Disastrous Rooms Transformed
Before: Dining Room
Designer Celerie Kemble chose to transform this corner of a condo construction zone into a sumptuous dining nook.
After: Dining Room
Apartments like this have more than enough glass, so the corner banquette is built right up against the window, anchoring the room. Banquette covered in black coffee angora mohair from Clarence House is paired with a pedestal table from David Sutherland and chairs from Nancy Corzine.
Before: Media Room
The homeowners would wind up sitting on the floor to watch TV, because they couldn't figure out how to arrange the furniture.
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After: Media Room
"Now the adults can watch the news while the kids watch cartoons, and everyone's comfortable. The room has all these soaring angles, and I thought it needed a curve. That's why I chose a semicircular sofa. This is a young, lively family, so I wanted an upbeat color palette," says designer Marshall Watson.
The owner says, "I had no idea how to fill my big, empty bedroom, much less give it any sense of style."
Unify an awkward space by focusing the room around the bed. "There was no symmetry whatsoever, so I had to create symmetry with matching tables and lamps flanking the bed. The Venetian-style headboard is a real statement, with a shape that echoes the peak of the ceiling. The color scheme is very stately—just black, white, gray and gold. But it's not stuffy, not with those Rita Hayworth-retro lamps, and I added a few sheepskins for a little fuzzy-fuzzy," says designer Barclay Fryery.
Homeowner and Pinecone Hill's Annie Selke liked the efficient U shape but wanted to streamline the aesthetic of this dated kitchen. My first reaction was, "Mexican tile? What were they thinking?" she says.
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Silestone countertops in Grey Amazon are "more subtle" than granite according to Selke. Stainless-steel kickplates under the cabinets prevent scuffs and marry the two different woods. Plus, the Kraftmaid cabinets have cool features, like integrated cutting boards.
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Designer T. Keller Donovan's fond of blue (as you can see), and he used several shades to bring it all together. Don't be afraid to mix it up! The rug on the floor has a different pattern than the wallpaper and stool, but it still feels organic to the room due to its colors.