Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Room for Improvement: Dining Room
After tonight's tricks, there will be the treats of Thanksgiving. But before you pass out the plates, you must dress up your dining room. In tonight's Room For Improvement, Martin Amado is creating an elegant space fit for a fall feast.
WSVN -- Family dinners around the table become that much more special when the surroundings add to the ambiance. So, on today's Room for Improvement we are giving a contemporary dining room the finishing touches.
Martin: "Room for Improvement. Hi, nice to meet you, Fela. So this is the place, Fela. I love it. It's small, but it adds to the cozy vibe."
Fela: "Yeah, but something is missing. I want that spunk. I want you to bring this room out."
Martin: "You want the 'wow' factor."
Fela: "The 'wow' factor. That's what I'm looking for."
So, Fela has a very modern style, which means we are not going to overfill the dining room with too many elements. We are going to keep it simple yet elegant.
Even though the chandelier is our focal point, the background still needs a little help. It's a bit plain looking. The solution is curtain panels for added luxury.
OK, the curtains are up. It changes the feel of the entire space. So let's move on to this wall.
Whenever you have wall art with picture wire -- if you only use one hook to hang it -- it has a tendency to get a bit crooked on the wall. The solution is to use two hooks to make it a bit more steady.
Now the square shape in the wall art mimics the square shape of the table.
Some lamp shades will help dress up the chandelier, and what's great about these is you can swap them out for the season. So, for the holidays coming up, we can use red.
Even though we already have a beautiful backdrop, by adding two pedestals to frame the window, it will give the dining room the extra 'wow' factor Fela's looking for. Finish it off with a plant on top.
The centerpiece is out of scale for the table, so let's find something different.
By adding three candleholders in different heights and shapes, we have a clean, modern look as our centerpiece.
And just remember, you can easily adapt it for the fall season by adding some pine cones around the base, some fall leaves, switch out the marbles, a garland around the chandelier, and you have a great looking focal point. We're done.
This morning we found a modern table in this space, but that was about it. With window treatments, decorative elements and original artwork, we now have a completed dining room for under $1,300.
Fela: "Wow, this is amazing. This is beautiful. I love it."
Martin: "So when is your next dinner party going to be?"
Martin: "It's going to be a little late to send out invitations."
So, now we have a great space that compliments a great meal ... or at least we hope, right? I have no control over the cooking. I'll see you next week.
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