The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

We did it!! We reached the finish line and our old pal the flip is now on the market and FOR SALE!!  Cue the confetti and streamers. :)

Party in the Air

Now that every inch of the flip has been fluffed and puffed beyond all measure, I think it’s high time to see how far it’s come over the past 3 months!

Without a doubt, the great room underwent the biggest transformation. It was a gigantic undertaking to figure out how to combine four different rooms (den, kitchen, breakfast room & enclosed patio), get the vaulted ceiling figured out, fix the flow of the kitchen, and a billion other things.

Here’s how the great room looks now:

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

And here’s a reminder of how these four rooms (that we combined) looked when we bought the house on September 29, 2010:

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

What do you think?

This room gave us the most headaches during the renovation, just trying to figure out how to make the most of this gigantic space, but in the end I think it’s the room that most buyers will fall in love with.


Maybe I’m being sentimental, but I can just imagine an entire family hanging out in this room, kids doing homework at the kitchen table while the dad reads his newspaper at the peninsula and the mom whips up something tasty for dinner.  Can you see it?


Okay, now it’s time for a bunch of gratuitous great room shots. I got a little camera happy. Hope you don’t mind. :)

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

The Flip: The Great Room, Then & Now

Whew, enough pictures – I’m ready to hear what you guys think!

Confetti image via Flickr.

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  1. christy says:

    OMG I am so impressed Liz! You guys are AMAZING. I would actually have liked seeing twice or even three times as many pix! I saw all of them that you posted to FB earlier and was drooling. I just showed them all to Matt too and he is super impressed. Who knows, I may be able to persuade him that I could do this one day…with you as an inspiration. Seriously, so freaking awesome. I hope you get above asking price – a bidding war! — and soon! I, for one, would LOVE to call this house home. The transformation is incredible!!! GREAT JOB LIZ!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Ha, you should watch what you ask for, I might bombard you with pictures!!! :) Thanks so much, Christy!

      • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

        And I meant to say that I hope you DO get into flipping – you would be amazing at it!!

  2. Beachbrights says:

    Bravo…take a bow!


  3. Lisa says:

    It looks awesome. I’d buy it :-)
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  4. Beautiful. The kitchen is breathtaking and the floors look fab and the french doors, kill me now! Eager to see the rest of the house.. and I am sure it will sell, fast!
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    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      I hope so!! I’ll show you guys the rest of the house over the next few days, hopefully you’ll like it!

  5. Amazing, gorgeous, unbelieveable and gorgeous and lovely and so gorgeous.

    Sorry, just loving this entire series and this flip!

    Can I just say gorgeous one more time? GORGEOUS!!! Thanks.


    Oh, sharing on FB too.
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  6. Susan says:

    Amazing! Definitely a room a family could be comfortable in, but still lovely and elegant.

  7. All I can say is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!! I could use some of your pointers for my home.

  8. Erin says:

    Wow … I’m so impressed with your vision. I don’t think I ever could have imagined those rooms becoming THAT room. Can you share some of your sources … for instance on the rug? I love how it echoes the texture of the chairs.
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    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      I definitely will share all the sources! Keep your eye out for a staging post by early next week. :)

  9. Liz, it looks wonderful!! I’m so impressed that you were able to deal with all the ceiling, sunken floors, and all those walls with such skill! Congrats!
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    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      There was a LOT to contend with, I’m glad you think we pulled it off! Thanks, Sara. :)

  10. This is gorgeous. I’m honestly speechless. Everything looks just so, and I want to move there and buy it. Stat!

    Is it inappropriate to tell you that this great room and kitchen gets me all hot and bothered? Because it does.

    And, I want that coffee table.
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    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Ha, I love it! Not inappropriate at all. :) And the coffee table was a total steal!

