Monday, February 6, 2006
Room for Improvement: Valentine's Day
Love is definitely in the air. If you haven't started thinking about Valentine's, you have eight days to order flowers and chocolate. But in tonight's Room For Improvement, if you want to do something extra special, Martin Amado shows us how the right decor can definitely set the mood.
WSVN -- Whether it's a romantic evening for two or an intimate dinner party for a small group of friends, presentation is everything when it comes to entertaining. So our setting today is a dining room and the invitation calls for a room for improvement makeover.
Martin: "Room for improvement."
Patricia: "Well hello, Martin, good morning."
Martin: "Hi, Patty, good morning. How are you? Nice to see you. I like the colors we match. This is a gorgeous house but I could imagine the space being so big is a challenge for you to decorate."
Patricia: "I feel like it's too plain right now I want to spice it up wanna have my first dinner party for Valentine's day."
Martin: "What I love about Valentine's day is that it gives me another chance to recycle some of my red christmas tablesetting decor especially all the reds, and if you bought it on clearance after the new year, that's even better. But before we even get to that part let's work on the room first."
At the moment Patty has a dining room table squished up against this side of room, eventhough we have tall ceilings it's looking really, really small. So by changing out the layout it's gonna maximize even more the floor space.
I am gonna go ahead and bring in the bookcases to kind of frame in the window and make it a really nice focal point.
Now I still need something for the center of the window, so I am gonna take this decorative charger I picked up a salad plate that picks up the red I'm placing it in the center and that's gonna become my wall art.
When you have tall ceilings you really want the scale in the wall art to be in proportion. As you can see this small mirror gets completely lost. But now this bigger one will give us that drama and wow factor we are looking for.
The same thing with this buffet lamps instead of short and skimpy, we want them tall and elegant.
If you buy mirrored candle holders they tend to be really expensive, so my own version is to take a mirror out of an existing frame, and use that instead of a centerpiece.
I'm gonna place some candles on top and create a nice cluster.
Final touch some chocolates and even a heart-shaped t-light holder that I found at the dollar store that the guests can take home as a party favor.
I lit 42 candles but it's not Valentine's without the romantic ambiance.
This morning we had great furniture to work with, but the dining room was in no shape for entertaining. With some re-arranging, some large-scale wall art and lots of candles we now have the perfect Valentine's day backdrop for under $604.56."
Martin: "So when I count to three, think how the dining room looked like before, so one, two, three."
Patricia: "Oh my god. Incredible. I love it. I am so in love with it. My husband is gonna just love this.
Decorating a table can be just as fun as decorating a room. It's just another way of expressing your creativity. Happy heart's day and I'll see you guys next week.
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