Living Room Makeover

Welcome to  The 18th Metamorphosis Monday!

I have a wonderful Before and After to share with you this week.  A while back I shared several pics of this beautiful dining room belonging to Brian, a wonderfully talented Interior Designer, whose design business is Brian Joseph Atmospheres.

Recently, Brian completed a new design project where he dramatically transformed several rooms in an historic home in Watchung, New Jersey. The home was was built in 1740 and had been added onto several times over the years. Brian worked his design magic and you aren’t going to believe these are the same rooms…the after pics are just amazing! If you click on the pics, they will enlarge for a better view. Here’s a before pic of the living room:


Another before pic of the living room…

Brian said that he “kept the fabulous wallpaper and introduced an equally strong pattern along with stripes, damask, antiqued velvet, and silk.”

Doesn’t the wallpaper look really beautiful and like it belongs in this space now?! The sofa and sofa fabric are Lee Jofa…

Brian used a Scalamandre fabric on this Ralph Lauren spindle chair. I love this look and the plaid pillow is just perfect!

A Brunschwig & Fils fabric was used for the Scalamandre chaise shown below.

Window fabric and trim is also by Scalamandre. I love how Brian has used several different fabrics and patterns…and they all look amazing together!

A Brunschwig and Fils fabric on the settee…

This wonderful home also had a “Gentleman’s Lounge” that Brian re-designed…here are two before pics.

And here’s the after: I LOVE the fabric on these chairs.

This room was previously used as a Dining Room, and Brian says, “We transformed this small space into a masculine lounge area where the clients read and watch television – especially in winter, this room is BEYOND cozy! Scalamandre fabric on Scalamandre lounge chairs, Ralph Lauren tiger velvet on a Ralph Lauren ottoman, and velvet draperies from Pottery Barn.”

Brian also renovated the Garden Room…here’s the before:

Another before:

And now for the After: I can hardly believe it’s the same room!  About the garden room, Brian said, “We really went to town on this cold brick and slate room. Replacing the windows with larger ones and 3 sets of French Doors, we also leveled and coffered the ceiling, enclosed and paneled the fireplace, and replaced the slate floor with 200-year old pine from a Pennsylvania barn. The pink ceiling gives the room a warm, rosy glow throughout the day and night.” The sofa is from the owner’s collection and the chair is from Source Perrier.

Antique painted Italian chest and sconces are from Jeanne Reed’s.

Wow…that coffered ceiling is gorgeous!

I love all the built in bookshelves! I would never want to leave this room!

I couldn’t end this tour without showing you the Master Bedroom…here’s two before pics…

Another before pic…

This is soooo beautiful! I love the way this room just glows with warmth…what a gorgeous color Brian chose for the walls!

Brain explains his design choices for this room by saying, “My hero, Mario Buatta, says that every Master Bedroom should be feminine. Given that, and the fact that the lady of the house’s favorite color is pink, this room REALLY delivers. We also replaced the carpet with old-growth, random width wide plank flooring, added a chair rail, and enclosed the wacky fireplace. The stone mantel is antique, Brunschwig & Fils window treatment fabric, Houles tassel trim, and bedding by “Between the Sheets” in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.”

If you would like to see additional pics of these beautiful rooms and some of the other rooms Brian designed in this home, be sure to stop by Brian Joseph Atmospheres online. You are going to love the Master Bath when you see it!

When you visit, just click on New Project to view all the rooms Brian transformed in this historic home. Be sure to sign the Guest Book… I know Brian would love to hear from you!

Thanks so much, Brian, for letting me showcase your amazing talent in this beautiful home! Can’t wait to see what everyone else here in Blogland has been working on for this Metamorphosis Monday!


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  1. Happy To Be says

    WOW WOW WOW!!! just beautiful Brian…thanks so much for sharing your wonderful home with us and to you Susan for showcasing it…hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  2. What stunning transformations. The fabrics and all the attention to furniture choices and placement are just gorgeous. Such a gorgeous home. Hugs, Marty

  3. prof en retraite says

    Wow! Susan…What an amazing make-over! That is a beautiful home! Brian is a talented designer! I love the colors he chose. But I was especially pleased to see that there are lots of plates on the wall!! Woo hooo! I hope you are having a great weekend!! Hugs…Debbie

  4. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says

    What a great transformation and I love the way Brian didn’t change the basics to the house- just really paint and accessories-
    Always look forward to Met Mon- and all fun things bloggers are doing- almost done with the breakfast nook- got so much done this week while DH was gone- beadboard, trim and flooring done!!!

