Before: LacklusterBefore: Lackluster
Homeowners Alice and Joe Cotti have a beautiful living room with high ceilings and great architectural details, but because it’s so open and sparsely decorated, it’s often used as an entrance hall instead of a living room. Designer Angelo Surmelis and the 24 Hour Design team are on hand to transform this room into a place where people want to stay and hang out.
After: Comfortable StyleAfter: Comfortable Style
By staying true to the architecture of the home, and using some of the homeowner’s existing pieces, the design team created a room that is elegant yet, comfortable and casual. Two new, red-slipper chairs and four ottomans maximize the seating area. The ottomans are great for casual design because they can easily move around and be used as a coffee table or additional seating. The homeowners' beautiful Asian-style, apothecary cabinet is kept in the same place. The mix of styles, periods and textures work together to create a sense of history and personality. The stark-white fireplace no longer blends into the walls. By painting it black then using a faux-paint treatment, the mantel now has an aged look that matches the Asian-style cabinet and makes it the room’s focal point.
paint: ICI Paints - Dried Hydrangea, Restless Seas
chairs: Target Home - armless upholstered in Garnet
console table: Target Home - Exotic Retreat
ottomans: Target - red and gold footed
frames: Ikea – Ribba
green trunk: Pier 1 - Shantou Bunching Trunk
curtains: Pier 1 - West End window panel 2160058
slipcover: Target – Milkshake 10235649
Before: Lost DetailsBefore: Lost Details
This room has some gorgeous architectural details –– high ceiling with beams, columned opening into the dining room and arched, recessed shelving.
After: Traditional Colors
The connecting dining room is painted mossy green. For continuity, the inside of the recessed shelves are painted the same green as the dining room. To personalize the space, the shelves are filled with a collage of family photos, all in matching black frames. Store-bought curtains are embellished with brown velvet panels to dress up the windows. Red accessories and contemporary lighting add warm casualness and help make the traditional pieces in the room really stand out.
Bar Cabinet ProjectBar Cabinet Project
First, they build the base unit with two doors for closed storage. The top unit consists of two open shelves to hold glassware and bottles. Both sections are stained and then a mirror is added behind the shelves. The sections are assembled with an inexpensive wooden countertop sandwiched in between. To make the feet, Ashe cut random shapes out of wood and combined them with a few store-bought feet. For a unique look, each foot was painted a different color. Finally, lights are added to the inside of the cabinet to shine through the slits that were cut into the doors.