Now and Then – Amanda from Love and Renovations

I’m excited to have Amanda from Love and Renovations share how her style has changed over the last few years.  I think we can all look back at photos from past years and wonder what we were thinking and my, how things have changed, hopefully for the better.  Wait until you see Amanda’s style evolution.  Take it away, Amanda!


Hi Hyphen Interiors readers! I’m so excited and honored to be guest posting here today! I found Kristy’s blog back when her amazing painted chair was floating all around the internet, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve been reading ever since, and I’m thrilled that she’ll soon be moving to my neck of the woods!

I’m Amanda from Love & Renovations, and I thought I’d share a glimpse of how my husband and I have evolved in our design style in the past few years. We recently moved from a tiny duplex in our college town to our own home in Austin, Texas, and it blows my mind every time I look at old photos to see how much our style has changed.

First up, let’s check out the living room. Here’s the living room in our duplex:

The living room was tiny, and we had it filled to the brim with (very traditional) oversized furniture. Once we moved and had a bit more room to spread out (and got some new furniture!), we were able to create a room that’s a much better fit for us!

The major changes include a sleeker, more modern sofa, tons more room to spread out, some pops of color with new pillows, and our orange ottoman. (that we actually created from the coffee table you see in the old living room!) We love the new look for our living room – but it still has a long way to go! We’ve only been living in our new home for four months, so it should evolve even more as we add in some colorful curtains, some wall treatments, and a few more accessories here and there.

The other major change in our style can be seen in our master bedroom. Brace yourselves, ’cause this one is a huge change. Here is our master bedroom in the old duplex:

And…the new house:

Big change, right? We love the bold color on the walls, the colorful bedding, and the fact that this room is infused with so much more personality than our old room! Like the living room, it still needs some work – we have plans for painting and reupholstering our headboard, and we’re in desperate need of some art for the walls, but we’ve got a pretty good start!

I’m finding that the biggest change that we are seeing in our style over the years is that we are become much more confident in what we want, and much less “safe” with our choices. We’re choosing pieces that make us happy, even if it means taking a bit of a risk. When we first brought our bedding home, we thought it was going to be way too much for our room since we have such a bold peacock blue on the walls, but once we put it on the bed we realized that it fits the room perfectly – a design choice like that is definitely not something we would have been brave enough to try a few years back!

I’m hoping that over the years as we continue to get settled in our home we’ll become even more sure of ourselves and our style. I can’t wait to see how our home grows and evolves as our style changes – and I’m hoping someday our home will feel even more “us” than it already does!

Have you seen an evolution in your style as you become more comfortable with your design choices?

Thanks for sharing!  I love your diy ottoman!  Can you even believe it’s diy?  Fabulous!!  My design style has definitely evolved and still is… in my next house, I plan to change things up again.  How has your style changed?



  1. I LOVE the vibrant new take on your bedroom! Beautiful bedding!
    xo Allison
    Spicer + Bank

  2. That ottoman is fab! I just LOVE that bedding, so colorful and fun!!

  3. Its so much fun to see how our sense of style can evolve… I really love the bold colors, that bedding and touch of mid centuryness….great evolution :)

  4. Amanda, your style is amazing, I am definitely trying to emulate it over here in Sydney, Australia!

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