    Hope by next week to share!


  5. What an awesome transformation! This really shows me that it is OK to mix and match all the patterns and colors. Love every single room — Brian is very talented.

  6. Suzann @ Lavender and Roses says

    Perhaps I’ll be able to comment after I wipe the drool from my chin. WOW.

    I could only dream of having rooms so stunning.

  7. Charlene says

    Brian did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    What an incredibly talented designer. Fantastic!

  9. Susan, oh my, what can I say. Beautiful home by Brian. I did laugh when I saw the bookcases used to house books. You’ll understand when you see my Met Monday post! Linda

  10. Gorgeous! I could move right in! Should I ever hit the jackpot, I will keep this designer in mind!!! Watchung is a beautiful area with lots of lovely homes! I lived near there for many years- still have family and friends living in that area.

  11. Everything is gorgeous! Maybe it is just me but many of the traditional rooms you have designed in your home are strikingly similar and beautiful.

    One of my best friends was a textile designer for many years for one of the companies mentioned in this post. She now has her own design company and gets to travel to incredible places going to the mills and working with the weavers. I keep telling her she needs to do some blogging. It is amazing to learn about the process of putting the designs together.

    While my friend worked for the textile company you mentioned, I visited her at her office and had the opportunity to see some of the holdings in their “library.” I am a reference librarian so for me the 17th century wallpapers, tapestries and fabric designed that are owned as intellectual property was just amazing.

    Thanks for providing the company names. I love knowing about the textiles.

  12. Jadehollow says

    Susan.. Brian is really talented.
    He did an awesome job. I’m gonna head over to his site right now and check out his other jobs.
    Thanks for sharing his talented work with us.

  13. Well, I KNOW that I am prejudiced, since Brian is my son….BUT, I have to say he has a God given talent and I am SOOOOOO very, very, proud of him! I wish someone would “discover” him. Thank you ,Susan, for showcasing his talents here on your wonderful blog! You are so sweet to do this! BIG, warm hugs, Pinky

  14. Hi Susan
    I love looking at before and after shots…seeing the whole metamorphysis is wonderful. Brian has done a great job. I love that wallpaper it looks so different and he has a good eye to keep.
    Wonderful pictures…thank you for sharing and the inspiration.
    have a lovely day

  15. Florida Sue says

    How did I know that Brian was inspired by the great Mr.B? I loved the colors and patterns in this fantastic makeover. I have long drooled over the fabric on the settee, and have seen it used by the Prince Of Chintz himself. These photos are just awe inspiring.

    ps: I am proud to put your button on my little blog, Susan.

  16. GORGEOUS!!! This is sooo beautiful Susan. This is my favorite style of design. While I love all the neutrals that are famous in blogland I myself prefer tons of color!!! The more the merrier!!! I love mixing patterns and love all the wonderful ones in these particular rooms. Thank you so much for sharing the designs of this talented man!!!

    Have a wonderful day!!!

  17. Tammy518 says

    Oh, my goodness! My jaw is on the floor and then is drool dribbling down my chin! The rooms Brian did are simply gorgeous. I love all the colors and mix of fabrics. Very talented guy, and thanks for sharing!

  18. Brian is very talented, he has an eye for mixing and matching….
    Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing and hostessing !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  19. Oh my! These transformations are so dramatic and beautiful. I love every room. It sure would be fun to be able to have someone with this talent redo some rooms in my house :0)

  20. Charlene says

    Off topic–I was given a couple of blog awards from other bloggers, and I’m including you in my “Delightful Dozen” list of blogs I’ve like to give an award to.

    Love your beautiful designs and pictures!

  21. Really Rainey says

    Hi Susan…I think my favorite room is the “sun room” wow… I can picture myself in there… Thanks for hosting another Met Monday!

    ~Really Rainey~

  22. Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss says

    Wow! Awesome is right! Quite a transformation.

