Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Room for Improvement: Office Makeover
Every home generates a different feeling. For one local family, sharing their heritage is a source of great pride. Showing that heritage however has become a great undertaking. And that's why in tonight's "Room for Improvement," Martin Amado is promising to reconnect them with their roots.
WSVN -- On today's Room for Improvement, a small office is in need of some TLC. It's a space that holds many cherished memories and keepsakes of the homeowners' family and culture, yet the space is going through an identity crisis when it comes to design! Let's go help them out.
Martin: "Hi Carmen, how are you? Let's see the space."
Martin: "What don't you like about the space right now."
Carmen: "What I don't like is it's become too crowded. We've got a lot of beautiful pictures and a lot of pictures from Cuba but it's just become too crowded."
Martin: "So your culture is Cuban, Cuban mementos. Enjoy your day relax, I know you have the day off."
Carmen: "Yes, I'm going shopping."
Martin: "Ok, I have to get to work to make it happen in one day for you."
Martin: "The goal for the office is to reorganize and restyle the space with a hint of the tropics reminiscent of their Cuban roots, and this vintage Havana poster is the perfect inspiration!"
Martin: "Now with everything cleared out, let's begin with my favorite step -- just kidding of course, but it's a key component of the transformation. Painting the walls!"
Martin: "The curtains are up, the walls are painted. It's time to load up the room."
The biggest issue with the walls was all the mix-match photo frames all over the place. It took away from the presentation, so the trick is to limit the frames to two colors at most, they can still be different styles, but as long as the colors are consistent, they make more of a statement."
Martin: "The second tip is to use display ledge such as this to lean some of your photo frames on as opposed to hanging them all flat against the wall. Gives more dimension to the walls and helps to turn what can otherwise become too chaotic into a collectible showcase!"
I know you might think wood tones always have to match in a room, but if you notice, although the desk is an oak color, I still brought in some mahogany finishes to make the space feel richer. The trick to make everything blend in together it to bring some of these tones onto the desk through the accessories.
Martin: "This cigar box is the perfect accent piece to complete the room, plus it looks great in the space."
Martin: "Although filled with keepsakes that are dear and near to the hearts of the Caballero family, this morning the space didn't feel as important as its belongings, but in one day and on a budget of less than $900, the office now reflects the Caballero's passions everywhere you look!"
Martin: "One two Tres."
Carmen: "Oh my God. This is beautiful. I pictured all kinds of stuff, but not like this. This is beautiful."
Martin: "You can have the most beautifully photos and keepsakes that mean a lot to your family. But as you just witnessed, how you display them is just as important in preserving the memory. See you next week on another room for improvement."
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