  11. Danielle Walts says:

    Congrats Liz! You guys did a great job and I’m sure it will sell soon. And you made it on Centsational Girl’s blog so double pat yourself on the back :-)

  12. Kristy says:

    Wow, you’re very talented!! I would like to know what you do with all the accessories and furniture after the house has sold? Do you use it in your next flip, did you rent it? Very nice!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Great question! This is actually our first time staging, so it will be a bit of a learning experience. We bought the furniture (as affordably as possible) and plan on storing it between flips (unless a buyer wants to purchase it). We didn’t stage all of the rooms, just the key ones like the great room, dining room and master bedroom. We’ll see how it goes!

  13. Oh my goodness it is so beautiful!!You did such a wonderful job. I pray that it will sell quickly for you. Thanks for sharing all of the great pictures

  14. Chaz says:

    wow, you took all the character of the room and put them in to a large nothing room! What vision is that?

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      I’m sorry you didn’t like it, Chaz! I guess that’s the thing about design, it’s personal and there’s no “one size fits all” look that will work for everyone.

    • Sherri says:

      Chaz, perhaps you never learned to say nothing at all when you are displeased? Or at least dispense with the biting sarcasm? I read your rude comment several times to make certain I understood your intent. Such class.

  15. Larissa says:

    Ouch… My jaw just hit the floor! There is so much to say about it that this should be changed from comment to novel. The design you came up with sheds so much light in the space. The flow makes it the perfect entertaining, and just overall living. Your details like the stools echoing the rug are just incredible. Your work is such an inspiration, I know it was a lot of work for you but it really paid off. BRAVO!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Thanks, Larissa! It was lots of work, but totally worth it. I’m glad you like the flow of the great room, that was something we really tried to work on!

  16. Jessica Wilson says:

    I love this kitchen!!! I am just beginning a reno in my kitchen and am in need of a nice countertop! Is that a granite counter top? and was there a name for the colour of it?? I am looking for a predominately light coloured (white) counter but with some taupe-y colours in it? Help!

  17. JenM says:

    It looks AMAZING!! Congratulations on a complete project that is awesome, I hope it sells very quickly!

  18. rachel g says:

    Incredible transformation! GREAT JOB! Now let’s see the rest of that gorgeous house!! Congrats on completion… must feel so good!! Bring on the buyers! :)

  19. KathyT says:

    WOW! Your taste is impeccable – timeless and modern at the same time! I would love to see more shots of the house, or the floor plan, wondering about bathrooms and bedrooms. We are a couple of years from building another home and I am loving this one! Congrats – I”m sure some lucky buyer will snap it up ASAP!

  20. Dharma says:

    Amazing job! I am sending the SOLD fairies your way. You deserve every penny that comes your way (which by the way this room looks, they will be plentiful). Kudos to you and your “flip squad”.
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    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Thanks for the SOLD fairies!! Ha, love that. :) And yes, our flip squad was amazing, they definitely deserve some major props!!

  21. christy says:

    Huh?! Do you know Chaz? I TOTALLY disagree. There was no character and now it’s chock full of it!

  22. Samantha says:

    It looks so great! If we were moving back to Dallas and could afford it, I would snatch it right up!

    And don’t forget, if you wanna do a flip in Lubbock, I’m down for the manual labor part. I can’t help out with the money at all, but I would love to tear some stuff up with you!! Hehe :)
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  23. Lisa says:

    Great job! It’s amazing that you could see your final vision with all of those separate rooms. Hope for a quick sale!

  24. Cecilia says:

    Super!!!! I want this house! I can’t believe all the work and how gorgeous this is!!! More pictures please.

  25. Meredith says:

    WOW! That transformation is unreal! GREAT job!!!!

  26. Michelle says:

    Oh my GOSH. This looks absolutely gorgeous, Liz! I am completely in love with it–I want to buy it! Now! Haha. I just love open floor plans and this is the best of them.
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  27. steph anne says:

    Wow, absolutely beautiful!!! I can totally imagine that and that’s what I want too. A huge great room for everyone to be in at once. :) Where did you get your dining table? Love it!!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      I’ll be posting a list of staging sources later today, and I’ll be sure to include the dining table! It’s funny, my husband totally insisted that we buy THAT TABLE, and I think he wants to steal it for our house. :)

  28. Wow! I LOVE it! You guys did such a fab job!!

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  29. beth says:

    It’s absolutely beautiful! I love how all the simple things come together so well to create sucha stunning house! great job :)
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  30. Justine says:

    Amazing job! I would love to call that great room home. Good luck selling, looks like you shouldn’t have a problem. Looooooooove the floors–did you mention what kind they are yet? Or can you? Thanks!

