One Piece of InspirationWhile Sarah Auspitz's stylistic compass points east, her apartment hasn't found its design direction yet. She is looking for an Asian-inspired design to spice up her unappealing living space. Designer Lee Snijders and the Design on a Dime team bring in jewel tone colors and characteristic details to create an Asian-inspired design.
The only hint of color in the room is a chair with an Eastern flair. Sarah loves the colorful pillows and exotic fabrics and would like to see that carried throughout the entire space. Also, the dining room feels like more of an extension of the kitchen, and she'd like help defining the dining area as its own space while merging it with the living room's style.
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Inspiration InfusionA golden wall color sets the backdrop for an Eastern color scheme. Bright red and gold accents highlight various furnishings to pull the room together. Lamps and candles add warm lighting to the space, while the decluttered fireplace features favorite accessories. An Asian armoire hides the TV, and a creative ceiling treatment adds mood lighting.
Paint – $65
- paint (DE 5327 Ghost Town) – Dunn Edwards
Wall art – $20
Armoire – $110
- armoire – Craigslist
Tassels – $14
Accessories – $131
- accessories – Jo-Ann Stores
- pillows (729437121477) – Linens 'n Things
- lamps – Walmart
Side tables – $80
- side tables – Target
Curtains and runners – $50
- fabric – Jo-Ann Stores
Mirror – $10
- mirror wall piece – Salvation Army
Ceiling treatment – $180
- baskets – Z Gallerie
Dining set – $280
- table dressing – Cost Plus
- chairs (Roger), knotty pine table (Bjorkudden), bench – Ikea
Bar stools – $60
Total – $1,000
Fusion DiningDesign coordinator Summer Baltzer covers a plain knotty pine table with a textured roller shade and some trim. She stains it to match the other pieces in the room and to give it a richer, darker color to contrast the wall color. A tip for mixing stain: keep track of which stains and how much you have mixed. It will help when trying to reproduce it later for other projects. A couple of new chairs and a bench complete the updated import fusion style that distinguishes the dining area.
Ceiling TreatmentPeople commonly forget about their ceilings. What you do to a ceiling can change the room architecturally and bring in a lot of visual interest. Lee creates colorful, mood lighting with some hanging colored glass jars and candles.
Relief ArtSarah already had one section of wall art, and Lee added to that by finding two more complementary pieces. The new pieces matched the style but not the colors of the original pieces. So Lee added some touches of color with matching acrylic paints.
Asian ArmoireThey hit the jackpot with this armoire found at an online sale. Design coordinator Charles Burbridge uses some slick carpentry skills to reattach a damaged door and replace a missing locking pin. With the removal of the back panel, the TV is able to fit in flush so that the doors can completely close. The handmade tassels add the finishing Oriental touch.