Potential to ShineIn this very special episode, host David Bromstad creates two makeovers in one. First, a lackluster living room gets an updated look with cool colors, warm accents and modern furniture. Then the living room, as well as the front of the house, is transformed into a winter wonderland with trees, snow and garlands just in time for the holidays!
The room has a great structure that would stand out more with a simplified design. The family would like a soothing blue and spicy orange for the color palette. Although they'd like to see it have cleaner lines and a more modern style, they don't want it so nice that they can't use it. The kids want to be able to enjoy it too.
Modern ComfortAn icy blue on the walls and a greener blue on the ceiling bring out the woodwork. The orange accents in the pillows, rugs and draperies are the perfect complement to the cool tone on the walls. Bromstad threw in the lime green splashes for a modern twist. He also floated the furniture in the middle of the room. As every wall has a window or a door on it, this is a good way to create an uninterrupted seating area.
paint, ceiling (22-24 Oat Grass); walls (24-8 Forget-Me-Not) Pratt & Lambert
couches Select Furniture
rugs (orange Stockholm), candlesticks (Skimmer) Ikea
curtains (terracotta Roma), wall art (Plaque Media), carved panel (Sanduary), pillows (orange Jacquard Giverny) Z Gallerie
chandelier (Crystalball) Restoration Hardware
floor lamps (Cooper) Pottery Barn
coffee table (item # D37, cherry rope edge) Traditions
ottoman (item #249120145, silver and grey) Target
pillows (orange and turqoise) Crate and Barrel Outlet
round medallion (item #BR9FC793, Kendach, Notre Dame) Hillsdale Home
Christmas ornaments and tree components Lakeland Florist Supply
Three Trees Better Than OneYou don't necessarily need green and red and Santas everywhere to decorate for Christmas. Nor do you have to only have one tree in the room. Be creative and start your own traditions. Decorate in unexpected places: use garland as curtain tiebacks, drape greenery above the window frames, hang baubles on lampshades. Try using non-traditional colors for pillows so you can use them throughout the year.
Corner CabinetThe homeowners don't want the TV to be the central focus in their living room. A corner cabinet tucks the large screen TV off to one side. While it can be viewed from any seat in the room, it doesn't disrupt the flow or aesthetic of the space.
Gifts Not IncludedBefore all your presents are under the tree, you can create an inexpensive display by wrapping empty cardboard boxes. Bromstad chooses inexpensive white butcher paper as the base. He then embellishes the boxes with beautiful ribbons in coordinating colors.
Colorful TreesTo create the woodsy look he's going for, Bromstad makes his own trees. He snips off the branches of an inexpensive fake tree and inserts them into the pre-drilled holes in birch logs. He leaves plenty of space between limbs so the birch bark shows through the branches. The lowest row of boughs is a little higher than customary because he likes to leave lots of room for presents.
For holiday decorations, you can pick any style or combination of styles: funky, modern, vintage, traditional, etc. Simply unite themes by staying within the same color scheme.
Festive EntryA classic way to decorate large columns is to wrap them with garland. Bromstad decides to give this stately entrance a unique twist. He creates a curtain of garland and ties the greenery back to each column like drapery. Won't Santa be impressed?