    I just posted my first submission for Met Monday and wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to participate. 🙂

  23. Hi Susan…I’ve been on a bloggy break but came back just in time to jump on board for Met Monday! I want to live in Brian’s house…
    and I will, if only in my dreams….what a talent he has….
    thanks so much for sharing his splendid transformation with us!
    😉 Bo

  24. Those rooms are just amazing. He’s so very talented….thank you for posting so much inspiration today 🙂
    All Things Heart and Home

  25. Kathy's Red Door Welcome says

    This whole house is quite transforming, but I love the garden room best of all. Thanks for sharing this amazing home.

  26. Scribbler says

    That Brian is one talented dude!

    I am at this moment headed over to see the rest of the house. thanks for sharing!


  27. DesignTies says

    The garden room transformation is my favourite. LOVE the coffered ceiling and the moulding/trim around the fireplace. Also love the tiger print ottoman in the gentleman’s lounge 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of Brian’s room transformations 🙂

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  28. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    What an amazing house that Brian decorated!! It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us. Love & blessings from NC!

  29. Wowee that is one spectacular home – and one talented designer! I just love his style – it reminds me so much of your beautiful home Susan. I’m so glad I didn’t miss this post – and I’m definitely going to that sight to see some other rooms in that home.

  30. Marsha's Mpressions says

    Susan, I love the color Brian used on the bedroom. Very nice!

    Thanks for hosting once again.

  31. Oh my goodness! I think I’ll go back and delete my post 🙂 This is something! I could kick off my shoes in any of these rooms and be very happy. I agree with Mario Buatta about the master bedroom and it is a dream!

  32. Kim Kasch says

    Those are breathtaking before and after pics. I really love the pink room. Perfect for a little girl or a big girl for that matter.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  33. tales from an oc cottage says

    WOW! What an amazing post! It’s as good as any HGTV show!!!
    Sorry, I forgot to fix my blog name before I entered it into Mr. Linky…my post has nothing to do with Chiclets, I am just a dope!

    m ^..^

  34. Lisa Shatzer says

    Wow, what amazing transformations! I can’t believe he actually made that wallpaper in the first room work!

  35. Peg @ Bloomfield Farm says

    What beautiful rooms! I am so happy to see wallpaper is making a comeback!

  36. Wow…Beautiful rooms, thanks for sharing.

  37. Wow! Great redos by a talented man!

    Gorgeous choices in all areas… 😉

    Will be joining in soon…

  38. Dana and Daisy says

    I think my favorite is the gentlemen’s lounge. If that were my house we might have to rename it the ladies sitting room! lol!

    all are beautiful!

  39. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    The makeover is beyond amazing! I’d never want to leave the garden room or bedroom! Brian is so talented! ☺ Diane

  40. Fifi Flowers says

    BEAUTIFUL transformation!!! Warm and inviting!!!
    I sooooo love your music… many days I leave your blog page up on my computer for music while I paint!

  41. What a gorgeous transformation. I love that he kept the fabulous wallpaper and worked with it. So many would have removed it in this day and age. I really love the whole project. Thanks for sharing another great makeover with us.

  42. maidenshade says

    Wow, I love that wallpaper. This was just a wonderful photo-journey. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

    For my part, I’m finishing 2 tissue cozies today and shipping one out that I sold. Then it’s on to upgrading my DeStash site, re-writing my Faerie Tales and on and on. Yep, I do love to be productive. Talk to you soon, Have a great week,


  43. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says

    Hi Susan~ ~ ~
    Thanks for sharing with us this amazing transformation. I love the wallpaper too and applaude the fact that Brian didn’t rip it off and begin anew. It has been my experience that many designers want the transformation to be solely theirs, everything old must go. The rooms are so elegantly cozy and warm~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  44. Susan, these are fabulous. I don’t know which room I love the most – because I am in love with each.

    Thank you for sharing.

  45. I left a comment last night but this is an apology! I got my link all wrong last night and just discovered it this morning. I’m fresh off a college graduation and my oldest daughter is getting married this weekend in Charleston and I’m not as good as I thought at multi-tasking. So sorry I messed up…but it’s corrected now!
    All Things Heart and Home

  46. Future Mama says

    Wow!! you are a great redesigner and a great photographer!

    I just voted for you in Blogger’s Choice ’09! Good luck! 🙂

    And I don’t mean to spam you, but if you get a chance, my blog is up for Best Parenting Blog and I’d love your vote!

