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‘Before & After’ Outdoor Makeover, Plus a Tapas Party


Do you consider yourself handy, crafty, or a true domestic goddess? Personally, I’ve avoided home decorating projects since a disastrous attempt to paint my room a semi-gloss shade of lilac as a teen. However, I’m addicted to ‘Before and After’ photos of simple room makeovers or home remodels on blogs and in magazines.

As it turns out, my father-in-law-to-be is a well known architect and artist in Europe and has expert tips for home decor. I wanted to introduce a more recent project of his (the house in this post) turning an inhabitable, trashed home in Mallorca, Spain into a summer oasis. The envy-worthy ambiance is a modern look we can all copy in our backyard, on a balcony, or roof for a Summertime Spanish Tapas Party. First, the before pics of the courtyard above…




Before (Angle from the roof)



A32 2




1 Wine

2 Food

3 You

4 Sun

5 Fun

6 BFFs



The Details! Start with a matching, modern white table and chairs or cover a an old table with a fresh white table cloth. Add simple plates (small are fine for tapas) and  solid napkins in your favorite festive color. Also, Ikea has the perfect party dishware including candle holders and glasses. Try additional lighting fixtures beyond candles placing them behind plants or against a wall. Finally, crank up the salsa music as loud as your neighbors will tolerate and make your favorite tapas dishes. Like chicken croquettes, corn empanadas, patatas bravas dipped in spicy sauce and don’t forget the red wine or better yet, Sangria!

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  1. I loooooove interiors! I studied em and am trying to start up my own property development thingy (just need some funds LOL) so anything in the renovation department excites me greatly!


  2. Um, wow, he is super talented! The place looks gorgeous 🙂

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  3. I love before and afters too! What a lovely little place – he did a great job! xxx

  4. That looks fantastic, well done! Such a cozy little corner 🙂

  5. This is soooo cute! Great work! LOVE what you did here! Hugs from Cali! xx The Golden Girls

  6. love the after pic! so cute!

    love from NYC,

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  7. You are right Dale:) Simple changes can make all the difference. Had to laugh about your music comment. We pipe music outdoors and I’m always concerned about the volume!

    Great photos and your are fortunate that your future FIL is available as a resource for remodeling.


  8. This place is amazing! What a fun project! We’re about to move to a new home here in LA that has a lot of promise but definitely needs some work so this is really inspiring to me,

  9. It looks wonderful. Such a great job with the design and all the details. I love the table layout.

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  10. I always love looking at transformations! He did a fabulous job! I love architects. They are KINGS of transforming.

  11. WOW. I am so impressed! He absolutely transformed that space. I just want to sit there with an Italian soda and a book.

  12. Oh my that after photo is stunning. I cannot wait to move, I am hoping to in the next year or so (cross your fingers for me). I am dying to do some decorating.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  13. Whoa! I give all my respect to people who are able to envision changes and transformation in their head. I for one, am not able to do so. You father-in-law-to-be is definitely good at what he’s doing. Gifted for sure.

  14. Oh wow, this is definitely a change! I do enjoy seeing ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of houses and design projects – it’s interesting to see how people can bring an idea into existence.


  15. Wow he did an amazing job!

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