Designer Maia Roffey proves sophisticated and family-friendly aren’t mutually exclusive in this must-see small space makeover. See how she transformed a …

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  1. Aeri Heirsling

    With babies and toddlers how us her design functional? Where are tgexkids, set cuff to their rooms? She was horrible at decorating and maybe not so good at being a woman, she seems angry.

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  2. twominutetips

    Great makeover – much lighter, brighter with a casual elegance. Love the built-ins around the sofa.

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  3. Michele Agren

    It looks jarring. I don't see flow which is quite noticeable with the dining room pictures. Too many books on the coffee table. It looks like a retake on the 1980's 😞

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  4. Verlynda Teague

    Where can I get the rug in the living/family room?  I really need that!

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  5. Anne-Catherine Mulhern

    Beautiful design but many decisions are completely wrong for a family with small children. White canvas chairs are probably the last thing you want around a toddler's dirty fingers. Same with the velvet chairs, they will be ruined the first time the child eats a yoghurt, plays with playdoh or gets hold of a pen (which they all do eventually). And vases in a corner of the playroom, really? This design is stunningly beautiful, but it will get ruined very quickly once it is lived in…

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  6. simplebeautyworld

    interesting how this is considered a small space, I would never get this much space in Singapore.

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  7. Annie Springate

    I'm not sure I would have called this kid friendly. Food dropped on the dining room chairs and colored pencils marks on the coffee table … hmm

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  8. wellofbeersheba

    I have watched a few of these videos and I don't think these people really know what 'small space' means. Maybe compared to a palace…

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  9. szorohov85

    Why you cant put sofa near the wall? I want to feel secure. That nobody will come behind me. I didnt like. Boring.

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  10. Omar&theIsland

    it's a good size house , far from being a small space, and I like the color palette , traditional but nice, the armchairs are beautiful. But some furniture is overwhelming the place and it makes actually look it smaller … the dining table looks a little poor, better a round one and a different color…; the tea table is too big IMO, the shelves over the couch remind me a sofa bed in the kids room…. Talking about kids friendly stuff: the vases on the floor is not a good idea. …well it's just my opinion ..

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  11. meme last

    Not digging it. Kitchen bland, DR looks like grandma's. A smaller coffee table would have allowed couch in front of book case.

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  12. Ana

    I like what they did with the layout (i.e. opening up walls, the kitchen makeover and the idea of the wall of built-ins in the living room) but not a fan of the furnishings or the decorating style. Everything from the sofa to the dining area feels dated and matronly to me; and the curtains and sconces are just awful. The only piece of furniture I would've kept would be the over-sized coffee table.

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  13. Health Nut

    Sofa back should be higher.  I thought this was the 'before' photo.  Light sconces above sofa are too skinny & unsubstantial.  Nothing that can fall should be overhead.  Ever lived with kids and white upholstered chairs?  Pretty drapes- why not to the ceiling & with a 'stronger' rod?  Why no lamp between the chairs?  And, the table should be larger.  The coffee table is too far away to set a beverage on.  The living room only has seating for 7 people.  Children are going to knock over the floor vases.  Adults are going to knock over the floor vases.  Is there a door behind the white chairs?  If so, it isn't accessible.  Nice railings & clear separating low wall- visually opens, but no one is going to crash into it or fall off the raised floor.  Do people really want to look at people at the beach while they're dining & conversing?  Nice dining chairs- maybe arms for the end chairs.  8 chairs- does the table extend?  The dining table would look good grey with a white-wash…. looks like an oak table from the 70s.  Two counter chairs- are there more than two children?  'Their' counter area is going to get wet since it isn't raised from the level of the sink.  Refrigerators should be near sinks.  Do the bay windows open?  Fresh air & circulation?  Would frosting the bottom half of the windows be a good option?  Who's going to sit there with their back to a large window?  Do those drapes have to be lowered and raised every day for night-time privacy?  No rug in front of the sink?  Where are towels hung?  Counter space next to frig is too small.  Flammable items (towel) shouldn't be hung on heat sources (oven).  The kitchen has a large 'wasted' space in the center.  No island (with a couple more counter seats)?  Or even a large area rug?  Nice cabinets, but one long handle on drawers is better than two short ones- ergonomically.  I like the red knobs on the stove- as there is very little color elsewhere.  Six months after the renovation what, if anything, did the home owners change?  Thank you.

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  14. Nemie125

    Overall a great improvement – I particularly like the kitchen arrangement. The area behind the sofa is lacking however – I would dispense with the sconces and perhaps try to source an interesting window mirror/create or commission one from an antique frame which would reflect light in that dark space and add depth to the room. Another option is to put up a picture montage which would also look effective and more interesting than a couple of sconces.

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  15. Katzbynite

    The space was not used very effectively. Those built in does not accentuate the sofa or vice versa. The color palette was a bit drab for such a large space. With children the coffee table was too cluttered. That is the one thing that gets me with many of these designers and that is the clutter because they think every surface has to be covered. The notion that a sofa should not go against a wall is ridiculous. Its all how to manage the space with the right furniture.

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  16. Nik Fabbricino

    loved the colours, but don't think you HAD to have the couch there. …but if that's the case we need a picture or a mirror above the couch. looks sad and empty…and I agree with cute panda…whats with the white vases on the floor with small children…are we hoping for broken glass?

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  17. Amber Madeira

    Two things I don't like in this room; the sconces above the sofa and the vases on the floor.

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  18. Gina Macanufo

    Rebeca you are amazing I adore everything thing you do wooooow I love love your home so much with the costal decor super classy of course professional I'm from ST Missouri I'm 59 years old. tank you for your vidos I'm learning so much love You 😍 👍👍👍

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  19. Frances Apolinar

    I'M NO PROFESSIONAL, but I have an OPINION! Really beautiful color palette that helps bring in that feel of open/spaciousness. The furniture pieces that were selected here are great, but their placement– not so much. The built-in is not flattering, I noticed it was painted to match the wall, I see the point of it, but it's unnecessary. I believe when doing a built-in it should look like a customized piece of furniture, and here it looks incomplete. What could have been done is made a built-in shaped and centered around the entertainment system/TV, and instead of having the coach against the wall it could have been moved to where the bench is and have the bench moved across from the built-in. The piece that holds the TV currently can stay where it's at. The fragile vases on the floor are not needed, to fill the space I would have had tall vases that are made of either plastic or acrylic (safer) with tall flowers/greenery/or sticks. Too many books on the table; just unrealistic. The window treatments are awkwardly placed; looks like they were hung to fit the height of the curtains rather than finding curtains to fit the wall. I would have taken them to the ceiling and chose a lighter colored rod; the one here sticks out too much. In the dining room I would have gotten rid of the extra chair below the painting, and would have chosen a longer/narrower piece of art work for the space. On the other side of the same wall where the two smaller art pieces are I would have raised them up a bit and added a third triplet piece under those. The large beach painting in beautiful, and  the placement is good. The kitchen is great, really made great use of the small space that there is to work with.

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  20. Dio Zhao

    The TV should be on the wall so even you are at the dinner you can still watch tv :)

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