Townhouse to Your House from Design Star Challenge 1

For their first Design Starchallenge, the 10 designers had to turn an empty townhouse in New York City into their "home away from home." Here are my tips for some things they did right and wrong and how apply them to your space.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionDonna and Teman were given the task of transforming this awkwardly narrow foyer/parlor into a great first impression of the home. By placing a large sofa at an angle, they narrowed the room even further.

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Donna and Teman were given the task of transforming this awkwardly narrow foyer/parlor into a great first impression of the home. As with most rooms, the best place to start is with a plan that addresses the functional needs you're dealing with while keeping visual impressions in mind. In this case, providing a place to converse in a slightly more formal setting, while not interrupting the flow to the rest of the house, was the main intent. By placing a large sofa at an angle, they narrowed the room even further, rendering potentially awkward space useless.

Placing an elegant, armless sofa against the long wall and tailored chairs, at right angles, would have kept visual blockage to a minimum and provided substantial seating for six. Upholstered ottomans or cubes as a substitute for a coffee table would've provided potential seating for two more.

The other important issue would have been to define the space with rugs and substantial drapes alongside the windows (not the staircase) that reached to the ceiling in order to soften the space. Finally, using a substantial color would help make a great first impression.

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