Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Room for Improvement: Master Bedroom Makeover
There's nothing better than a good night's sleep. But for one South Florida woman, dosing off is a real dilemma. Even with the lights off, she keeps thinking about ways to redesign her master bedroom. It's the type of project our makeover maestro dreams about. Here's Martin Amado with "Room for Improvement."
WSVN -- Master Bedrooms should be an inviting space after a long day at work. Why not turn them into a vacation retreat within your own home. in today's "Room For Improvement," we are turning sleepless nights into hopefully sweat dreams in one day. She has one thing going for her already which is an awesome lake view.
Emmabell: Hi. How are you?
Martin: "Can I see your personal bedroom?"
Emmabell: "You sure can."
Martin: "This is the first time I interview a client in bed, but I think it's ok given that we are making over her master bedroom. Tell me a little about your space here."
Emmabell: "It's very empty, I need help help."
Martin: "You have nice curtains happening, you have nice bedding, we might change that, it's heading in the right direction. We need some paint for sure. The walls are too white. Tell me a little bit about yourself."
Emmabell: "I am veterinarian technician and an acupuncturist and I go to school and work full time."
Martin: "So you are giving us one day, you are heading off to school, you will be heading off and coming back around 4 p.m. and hopefully when you come back you will have the bedroom of your dreams and scruff here is going to help."
Martin: "The homeowner just left so we have about 6 hours to make it all happen, let's begin shopping bye scruffy see you later."
Martin:"I took my cue from Emmabell's curtains so i hope she likes everything I bought, not sure which is harder, decorating or unloading the car."
Martin: "Ok let's talk about our design direction when it comes to the paint. I pulled the color from the curtains, the curtain panel is a dark olive, the furniture in the room is really dark so i didn't want to go that route, it would make it too dark so I just lightened it up a bit with the light sage."
Martin: "Here is a good tip when painting up against the painters tape don't load the paint on the brush. Use a dry brush technique to avoid the risk of having the paint seep underneath the tape. That way when you move it, you have a perfect straight edge, I love it."
Martin: "Don't be afraid of furniture you have to assemble, because it's all about getting the look for less."
Martin: "These lamps were a great find at 20 bucks each. Let there be light."
Martin: "Notice how the ribbing on the mirror picks up the footing on the bed."
Martin: "Candle sconces really add a nice elegant touch to the room for $15 dollars you can't beat it. Always try to center them in the middle of the mirror not too high or too low."
Martin: "Here is great tip if you want to duplicate this look at home for the crown over your bed. In this case I bought the bracket which is made specifically for that, and sometimes they are hard to find and you have to order them but a great idea is just to buy a plant hook, it's 99 cents and go ahead and drape the fabric and put the bracket in the center of the bed."
DECO DESIGN TIP OF THE DAY:
Always think of different ways to recycle things and use them in different manners, in this case I am using an old photo frame as a tray, by putting the candle right in middle with some pebbles and you have an instant decorative look.
Martin: "Now it's time to make the bed. We are getting rid of this comforter, the existing one that Emmabell had. it's a little bit to faded and outdated. We have some chenille curtains and we are going to make it all tie in, just wait until you see the finished product."
Martin: "Bed in a bag comforter sets are great but they don't offer much in terms of personal style. Here is a way you can totally make it your own. Use a comforter at the edge of the bed as throw instead of using on the bed and making it the main print on the actual bed itself. Incorporate some solid toss pillows on the bed itself and break up the pattern that way not everyone has the same bed."
Martin: "The canopy already makes the bed a focal point but if you notice it still leaves an empty space here and it's screaming for something. Any easy solution, just put a mirror right in the center."
Martin: "Ok the room is complete, what do you think huh? What started as a boring bedroom with nothing happening has turned in one day. I hope Emmabell likes it."
Martin: "Ok so you are back from school, we have been working a lot and scruffy has been supervising…Close your eyes."
Emmabell: Oh my God. This is so pretty,
this is so different, it looks like a different room, it's so beautiful."
Martin: "We kept the bed in the same place, we added some toss pillows, now it makes a statement when you first walk in, scruffy is really excited."
Martin: "Is this the get a way you wanted."
Emmabell: "Thank you. This is so beautiful."
Martin: "Well you work hard, you go to school, so I hope you truly enjoy it, and Scruffy approves."
What a difference a few pillows on the bed can make huh, but maybe a lot, it's worth it for the look. The challenge is making the bed every morning exactly the same so till next time when we find another "room for improvement. It might be yours.
If you want a makeover for a minimum price, you can get in touch with martin by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember martin can work with just about any budget and turn your house into a dream home.
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