Designer Vern Yip makes over a master suite and a commercial kitchen for a deserving caterer and his wife.
Earl Cameron and his wife, Joanna, put everything on the line to move to Atlanta and start up Earl's catering business. At the first sign of success, he started giving back to the community by helping to feed the homeless. For all his generosity, designer Vern Yip is going to makeover the couple's master bedroom, and as a surprise, he'll finish Earl's catering kitchen.
The couple painted their master bedroom their favorite color yellow. But, it didn't turn out so well because the walls now blend in too much with dull beige carpet and the yellow sofa is practically lost.
The makeover starts by painting the walls a rich, chocolate brown. The room's vertical space is elegantly accentuated with a gold-leaf ceiling. Gold leaf is actually very thin sheets of metal that are applied with a liquid-based adhesive and a very fine make-up brush. A brand new sleigh bed is positioned underneath the window to take advantage of room's length. More sparkle is added to the space with luxurious silk and linen bedding and window treatments. Candle sconces, which can double as flower vases provide a romantic, Zen-like air. The shadows from the lighting are part of the design. The lamps, fixtures and candles were specifically chosen for the way they cast warm and interesting glows against the brown walls.
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Earl runs his catering business from the basement of the couple's home. He's got all the right equipment, but the room is not finished. The ceiling beams are still exposed, there are no light fixtures, just bare light bulbs, and not all the walls are drywalled. Most of all, for safety reasons, Earl needs an exhaust fan over the stoves and some non-slip flooring.
The catering kitchen is complete from top to bottom. Industrial-style ceiling tiles cover the exposed beams and eight large pendant fixtures illuminate the work space. These fixtures are perfect for this type of kitchen because they are easy to clean. The walls are finished and painted in a semi-gloss pumpkin-colored paint. Semi-gloss paint is best for kitchens and bathrooms because it holds up better to moisture and can easily be wiped down. The cement floor is resurfaced in a textured, non-slip paint. The texture, or grit in the paint comes from little pieces of treated rubber that have been recycled from car tires. This paint works great in commercial kitchens, as well as garages and walkways. Finally, some new stainless-steel shelves are added to better organize the cookware, utensils and spices.