From Dream Home Disaster to Divine Renovation

Candice Olson surprises an employee and his wife after a devastating house fire.

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After: A New Beginning
Luckily, the structure of the house was still intact, but everything else – walls, electrical system and flooring – had to be replaced. Once the basic construction was done, I moved in and started by painting the walls in a creamy shade and then contrasting the light color with some beautiful, dark wood flooring.


I then divided the area up into four zones: a dining room, a living room, a sitting area and a foyer.


In the dining room, I put in a round pedestal table with chairs that are fronted in barklike, creamy chenille and backed in oversized lace. Above the table I put up a modern, six-armed chandelier in gold and crystal. On the windows, I installed silk drapery panels with a leafy motif in bronze, cream and caramel, in addition to some rustic wooden blinds.


Next to the dining room, I created a comfortable living room. The focal point of this area is the fireplace clad in cream and putty tumbled marble. To contrast this, I installed a dark, luxurious, raised wooden hearth with cabinets below. Beside the fireplace, I put up media storage with a big area for a television. For optimal fireplace and TV viewing, I set up a large sectional sofa in cream-colored chenille and an ottoman in espresso brown.


On the other side of the living room I created a small seating area beside the front window. I placed two caramel-colored lounge chairs, a wooden table and a four-armed version of the chandelier that hangs in the dining room in this space.


I also set up a small foyer by the door that includes a caramel-colored seating bench flanked by two dark wood cabinets and two lamps. In this area, I created a feature wall in a dark taupe paint and added four light panels of artwork to make the wall pop.


As a high-tech touch, I installed a wireless lighting system into the space. With this system, Rudi can turn on lights in the house on his way home from work in his car.


After adding some final finishes and accessories – an area rug, throw pillows and artwork – this space was complete.


By mixing airy and luxurious colors, modern and traditional finishes, and elegant and comfortable furniture, I created a living room/dining room that perfectly blends contemporary and rustic. Rudi and Sue can now happily move back in and rediscover that there’s no place like home. Now that’s divine!

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