Thursday, February 15, 2007
Room for Improvement: Valentine's Day Bedroom
Instead of candy and flowers this Valentine's Day, how about surprising your special one with a sweet makeover? Transform your bedroom into a "romantic retreat." Martin Amado helps one husband do just that in today's Room For Improvement.
WSVN -- Love is in the air this month but instead of chocolate and roses, how about giving your valentine a sweet makeover? That's exactly what's happening on today's Room for Improvement... as we turn this room into a Moroccan retreat for a very deserving and special wife.
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement."
Oscar: "Hey, Martin, How's it going?"
Martin: "Let's go see the master bedroom."
Martin: "This is a big space, Oscar."
Oscar: "We've been married for five years and, um, I want to give our bedroom something we both like."
We're giving this bedroom the feel of an exotic location without ever leaving home by adding colors and textures and other elements that pick up on the Moroccan style that Vavina, Oscar's wife, likes so much. We're also going to change the function of certain furniture pieces to help us achieve that. But that'll come later, it's a big surprise."
So, we have to work with the existing furniture, but, at the moment, the bed has no presence because of the low headboard. So I found this floor screen and this is going to give me the exact "wow factor" I'm looking for as a headboard.
Notice how combining different prints with solids, some sequins and tapestries on the comforter -- it just helps to pick up on that Middle Eastern flare.
There we go. Two ottomans, creating the look of a day bed.
Now, I'm going to take the same panels that I used over the windows and a plant hook and create a canopy right atop of the ottomans. A romantic enclosure, here we come.
A table runner will give this dresser a face-lift and give the surface a bit more color at the same time.
To make this romantic corner a bit more comfortable, I'm using the pillow shams that came with the comforter set to tie both pieces together. And, of course, you can never have enough toss pillows in a Moroccan setting.
A good place to find wrought iron elements to use as home decor without costing a lot of money is actually the garden section at your local home improvement store. So this is actually a trellis that I'm turning into wall art.
So, what do you think, huh? Now we have the perfect setting for Vavina and Oscar to enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day in. So, of course, the final touch from us is a box of chocolates, to enhance the mood even more. Let's hope they like it.
This morning we had so much space to work with, the existing furniture looked insignificant in the bedroom. By using a floor screen as a headboard, two ottomans as a daybed, and, of course, lots of fabrics and accessories, we created an exotic retreat for less than $1,500.
Martin: "I know you guys are busy with your careers, you have your two small kids. So you kind of need your own little place in your home. So, at the count of three you can open your eyes ... one, two, three."
Vavina: "Wow! Oh, my gosh! Look -- a sitting area! Look at the bed!"
Martin: "Well listen, your husband called me because he wanted to surprise you for Valentine's Day, of course -- that you love the whole Moroccan thing, that you're a belly dancer. And we just wanted to capture that Moroccan feel in the bedroom. Did we accomplish that?"
Vavina: "More than enough! Oh, my God, this is beautiful."
Martin: "Well, listen, thanks so much for letting us do this. Enjoy your bedroom. And, to all the viewers, Happy Valentine's Day, and we'll see you next time on another edition of Room for Improvement."
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