Monday, July 10, 2006
Room for Improvement: Livingroom
It is possibly the most common design dilemma. You don't know how to make old furniture work in a new place. Well in tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin Amado shows us how rearranging can give your new home a renewed spirit.
WSVN--Whenever you've found your dream home or are downsizing to a smaller space the challenge every time you move is making your existing furniture work in a new floor plan. Well, that's the issue is today's Room for Improvement.
Martin: "I took the long way, the stairs instead of the elevator. Hey, Ricky. Good to see you."
Ricky: "Hey, Martin!"
Martin: "You have great furniture to work with, but I guess you still don't know how to put it together."
Ricky: "It was in my previous place and there was a different layout. So I brought it here and I haven't been able to figure out what to do."
Martin: "Usually we do surprise you and you will be surprised at the end but this will be a little bit different because Ricky is actually going to help me make it happen."
This is the part where you usually see me unloading all the shopping bags, but in this case this is all I need. My handy dandy tool box since Rick has all the basic essential pieces that will help decorate this living room.
Every homeowner should have a basic tool kit and here's what you need a cordless drill, hammer, measuring tape, a screwdriver and a flathead, a level some picture hangers and to make moving furniture easier magic shields.
Now, Rick every room needs a focal point and typically in the living room it's a fire place or an entertainment center but I think this beautiful armore really makes a statement and we can build the entire room around it.
Now to balance out the big amore on that side we are going to place the sofa on the wall opposite.
Martin: "So, tell me about this piece?"
Ricky: "It's actually a piece of Italain glass that my friend gave me. I've had it for a while and I don't know what to do with it."
Martin: "I love it. It picks up on all the colors of the room and I think if you turn it into wall are above the sofa it's really going to make a statement in the place."
These two cubes which are basically end tables, but I think if we pick them in the center. It could be a great coffee table as well.
A good way to change the look of a toss pillow is simply to replace the covers.
For a modern look instead of hanging a mirror as one would traditional do, just do ahead and lean it on the console table.
This morning, Ricky was perplexed on how to decorate the living room with his existing furniture. With some arranging and reinventing all with pieces he already owns the place feels like home. Final budget zero.
Martin: "So what do you think? New room."
Ricky: "I love it Martin thank you so much."
Martin: "You welcome and it's really pieces you already had."
Ricky: "That's the greatest part. I'd didn't have to spend any money."
Martin: "And I didn't have to do any shopping which is a plus for me. Well, enjoy your new home with much health and happiness and for you at home this is other room improved. You can do it with stuff you already have and I'll see you guys next week."
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