Thursday, September 25, 2008
Room for Improvement: Childproof Living Space
New moms know making their home childproof can be a decorating challenge. Tonight, our makeover maestro, Martin Amado, is helping one family design their entire living space with baby safety in mind.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "On today's Room for Improvement, we're helping a young couple who recently moved into their new house with their 8-month-old baby. So my challenge is to design a living space that works for the entire family. Let's go meet the mom."
Martin Amado: "Room For Improvement."
Martin Amado: "All right, Aida, so within four walls we basically have a living room, a dining room and a mini office back there. What is it about the space right now that is just not working for you?"
Aida: "I want to do something very, very original, something different for the house."
Martin Amado: "So, something fresh, and it has to be baby proof?"
Aida: "Yeah, of course."
Martin Amado: "All right, so let me get to work, and we'll surprise the entire family at the end."
Aida: "OK, great."
Martin Amado: "Our design direction for today is to come up with a new furniture arrangement and even add an accent color on the walls to define the spaces even more, so let's make it happen."
Martin Amado: "The first thing I want to do is create a visual breaking point on this large wall to separate the living room from the current dining room a bit more, and in order to achieve that, I'm painting two rectangles in turquoise, which is our new accent color."
Martin Amado: "Perfect. Now you can see that by painting the rectangle a bit wider than the console table, and the media shelf, it just makes this wall really pop."
Martin Amado: "And now we bring the blue from the wall over to the curtain panels, and that, my friends, is how a room starts coming together."
Martin Amado: "So now with the living room done, let's concentrate on this side of the room. I'm actually going to do something a bit unconventional. I'm going to push the dining table over to that side of the room, which was empty before. That leaves me this complete area to create a cozy den/home office."
Martin Amado: "OK, I think I'm going to build the desk first. I don't want to touch all the wires."
Martin Amado: "I love this piece of frosted glass. It works as a dry erase board, you can clip on family photos or it just looks good on its own, so they've come a long way."
Martin Amado: "Now, Ethan is still too small and cannot reach the table. He's still a baby. But if you have toddlers, and you're afraid of them touching the flames, use a flameless candle instead."
Martin Amado: "Now we have a softer surface for the baby to crawl on."
Martin Amado: "And the finishing touch is to place a bookcase right underneath the staircase, and we create an awesome storage niche for toys inside the baskets and other accessories and collectibles. We're done. I hope they like it."
Martin Amado: "This morning we had one big space that wasn't being used to its full potential. By adding a bold color on the walls, a new furniture layout and of course the final layer through accessories, we created a home that's both functional and stylish for Aida and her family."
Martin Amado: "Here we go. One, two, three. Go ahead and open your eyes."
Aida: "Wow. Oh, my God, this is awesome. Wow, I can't believe it, this is so cool."
Martin Amado: "You like the colors?"
Aida: "Yes. Dude, what is going on here?"
Martin Amado: "All right, so thank you so much for letting me do this for you, enjoy your new home. To all you guys, thank you so much for watching, and we'll see you next time on another Room for Improvement. Bye, bye, guys."