How Megan Hopp Stretched Her Design Budget To TRANSFORM Her Three-Story Townhouse (You HAVE To See The Before & Afters)

I final left you with my story of how I ended up shopping for this home in Alexandria VA, and what my plans have been to show this house round in a giant method with out a tremendous large funds. Engaged on this new (outdated) home I had a variety of objectives… 

  1. To completely end the frequent areas, kitchen, and bedrooms (loos I would depart for an additional day).
  2. To show these rooms round as rapidly as doable! With a new child child and all of the modifications taking place in life, now was not the time to dilly-dally.
  3. To make use of as a lot of the home “as is” with out compromising my general satisfaction with the design.
  4. To work with as lots of my favourite distributors as doable on collaborations in order to characterize the items and supplies I really like and use usually in work. And to maintain it actual, assist out with the general funds.
  5. To spherical out furnishing and adorning the house with as many second-hand or outlet items as doable – in the event you’ve ever learn or seen a drop about me, you realize I’m a second-hand, beforehand owned, thrifting gal about city. Not solely was this factor of engaged on my house ESSENTIAL to truly ending the scope in funds, but it surely’s additionally simply essentially who I’m. I like fancy furnishings, however at the moment in my life buying a 15 thousand greenback couch isn’t within the playing cards.

With that-welcome to my house! I reside on this three-bedroom, three-story brick townhouse with my husband and 18-month-old son. Be part of me as I take you thru the home and design journey that unfolded as I constructed every room balancing model, funds, and practicality each step of the best way!

The Entry/Stairwell

Scope: Wallpaper, Retile Ground, New Lighting, Furnishings & Decor

Wallpaper | Door Paint Shade | Woven Pendant | Mirror | Marble Hex Tile

This house began off so darkish, and nondescript with a black ground and door, and a teeny tiny gentle fixture. The purpose right here was clear, go large and go BRIGHT. Blue and white stripes are my go-to sample/shade mixture and I knew I wished one of many extra dramatic prints was within the entry and stairwell as the primary impression. I fell in LOVE with a print by Wallshoppe referred to as Roman Vacation Grid (in grasscloth), and boy oh boy does it make a press release in the easiest way. The actual shade of blue strikes simply the appropriate tone, and the sample proves tremendous traditional, with a tiny twist of vertical and horizontal traces, making it really feel recent and attention-grabbing. If you happen to’ve ever encountered grasscloth, you realize it fully elevates a room, altering the bodily really feel of the atmosphere dramatically. After making my wallpaper choice, I knew I wished to replace my current entrance door to a shiny blue, so I turned to Clare Paint (who makes paint purchasing absolutely the best), and chosen the colour Frozen. An enormous design mistake I see folks make is matching colours too actually. I didn’t need an an identical match in shade between the door and wallpaper, however quite to strike a complement of hues in the identical universe to create a monochromatic concord.

For the ground, I opted for a low worth level traditional Carrara 2” hex tile that I picked up myself on the native Ground and Decor for $13/sq ft. (now $15-inflation!). It’s not the tile of my desires by any means, however the white marble added a much-needed gentle reflective floor, and the feel of the pure stone packs a punch design-wise greater than its precise value. I used a darkish grey grout to distinction the white within the tile and make it pop that rather more, darker grout can be a extra sensible choice for a heavy-traffic space like an entry house. I’m a giant believer in large lighting, and so my private rule is in the event you’re over 6’2”, you could have to duck. I don’t have excessive ceilings on this house, however opted for a rattan cone pendant that was nearly as tall as I might handle to suit. What’s an entry house with out a famous person mirror proper? I used to be fortunate to accomplice with Shades of Mild who’ve an important number of mirrors, and for the entry I went with an extremely sculptural white textured choice that holds its personal as an actual centerpiece. I rounded out the house with a slim easy console I’ve had for years prior from CB2.

