining room and living room flow together. The Curbly team kept that in mind when they designed the living room. The fresh paint on the walls and baseboard matches the dining room, and the furniture is similarly eclectic. A traditional sofa is paired with more modern chairs for a unique mix of styles – similar to the dining room.
The master bedroom in this home isn’t huge, so Alicia and Bruno knew the furniture and décor would need to make good use of the space. This needed to feel like a place where potential buyers would want to spend time. The goal was to keep it light and soft. The bed is stately and indulgent – a perfect vibe for a bedroom retreat.
New paint and a closet system helped revive the space, but Alicia and Bruno intentionally kept many of the room’s original quirks. They opted to work with the interesting lines and architectural elements rather than trying to camouflage or demo them. The dresser, for instance, tucks perfecting into an existing nook.
Together, these room renovations fit into the new feel of the home: refreshed yet homey and comfortable. If you love the look of these rooms, shop them and take a closer look via our Idea Boards: