Monday, February 20, 2006
Room for Improvement: Vacation Home
South Florida is the premier destination to own a vacation home. But sometimes making the place special can be a challenge. In tonight's Room For Improvement Martin Amado shows us how to turn your home away from home into a slice of paradise.
WSVN--The ultimate in vacation living is being able to own a second home away from home, and that's exactly the case on today's room for improvement, as we help a homeowner transform her vacation condo from stark to stylish.
Martin: "Alright Doris you have a great place here, but I understand it's not your primary residence, correct?
Doris: "I live in Key West and I bought this as an investment but also as a place to get away."
Doris: "I just thought that you can do something extra something special."
Because we don't have a formal dining room the goal with this makeover is to treat the entire space as one big conversation area and a place that you can just relax with family and friends while you are on vacation.
With the blinds being here before as you can see the homeowner cheated a bit when painting, so we gotta take care of that.
I found this great area rug which picks up in all the colors that we're using in the room so I am taking that over the curtain panels as well for a really contemporary look.
These are much better than the blinds we had here before and the rings make it easier to open and close.
There is a heavy concentration of furniture on this side and this piece is actually sleeper sofa, you can't really open it with the space that you have right now, but by placing it in the alcove, it's gonna make it much more functional.
If you have TV base such as this which is a low-profile what tends to happen is that the wall behind it looks completely empty. A good design trick is to fill it up with wall art or possibly shelves and that way it gives it a look of a complete entertainment center.
There's no contrast on this sofa, so an easy fix is to swap out the toss pillows with some colorful ones.
A great way to save on lighting is to buy a set of lamps that comes in a kit such as this, it requires minor assembly but it's well worth it.
We have a beautiful setting on this side, but let's go ahead and concentrate on the foyer to create a great first impression.
Final touch a runner to tie-up with the living room space and we're done.
As you can tell from this morning, great furniture and freshly painted walls don't complete a room, it's the third layer found in all of the accesories that give it those final touches and the wow factor we're looking for.
Martin: "One, two three.
Doris: "Oh my godness. It is beautiful. Wow, it does look like a different room."
And now with the makeover of her vacation condo complete, Doris might actually have a hard time deciding which place to call home, and she might moving into this one, I'll see you guys next week.
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