The Tuscan theme of soft colors and dark wood gets a twist by combining contemporary pieces with antiques.
Host Susan Blake introduces designer Linda Applewhite, who created an Old World look in the comfortable yet elegant living room using warm colors and rustic items. The Tuscan theme of soft colors and dark wood gets a twist when combining contemporary pieces like the couch and coffee table with antique pieces like a 17th-century tapestry and antique console.
Transforming the Makeover Room
Below are the steps used to transform a large living room with cold white walls and outdated furniture into a warm, luxurious space with a distinct design statement:
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:
Gilded lamp, marble side table, $1,800 / Floor lamp and pie crust table, $85
Mantel accessories and tapestry, $18,500 / Mantel accessories, $136
Stone coffee table and accessories, $6,500 / Faux-finish table and accessories, $240
Wood lyre chairs and table, $7,000 / Table and chairs, $280
The $500 Challenge
If you have only $500 dollars to spend to create the Old World Tuscan look for your living room, makeover designer Stuart Piontek suggests you start with warm colors, found in the wall color, pillows, tapestry and paintings. Add a rustic touch with metal-based tables and candlesticks.
metal leaf accessories in aged brass, cocktail table base, wooden pyramid chest, candelabra, gold chenille seat cushions, Japanese clay soldier figure - Burlington Coat Factory
wood lamp and paper shade - KMart
drapes - Strouds
pillows - Ross Stores
artificial pears - Michaels
brass finial - Marshalls
gold-finished rod with artichoke finials - Bed, Bath and Beyond
large and small urns - Villeroy & Boch
brass candlesticks - T.J. Maxx
tapestry rod set, vase - Costco