Ground Size Mirror


Scope: Wallpaper, Shifting Lighting/New Fixtures, Portray Cupboards, New {Hardware}, Customized Vary Hood, Furnishings & Decor

Flush Mount

Taking a pointy left into the kitchen, this was an area the place I actually felt a problem forward of me. I actually am not tremendous into fashionable kitchen design. My dream kitchen was in all probability constructed circa 1930, has authentic cupboards, tile counter tops, a classic range, and quirky built-ins galore. I additionally like a kitchen that feels gentle, clear, and impartial, just like the window is all the time open with a summer season breeze blowing by…BUT I don’t desire a boring white-on-white design. The kitchen was my best problem budget-wise as a result of I used to be going to be doing what I name “heavy adorning” (it is a time period I’d really use to explain the character of the work all through your entire home), however I actually wished to make this house really feel totally different. The kitchen had some fashionable updates (granite counter tops, grey backsplash, and a stainless-steel/glass hood) that felt actually disjointed to me with the older options like the unique cabinetry. I knew for higher or worse we have been retaining the counters and backsplash, so the duty forward was to regulate every thing round them to make your entire house really feel much less…grey.

Cupboard Paint Shade | Knobs | Tea Kettle | Glowing Water Maker

The most important splurge in right here was knowledgeable paint job on cupboards, which ran us about $5,000. Luxor Enhancements (my go-to contractor within the DC space) did an exquisite job eradicating all of the doorways and {hardware}, sanding every thing down (there have been so many layers of paint on these cupboards they stated every entrance took not less than 20 min), and spraying the cupboards each off and on-site in Benjamin Moore’s French Canvas. I opted to maintain the unique brass hinges, however swapped in low worth level knobs at lower than $3 a bit. Whereas there are actually $30 knobs on the market that I dream to have – blowing my funds on knobs was not the transfer on this time or place.


Onto the wallpaper, initially I’d have advised you I used to be dedicated to some kind of large-scale classic floral on this house Nevertheless, given my above sentiment on shade pairings, with the counter and backsplash the appropriate shades have been essential on this choice. After I noticed Thibaut’s traditional gingham print Saybrook Test, I instantly knew it was the proper resolution. The overlapping neutrals have been the proper shade mixture to tie in and heat up these grey counters, making them really feel much less stark, much less fashionable, and extra like a causal stone counter that’s simply doing its factor. I additionally positively had the ah-ha second of “after all I ought to do a traditional gingham…clearly”.

One other money-saving “hack” I got here up with was to take away the glass arc from the present hood, and construct a customized ornamental wooden masking round it, in order to match and combine with the cabinetry. This manner I used to be in a position to maintain the present performance of the hood as is, versus ranging from scratch, an enormous win. Luxor was in a position to take a few of my tough sketches and inspiration pictures and construct one thing off the cuff on-site in a single day (I used to be so delighted, I stored saying your tagline needs to be “a hood in a day”).

Woven Shades

I finalized the house by shifting some lighting round and swapping in some traditional schoolhouse-style fixtures, in addition to changing the window therapies with my all-star favourite bamboo roman shades that I’ve used for years. The furnishings is all second-hand – the desk is a classic enamel prime gem I scored on FB market for $40 and the chairs from Goodwill for $10.

Residing & Eating Room

Scope: Wallpaper Partitions & Ceiling, Eradicate Recessed Lighting, Add Flush Mount Lighting, Substitute Chandelier, Furnishings & Decor

Wall Wallpaper | Ceiling Wallpaper | Drapes | Couch (Thrifted RH) | Espresso Desk | Inexperienced Bowl | Facet Tables | Brass Desk Lamps (Related) | Flush Mounts

Whether or not you realize me or not, it takes nothing greater than a fast look at my work to gauge my ardour and dedication to wallpaper. It’s the core of my design work and private model, and it’s the place I start in crafting an area each single time. The lounge is the middle of the house, and due to this fact the middle of a design, and as such this whole course of started in choosing what wall therapies I’d do on this room. I knew I wished to paper each the partitions and the ceilings, I knew I wished blue and white on the partitions, I had a hunch I wished a block print of some kind…and so the seek for the proper print started. I ended up being fortunate sufficient to accomplice with certainly one of my tried and true favourite distributors, Thibuat, and so they have been beneficiant sufficient to ship me a million samples. Whereas I wish to overview every thing on the earth, I’m additionally the quickest decision-maker ever, so after I noticed their Julian print it was “DING DING DING, chosen and urgent on.” For the ceiling, I wished to get one thing tremendous textured up there so as to add an architectural high quality and convey an actual heat to the room. I landed on a chunky woven grasscloth that ended up being one of the crucial particular parts of the home.

