Monday, January 10, 2011

Amazing Room Facelifts

Janette Godfrey, a ministry partner (, updated her family room and kitchen this past fall.  Their transformations are show-stopping.

Designer Susan Sheren worked magic on Janette's family room.
Susan had ten years of experience in interior design and fine art before moving to Lancaster county.  She had worked at Leonard's in New England and at a gallery in Key West before joining the design team at Buck Home.  

With her well-trained eye, Susan had Janette's walls painted a softer shade--Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque.  Window treatments were replaced by plantation shutters.   A wool carpet simulating sisal was installed wall-to-wall and topped with an oriental area rug with a light field.

Painting the floor to cathedral ceiling brick fireplace brightened the room immeasurably. Susan chose Benjamin Moore Navajo White to match the woodwork.  The mantel she had stained a darker shade to repeat the mahogany-stained furniture.  Janette's collection of blue and white porcelain is displayed beautifully in a white etagere.   

The designer's aesthetic which she describes as "updated traditional, transitional, and soft contemporary" is evident in the changes to this room.

Susan's expert space planning is also obvious as she tucked an L-shaped sofa into one corner and a game table which folds to desk-size in the opposite corner of the room. 

You can see Susan's work 's in Fine Living Lancaster magazine.

Playing off the colors in the refaced family room, Janette also updated the adjoining kitchen. (Notice the formerly natural-brick fireplace through the doorway.)


The same Benjamin Moore Navajo White now lightens the wall cabinets, while the walls repeat the Monroe Bisque.  The island disappears painted in black to match the appliances.  Janette also unified her above-the-cabinet items, using only silver or pewter.   

Don't you wish you could take years off your appearance in only a matter of weeks?

The good news is we can:  "But we all, with uncovered faces beholding the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord"  (2 Corinthians 3:18 in the Douay-Rheims translation).

Further on, in the same letter, the apostle Paul encourages us further:  "Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day" (2 Corinthians 4:16 American Standard Version) 

Take heart; get an interior refreshing by daily relating to Him.


  1. Enjoyable tour of the updated kitchen and family room! Inspirational! Motivational! Especially like the kitchen transformation! Our home was built in the mid 70's and we've done some updating in baths and bedrooms. Would love to update kitchen, much like this one, and family room...with BJM Paint!?

  2. Marcia,
    If you can spare a moment in time, please tell me how for friends to become followers for my blog? http:/
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    Thanks, Sheri

  3. I enjoyed this post for more than one reason...first I had my own interior business for years and love seeing transformations.
    Second my name is Janette and it is rare to see someone else have the same spelling.
    Thirdly I loved the ending I am be transformed each day as I walk with the Lord.

  4. Ah yes! From glory to glory! Thanks Maury!

    Very nice facelifts! I love simplicity and order and these make-overs do feel crisp and clean.

  5. Thanks for sharing these lovely transformations...

    The after pics are definitely more beautiful...