Maggie’s New Condo: BEFORE

My little sister (Maggie) bought a place in downtown Chicago! Beyond a big sister just being super proud and excited for her, I’m sharing this breaking news on the blog because Maggie has graciously given Casey and me creative control of the condo makeover!!

Yes you read that right, Maggie has somehow agreed to let us DIY Rookies totally makeover her place.

We’re super excited for the opportunity, but also a tad overwhelmed. Decorating your own home is one thing, but trying to spot someone else’s style and making sure all the decisions are within someone else’s budget is actually scarier than it sounds. We want Maggie to be OB-SESSED with her new place so we’re feeling the pressure to make the space amazing! Here’s a photo of the living room we’ll be working with. It’s from the real estate website:

MaggieThis is the room we are going to tackle first. There is nothing WRONG with this look but it just doesn’t seem to scream, “Hi, I’m Maggie!”. We want someone to walk into this condo and feel Maggie’s style and know a little more about her. More importantly, we want Maggie to walk into her condo everyday and feel proud and excited to be home.

Needless to say, we have our work cut out for us! Over the past month, we have been working with stalking Maggie to pinpoint her home decor style (not an easy task for someone who isn’t in love with home decor). We finally feel like we have identified her style and taste (more her style and how we coached her to identify her home decor style coming to the blog soon). We are also pretty excited because Maggie’s new place is literally less than a 1/2 block from Casey’s place, which makes the logistics of executing this makeover pretty dang perfect.Maggie before

We hope you can follow along as we tackle Maggie’s Makeover Series literally from start to finish. We plan to take you guys along with us as we start from square one and hopefully work our way to a fabulous reveal, sharing the good, bad & ugly in between. We hope to share video, tutorials, decor tips, and answer many of the questions we have gotten from Maggie along the way. (Where do I even start, how do I know my style, how do I decide on the perfect paint color, where do I shop for furniture???)Maggie before

Our plan is to share a weekly “update” on Maggie’s makeover until it’s finally done! If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to let us know so we can address those too. Starting from scratch is HARD! Maggie before Maggie before

… and from the looks of things, we have quite a bit of work ahead of us! Bridget Signature

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  • Nikki Simmerson

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS, Maggie! It’s wonderful that you are starting this new adventure, and I’m sure you feel blessed to have two amazing ladies helping you design a place you will love! There is a lot of pressure to make a space perfect, but you have a great team on board and I am confident they will do fantastic things to make your place unique, inviting, and cozy. Best wishes to all three of you! I am thrilled to see what’s next!

    • Thanks Nikki! We are so proud of Maggie and are so HONORED that she is allowing us to help! Thank you for the well wishes =)

  • beezus

    How fun is this going to be to watch?! I can’t wait to see how y’all help Maggie narrow down her choices and pinpoint her style. As always, I extend the invitation to come out to the ‘burbs and work on my wretched foyer. Then, as long as you are here, you could take a look at my mostly awful non-functioning fireplace area, as well. Just let me know when y’all are available….

  • oooohhh… I can hardly wait to see the process/result! 🙂

  • What a fun project!! I’ve been helping my dad plan a surprise anniversary trip for him and my mom and, as much as I love planning our own trips, it’s hard to figure out what someone else would want! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

    • Trying to make someone else happy is tough!! But I’m sure both my sister and your dad would be happy with any effort!