Romantic Old World Charm Reveal...

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of giving a TOTAL STRANGER the ultimate Valentines Day present... Some of you will remember a few weeks back I told you I was beginning work on my "Delighting Others via Design" project for a deserving person... I showed you some purchases for the bedroom and the transformation of furniture... well... here they are in the room...the armoire...the lamps... drapery... accessories... and of course the handpainted nightstands by moi... the mouldings and chandelier...
the handpainted headboard by moi... new bedding... mirror... wood panels...
The room before and my drawing for the new room design...The two project was installed on Valentines Day. I arrived with my hubby and a helper to the home around 10:30am... we sent the owner away on an outing and we set to work... transforming a completely empty room. Around 3:30 I lead the owner into the new room with her eyes closed and told her to open them... She was totally overwhelmed... watching her gasp in awe and cry... my own eyes filled with tears too.

I would have to say this was the most meaningful Valentines Day my hubby and I have ever spent together... it is TRUE... it is sooooo much better to give than to receive!

ENJOY your Metamorphosis Monday and visit the other participants to see Before and Afters.


66 comments:

vicki archer said...

Fifi, the room looks wonderful - I understand completely why she was overwhelmed. I am looking forward to seeing which Venice photo you 'steal' and what transpires - just love the way you can do that, xv.

Petunia said...

I knew the pictures were going to be worth waiting for and I wasn't wrong about that! WOW! You did an incredible job and I'm sure they were thrilled! You are so talented, Fifi. And I have to agree. Giving is always the best gift we can give ourselves.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Wow, Fifi...I am blown away! What a beautiful room you created. That molding is stunning...and the hand painted pieces...no words!

Beautiful!!

Sue said...

What a glorious gift you have given to the lucky recipient of your time, treasure and talent.

Driftwood & Chandelier said...

You are truly a wonderful person to get so much pleasure out of giving. The room is incredibly warm and inviting. My favourite pices are the ones you handpainted yourself!

Just Lovely.

Helenna

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful makeover, Fifi!

Kristen said...

What a wonderful thing you guys did! Your transformation is amazing and I'm sure the owners are thrilled!

Happy Monday!

Joyce said...

Fifi oh my goodness the room looks BEAUTIFUL!!! I too got a teary eye- to image what the owner felt. What a wonderful and heartfelt gift to give someone. You are so right giving is always so much better. Many hugs for adding sunshine already to my day! xoxo

Willow Decor: said...

Fifi-
What an incredible talent you have! The side tables are wonderful and the room is totally transformed! Wow! Great job!
-Gina

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Beautiful tranformation. I think doing that is the most fun thing in the world. I remember the first time someone cried...

Rachel said...

Wow you did a fantastic job...what a difference...Love it!!!

santamaker said...

It looks perfectly beautiful and cozy!

Paul Anater said...

Bravo!

amariaf2000 said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Miss Kris said...

Wow Fifi! The room looks beautiful. I love the nightstands and my goodness love, LOVE the window treatments. You should so proud!

nikkicrumpet said...

I just knew this was going to be stunning when you were done. And IT ITS! I tried to click on the bed pictures but they wouldn't enlarge...I'm sure it's as beautiful as those wonderful nightstands. I can't imagine how happy you've made them. They are now proud owners of the ultimate bedroom! What a beautiful thing for you to do for someone. So generous and thoughtful. I'm so very impressed!!!

mishebe said...

Wow, what a nice thing to do and you used your great talent to paint that furniture to. I can understand her excitement. Plus your satisfaction. Good feeling huh? mishelle

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous transformation - you are such a sweetheart, and soooo talented!

xoxox,
CC

TRES BELLE said...

Ah Fifi,
It looks wonderful!! I can only imagine the look on that family's face when you finished. I bet your heart is overflowing with love and satisfaction.

What a wonderful gift.

Kris

ellen b said...

How great is that Fifi!! The new room looks so lovely and what a wonderful day of love and giving you had! You are an inspiration!!

Cass said...

Wonderful, beautiful makeover, and a great story!

Cass

Jules said...

wow fifi! this room transformation is amazing. you are awesome for doing this for a deserving person. the hand painted pieces look beautiful! i feel inspired :)

Janie's World said...

Fifi, this is flat out amazing!!! You did a wonderful job and it is inspiring to see what can be done on a small budget. Thank you for sharing your gift with others.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Wow. .This turned out beautifully. I would cry with happiness too seeing this.
I love your painted pieces. They look so professional. OH DUH..you ARE a professional. :))
That was the sweetest thing to do for some one.
BTW, Decorating Cents on HGTV was my favorite show. They took five hundred dollars and did wonders with rooms. To bad it has been canceled. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh My Gosh, Oh My Gosh, Oh My Gosh! I knew it was going to be wonderful!!! And that you did this as a random act of kindness makes it all the more so! You have a wonderful generous heart Fifi!
xoxox
Penny

Kim said...

Ooh...aahh...wow. I love it. And you are absolutely right. It is so much more enjoyable to give than to receive.

Haven and Home said...

Love the molding and the furniture! What a great gift!

Ashley Brooke Designs said...

What a great job!!

Tracey said...

How wonderful of you!! The room looks beautiful! You should have your own show on HGTV!!

Holly said...

What a transformation! Amazing! It's gorgeous.

La Belette Rouge said...

I sooooo want to hire you!!!! You are so talented.

Kimberly said...

What a lovely way to spend the day! Can't wait to see your next room makeover!

DesignTies said...