  31. OMG Liz it looks fantastic!!!!! Love how everything turned out and you’re so right: this room WILL sell the house (and quick, I hope!).

    Btw, the dining table/benches from World Market are fab.
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  32. Jen says:

    I’d just like to say it’s even BETTER in person!!!! Fingers crossed for speedy buyers!

  33. It’s amazing and I’d move my family there in a heartbeat! I’ve loved watching your progress along the way. :)

  34. Mrs. Foot says:

    It looks amazing! Great job!
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  35. This place is going to sell fast. It looks amazing!!
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  36. Hey, because I have no life and have been scouring these photos again, I was just wondering where the fireplace was in the befores? I didn’t see it. Or did you put it in? Did it have the built-ins? They are perfection.
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    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      I wish I could take credit for them but they were already there! We got lucky on that one. :) The only changes that we made to the built-ins were new doors (to match the profile of the kitchen cabinets) and new shelves since the old ones were bowed and some were missing.

  37. Jennifer says:

    What are the dimensions of the room? I would love to see the before dimensions compared with the after. I think it is beautiful!

  38. Wow! you did an amazing job! That house is gonna sell like a hot potato!
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  39. Bunny G says:

    HI, love what you have done with it. Who did the cabinets? The glas is lovely and if you dont mind me asking how much were they? I am rehabbing an old farmhouse for us to live in and need some kitchen cabinet ideas. Thanks! WE had oak in current house and we had painted, but the Mr wants a “factory finish” on this one to safeguard against our 5 kids we are adopting…..Thanks a zillion, if it is not sold yet it is crazy!!!!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Wow, adopting 5 kiddos? That’s amazing!! I think I’d want a factory finish, too. :) The cabinets were made by a local cabinet guy in Dallas, and the glass inserts were made by my mom, so they were free! I’m not really sure how much a non-relative would charge for those. :)

  40. Teresa says:

    It looks fantastic Liz! Was the fireplace mantle already in place when you bought the house or did you change it? I’ve been meaning to get a new mantle for years now. Thx.

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      We got lucky and it was already there! All we did was have it repainted for a fresher look. I’ve seen similar mantles at places like Seconds & Surplus, that might be a good place to try!

  41. Katharine says:

    Hey- I think that kitchen is gorgeous! Can you tell me what color granite you used? Thanks!

  42. Hollie says:

    Where did you buy the bar stools? I love them! The whole place looks fantastic!! I can’t seem to find the post you did with the sources for this..? Great job on the renovation!! :-)

  43. Kelly says:

    What type of granite did you use for your countertops? I love it! We are installing our white kitchen cabinets now and we also have dark hardwood floors and have been looking for a countertop that matches and that’s not as much of a pain as marble to take care of!

  44. kelly says:

    Nevermind, I see someone else posted the same question. Thanks!!

  45. kelly says:

    One more question, do you know what type of edges you have on your counters? Are they just polished square on the edges or do they have a lip? Thanks!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Hey there! They are polished square edges, and they extend just a bit past the drawer and cabinet fronts (if that makes sense). No extra curves or details, just plain and simple but I love it! :)

  46. Julie says:

    Liz – Your remodel is gorgeous! It is so smart and modern yet maintains a traditional ease. Congratulations! Is the rug in the great room sisal or sea grass or something else entirely? It love it! Thanks!

  47. Lynne says:

    Would there be an chance of finding out the color of paint you used in this area – its so difficult to find the right shade of beige/tan but you guys nailed it.

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      The trim is Atrium White by Pittsburgh Paints, color matched in Sherwin-Williams paint, and the tan walls are Wool Skein by Sherwin Williams. Hope that helps! :)