Modern Whimsy Living Room
With bold and edgy colors and eclectic accessories, host Brooke Channon and designer Linda Applewhite work together to re-create the look of Applewhite’s contemporary design with rustic touches.
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Host Brooke Channon and designer Linda Applewhite work together to re-create the look of Applewhite’s design in the Inspiration Room, which is contemporary juxtaposed with rustic touches. She used bold and edgy colors, overstuffed furniture and eclectic accessories for this designer look.
Transforming the Makeover Room
Guest designer Linda Applewhite helped direct the transformation of a minimalist space into a fun, whimsical living area with the following steps:
A sunny new paint tone was added with a delicate color wash for texture (Benjamin Moore: Concord Ivory).
A cabinet was constructed using a base drawer unit topped with a shelving unit. Dentil molding was placed on top of the unit in addition to adding decorative trim to the cabinet doors. She completed the piece with a faux finish treatment for both the base and shelving units.
To replicate an antique look, she added faux-finished garden finials using paint, glaze, sand and moss. A French reproduction clock was added to the wall to give the room a bold and artistic flair.
Old hotel chairs were covered with black, red and white chair covers; then the chairs were dressed with red, yellow and orange pillows. Chocolate brown woven stools were placed next to the chairs, which may serve as additional seating. To add interest, a whimsical frog was placed on the stool and a beige scroll pattern rug was added to the floor. A rectangular table with curved edges was added to serve as the coffee table and topped with accessories.
Re-covered seat cushions, pillows and a throw were added to a bold colored sofa. The mantel area was dressed with a mounted print and topiaries accented with kumquats; several candles were placed in the fireplace to provide soft lighting.
The Bottom Line
To see where the savings are, take a look at this direct comparison of some Inspiration Room Items and the creatively comparable ones used in the Makeover Room:
Built-in custom cabinetry, $11,000 / Combined drawer and shelving units, $320
French railway station metal clock, $3,900 / French reproduction clock, $280
Designer black, white and red welted chair and round mahogany table, $5,240 / Covered hotel chair and woven stool, $340
Over-scaled sofa, $9,300 / Sofa with re-covered cushions, $740
Product information: woven square stool/table in espresso finish, reproduction clock - cream pots with topiaries - fabric for polka dot pillows - throw, dragonfly pillow, frog statue - jute rug -
woven square stool/table in espresso finish, reproduction clock -EXPO Design Center
cream pots with topiaries -Michaels
fabric for polka dot pillows -Poppy Fabrics
throw, dragonfly pillow, frog statue -Ross
jute rug -Lowe's
An unfinished living area is completed with bold colors and contoured furniture.