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{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}

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{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}

IN THE SUMMERTIME, there was the round-up of some the loveliest summer homes, and for today, another charming collection of photos, this time, before & after shots of dramatic renovation projects . . .

{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}

Above, architectural designer James Nigro installed a colonnade to frame the arched French doors in the garden room of a Tudor-style mansion near the Hudson River.  The interior design was done by Alexa Hampton, and included a flowered chinoiserie mural.  (2007)


{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}

Fashion designer Cathy Hardwick’s Manhattan living room, where Mario Buatta dreamed up an Anglo-American sensibility by removing two built-in bookcases, and adding stripes and plaid, chintz and warm dark tones, antique chairs, moody paintings.  [Tartans paired with chintzes will always and forever be a favourite.]  (1997)

{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}


{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}


Decorator Sandra Nunnerley overhauled this New York bedroom with shades of blues, grays, and whites intermingle with crisp valances and inverted box pleats, which are lovely, but did quite adore the warm pink before . . .  (2009)

{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}


{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}

Decorator Penny Drue Baird replaced built-in shelves and cabinets with a sweeping staircase in the entrance hall of her 19th-century Hamptons residence, creating a classic country-house aesthetic with woodwork and ceiling beams, seagrass and topiaries.  (1997)

{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}


{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}

And finally, design firm Cullman & Kravis joined two rooms together in this Manhattan duplex to create a bright and spacious kitchen complete with vintage-style light fixtures and white paneled cabinetry, stone counters and wide-plank floorboards.  (2005)

{décor inspiration | before & after : from the condé nast archives}

[all images from architectural digest]