Before: Need a Focal PointThe Gerrity family live in a quiet residential neighborhood. When the holidays roll around their street is known as "Candy Cane Lane" because everyone on the block decorates in a big way. The Gerrity family would like to bring that outdoor holiday cheer into their home. Lucky for them, designer Angelo Surmelis and the festive 24 Hour Design team have plenty of yuletide spirit and design ideas to go around.
The homeowners need help with the layout of their combination living, dining and family room. The mismatched furniture has no real design style. Flow is also an issue; the living room and family room don’t blend together or transition into one another very well. The homeowners love having a large fireplace in the living room, but they feel it needs a new look so it will stand out more.
After: Holiday HearthThe fireplace is revamped to make it the focus of the room. The cinderblock façade is smoothed out with a layer of joint compound. When it is dry, a layer of sandy-colored polished plaster is applied to the surface. Polished plaster is a very durable, decorative finish that contains marble dust. To give the fireplace more presence, the top of the mantle and the hearth are covered in a mosaic of Arizona flagstone.
Both seating areas are balanced out with scaled-down, casual furniture that allows better transition between the two spaces. Comfortable seating is always important, but during the holidays it becomes mandatory because of all the friends and family coming over. If you don’t have a large enough room to create separate seating areas, play around with furniture placement to fit your entertaining needs.
paint: Lowe’s - Valspar’s Garden Clog Green
leather chairs: Target - Kingston Dark Brown
green couch: Target - Metropolitan Sage
mirrors: Bombay Co. - Mini Mirror
Before: Blah and Not Very JoyousWhen the homeowners first moved into their home, they quickly painted the whole place white, now they wish they had some more color on the walls. Their large dining room is especially dull. Every year this family hosts a big holiday cookie-exchange party for their neighbors and they wish they had a more cheerful and festive atmosphere for the party.
After: Merry Cookie PartyThe new, soft-green wall color adds warmth for the holidays, but will work year round. The room is now ready for the cookie-exchange party. A variety of traditional and contemporary serving platters adorn the table. Using different styles of tableware adds interest, color and personality. For more dimension, the table is also dressed with some easy and inexpensive organic elements. Branches and leaves are decorated with paint and glitter then laid across the table in between the platters.
Design Project: Make Your Own OrnamentsMaking your own holiday ornaments is a great family tradition that even young kids can do. These colorful store-bought ornaments started out as just plain, clear glass (plastic can also be used). To add the color, remove the tops from the ornaments. Squirt different colors of paint (try glitter paint too) inside the ornament. Cover the top with your fingers, then shake. The mix of paint will create unique patterns and color combinations. These ornaments are hung from a suspended pole along with everyday lanterns to make an elegant display for the dining room.