Before: Drab Living RoomHeather Downie and Christianne Mejia are roommates who want their apartment to be as hip and creative as they are. Heather is a photography student and Christianne is an art student, so they would like a space where they can create their art as well as entertain and relax.
Heather and Christianne's apartment building has a modern style they love, but their current furnishings don't reflect their funky, urban style or the building's contemporary architecture. Their decor is a collection of curbside finds and mismatched furniture they have accumulated since they moved in together, so the room lacks a cohesive style. Space is at a premium in any apartment situation, and they need a storage solution to house their media as well as lighting to brighten up the space.
After: Urban-Chic SpaceHost and interior designer Lee Snijders and design coordinators Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge get the creative juices flowing by designing an urban-modern space where they can not only create their art, but also display it.
Media CenterThe team defines the two areas in the space by giving the dining area a coat of creamy-yellow paint and the living area a coat of silvery-blue. They give Heather and Christianne a new, black sofa and chairs and recover their existing chair to match, accenting them with colorful pillows. A modern, new media center houses their components and collection of albums, CDs and movies.
Gallery WallCharles gives a pair of old speakers a modern makeover by painting them dark gray and replacing the grill covers and speaker cloth.
He also creates a gallery wall for Heather and Christianne's art with panels of galvanized steel he textures using a brush attachment on a power drill. Black self-adhesive paper is used on acrylic to create the front of the art frame, which is secured to the galvanized steel with magnetic strips to make switching out the art a snap. Last, he attaches 1-by-2 strips of fir to the back, which will life the art from the wall, and attaches a wire for easy hanging.
Dining AreaSummer designs a sleek dining solution by creating a solid birch table and benches using galvanized steel pipes for legs. She adds cushions to the benches for comfort.
Lee steps up the style on new, birch shelves by fitting them with fluorescent light fixtures and frames made of quarter-inch birch. The frames are spray-painted silver and slide over each shelf to accent the new media center and eating area.
Dining room set - $185
Custom framing solution - $100
Paint and supplies - $65
Benjamin Moore paint for living area: Thundercloud Gray, 2124-40; for dining area: Hawthorne Yellow, HC-4
Sofa - $100
Pillows - $20
Table lamps - $40
Target - 074020619
Entertainment center - $357
Target - 074050853
Speaker redo - $16
Shelves - $64
Window treatments - $50
Ikea - Silver color, 50045647, 15148
Project Total - $997