Monday, August 14, 2006
Room for Improvement: Living and Dining Room
Buying the right furniture is one thing, knowing where to put it is another. In tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin Amado shows us how if you use your space well, simple can be stylish.
WSVN--Sometimes you take a look around your house and you fell something's missing but you can't quite put your finger on it. You might have furniture, paint on the walls and even some accessories. Well, that's the issue you're here to solve on today's room for improvement.
Eliza: "Room for Improvement."
Martin: "Good Morning, Eliza.
"Alright, how long have you lived here and tell me the problem with your house?"
Eliza: "I've lived here about to and a half years and as you can see we haven't been able to get the design thing going right. And we are really looking for someone to put it together really nicely."
Martin: "It's a small space but it has good bones and we're going to make it happen."
The main problem is we have a lot of hard surfaces, we have wood floors, furniture and even wood blinds. We need to soften the appearance and bring in some other textures through area rugs, window treatments and some other elements.
Let's start with the family room which is the first space you see when you walk into the house and as you can tell it's looking a bit bare. Window treatments are up.
Sometimes, less is more and less wall art just makes more of a statement.
Toss pillows can end up looking flat as a pancake from constantly being used on a sofa, but if you invest in down filled ones just fluff them back up and they'll look brand new. Worth the extra money.
So this area now looks lived in lets move on to the dining space.
I wanted to create more of a seperation between the dining space and living room. I could have used regular curtains but for more drama this rod iron panal gives us that wow factor.
When you have an open book case, hang the photo frames on the wall itself depth and interest.
I love this bookcase but at the moment it doesn't tie into the dining space nor the living room but i think I have just the thing.
Now we have cozy seat arrangement and if you notice the top part of the ottoman the cushion picks up on the wall color in the living room tieing both spaces together.))
Eliza has all those decorating books and magizines but thanks to Room for Improvement we can put them away and use them as decor.
This morning the living and dining room were bare and missing the final touches to pull the look together after one day the room reflects a casual elegancy for under 13 hundred dollars ($1436.38). Not bad for 2 spaces.
Martin: "You went to work. You picked up the kids and hopefully come home to a brand new space.1,2,3."
Eliza: "This is awesome. It's awesome. I love it. It's just all the touches we have been trying to work on for years."
Martin: "Well, Eliza had a good start but we brought in the final pieces of the puzzle that pulled the look together and gave her a beautfully decorated home. Until next week."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Martin Amado's Website