Small Space Transformed: Bohemian ModernHomeowner Laura Murphy has lived in her little one-bedroom bungalow for nearly three years and she still hasn’t had a house-warming party. The problem — she has no place to put her guests. Her combination living and dining room is too small and she doesn’t have enough seating. She loves her 1928 cottage, but she needs some help decorating it so she can maximize her small space. With the help of host Joan Steffend, carpenter Jeff Meyer, and less than $500, designer Cy Winship transforms this small cottage living room into a modern, bohemian retreat.
The makeover starts by painting horizontal stripes on the long walls and solid colors on the side walls. To make the bright colors pop, Winship pairs them with neutral colors.
paint: Sherwin Williams - Terra Brown 6048, Heartthrob (red) 6866, Marquis Orange 6650, Hopsack 6109, Black Bean 6006 and Marigold 6664
Window TreatmentsDramatic window treatments are sewn using inexpensive wool fabric. Non-traditional tie backs are created by hanging an additional, freestanding colorful sash from the curtain rod. The sash can either be left hanging to look like curtain trim or it can be pulled back across the curtain draping it like a pageant sash.
Window treatments $44
red fabric: SR Harris Fabric Outlet
Room DividerThe homeowner’s bookcase is flipped on its side and repurposed into a room divider to help separate the living and dining areas. The divider shelves are filled with a variety of the homeowner’s treasures and some handmade, whimsical knickknacks. Unusual conversation pieces are made from wig forms. Strips of paper are adhered onto one wig head while another head is epoxied with bright-red cinnamon candy (not shown) then sprayed with polyurethane.
wig heads: Sally Beauty Supply
Dining AreaA dining area is put together by pairing a thrift-store table with a four discarded school chairs. To add a little extra dimension, craft balls are glued onto the backs of the chairs. The entire set is painted the same shade of orange used on the walls, then the backrests are reupholstered. Two rugs are made by cutting a single remnant in half. One rug is placed underneath the dining table and the other is placed in the living area.
Table and chairs $73, tabletop accents $5 and rugs $50
carpet: Big Bob’s Flooring Outlet
Living AreaThe homeowner gained more seating when designer Cy Winship found a discarded sectional by the side of road. All the pieces of the sectional are in good shape, they just need to be re-covered. Slipcovers are sewn from a vintage, 1950s poodle-textured fabric. Bold and vibrant throw pillows are crafted for additional comfort. Unique end tables are made when old wallpaper emboss rollers are flipped on their side and topped off with a finished piece of wood. The homeowner’s black and white photographs are remounted on bright orange mats so they’ll really stand out and be noticed.
Sectional slipcovers $20, nesting tables $35 and colored mats $12
fabric: Do It Yourself Upholstery Supply
matte board: Michael’s Arts and Crafts - orange 40010005-4611
Display ShelvesTo conceal the TV, designer Cy Winship made a box from foam core, layered it in felt then glued reinforced strips of the same felt in a looping pattern to give it a woven appearance. The homeowner's cabinet and wooden trunk are adorned with cone-shaped, clay spacers from an old kiln then both pieces are painted deep brown.
Cabinets $3 and TV cozy $12
red felt: Aetna Felt Corp.
Display ShelvesAfter toying around with a few ideas, Winship took a variety of found objects, spray painted them all white then arranged them on the cubes.
Display boxes $48 and accent art $9