Thursday, October 30, 2008
Room for Improvement: Home Office
Sharing a home office can be difficult, especially between parents and their kids, but tonight our makeover maestro Martin Amado is helping one family solve their design dilemma.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Our design dilemma on today's Room for Improvement is to update the look of a home office, so that it can function as a study room for the home owners kids. Let's go meet the mom."
Martin Amado: "OK, Pilar, so tell me about the space."
Pilar: "Well, this used to be my husband's home office, and the boys are growing up, so they are getting more homework, and I needed an area where they can actually focus."
Martin Amado: "How old are the boys?"
Pilar: "They are now six and seven."
Martin Amado: "Well, we are going to make it work in the space. I promise you that."
Martin Amado: "The main furniture in Pilar's home office is very traditional, yet she went in a totally different direction with the new desks she bought for her two sons. So my job is to take this mismatch of styles and make it all work into one cohesive design. Let's begin with a new floor layout."
Martin Amado: "I take it Pilar was using this room as her hair salon, but that's no longer going to be the case."
By pushing all three bookcases together we created a mini library and a nice focal point on one wall.
Here's a good organizational tip for cables. Most power strips come with holes in the back so you can actually install them on the wall.
Martin Amado: "And for the excess cable, just use a cable tie."
If you have family photos scattered throughout the house, go ahead and group them and create a gallery wall to highlight your most precious memories.
Martin Amado: "What I like about this chair is that even though it looks like woven wicker, it's actually made out of plastic because it's patio furniture, so it's great in a kids room because it will hold up to the wear and tear."
Martin Amado: "So the finishing touch is a beautiful chair to finish off dad's work space, and we are done. I hope they all like it."
Martin Amado: "This morning, the office appeared to be used primarily for storage. By creating separate work areas for Joey, Christopher and their dad, we made a mismatch of style come together. All for under $1,500."
Martin Amado: "One, two, three. Go ahead open your eyes."
Pilar: "Oh, my gosh."
Martin Amado: "They are looking for all the stuff. Guys, everything is basically in storage. We have storage boxes for you."
Martin Amado: "All right, well, thank you guys for watching, and we'll see you next time on another Room for Improvement."