  47. Andrea at Opulent Cottage says

    Wow — What a feast for the eyes!! I would love to have every single thing in that house, the gorgeous fabrics, the stunning artwork, the beautiful plates. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful, wonderful inspiring home!! I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it.

  48. Richella says

    Hi Susan–

    I’ve just participated in your Metamorphosis Monday for the first time! I think I accidentally posted twice, though, because the first time I forgot to list my whole name. I tried to correct the listing and I think I succeeded only in making another link. So sorry about that! Perhaps you could delete the first one for me. I’m new at this, and obviously still learning. But I appreciate this feature of yours, and I’d love how to participate correctly. Any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.

  49. Richella says

    Thank you so much for your clear instructions about how to link directly to a specific post instead of to my general blog address. I’d wondered how to do that. . . and now I know! Way to go.

  50. The Raggedy Girl says

    That is amazing and how beautiful the rooms look. Thank you for sharing.

    The Raggedy Girl

  51. What amazing transformations in every room!!! If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be the garden room. Absolutely breathtaking! And that master bedroom… just perfect!… Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

  52. Sofia Striffler says

    Love the makeover especially the garden room and master bedroom. Fabulous job and I even know where Long Beach Island New Jersey is! Thanks for hosting.

  53. Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda says

    Susan, I can see why you were so excited, these rooms are amazing! They are cozy and welcoming, and very beautiful! Thanks for sharing this great designer and his work!

    Your tablescape last week was beauitful. Love your dog lamps! 🙂 ~hugs, Rhonda

  54. Beautiful transformations!!

  55. "Blossom" says

    He is amazing; and any time he is looking for something to make over tell him he can make my rooms over!
    All of them. Lovely post.

  56. Linda/"Mom" says

    * BRIAN has a GR888, creative & unique talent, complimented by a super-fine, super-fun Mom, PINKY!!!

    So glad you highlighted this wonderful young man!

    Linda *

  57. Barb~Bella Vista says

    Hi Susan, lovely, lovely! He did a wonderful job….so warm and inviting.


  58. Melissa Miller says

    Amazing metamorphosis rooms Susan.
    Thanks for sharing it all with us.

    Have a wonderful week.
    ~Melissa 🙂

  59. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Susan, these pictures are just amazing! You’re right! They don’t look like the same rooms. So inviting and beautiful. Love, love that sunroom. Thanks for sharing these. laurie

  60. Wow! I love before and afters! What a talent Brian has. Those coffered ceilings painted pink are so unique! I have spent some time catching up on your entries from being gone, Susan, but wanted you to know your blog has always been right on my desktop so I can just click it.. 🙂 I also wrote a long comment on the Monday you posted your first apt., but I must not have clicked something right as it didn’t appear. That was charming, and I loved to see that you haven’t changed much. I would have recognized you from seeing your ‘current’ pictures, if I had seen those long ago photos with no names. Thank you for sharing those with us. Hugs, Jan (jjlmnaz)

  61. Smilingsal says

    Amazing what drama can be produced with color and fabric.

  62. Room Service ~ Decorating 101 says

    They did a wonderful job, everything looks great. I have news…go by my blog.

  63. He did just an awesome job! One room is prettier than the other.

  64. What beautiful rooms! I am glad he kept that wallpaper, I was a little worried when I saw the “before” picture that it was going to get stripped. He made it look even more fabulous, what talent!

  65. Olive Rue says

    Hey Susan. I didn’t have time to do the met Monday, but I wanted to take a min to say those after shots are incredible!!!

  66. Wow….what a transformation! Good work, great pix.

  67. The Muse says

    (…now, seriously, how bad can Mondays be? … do you need some cheering up? … well, i know this perfectly delightful event, it is hosted by one of the sweetest ladies in blogland…i’ll introduce her to you, but right now, i believe she is napping on the porch!) shhhhh 🙂 🙂 🙂

  68. The Bloom Girls says

    Hi Susan,
    I can see why you would gravitate to Brian Joseph’s design work. It is so warm and inviting You’ve created a similar look and feel in your home, simply beautiful.

