Before: Space IssuesThese homeowners want a cozy feel in their home office/guest room. The Design on a Dime team uses worldly influences to turn Nipesh and Priti Patels' second bedroom into a den with a well-traveled flare. They use the Patel's photos and souvenirs to create a new style for a workstation, a unique wall treatment and a customized coffee table.
The room has two big pieces of furniture, the bed and the desk, which take up most of the floor space. Other than those items, the room is bare. The homeowners want a den where they can hang out and also still be able to accommodate guests when needed. They want the room to be colorful and become a space that is personalized and lively.
After: World in a DenDesigner Frank Fontana designs the room around the homeowners' love of travel and personalizes it with photos and souvenirs from their travels. Using a golden tone on the walls to pop against the deep wood tones of the furnishings, Fontana brings a lively vibe into the space. He replaces the bed with a sleeper sofa and moves the desk into the closet to open up the room. Fontana gets the sleeper sofa from a hotel re-saler. When buying a used sofa sleeper be sure to inspect the piece for stains and structure. Push on the armrests to be sure they are solid. Also check the mechanics by opening the bed; if the whole sofa moves while the bed is being pulled out, the sofa is not structurally sound.
Art and building materials – $266
- bamboo (1963512), $10 – Pier 1 Imports
Panels – $100
- floor mats, $15 – Cost Plus World Market
- Damask slip cover, $70 – Linens 'n Things
Furniture – $261
- couch, $100 – Cooper Hotel Rennovation
- coffee table bases (Asian baskets, 006207166), $39 – The Bombay Co.
- leather chairs, $40 – Z Gallerie
- lamp, $30 – Kmart
- trunk, $30 – Homegoods
Pillows – $30
- fabric and trim for pillows, $16 – Jo-Ann Stores
Paint and supplies – $118
- paint, Benjamin Moore, walls (Beverly Hills), sitting area (Hollow Brown), $55 – JC Licht
Window treatment – $55
- curtains, $15 – Cost Plus World Market
- curtain rod, $10 – Target
- contact paper, $6 – Target
- fabric spray paint, $13 – Jo-Ann Stores
New Accessories – $112
- zebra frame, $16 – Z Gallerie
- tall vase, $30 – Kirklands
- frames, $15 – TJ Maxx
- flower pots, $3 – Ikea
- vase with feathers, $30 – Ikea
- turtle, $8 – Homegoods
- boat, $8 – Kirkland
Lighting – $58
- light, $58 – The Home Depot
Total – $1,000
Office NookThe desk is slightly larger than the closet, so design coordinator Ali Azhar builds an extension to make it fit. Now when the work is done, the office disappears behind the closet doors and the room becomes a relaxing den. Azhar also adds some style to the plain birch doors with remnants of zebra wood veneer and thin wooden branches to frame it. This ties the doors in with other natural elements throughout the room.
Coffee TableHe removes the box lids and creates a frame for the bamboo tabletop. He attaches the tabletop with hinges so the storage boxes can be accessed. Now that the closet is filled with the desk, this piece adds a little extra storage in the room.
Zebra Print PanelShe covers the sheer fabric panel with clear contact paper and lays it over a zebra print design. She then traces the design onto the contact paper and cuts and removes the pieces of contact paper where she wants the pattern to hold the color. Spraying the panel with brown fabric paint results in a zebra print panel that looks aged over time.
Travel BorderHe prints the paper border at a local print shop and then stipples a golden oak stain over the paper to add random color along the border. He covers the entire border with a golden amber shellac to protect the paper and to create a sepia-toned, antique-looking element. He then mounts the paper to veneer using spray glue. Once up on the wall, Fontana frames the border with bamboo for that perfect finishing touch.