What a wonderful Valentines Day gift!! You really outdid yourself -- not only is the room lovely, but it's such a nice added touch that you painted some of the pieces yourself.

I'm sure your friend is enjoying her new bedroom, and must be so touched by what you and your hubby did for her :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Sandra Ree said...

Fifi, you are super talented! And super kind! This was magnifique! xo

LaurenFaythe said...

Wow, this is beautiful.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, you had like, an HGTV designer moment! The room looks great, congrats.

please sir said...

WOW - what a gift and turned out wonderful - I bet they loved it!!!!

Shelia said...

Oh, Fifiness, how kind you are! The room is gorgeous and I'm sure the owners were just thrilled to death! Now, I think you may becoming the new Vern of 'Deserving Design'. You can be 'The Fluffy Fifiness'. lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Beautiful Living said...

All I can say is WOW! What an amazing thing to do! And the room looks fantastic! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, I really LOVE your work! :)

Renae said...

Wow Fifi, there is no end to your talent...the hand painted pieces are amazing. Love love the black moulding and all the fabulous detail. Very luxurious. Well done.
Blessings..

Kelli said...

Oh Fifi, what a wonderful story! You are using your amazing talents to bless others who are in need! I am teary eyed just reading this... sounds like the perfect Valentine's Day!

DesignTies said...

Hello Fifi,

I'm so glad you liked my Fireplace re-design :-)

I can see that my blog-partner Kelly has already been by to commend you on this fantastic room makeover... now it's my turn. Great job! And such a romantic room!!

How did you get involved in this project? Did you have consults with the home owner to find out what she liked? I suppose I should read further into your blog to find out! Ha!! It must have been so thrilling to pull this room together for a complete stranger, especially given her obviously happy reaction!!

Cheers,
Victoria @ DesignTies (yep... there are two of us!)

Pug1 said...

FANTASTIC FiFi!!!!! WOWEEEEE!!!! GREAT JOB! CHEERS! Michele

KayEllen said...

Wonderful!!
I am sure your client was thrilled! Really helped to warm up those square window!!!!
Nice job!
Hope you had a special Valentine dinner at some point after you finished the install ;-)

Take Care,
kayellen

Mama said...

Oh Fifi what an amazing transformation, the room looks awesome and the owners must totally love it. Kathy.

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

What a great space! You have done a grand job of adding dashing style and elegance!
Warmly,
Alisa
Carolina Panache

Piper Jacquelyn said...

WOW! The transformation is incredible. You did a most fabulous job, my dear! And the fact that it meant so much to the owner - that's got to be the best part!

Shayla said...

You did such a beautiful job! Ahh, a decorator's touch.

newlyweds said...

How beautiful! Great job!

Claudie said...

Fifi I just caught up on your blog. Seems with all these diff posting days I have been neglecting my fav's list.
So... I want to say this:
Pay it forward is what you are about. You are a gracious, loving human being that knows where her heart is.
You are a gem.
The Transformation is Fabulous like you.
LOVE Claudie
xox

kiakai / Kelly said...

OMGosh! Beautiful room! It sounds just like th TV shows where the homeowner closes their eyes and gets the big surprise. Each detail is amazing! Thanks for stopping by my chair re-do picture today.
Kelly

Donna said...

Oh wow, Fifi, the room looks beautiful, and what a wonderful thing to do.

Hugs,
Donna

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Fifi...that's amazing! You have such talent and vision! I would have loved to have seen her face! How wonderful a thing for you to do...beautiful room! Thanks for a great Met Monday post and I loved the story! Susan

janet said...

fifi, thank you stopping by to visit me. The makeover is absolutely stunning, i can see why the homeowner would cry, i certainly would. What a rewarding job, i would love to do something like this for a special person.
thanks for sharing
hugs
janet

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

It IS better to give than receive. What a beautiful thing you do! I'm a firm believer than when you continue to give, the universe will in turn ask you, what can I give you? Good for you!

Anonymous said...

Wow,was that ever nice of you,it is a great feeling to give,so win-win situation for everyone.Thanks for taking the time to check out our renovations,I appreciate it.
Cyndi

Robin said...

So beautiful and soothing, I can understand why the homeowner was overwhelmed. What a wonderful gift for her and for you and your husband. And what a great lesson for your kids on the gifts of beauty and giving, how we can take our talents and use them not only to prosper personally but to give to others. This post is better than one of those before & after shows on HGTV!

Tamara Jansen said...

WOW! That's just the sweetest thing you did. gotta love givin' !!!!

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Fifi; What a very kind and caring heart you have, go give such a gift. I love all the work you put in to it, it is just so gorgeous.

Hugs;
Alaura

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh, Mlle. Fifi....BRAVA!!! Standing blog ovation! The recipient must be thrilled to pieces, as must you be...I totally agree with you: SO much better to give than to receive. :-)

Anonymous said...

What a cute room

Millie said...

Oh you gorgeous talented one - a big hug to you for a fantastic job! And how wonderful to have your very special helper with you too. You truly have put the meaning back into that great old saying ''Tis better to give than to receive.'
Millie ^_^

Debbie said...

Hey Fifi! You never cease to amaze me! You are so gifted and blessed with so many talents and it's so nice to see.

I'm so in love with the way it all came together and the molding and painted items are out of this world!

Blessings - Debbie

chriss said...

what a really nice thing to do, clearly you are very talented as the results you have achieved speak for themselves.

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a LOVE-ly thing for you to do...and it is beautiful! I bet the recipient is still pinching herself!
;-D

Tammy said...

So lovely! and the perfect way to spend Valentine's day with your honey! :o)

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