Before: Mismatched RoomAfter living in their home for nine months, Leandra and Dylan Macdonald have discovered they have very different design tastes. Host Chayse Dacoda’s challenge is to merge Dylan’s desire for an eclectic dramatic look and Leandra’s desire for a clutter-free neutral room.
After: Stunning Neutral PaletteInterior designer Chayse Dacoda creates a plan that will meet both of their needs. The walls get a textured linen finish in neutral brown, but are still dramatic because of the dark color. She also changes the focal point of the room by moving the TV and bringing the furniture closer to the center of the room to create an intimate comfortable space. To make it even more intimate, she closes the room off from the dining room with a partial wall and curtains in rich fabrics. Since Leandra hates the lead window, they change it into a pass-through to the kitchen.
Before: Bland and BoringOnce this couple started to discuss their plan for the living room, they realized they needed help. He wants a more vibrant color for the space, while she feels safe with a more neutral palette. In addition, Dylan thinks the clutter makes the space feel homey, but it's driving Leandra crazy and she wants everything to look uniform and tidy.
After: Elegant and ComfyThey keep the existing furniture and bring in an antique chair to create the seating area. All the furniture is custom upholstered in similar luxurious fabrics to keep the look uniform for Leandra. To keep the room neat and tidy, they build shelving around the wall and above the TV. More dark wood furniture is brought in for extra storage and antique accessories add an eclectic look.
Chayse's Design Tips:
- Make sure to always keep the lines of a room feeling cohesive.
- Brush a darker color over a light neutral for a formal linen look.
- Use fluted window casing to give contemporary furniture a formal look.
- Unique pieces of furniture can be cohesive when they share a color.
Luggage Storage BoxTo give the room both storage and a little touch of fancy, they create patterned antiqued luggage boxes.
Materials and Tools:
wooden storage boxes
decorative leather-finish paper
light wood stain
1. Cut the paper to the size of the box sides, and use spray adhesive to attach to the sides.
2. Create a custom stamp by gluing a foam letter to a wooden block.
3. Draw straight lines on the paper with a ruler and pencil.
4. Dip your custom stamp onto the ink pad and apply to the paper.
5. Assemble the boxes, according to the manufacturer's instructions.
6. Mix a light wood stain with glaze and apply to the storage boxes. Cover all parts of the box, including the hardware.