Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Room for Improvement: Valentine's Dining Room
Love is in the air as Valentine's Day is about a week away, and tonight our makeover maestro Martin Amado is playing cupid. He's helping one woman give a touch of romance to her dining room.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "On today's Room for Improvement, we're creating the perfect setting in a dining room for a romantic evening just in time for Valentine's Day. Let's go see the space."
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement."
Martin Amado: "OK, Nancy, so this is obviously the dining room. What don't you like about the space right now?"
Nancy: "Well, we've been here four years. The last area of the house we haven't remodeled is the dining area."
Martin Amado: "And I understand you want to create a special romantic evening?"
Nancy: "Right, for Valentine's."
Martin Amado: "So you want candles, I would assume, and some roses maybe?"
Nancy: "That would be nice."
Martin Amado: "Cool, so I think I know what you want for the space. Let me get to work, and I'll surprise you at the end."
Martin Amado: "The dining room appears very stark at the moment because it needs more decorative elements in the space. We also have to come up with more storage solutions for Nancy, and we are finishing it off with a romantic setting for Valentine's Day."
Here's a good tip: Whenever you have a wide windowspan, it's always best to use two curtain panels on either side just to create more fullness.
Martin Amado: "Now, notice I didn't buy the hutch, which goes on top because I didn't want to cram up the room with too much furniture."
Martin Amado: "All right, so we are done with the main decorative elements in the room, so let's begin with the final touches to create that perfect romantic setting for Valentine's Day, beginning with switching this table from oval to round to make the room look more spacious."
Martin Amado: "Perfect, now we can actually center the table under the chandelier."
And for a dramatic center piece, I'm taking a candle holder and placing it inside a larger hurricane glass and then filling the outside rim with some potpourri.
Here's a money saving tip. If you tend to buy pillar candles, the money tends to add up because of the size, so the perfect alternative is to use votive candle holders with some tea lights instead, and it will still give you that romantic glow that we're looking for.
Martin Amado: "If you don't have a slipcover for a chair, a toss pillow from a sofa will do just fine."
Martin Amado: "So the final touch is lighting all the candles, and I think we have the perfect menu for romance."
Martin Amado: "This morning the dining room was starving for more decor. By adding decorative elements and a sideboard for additional storage, we now have an elegant dining space that's a feast for the eyes, all for under $1,000."
Martin Amado: "Here we go at the count of three. One, two, three, go ahead and open your eyes."
Nancy: "Wow, beautiful. Oh, my God, Martin."
Martin Amado: "You have curtains, you have mirrors, you have wall art. It looks like a complete space. It wouldn't be Valentine's Day with, of course, some chocolates. So, on behalf of Channel Seven and Room for Improvement, a little gift for you, enjoy it."
Nancy: "Thank you."
Martin Amado: "And to all the viewers as well, Happy Valentine's Day, and we'll see you next time."
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