Before & After | Wesley Moon
Before & After images of renovations are extremely popular (if you turn on HGTV at this very moment, I am confident that is what will be on.) However, I do think there is a void when it comes to high-end examples of this genre. Most of the time, the ones we see online and on TV are more in the DIY and budget category. This is why I was excited to see a few dramatic before and after images by designer Wesley Moon on the 1stdibs blog.
I particularly love the below example of a pre-war apartment's "living room corner" that was opened up through the hallway and into the dining room. Pretty much every homeowner desires an open layout these days, so it can seem like a no-brainer upgrade for any property. Believe it or not, though, it is definitely possible to open up a space too much. What I love about Moon's space is that the passageway is opened up, but not too much. You really don't have to tear down every wall that's not structural for a dramatic result. With Moon's design, you have a sense of flow and a sense of context, but still a sense of definition, that each space is self-contained. Instead of knocking down an entire wall, ask yourself if the result can be achieved merely by widening the passageway.