Outdoor Style in a City Condo

A makeover of a 700-square-foot city condo makes room for a taste of the great outdoors.

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Before:

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When Andy and Melinda moved into their 700-square-foot condominium in the city, they found the unit a bit claustrophobic and didn't know how to maximize the space. Melinda often works at home as a personal trainer and registered massage therapist, so she wanted the space to be relaxing and peaceful; Andy is an outdoorsman and wanted it to reflect his great love of nature.

After:

I started the makeover by painting the whole space in a gorgeous shade of stone. And to make this nature-inspired space truly inspiring, I decided on a little something extra for the walls: two big outdoorsy murals, one depicting trees in a forest for the dining room and one in a river-rock pattern for the dining room.

Then I got started on dividing the space into two zones: the dining area and the living area. There wasn't much room for a table and chairs in the dining room, so I had to get creative. This room is all about nature, so I decided to give them a rustic element by using hardwood-flooring materials to create a dining-room table. For seating I installed two striped chairs in nature-inspired tones of rust, bark and moss. I also installed a wall-hung fireplace that burns ethanol.

In the living room, I put in a large L-shaped sectional upholstered in spicy red fabric. I put in some wooden-block coffee tables, laid a brown suede rug and covered an ugly air-conditioning vent with a soothing waterfall display. I covered the windows in a stone-colored chenille fabric and naturally woven blinds. And to lighten the space, I installed puck lights in the bulkhead to accentuate the murals, put up 16 feet of track lighting and added pendant lighting over the table in the dining room and the seating area in the living room.

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