Host Susan Blake and makeover designer Robert Fountain discuss the makeover based on interior designer Stuart Piontek's romantic-style dining room.
Host Susan Blake introduces designer Stuart Piontek, who created a rich and romantic look for a dining room, using a bold red and gold palette accented with a soft green. Contemporary furniture is combined with more traditional accessories for an interesting mix. Expensive fabrics and dramatic furniture add up to a look that is both playful and sophisticated.
Transforming the Makeover Room
Ahead are the steps designer Robert Fountain took to transform a rather sparsely furnished dining room into a romantic space.
The Bottom Line
To see where the savings are, take a look at this direct cost comparison of some Inspiration Room items and the creatively comparable ones used in the Makeover Room:
Roll-back mahogany chairs, $1,900 / Reupholstered chairs, $100
Diamond pattern cabinet, $5,600 / Refinished armoire, $450
Caricature art, $700 / Chaplin print, $59
Console accessories, $3,700 / Console accessories, $130
Table Accessories, $3,000 / Table accessories, $300
The $500 Challenge
If you have only $500 to spend to create the rich, romantic look of the dining room, designer Robert Fountain suggests you start with the tabletop: invest in red and gold dinnerware and accessories. Then add the rich red curtain, which has a lot of bang for the buck. Finish with sleek accessories like the lamp and sugar and creamer on the console. The greatest savings in the Makeover Room came from using the original console and painting the armoire with a custom diamond pattern.
Charlie Chaplin print - Eurographics
Will Rafuse print, Dancing Couple print, scarlet shiraz silk panels - Z Gallerie
cherry wood memory box - Bombay
cream and taupe diamond pattern chairs - Cort Furniture
iron candlesticks, place settings (Hampton Silversmiths / Avante Frosted) - Marshalls
wineglasses and champagne flutes with gold scroll detail - Pier 1 Imports
white wineglasses with gold leaf overlay - Ross Stores
gold plastic chargers - Cost Plus World Market
red glass salad plates - Crate & Barrel
gold synthetic organza placemats, napkins, metal canister sprayed red and gold, lampshade, butter knives, curtain rod with brass finish (Umbra) - Linens 'n Things
black obelisk-shaped lamp - Target
red plastic bowls - Pottery Barn