Before: Pillow FrenzyCarlton and Phyllis Taffes' living room is full of pillows, old relics and unexplainable furnishings. Phyllis has always dreamed of a formal space, but Carlton won't throw anything away. They like to play it safe when it comes to design choices but their daughters, Simone and Colleen, are ready to take a few risks and give the space a fresh new look.
After: Pillow PerfectionHosts Emmanuel Belliveau and Andrika Lawren decide to keep the furniture layout the same because it's the best use of space, but modern pieces take the place of the old floral furnishings. Mahogany flooring replaces the tired yellow wood and stylish window coverings add sophistication to the new room. Since Phyllis is obsessed with keeping her pillows perfect, Belliveau created a unique box for protecting and showcasing these prized possessions.
Before: Dated TrellisThe unfinished trellis at the entryway blocks off the living room, making the space seem smaller. Several years ago, Carlton painted the crown molding orange to accent the room but his daughters are desperate to tone down the color for a more sophisticated look.
After: Sleek Glass DividerTo update the space, the old latticework is removed to make room for a frameless, floor-to-ceiling glass panel. A warm rose is used on the walls and the orange molding is painted to match. By blending traditional lines with contemporary colors and materials, they transform the Taffes' bland living room into a space that is both formal and inviting.
String Boat ArtworkTo honor Carlton's love of boats, Lawren and Simone create a unique piece of artwork just for him. To make your own string art, arrange nails 1/4 inch apart on a piece of wood to resemble the outline of a boat. Tie one end of the yarn around the top nail in the mast and wind it around the outside nail of the sail. Wrap the yarn back around the top nail, and then down to second one in the sail. Repeat this pattern around each sail nail, and then move down to the second (then third, fourth, etc.) nail in the mast and continue the process. Finish by wrapping the opposite sail and remaining boat pieces using the same technique.