Monday, July 18, 2005
Room for Improvement: Creative Quarrel
Consider it the classic battle of the sexes. When it comes to decorating, men and women almost always disagree. But in tonight's Room For Improvement, our makeover maestro is putting himself in the middle of one couple's creative quarrel.
WSVN--Today's Room For Improvement is all about what she wants versus what he wants. And, finding the perfect balance between the two when it comes to decorating the living room.
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement. Hi Vanessa. And that's Frank back there. This is the space."
Martin Amado: "So who's in charge of the decorating."
Vanessa: "I am."
Martin Amado: "OK. So what do you envision for the living room?"
Vanessa: "Something more formal but not too formal because Frank likes to watch TV in here.
Frank: "I think functional is more important. So you have some place to put the remotes and stuff."
Martin Amado: "Is there anything I can't do."
Frank: "You can't move the big screen TV."
Martin Amado: "The goal of this living room is to turn it into an inviting space that's formal enough for Vanessa, yet casual for Frank. One great way to do that is to incorporate solids with paterns to appeal to both sexes. First thing, lets get rid of these peachy walls. It's very 80's.
The space under a console table can be awkward. Now a great solution is to place a decorative trunk right underneath. Or, two automans would look good too. Another great use of trunks is to stack them up and use them as an end table.
For the most part when it comes to furniture selection, men prefer leather couches while women like upholstered pieces. A perfect marriage between the two is to incorporate fabric toss pillows on a leather couch such as this to make it much more cozy. Whoa, you can never have enough.
Martin Amado: "How many remotes can Frank possibly have? Don't worry Vanessa I got you covered. I got you these decorative boxes that look like books. That way we can hide them all in here...and they are accessible to Frank. Good thing I got two of them."
Another great way to display your magazines is to use these serving trays and spread your magazines out like that.
Dish Out The Dough:
If you want to creat a more intimate conversation area, go ahead and add an accent chair to anchor this corner of the room. If you notice it has a small floral pattern to balance out the leather couches over there.
Martin Amado: "This living room just wasn't very inviting this morning upon entering the home. But look at it now. In one day a fresh coat of paint and deocrative touches has made this room come alive with a style that's appealing to both him and her. Final Budget under 1200 dollars."
Martin Amado: "1, 2, 3, Open your eyes."
Vanessa: "Wow. Oh my god."
Martin Amado: "Do you like it?"
Vanessa: "I can't believe this is my house."
Martin Amado: "The room is now filled with a casual elegance that reflects a perfect marriage of style for both sexes. I call that decorating bliss. I'll see you guys next week."
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