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NY Times Before & After

I shared my redecorated living room with the NY Times recently and am really happy with the results.

Before the transformation my living room didn’t have much of a spark. In fact, for months it looked like a space I just moved into, and lacked any personal style. As a designer, I just had to do something about it.

Photo by Ryan Collerd for The New York Times

Like many, I live in a rented space and a complete overhaul wasn’t an option. I made some easy and low cost upgrades that wouldn’t have me forfeiting my security deposit when my lease is up.

For more, see the flickr photostream of the process. If you cannot see the photostream below click here.

If you like what you see and want to do it yourself, be sure to stay tuned as I’ll be posting the instructions for the upgrades over the next three weeks.


I have three colors on my walls. I have an undercoat of a really bright mint green, then I painted over it with Valspar "Aqua Glow" (5007-9B). The color is brushed on and mixed with white as you move up the wall. However, the "aqua glow" would look just as great in one solid coat of color.

Alison Lewis

Monday, October 26, 2009 - 20:59

I LOVE this! Can you tell me how you got the color to fade on your walls? I've been obsessing about them for a few days now, and would love to try it in the new place I'll soon be renovating...

Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 23:00

Hayden, yes yes, please stay tuned. I'll be posting the first one this week, after I get back from fashion camp and NYC.

Alison Lewis

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 15:32

WOW! Just watched the slide show and am blown away! Can't wait to learn the details of how.


Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:51

LOVE the transformation, have used similar colors in my living room for a few years and it just feels so comforting and lively!

Your book arrived yesterday and I flipped straight to the back and went through the techniques. VERY COOL, very straight-forward. My mind is spinning w/ ways to apply them...


Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:45

Awe, thank you all for all the nice comments. Please go out do a little switch crafting yourselves!

Alison Lewis

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 17:09

My new hero. Creative, stylish, fun.

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 13:43

Thank You after looking at NYT'S piece i was inspired. the party that shocked me was the art and the shelves. so i started to see how this could be done and i found a place. the art work i did turned out great with the wire that they sell:-) thank you NYT'S for getting me inspired

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 10:56

I'm inspired. Congratulations on getting the recognition you clearly deserve. I pray it's just the start of more great things to come for you... and now to check out your website. I can hardly wait to get my hands on your book.


Friday, September 11, 2009 - 09:10

I'm glad to see mention of your "Switch Craft: Battery-Powered Crafts to Make and Sew" in today's NYT's piece. John Altobello


Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 14:51

Delighted to see the softer side of technology. Stitch it on :-)

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 13:17

Thank you! <3

Alison Lewis

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 12:40

I just read the story about you on You are very talented, and I love your work. I hope you will be very successful..!

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 12:28