Thursday, April 17, 2008
Room for Improvement: Living Room
We all know, from the moment you walk into a home its design scheme sets the mood. Makeover maestro Martin Amado is helping one woman finish up her living room with the things she already has.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Today's homeowner has a living room with great furniture and newly painted walls, but it still doesn't feel inviting. We're going to give the space the finishing touches without breaking the bank on today's Room for Improvement."
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement."
Claribel: "Martin, good morning. How are you?"
Martin Amado: "OK, Claribel, you have some nice looking furniture and accessories, but I know the living room doesn't feel complete to you."
Claribel: "No, it doesn't. I do have ideas of what I want and what I like. However, I do need help."
Martin Amado: "What do you feel is missing?"
Claribel: "Wall art, window treatment."
Martin Amado: "OK, we're going to address all that for you today on Room for Improvement, so let me get to work."
Martin Amado: "When you first come into Claribel's home, you miss the living room because the dining room is in direct view, so you want to shift the furniture around to divide the spaces better."
Martin Amado: "We'll use this later."
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Martin Amado: "Even though we have a nice, over-sized coffee table, we still needed another surface to put down a lamp."
So now it's time to tackle the empty wall behind the sofa. Claribel has these beautiful prints from Puerto Rico, but before I hang them, I'll go ahead and lay them down on the floor to get a visual reference."
Martin Amado: "Claribel had these toss pillows in her guest bedroom, but they work much better down here in the living room, and it saves on our budget."
Accessorizing a large coffee table. This can be tricky. What you want to do is group a collection of books and magazines and decorative items that are large in scale, that way they fill up the surface space.
Martin Amado: "We're done. Claribel has a brand new living room. I hope she likes it."
Martin Amado: "This morning, the living room appeared bare. By changing out the layout of the furniture, we created a cozier feel, all for under $350."
Martin Amado: "One, two, three. Open your eyes."
Claribel: "Wow, it looks beautiful. I love it."
Martin Amado: "What draws your attention the most?"
Claribel: "Definitely, the art wall."
Martin Amado: "So are you happy, satisfied?"
Claribel: "More than satisfied. I love it."
Martin Amado: "Thank you so much for letting us be a part of this. To you guys, thank you for watching as well, and we'll see you next time on another Room for Improvement."
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