Natural, Contemporary Living Room

The Design on a Dime team fashions a natural, contemporary living room to suit an artist's vibrant lifestyle, and unadorned space is revived into a natural, contemporary living room.

Venetian Plaster Fireplace

Hopkins builds a removable surround for the fireplace, since Tos rents. He brings in an Italian feel with Venetian plaster. A faux zebrawood mantel caps the fireplace. The mirror that inspired the room's design is now hung prominently above the fireplace. The area is balanced with matching cabinets on either side of the fireplace that provide separate functions. One stores dishes, glassware and other dining room items. The other cabinet houses the television.

The Cost

Table and bench – $89

  • bench cushion foam (2 x 15.5") – Evans Upholstery Supply
  • dining table base – St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • stain (Minwax oil-based stain, Golden Oak, 210B) – The Home Depot

Chairs – $87
  • dining room chairs (Ty Pennington, Eaton style natural wood, 00810798000) – Sears

Drapes – $53
  • curtains for the dining area (Andrea style, 98-inch long green and brown curtains) – Ikea
  • curtain rod and finials (Index style black curtain rod, 70079373), (Index style black and wicker finials, 93495112) – Ikea
  • roller shades (bamboo-style matchstick roller shades, 70100402) – Ikea

Chandelier – $65
  • Manzanita branches, raffia-covered wire – Moscatel's
  • light kit (Hemma style cord kit, 10175810) – Ikea

Cabinets – $125
Paint and supplies – $62
  • paint, Behr, back kitchen wall, inside wine rack, table base and tree mural (380D-6 Leapfrog); living room wall color (260D-7 Copper Mountain); for the art wall w/tree mural, TV cabinet and bar cabinet (760B-6 Traditional) – The Home Depot

Venetian plaster – $75
  • fireplace face ("Venetziano" Venetian plaster #7, beige tone) – G&M Paint

Mantle – $47
  • pet grass for recessed planter box in mantel – Gelson's
  • wood (faux Zebrawood, 053498) – Phillips Plywood Center
  • hook and loop used to secure the mantel (Velcro, industrial strength hook and loop, 075967901981) – The Home Depot

Rug – $38
  • area rug (4 x 6 green jute stripe rug, 000000381844) – Cost Plus World Market

Pillows and cushion – $87
  • fabric, bench cushion and one small toss pillow (orange monochromatic fabric) – Michael Levine, Inc.
  • fabric couch (large toss pillows, dark blue monochromatic metallic fabric), (medium toss pillows, green monochromatic metallic fabric) – Michael Levine Inc.
  • toss pillows couch (tan angora toss pillows, 400018410271) – Ross
  • toss pillows for dining area bench (cream-colored box quilt toss pillows, 400023372465) – Ross

Wall art – $5
  • materials for mural (tracing paper, 230791001), (Rembrandt brand white pastel, 200261031), (Carmin brand red carbon pencil, 200093151) – Blick Art Material

Barstools – $49
  • barstools (29" light-green straw bottom barstools, 012717648574) – Linens 'n Things

Countertop – $39
  • wood (faux Zebrawood, 053498) – Phillips Plywood Center
  • hook and loop used to secure countertop (Velcro, industrial strength hook and loop, 075967901981) – The Home Depot

Wine rack – $15
  • stain, wine rack (Minwax water-based stain, American Walnut ) – The Home Depot

Divider – $28
  • ring curtains (Hultet style wicker ring curtains, 10066514) – Ikea

Shelf curtains – $19
  • curtain panels (orange) – Michael Levine Inc.

Lighting and accessories – $116
  • light kits for pendant lamps (Hemma style cord kit, 10175810) – Ikea
  • pendant lampshades (Orgel style rectangular crushed paper pendant lampshades, 60021274) – Ikea
  • ceiling light shade (Kumo style 20" round crushed paper shade, 000000370938) – Cost Plus World Market
  • vases on mantel (natural bamboo vase, 400022321976) – Ross
  • fauna for vases (straight natural twigs, 24708178120) – Michaels
  • place mats (Tahitian Celadon Bamboo placemats, 400019214410) – Ross

Total – $999

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