Before: Mismatched MessBrothers Stanford and Wilston Poon are tired of their boring, cluttered living room. They run a clothing business out of their home, so they live, work and entertain in the same space. Using the modern furniture the Poon brothers already own and adding some touches inspired by their home state of Hawaii, the Design on a Dime team sets out to bring a tropical twist to a contemporary space.
A shabby futon and cluttered TV stand can definitely go. The previous owner removed the sink from a wet bar, so now the area is being used for storage. The dining room, which is open to the living room, is used as the office. An unfinished wooden chest serves as the coffee table. The Poon brothers need some storage, window treatments and a place to dine.
After: Tropical TexturesThe Solution
Interior designer Lee Snijders and design coordinators Charles Burbridge and Summer Baltzer bring tropical textures and natural Hawaiian colors into the brothers' living/dining room. The awkward wet bar finds new life as a bar with stools and a cool new countertop. New and revamped furnishings feature tropical textured materials and dark stained woods. Contemporary tropical art now adorns the dining room, which also features a modern chandelier. Pale sage-green walls create the ideal backdrop for this tropical paradise.
Armoire – $100
- entertainment center, $100 – Salvation Army
Chair – $216
- armchair, Martha Stewart, 02211382271, $199.99 – Kmart
Dining set – $108
- table and chairs, Jokkmokk, 800.865.75 – Ikea
Table redo – $50
Rebuilt bar area – $145
- cement supplies – Anawalt Lumber
Barware – $54
- glassware – Cost Plus World Market
Accessories – $95
- bowl, $7.99 – Target
- leaves for bowl project, $1.99 each – Michaels
- matte medium for bowl project, Liquitex, $8.99 – Michaels
Chandelier – $35
- beads – Kit Kraft
Art piece – $112
- woven mat fabric – F&S Fabrics
Roman shades – $30
- wallpaper for Roman shades, $25.99 per single roll – Wallpapers to Go
Paint – $50
- paint, Behr's Outback 390F-4, 2 gal., $25/gallon – The Home Depot
Total – $995
Entertainment ArmoireThe armoire is stained dark with a rattan, tropical-style door.
Revamped BarHe spreads a layer of concrete and then sprinkles a layer of smooth, green, ground beach glass, which he presses in with a trowel. Custom-etched glassware and barstools complete the revamped bar area.
Rattan FaceliftThe raffia fabric coordinates with some of the fabric in Snijder's contemporary wall art in the dining area.
Contemporary DiningSnijders designs a one-of-a-kind, two-dimensional piece of wall art using a variety of thatched fabrics to cover plywood planks in various sizes and shapes. The wood is covered with foam and then the fabric is attached with spray adhesive. Snijders also found a midcentury modern chandelier, which he augments with wooden and bamboo beads.
Etched BarwareHe covers the edges and handles with painter's tape and places leaf stickers around the glasses and pitcher. Then he applies a coat of etching cream with a paintbrush to the areas that are not covered. The frosted barware adds another interesting textural touch and natural motif to the room.