Bench | Pure Rug | High Rug (Classic)

Planter | Chair (Thrifted Crate and Barrel) | Throw Blanket | Inexperienced Facet Desk (Thrifted and Painted ) | Ornamental Field | Bar Cupboard

Chandelier | Eating Desk (Classic) | Captain Chairs (Previous RH) | Facet Eating Chairs | Mirror | Curio Cupboard (Classic)

I all the time say that Alexandria jogs my memory of a mixture of Charleston and Beacon Hill in Boston…which is a little bit like, “duh it’s geographically proper in between”. Very similar to its place on the map, my purpose with this design was to layer a mixture of kinds that struck that center floor. I wished the house to really feel playful and color-forward with out being a southern pastel Disneyland, in addition to revolutionary stylish, all whereas not ending up an uptight vintage store. Because the furnishing theme continues, almost every bit of furnishings within the house was bought second-hand, or from an outlet or thrift store. The couch is Restoration {Hardware} that I discovered on FB market for one thousand bucks, the espresso desk and bar cupboard I received at my native Crate & Barrel outlet at a brilliant steep low cost. The eating desk is from Chairish and the Curio Cupboard I discovered at a Salvation Military for $250 (a nightmare to maneuver however price it). One factor I actually splurged on on this design was lighting. There are lighting fixtures I’ve utilized in shopper areas time and time once more and stored in my coronary heart for YEARS. This go round I lastly received to implement a few of these fixtures into my very own house, the 2 brass Visible Consolation and Co Clark flush mounts being prime of my checklist.

The final factor to return collectively on this house have been the window therapies (and after I say final I imply I hung them myself at 11 pm the evening earlier than we shot the room…and dropped a curtain rod on my eye sending me glasses to Mars). Actual discuss right here…customized window therapies can value you greater than a automobile, they’re simply that costly regardless of the way you slice it. I do know this, I reside this, and I simply stored hemming and hawing over find out how to get substantial draperies into this room with out spending ten thousand {dollars}, actually with out spending one thousand {dollars}. Pepper House to the rescue! These curtains have been made to order so I might get the proper size and elegance with out having to change some off the shelf panels myself. With their pinch pleat detailing, velvet border tape, and 100’ width per panel they remodeled my front room in probably the most dramatic trend!

Major Bed room

Scope: Wallpaper, Constructed-in Removing, Substitute Mild Fixture, Furnishings & Decor

Wallpaper | Mattress | Quilt (Flax) | Fringe Pillows | Lumbar (No Longer Obtainable) | Curtains

Desk | Chair | Chunky Knit Rug

The bedrooms required loads much less work than the frequent areas and consisted principally of wallcoverings, new lighting, furnishings, and decor. Within the main bed room, I ripped out an outdated built-in that spanned one aspect of the room. Whereas built-ins could be such a luxurious, this one wasn’t notably sensible or enticing. I might have spruced it up but it surely in the end felt like a mistake to place any cash into one thing that simply wasn’t working from the beginning. As an alternative, I opted to remove it completely making a nook for the BIGGEST dresser I might match. Casegoods are one class of furnishings the place value and high quality are immediately correlated, however I clearly wasn’t going to shell out hundreds for a brand new piece, so I took to the second-hand market. After a little bit of a search, I got here throughout a Restoration {Hardware} eleven-drawer piece on the second-hand website KAIYO, and was in a position to procure the dresser for a real fraction of the unique retail worth.

