Eyvette Jones wants to transform her city apartment into an island retreat where she can enjoy time alone or entertain friends.
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Artist and author Eyvette Jones already has a lot of colorful, interesting furnishings and accessories, she just needs a cohesive look to bring all of the pieces together into a tropical retreat.
Host Kristan Cunningham and design coordinators Spencer Anderson and Dave Sheinkopf hope to make her wishes come true by introducing color, reworking the existing furniture, adding dramatic lighting, adding more storage and showcasing her art.
The design transforms the living space into an inviting, island-style getaway — here's how they do it:
- The walls are painted peacock blue-green to start the tropical theme.
- Anderson transforms the existing pine armoire with a coat of black paint. After it dries, he sands it down for an aged appearance.
- Sheinkopf builds a pine hutch to go on top of the existing storage piece. He adds a crown detail to the top and face-frames the piece with pine molding. After he paints the piece black, he cuts matchstick blinds to fit the back and adds bamboo poles to the sides to tie it in with the other tropical elements in the room. He also sands down the painted finish to match the armoire.
- Anderson creates two pedestals for Jones' African sculptures. He constructs the stands out of pine boards with mitered edges and tapers them towards the top. A light fixture mounted to a wood block is placed inside each pedestal with the wires coming through the bottom. A piece of glass on each stand allows the light to showcase the sculptures.
- The permanently-affixed wall sconces are camouflaged with burlap and palm leaves. The burlap is hot-glued directly to the sconce and a palm leaf is hot-glued on top of the burlap.
- Furnishings purchased for the space include a new fan with palm blades, wicker baskets for additional storage, two rattan chairs for a separate seating area and a white slipcover for the existing sofa.
- Sheer gauze is used to bring a wispy look to the windows; bamboo poles are used for window rods.
- A tropical-style print is used for new pillow coverings, which injects a tropical flair onto the white slipcovered sofa.
Furniture - $456
- carved bamboo molding: Carroll Molding
- matchstick shades for back of hutch: The Home Depot - #048037022053
Accessories - $296
- baskets: Target - Tall Utility / #002070145
- slipcover for couch: Linens 'n Things - Duck Solid Sofa, Natural #047293144400
- bowl: Plummers - #30005
- ceiling fan: The Home Depot - Hampton Bay, #082392725600
Window treatments - $109
- bamboo curtain rods and basket: Cane and Basket Supply
- window treatments: Diamond Foam & Fabric, muslin
- curtain finials: Lowe's - #81761 Warm Oak Wood Finials
Paint and supplies - $102
- wall paint: Martha Stewart - Hosta Green J05
- paint for hutch: Baller Hardware - neutral base enamel #859416
Lighting - $10
- leaves for sconces: The Great Indoors - Palmento, B MDS
Project Total - $973
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