Thursday, July 24, 2008
Room for Improvement: House Warming
Moving into a new house can be a lot of hard work and once you've settled in, it still doesn't stop. The next step is to decorate. Tonight, our makeover maestro is helping one woman design her new home with her personal style.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Once the excitement of moving in to a new home wears off, the reality sets in that you have to decorate the entire space. Wow, where to begin. The living room, of course, because it's all about first impressions on today's Room for Improvement."
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement."
Martin Amado: "Why did you originally contact me?"
Michella: "I just need your help because I want it to look cozy and inviting, and I just don't have time because I work full time."
Martin Amado: "So we are turning a house into a home. Great, so let me get to work, and you can go to work yourself, and then we'll surprise you at the end.
Michella: "Thank you."
Martin Amado: "This side of the room feels very dark and heavy because of the large-scale furniture, so, on today's makeover, we're going to replace some of the pieces and add some more textures to lighten things up a bit, but first, let's tackle this big window."
Martin Amado: "The height of the sliding glass door is 95 inches, which is the same as my panel. Had I installed it directly on the rod, they would have been too short, and it doesn't look attractive, so a good compromise is to buy curtain rings, which drops it by two inches, just enough to touch the floor."
Martin Amado: "So now let's deal with this crowded corner. We're actually going to replace the love seat with two accent chairs, making the living room feel more spacious."
Martin Amado: "The existing end tables are way too low, but if we actually use them as a coffee table instead, the height is just perfect."
Martin Amado: "I needed something tall to fill up this corner of the room because of the difference in ceiling height that we have, so this floor screen is the perfect fit."
Martin Amado: "Final touch, some decorative toss pillows, and I think we're done."
Martin Amado: "The living room still didn't feel like home to Michella after moving in two months ago. By replacing some of the furniture, and completing the space with window treatments and accessories, it's now a true reflection of the homeowner, all for a budget of under $2,100."
Martin Amado: "Here we go, at the count of three: One, two, three. Go ahead and open your eyes.
Michella: "Oh, my God, this is awesome."
Martin Amado: "You like it?"
Michella: "I love it. It's so beautiful now. This is totally amazing."
Martin Amado: "Now you can have your house warming party, correct?"
Michella: "That's what I was looking forward to.
Martin Amado: "OK, we need a day, a time, an invitation, and we'll be there. Thank you. Enjoy your new home. To all the viewers out there, thank you so much for watching, and we'll see you next time on another room for improvement. Bye, bye, guys."