August 11  |  Home Inspiration

Before & After: A Cluttered Space Turned Chic Guest Room


Designer: Lisa Demberg
Company: Style Reboot
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Style: Creating fresh, visually appealing spaces
that enhance your lifestyle at any budget

“Experience the uplifting power of change.”

Lisa Demberg began Style ReBoot, a full-service interior and exterior design company serving Northern Colorado, Denver and Boulder in 2011 to pursue her lifelong passion for good design. She had recently moved here from Los Angeles where she concentrated on residential interior design and also worked in the film and television business. Throughout her design career, Lisa completed several projects incorporating both residential and commercial spaces. So, whether you are interested in modern, traditional, or eclectic design, new colors, refurnishing, renovation, new build construction, making your outdoor living space as inviting as your indoor space, or accessorizing, Style ReBoot will give your project the flair you are looking for.




This before and after picture of the guest room gives you an idea of our total room transformation. We cut egress windows into the old stone foundation, moved intrusive structural posts by installing structural beams, etc.

The Old Town 1906 Queen Anne Victorian originally had beautiful bones, just a claustrophobic and fussy feel. The new owners expressed that they wanted an open feeling, more flow and the ability to bring a modern sensibility to the home without losing its old-world character. In addition, they wanted to finish the basement, doubling the size of the house.

Initially, the basement was downright scary with a dirt floor root cellar, exposed fraying electrical and corroded plumbing, appearing to be a dumping ground for who-knows-what over the years. It was definitely a place I would recommend avoiding after dark – or even in the daylight hours!

We ignored the notion that basements should always be painted light colors and went for warm and modern. The floor tile was a place to save some money.  It is commercial grade quarry tile.  It had the slightly industrial look we wanted down here.

We decided to treat the downstairs as a clean slate that could be modernized more-so than the main floor. However, we planned to still relate back to the main floor with deep modern, neutral paint colors and floor tiles. Additionally, the guest room doors are modern versions of the upstairs original doors.

Although we redid the entire basement for approximately $75,000, it is difficult to estimate just how much of the budget went solely into this guest room. Ultimately, we got a lot of bang for our buck.

At the end of the day, the house went from being a tiny three bedroom/one bathroom house to a four bedroom/three bathroom house complete with family room, play room, laundry room and breakfast room. Finding the brick wall in this bedroom and exposing it truly gave the room a lot of character.

By Lisa Demberg, Designer

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