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Local Interior Designers Share Before And After Photos Of Memorable Home Remodels

If you’re addicted to home remodeling shows, then you’ll love touring these nine home renovations from local designers.

From kitchens to guest bedrooms to an exterior makeover, designers share how they pulled off these stunning transformations. 


Clint Larkan Architect

The Challenge: When the homeowners bought this property, located on the Jupiter Intracoastal Waterway, they imagined creating a home they could retire in as empty-nesters. However, the existing structure had numerous issues and didn’t take advantage of the amazing views that the property had to offer. With the help of architect Clint Larkan, the house was completely reimagined. The design is a blend of the owner’s desire for a Bermuda-style home and Larkan’s passion for modern and contemporary architecture.

The Transformation: The new design, which maintains the existing footprint, is focused with views to the water, and with a seamless and integrated connection from the outdoors to the interior’s large, open spaces, which the original house did not have. Views of the infinity edge pool from the interior help to reaffirm a connection to the water. The concept was to create an assemblage effect with three smaller, independent-looking structures while still maintaining a contiguous floor plan. Steeper rooflines were used to create more presence from both the exterior and interior. 



Kerry Allabastro Designs

The Challenge: This Long Key property was a foreclosure. Kerry Allabastro and her team were challenged with lightening up the space and showcasing the kitchen’s stunning water views. 

The Transformation: To create a modern but sophisticated look, Allabastro restored the teak cabinets to complement the existing countertops. She added the glass tile countertop to the ceiling and added new ceiling details with better lighting. The result is a kitchen that is both functional and beautiful that embraces the outdoor environment. 


The Cabinet Gallery 

The Challenge: The homeowners wanted their kitchen to be more functional and to feel more coastal. 

The Transformation: The designers at The Cabinet Gallery achieved the look by moving a wall and installing Candlelight brand framed cabinetry with a beautiful custom finish. When the granite, tile backsplash, new appliances and white bead board panels on the back of the island were installed, everything came together.


Living Room 

Katie Astras, Patty Downing Interiors

The Challenge: The client downsized from a large home in the Stuart Yacht and Country Club to a villa in the Willoughby Golf Club. The designer wanted to bring fond memories of the client’s previous homes into this space, yet still completely transform the style and feel. 

The Transformation: To achieve the look, Katie Astras reupholstered stuffy wing chairs with fun bold fabrics and had tables refinished in fresh white. By incorporating many of her existing furniture pieces, Astras was able to give the living room a collected look. She painted the walls a pale gray and infused the room with energy by incorporating flashes of bright aqua through the pillows and decor accents. Astras used an oversized, gilded iron pendant over the kitchen island to create a sense of drama when entering the space. The overall room is fun and energetic with a Palm Beach-regency vibe.


Dianne Davant & Associates 

The Challenge: The client purchased a condo that had a long, cavernous living space. The previous owners had a pool table in a portion of the room, but the client wanted the room to feel more cozy and comfortable for entertaining. 

The Transformation: To make the room look more intimate, Dianne Davant and her team broke the space up into multiple seating areas. They showcased the terrific water views and incorporated nautical colors and themes into the fabric of the sofa. One of the fabrics featured a cable stitch pattern. “We wanted a nautical feeling without it being trite. We wanted a more sophisticated feeling,” Davant says. “The transformation has been to a cozy, casual but sophisticated entertaining area with plenty of room for friends to gather, plus a smaller cozy seating area.”


Guest Bedroom

Francesca Morgan Interiors

The Challenge: Francesca Morgan was challenged with turning this drab bedroom space into a fabulous contemporary bedroom setting. 

The Transformation: The designer brightened the room with a fresh array of earthy, coastal tones. “Not only does it breathe new life into this old space, it redefines and invigorates the existing architecture of the home originally built in the ’80s,” Morgan says. She looked for furniture and accessories that would complement the tranquil and Zen-like atmosphere to create a guest bedroom that is bright yet relaxing. 


Kerry Allabastro Designs

The Challenge: Kerry Allabastro and her team were challenged with turning an empty and plain guest bedroom into a soft and comforting resting place for the client’s friends and family. 

The Transformation: To start, Allabastro replaced the flooring with driftwood white oak. She added a custom designed headboard to fit between the windows with beautiful appointed bedding. The room mixes neutral earth tones with soft blues to reflect a natural setting. “What a difference,” Allabastro says of the guest suite.


Dining Room 

Francesca Morgan Interiors

The Challenge: The homeowner purchased this incredible property specifically for its magnificent waterfront setting on Hutchison Island. Francesca Morgan’s goal was to meld the client’s love of the rich and lush tropics with the coastal ambience indicative of island life. 

The Transformation: Morgan blended the home’s style and contemporary architecture, including the combination of vaulted and trey ceilings, with the client’s vast collection of traditional furnishings from a previous home. “The key was to infuse the space with a variety of muted calypso tones and natural seaside elements to give the home the right amount of whimsy and coastal charm for my client to enjoy,” Morgan says. 



Francesca Morgan Interiors

The Challenge: Located on the beautiful and stately island of Palm Beach, 106 Hammon was once the resting place for the staff of the Colony Hotel. The recently renovated building has been transformed into a lovely six-unit apartment house just steps away from the beckoning ocean. The entire building has been completely renovated and now boasts an elegant backdrop for any style décor. Francesca Morgan’s goal was to preserve the understated elegance indicative of the
Palm Beaches while complying with the town’s building ordinances, which limited the use of certain architectural and structural applications. 

The Transformation: Limitations aside, Morgan says the outcome was simply spectacular. She utilized lush and indigenous landscaping that could withstand the island elements to protect and enhance this classic iconic landmark. “The simple but stately black awning that graces the building’s entrance adds richness to the front façade, thus renewing Hammon’s dignified curb appeal,” Morgan says.