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Vibrant Living Room

Designer Linda Applewhite combines European and Turkish antiques to create a designer living room.

Host Brooke Channon and designer Linda Applewhite work together to re-create the look of Applewhite’s Inspiration Room. Applewhite used a combination of European and Turkish antiques and bold punches of color to create this designer look.

Transforming the Makeover Room

Guest designer Linda Applewhite helped direct the transformation of the bland living room into a vibrant and whimsical space by taking the following steps:

  • Added a golden color wash (1 part water, 3 parts Benjamin Moore Suntan Yellow paint ) to the walls to create a rustic Mediterranean feel to the room.

  • Placed a French-inspired sofa with carved wooden detail and decorated it with bold throw pillows.

  • The design team refinished an antique console table and topped it with a gourd spray-painted bronze.

  • Used a round coffee table topped with ceramic plates, handpainted candlesticks with candles and a flower tin filled with grass.

  • Finished the seating area with plaid wingback chairs dressed with decorative pillows.

  • Placed two green-hued planters filled with plants in front of the window to add more greenery to the room.

  • Used a pine sideboard and hung a French Confit print over the sideboard. Dressed the piece with lamps trimmed in fringe. A pair of colorful ceramic roosters flanked the artwork as well as completed the sideboard area.

  • Added a chinoiserie style clock for a final whimsical touch to the room.

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:

French walnut hand-carved sofa, handmade designer pillows, $4,400 / French-inspired sofa, decorative pillows, $410

Handpainted pear wood console table, bronze pear sculpture, $18,500 / Refinished console table, gourd painted bronze, $120

French oak sideboard, antique English urn lamps, French garden lions, French metal urn, German painting, $22,750 / Pine sideboard, lamps with trim detail, ceramic roosters, flower urn, French Confit print, $665

Wooden Swedish clock, $12,000 / Chinoiserie-style clock, $400 (Valencia Interiors)

Product information:

pillow fabric, form, trim - Poppy Fabrics
pine sideboard with rustic hardware - IMG Home
square ceramic plates - Marshalls
handpainted candlesticks, candles - Ross
gourd - Z Gallerie

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