Join Host Susan Blake and designer Judy Swenson on a makeover journey to create an island-style dining room. Swenson designed the expensive Inspiration Room for a price tag of $25,000 but will complete this makeover for less than $2,000.
Host Susan Blake introduces designer Judy Swenson, who created tropical paradise in a dining room using salmon-colored walls, dark wood, Asian-inspired furniture and antiques, highly decorative textiles and an abundance of greenery. She mixed aged, distressed furniture with new, and set a magnificent table using a rich linen tablecloth and four sets of dishes per place setting as well as expensive colored glass goblets. The effect is exotic, colorful and exciting.
Makeover Room Before
Transforming the Makeover Room
Below are the steps taken to transform a sparsely furnished, bland dining room into a festive tropical room with island flair:
Makeover Room After
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:
Antique Asian console table, $1,200 / Fruitwood pagoda table, $285
Antique prints and accessories, $6,000 / New prints and accessories, $600
Antique chairs, $670 / Spray-painted chairs, $75
Place setting, $270 / Sensible Chic alternative, $60
Designer table top, $,500 / Sensible Chic version, $300
Elliptical bubble lamp, just under $400 / Peach paper globe, less than $10
The $500 Challenge
If you have only $500 to spend to create the tropical look of the Inspiration Room, makeover designer Judy Swenson suggests starting with a warm paint color, then adding the Asian feel with a dark wood console table and organic prints for the walls.
planters - Home Depot
bamboo candleholders, smoked bamboo table runner, wood charger, twisted wood chopsticks, amber-colored wine glasses - Pier 1 Imports
dark wood boat with rattan handles, smoky mocha water glasses - Macy's
dark brown wood bowl - Marshalls
floral napkin rings - Villeroy and Boch
green napkins - Bed, Bath and Beyond
bamboo matchstick shades, peach paper lantern - Cost Plus World Market