Mirror | Dresser (Thrifted) | Rug

Having come from NYC, you reside a life the place you by no means have sufficient drawers, and each time you open those you’ve, they’re stuffed to the brim and the expertise is depressing. This dresser is what suburban desires are manufactured from. I are inclined to lean in the direction of lighter softer colours in a bed room out of non-public choice, however I didn’t need the room to really feel sterile and even worse boring. I constructed the room round one other Thibaut textured wallpaper in a sage inexperienced herringbone. The sample and shade are sufficiently subtle to create a considerably impartial base for the house however attention-grabbing sufficient to make a press release. If you’re going to use textured paper anyplace in your house, prioritize the bedrooms. My favourite high quality a couple of textured wallcovering is the way it dampens the sound, creating an on the spot cozy issue.

Chair (Classic) | Nightstand | Desk Lamp

One other particular discover on this house was the silk striped armchair within the nook. I didn’t fairly know what I used to be on the lookout for with this piece however acknowledged the chair on FB market as being from the house of one other designer within the space whom I observe on Instagram. I instantly beloved it and shot her a observe to see if I might name dibs! The mattress I wished to maintain brilliant, gentle, and impartial, and labored with Serena & Lily to decorate it in all my favourite go-to linens and pillows. I’m not somebody who subscribes to the “I’ll sleep after I’m useless” mentality. No time to waste, I’d want to take action now.


Scope: Wallpaper Partitions And Ceiling, Substitute Mild Fixture, Furnishings & Decor

Wallpaper | Mirror | Dresser (Unavailable) | Rug (Considered one of a Sort Kellogg) | Glider | Footstool (Classic) | Roman Shades

The nursery was the primary house I designed on this home, and to be sincere, I actually designed it nicely earlier than we discovered the home, and even getting pregnant. After having labored on numerous nurseries for purchasers, I slowly was constructing the nursery I’d need at the back of my head through the years. Boy or woman, I knew I wished impartial stripes and blue florals, and in order that’s what I did. Serena and Lily labored with me on this house, and I used to be in a position to convey it to life with a few of my favourite items from their line. Stripes are my primary sample within the universe, and whereas I really like shade, I additionally like the flexibleness a impartial sample can supply whereas nonetheless including enjoyable visible curiosity. I additionally knew I wished to run the stripes throughout the ceiling to create a circus tent ambiance, which is all the time the bodily place I actually need to be.


Crib | Bedding | Basket

The wallpaper, crib, bedding, mirror, and baskets are all from Serena & Lily. The dresser I’ve had since my solo girl days again in my first Brooklyn residence and was actually thrilled to have the ability to repurpose it right here. The rug was a wonderful second-hand discover (from say it with me, FB market), a certainly one of sort embroidered Kellogg rug.

Daybed (Classic) | Quilt | Sq. Pillow | Lumbar Pillow | White Bin | Shelf (unavailable)

The daybed body I scored for $75 bucks with the vendor claiming it was a classic piece from a Parisian flea market – who is aware of however we’ll go along with that story. My nature as a designer is to go all in on a colorway in an area, however on this room, the selection to lean extra impartial was additionally very funds motivated. For starters, this little one will age and the look of the house might want to develop and adapt with him, and financially talking I can’t be altering this wallpaper in 5 years.

There’s additionally a possible we could do some room swapping/reconfiguring sooner or later and if the present nursery ever turns into the first bed room I wished a base that will work in both state of affairs.

The one piece of furnishings in my home that I TRULY splurged on is the glider. I purchased it new and it arrived one week earlier than I gave beginning – I plan to sit down in it on daily basis till I die.