    Ok, I have a confession to make. I love ceiling fans. I love the feeling they evoke in a large room and there is something about the movement that is calming to me. I have not exchanged my fans out for light fixtures; I am not big on overhead lighting anyway. But, I like you cannot have a fan over the bed on while trying to sleep, they bother my eyes.
    How exciting a shelf on the treadmill for your laptop. You should create so kind of blogercise program!!! How about “Blogercising with Susan”!! I can see it now, we will all see you on QVC marketing your new exercise program.:)
    Have a wonderful week!

  69. The Bloom Girls says

    Susan – Oops, forgot….I’m not sure if the picture of Savannah is a painting or a poor quality photo. I got it off of her myspace page. She is a very talented young lady and I enjoyed getting to know her. She is classically trained, but came to Nashville to learn about the fiddle (country violin). She left me a Walt Whitman book ‘Leaves of Grass and Selected Prose’. I just love it!

  70. Susan, wow that was a feast for the eyes. So fun, I love seeing before and afters. Brian is a talented guy, fabulous job. And not easy on that first floor with those low ceilings. What an amazing house, over 200+ years old, so neat to see it!
    That was really fun, thanks!
    Linda Q

  71. Jo - To a Pretty Life says

    Gorgeous decorating! I love all the built-ins and character in that house! Thanks for sharing the transformations.

  72. Mouth dropping transformations! Brian sure is talented….Christine

  73. Wow! is all I can say!

  74. cedwards55 says

    Susan, Thank you so much for sharing Brian’s work with us. His use of color and texture is amazing. When I have more time, I’m gonna come back and go over this post detail by detail!

  75. He SO brightened up those spaces! Okay, I want to add your logo to my sidebar, but I’m somewhat technically challenged. I keep rereading what instructions you gave. But I’m missing something. You say click on add a gadget, then html. Do you first click on Text Widget after add a gadget? I’m missing something simple here, I just know it. Please email me if you have time.

  76. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages says

    Susan..those are some gorgeous befores and afters. Amazing what paint can do! Well..ok, perhaps a bit MORE than I wish I could get mine done…I have plans..but it will take time.
    Thanks for sharing…also..thank you for your sweet words that opened this post. I think we all feel exactly as you do. It is the “sharing” part that makes Blogging so wonderful! It gives you that boost that makes EVERYTHING fun and worth the effort! Thank you for saying it so well!!

  77. Barbara Jacksier says

    I love Brian’s Before and After. And, how did you know The Flower Duet is one of my favorites?


    P.S. You’re my Blog Du Jour today.

  78. ArchitectDesign™ says

    I can’t believe that is the same space! He’s a magician for sure! just beautiful.

  79. Lindsay @ Peacock Blue says

    WOW! Very nice! I love the RL Spindle chair. He’s very talented to transform these rooms as he did!

  80. puddin07 says

    Susan, I just love how he mixed the fabrics! That is what I like to do, but I am nowhere as talented as he is, I go over the top, but that is just gorgeous! Oh, and I love your collage at the top, that is just gorgeous, also!Love Ya! Connie

  81. Wow! I love this post, Susan. I’ve not seen it before. What a cozy OLD home that is. And that garden room transformation – it’s like a whole new room.

    I like stumbling upon these old posts. I wish there were a way to go through the blog seeing each post in chronological order. That would be fun!

    • Thanks Pam! I think there is a way to do that. If you scroll down to the bottom of the homepage, it’s either in the sidebar or at the bottom, I think it’s at the bottom, you’ll see a drop-down that says archives. You can click on the archives and scroll down to August of 2008 when I started blogging and start there. At the end of each post, there’s a link that will allow you to go forward to the next post or back to the previous post. I forgot what it says and I’m answering this via my phone so I can’t really see it right now, but it’s at the end of each post before the comments section. So you could just start with the first post in August and then each time you read a post when you get to the bottom click on the link to the left which I think will take you to the very next post. Let me know if you have any trouble finding those and I’ll email you a screenshot to show you what that looks like. But I would start by clicking on the archives drop-down that I think is at the bottom of the homepage. I hope that helps.

  82. Oh my goodness!! You are right!! I never noticed that and I have been wishing I could go through the posts chronologically for years now. Years! Wow, do I feel dumb, lol. That’s awesome though. I have some great posts to look through. Can’t wait. And with fall and winter coming up, I know I’ll be busy. Thank you for responding and letting me know about that. 😀

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