Friday, September 23, 2011
Room for Improvement: Living Room
If your home was built almost a century ago and you love its historic features, but would like to give it a modern flare, our makeover maestro, Martin Amado, is here to show us how to do just that. Let's see his must-have design tricks on tonight's Room for Improvement.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Today, we are working inside a beautiful home in the historic neighborhood of Rio Vista in Fort Lauderdale. The challenge is, the living room still has a dated look, and the homeowner wants a more contemporary style. We'll make it happen on 'Room for Improvement.' Let's go meet her."
Martin Amado: "All right, Gabriela, so you have a beautiful home. I saw the plaque outside. It said it was built in 1937, so lots of character, but I know you're not too happy with how it looks inside, correct?"
Gabriela: "Correct. We had a TV entertainment center, but it wasn't really working. We had a fireplace, and we hopefully want to take that out."
Martin Amado: "All right, so I think I have some clues as to what you want and your family wants. Let me get to work, and I'll make it happen in one day and surprise your family at the end."
Martin Amado: "All right, so the first change that we did in the living room was get rid of the fireplace facade. It had no use in the living room whatsoever. We painted all the walls, and we even found a sofa and a love seat that they had. So, we are off to a good start."
Martin Amado: "Most older homes have plaster walls or even concrete walls, so make sure whenever you drill that you use a concrete drill bit first."
Martin Amado: "I love this mirror. The bling gives it a retro style, but at the same time, it looks very contemporary."
Martin Amado: "By painting the TV wall in this accent color, we really highlight the agricultural niche. And now, I'm adding floating ledges on either side, so that we have more display surfaces for beautiful decorative accessories."
Martin Amado: "So, after playing with the furniture layout, I decided to get rid of the love seat. The living room was looking way too cramped. Instead, I separated the two accent chairs, and it still gives me additional seating."
Martin Amado: "Nothing personalizes a room more than having family photos, and by printing them in black and white and displaying them in these matted frames, it gives the living room an elegant touch."
Martin Amado: "Before, this living room suffered some major design dilemmas. The only solution was to start from scratch with some minor remodeling, a new paint and brand new furniture. That literally transformed this living room into a great showcase for this historic home."
Dad: "Oh my gosh. Unbelievable. Unreal. Do we live here?"
Martin Amado: "Big difference, right, dad?"
Dad: "This is huge. And I want to thank especially my daughter, Gabriela, who put this together."
Martin Amado: "She helped me, you know, pick all the furniture. Enjoy your brand new space. Thank you for letting me be a part of this. To you guys at home, thank you watching, and we'll see you next time on another 'Room for Improvement.'"
If you want a makeover for a minimum price, you can get in touch with Martin by calling him at 305-576-HOME or 954-962-HOME, or you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.