Visitor Room

Scope: Wallpaper, Carpet, Furnishings & Decor

Wallpaper | Headboard | Bone Inlay Nightstand | Desk Lamp | Lampshade (Classic Laura Ashley) | Pedestal Facet Desk

Console | Mirror (Related) | Shades | Rug (Classic from Previous New Home Rugs) | Bench

I’ve clearly by no means had a visitor room earlier than and was actually excited to create a comfy little house for household and buddies to really feel comfy and welcome once they go to. Along with my pleasure about this house, it was additionally my final precedence when it comes to funds. As such, a lot of this room consists of repurposed items from earlier houses and areas. The one new piece of furnishings on this room is the classic cane seat aspect chair which I received at a Goodwill for $2.99, every thing else I had beforehand. I really like utilizing furnishings you’ve had a technique without end in a brand new atmosphere the place it all of the sudden feels prefer it has a brand new lease on life, such a rush! The wallpaper was after all a brand new addition, additionally from Thibaut. I’ve a little bit of an obsession with utilizing pink and blue together with each other, however I all the time really feel a hesitancy in taking it too far with an finish end result that reads “patriotic lunatic”. This felt like a secure house to lean in on the pink and blue whereas layering an eclectic mixture of patterns and textures on prime.


Scope: Wallpaper, Carpet, Paint Fire & Wall Paneling White, Substitute Mild Fixture, Substitute Sliding Door With French Doorways, Furnishings & Decor

Wallpaper | Couch | Loveseat | Facet Chairs (Classic) | Ottoman | Media Console | Pendant | Roman Shades | Drapes

Lastly, we come to our remaining vacation spot on the tour, the hybrid den and workplace house, arguably probably the most remodeled room in the home. A lot of the home has very conventional finishes, crown moldings, and many others. The decrease stage nonetheless was architecturally a lot easier, and rather more cookie-cutter as a place to begin. My husband is a mid-century fashionable design lover and on condition that I didn’t actually inject a lot of that anyplace else within the house, this felt just like the second to lean in. I wished to do a recent tackle a traditional mid-century wood-paneled basement, all whereas taking the unique house from darkish and heavy to gentle and ethereal.

Brown Velvet Pillow | Tiger Lumbar Pillow | Wall-to-Wall Carpet

The wallcovering on this house is absolutely the star of the present, a geometrical wooden veneer masking from Thibaut that introduced this room alive in probably the most electrical method. This wallcovering was really one of many first samples I ever ordered from Thibaut years in the past, I stored it in a drawer simply ready for the appropriate house to make use of it in-not realizing it might be my very own! We ripped out the outdated carpet and lined your entire downstairs in a delicate textured ivory wall-to-wall choice. It’s so good to have not less than one house in the home children can roll round on and get cozy.

White Paint

Desk | Bookcases | Chair | White Bins

Different updates included a recent coat of white paint on the wall paneling and hearth, updating the overhead lighting, changing the outdated sliding door with a contemporary french door set, and new window therapies and furnishings (the massive ottoman from Shades of Mild being my favourite piece to throw your toddler physique on with zero danger). The room works out nice as a workspace throughout the day that shifts into a spot to calm down on nights and weekends. Whereas that is technically the least colourful room within the house, I’d hardly characterize it as impartial!

Till Subsequent Time

In hindsight, the timing of shopping for a home weeks after having a child, and leaping right into a full transformation quickly after didn’t make for probably the most stress-free yr – like something worthwhile, the journey to get there’s onerous and taxing. I can say being on the opposite aspect of this challenge is known as a sigh of reduction to return house on daily basis, and never take into consideration what I have to do subsequent within the house, however quite get pleasure from it. The ethical of the story and what I hope to depart everybody with is to chop your self a break on the subject of inside design. You aren’t loopy for wanting a picture-perfect house, everybody does, however nothing is as simple as it could appear or as one would possibly say. I remodel areas for a residing on daily basis of my life, and even with the talent units I’ve underneath my belt, the entry to discounted product, and data of find out how to stretch a funds so far as humanly doable…it’s a problem. A problem I get pleasure from greater than something and take into consideration incessantly, however I by no means need to go away you with an unrealistic image of what it takes. My finest recommendation is to take your time (inside motive after all – love a quick determination put into motion!) and don’t let the strain of the worth tags defeat you altogether. Little by little the initiatives, progress, and nice finds add up, and with every new enchancment you’ll be in your approach to that completely made house for you.

*Design by Megan Hopp
**Images by Kelsey Ann Rose

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