During and After Photos: The Marquez Family

In the first episode of HGTV’s $250,000 Challenge, contestants Jeff and Elizabell Marquez transform their living room into a warm and inviting tropical space ideal for entertaining.

  • Jeff applies the first coat of neutral paint in a shade of linen to the walls.
  • Jeff starts work on the enlarged entertainment center, which will serve as the room’s focal point.
  • Carpenter Andy Hampton helps with construction duties.
  • Show host Drew Lachey stops by to assist the Marquezes with painting.
  • Elizabell repaints drawers from the original entertainment center.
  • Jeff affixes crown molding to the repurposed entertainment center.
  • Built-in storage will help the couple keep their living space free of clutter.
  • Jeff lends a hand with building materials that will be used to transform the living room.
  • Word art serves as the finishing touch for the couples’ Caribbean-flavored living room.
  • Carpenter Andy Hampton fashions frames to serve as wall art.
  • Elizabell does final cleanup before furnishings are moved back into the living room.
  • Show host Drew Lachey swings by to assist the couple and lend a helping hand.
  • Jeff puts his artistic touch on a tropical-themed piece of artwork.
  • Burnt-orange accents and foliage in the form of framed prints and potted plants give the Marquezes’ modern-chic space a tropical vibe.
  • Dark frames and Jeff’s hand-painted tropical flower add a pop of color to walls.
  • The expanded entertainment center provides storage and shelves for artwork and decorative accessories. It rests against an accent wall, painted a rich hue of chocolate.
  • Pops of green against linen walls and cream upholstery keep the space from seeming too formal.
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