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Before and After: Our First Home Makeover

This winter, designer Eunsun Park was living with her boyfriend in a sunny studio apartment on New York’s Lower East Side that contained almost no furniture. It was supposed to be a mere temporary stopover on the couple’s way from the West Village to Brooklyn, and they were reluctant to decorate it. That’s when Park spotted the auction Sight Unseen was hosting on eBay in partnership with Paypal, which offered a personal home makeover by your SU editors to the highest bidder. Forty-eight bids later, Park emerged the winner, donating $800 to Sight Unseen’s charity of choice — the Urban Arts Partnership — in exchange for $5,000 worth of designer furniture and accoutrements, all styled in her space by yours truly.

We’re excited to announce that we finally completed the home makeover this week, and we’re posting photos of the transformation here for everyone to see. We’re by no means interior designers — the only prior decorating experience we had was in our own respective apartments — but our job was to bring more color and pattern into Park’s 450-square-foot home, and we dare say we accomplished that and then some, all on a relatively tiny budget. Surrounded by some of our favorite designs from folks like New Friends, Eric Trine, Artek, Good Thing, and more (full buying credits in the image captions below), Park and her boyfriend are so happy with the change, they’ve told us, that they’re considering staying put after all. Can you blame them?

Before: Bedroom

02Park and her boyfriend had basic bedding and minimal wall art.

After: Bedroom

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We gave them a duvet and sheet set by Safe House USA ($350, safehouseusa.com), some Ikea sheepskins ($30 each, ikea.us), a brass bedside lamp from CB2 ($100, cb2.com), an Eric Trine Double Octahedron plant stand on the other side of the bed ($95, erictrine.com), and a pretty poster-sized wall print by photographer Attalie Dexter ($100, store.debbiecarlos.com).

Before: Living space

04Park and her boyfriend opted not to buy much furniture for their Houston Street apartment, which they thought would only be temporary. With the furniture they did have, they experimented with a low-to-the-ground, Japanese-style setup that they asked us to remain relatively true to with our makeover.

After: Living space

_2015-08-12 01.18.09_editWe added tons of color and pattern to the room, not to mention a few pieces of really, really nice — but mostly still low-rise — furniture._2015-08-12 01.07.05_edit_instaOn the walls: Two Society6 art prints by RK Design, Tila#2 (left) ($36, society6.com) and Tila#1 (right) ($36, society6.com). On the shelves, clockwise from left: Thirteen Seafoam vase by CB2 ($17, cb2.com), Hand Mirror by LeviSarha ($156, shop.sightunseen.com), Adam pot by Universal Isaac ($65, universalisaac.com), Ptero Salmon Vase by CB2 ($20, cb2.com), Fundamental Lamp by Brendan Timmins ($160, alldayeveryday.com), Copper Easy Mirror ($74, goodthing.com) and Field Candlesticks ($27, goodthing.com) by Good Thing.

Furniture: Clint Floor Lamp by West Elm ($329, westelm.com), Heavystock Shelves by Knauf & Brown ($1,050 as shown, esaila.com), Fringed Cusco Rug by New Friends ($798, anthropologie.com), Brick Pouf by Hem ($269, hem.com), sheepskin by Ikea ($30 ea, ikea.us), Octahedron Pedestal by Eric Trine ($65, erictrine.com) with an Arita cup on top ($85, tableartonline.com)._2015-08-12 01.09.54_editHeavystock Shelves by Knauf & Brown ($1,050, esaila.com) decked out with (clockwise from top left) an Adam pot by Universal Isaac ($65, universalisaac.com), a Ptero Salmon Vase by CB2 ($20, cb2.com), a Fundamental Lamp by Brendan Timmins ($160, alldayeveryday.com), a Copper Easy Mirror ($74, goodthing.com) and Field Candlesticks ($27, goodthing.com) by Good Thing, and a nice little Apartamento Magazine archive._2015-08-12 01.07.21_editSpace is limited in Park’s studio apartment, so we stuck with a compact, airy option from Artek for the couple’s dining nook: the Stool 60 ($292, shophorne.com) and Table 90B ($692, shophorne.com). Behind the table we hung a set of useful The Dots Wall Hooks by Tviet + Tornøe for Muuto ($149, aplusrstore.com); on it is a Large Standing Bowl by Fort Standard ($110, fortstandard.com)._2015-08-12 01.18.55_editA cozy spot for reading a copy of Gather Journal, with the Fringed Cusco Rug by New Friends ($798, anthropologie.com), Brick Pouf by Hem ($269, hem.com), sheepskin by Ikea ($30 ea, ikea.us), Octahedron Pedestal by Eric Trine ($65, erictrine.com) and Arita mug ($85, tableartonline.com)._2015-08-12 01.08.28_edit2 _2015-08-12 01.11.21_edit2