Before: Too Neutral SurroundingsExotic backgrounds and eclectic tastes have this couple butting heads over their family room and kitchen. Houda is adventurous and opinionated, while Jack is practical and stubborn. Plus, they come from different parts of the work — she's from Morrocco and he's from Thailand. Jack wants a contemporary, neutral place to watch TV, while Houda wants a timeless, vibrant space for entertaining.
After: Sleek, Modern LinesTo satisfy Houda's need for a social space, designer Chayse Dacoda adds a black granite-topped island in the kitchen. Both of their heritages are incorporated into the room with unique accents.
dark brown paint (Mochaccino, KM4048-5); light brown paint (African Desert, KM4031-3); accent square paint (Fallen Leaf, KM 4032-5) - Kelly-Moore Paints
Chayse's Design Tips:
- Accentuate a view by painting the wall dark.
- Give small spaces depth with multi-tone walls.
- To soften the look of a contemporary cabinet, remove the glass.
- Use unique art to draw people into a room you want to keep social.
Before: Mismatched FurnishingsHouda and Jack disagree on practically every aspect of the new room, including the function, color and style. Houda wants vibrant colors and a classic feel, while Jack wants the room to be understated and modern.
After: Simple, Classic StyleRich colors from a muted palette warm up the space, while making the most of their gorgeous view. A contemporary media console is softened by removing all glass and hardware, and they turn the TV wall into a piece of art by painting two squares behind the TV.
Stained Glass Moroccan LanternIn the Design Taste Test, Houda mentions she wanted her cultural heritage represented in the room, so they turned an ordinary lamp into a stained glass Moroccan lantern. Here's how they did it:
Materials and Tools:
self-adhesive lead strips
water-based poly sealer
glass candle lantern
glass of water
1. Lay the self-adhesive lead strips in desired pattern. Note: You can substitute leaded glass paint if you have a steady hand.
2. Paint the inside of the lead strips using translucent glass paint. A thinner coat will give it a more even look; thicker coats get more saturated and the colors are richer and deeper.
3. Spray a coat of water-based poly sealer over the glass paint area with lead strips to give the whole area an even consistent finish.
Fabric CanvasMaterials and Tools:
6-8 different fabrics in complimentary colors and patterns (approx. 1 yard of each, depending on the size of the canvas)
1. Lay the fabric on the canvas.
2. Fold the fabric in a tuxedo cummerbund-style and wrap the edges under the canvas.
3. Staple the fabric to underside of the canvas frame. Cut the fabric close to the staples to create clean lines on the back.