Thursday, July 10, 2008
Room for Improvement: Living/Dining Room
Big, open floor plans are what most homeowners want, but, when it comes to decorating, it can be a challenge. Tonight, our makeover maestro Martin Amado is helping one woman turn her house into a cozy, welcoming place.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "On today's Room for Improvement, we're working on two spaces as part of an open floor plan, which means what we do to one has to flow into the other, so we have our work cut out for us. Let's go meet the home owner."
Martin Amado: "OK, Joan, so how long have you lived here?"
Joan: "We've been here 10 years."
Martin Amado: "So what is it about the space right now, or, I should say, spaces that you're just not happy with?"
Joan: "Well, you know, it is a big room with really high ceilings, and I just feel like something is missing. It's a little bare."
Martin Amado: "OK, so let me get to work, and we'll surprise you and your husband at the end."
Martin Amado: "Even though we have nice furniture, the space is still looking a bit bare partly because of the high ceilings, so the goal is to tie the two spaces together through the accessories, and we're going to begin with the dining room."
Martin Amado: "The window treatments are too plain and casual, so we want to create a more elegant feel in the dining room."
Martin Amado: "We're done. Let's move on to the bigger challenge, the living room."
Here's a good tool tip to ensure that you have a leveled curtain rood. Go ahead and install one bracket first, and before drilling for the other one, place a small level in the center, and that way you determine the exact placement of the bracket on the other side."
Notice that I used a different color in the curtains in the living room. Even though the two spaces are open to each other, it works because I still have the same pattern in the fabric in both areas."
Martin Amado: "Let's say bye, bye to the lamp."
Martin Amado: "Before, this was in the corner of the dining room, but now we have a new home for it."
Martin Amado: "All right, so now it's time for the surprise. I bought Joan a new accent chair."
Martin Amado: "This morning one of the missing elements in the decor were the accessories, but, as you can see by looking around the room, that is no longer the case. I hope Joan likes it."
Martin Amado: "When we entered Joan's home, the appearance of too much space in the living and dining room made it feel bare and uninviting, but now we've clearly defined the two rooms with a unified color scheme in decor, all for under $1,000."
Martin Amado: "Here we go, at the count of three. One, two, three. Go ahead and open your eyes."
Joan: "Wow, is this the same house? I'm speechless."
Martin Amado: "But you like it, right?"
Joan: "It's wonderful."
Martin Amado: "Enjoy it. It was a pleasure doing this for you to you guys. Thank you so much for watching, and we'll see you next time on another Room for Improvement."
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