Use feng shui design to improve communication in your home. "Never put all your furniture against the walls," says Karen Rauch Carter, feng shui consultant and author of Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life. "Furniture should be arranged to support communication, so forget where the walls are. Put at least the front legs of all furniture on the rug — not just around it — and people will sit there and talk."
This bright and airy master bathroom is a true retreat away from it all. A glass enclosed shower and two floating vanities allow the eye to flow through the space. The wow factor is a curtain of crystal-like beads used to create a waterfall accent wall around the window. Design by Candice Olson.
Candice Olson, host of HGTV's "Divine Design," uses neutral slipcovers to create cozy, kid-friendly seating in this playful basement. A durable wood coffee table is the perfect spot for playing family board games or creating beautiful artwork. Muted green carpet throughout keeps this space light while still providing camouflage for inevitable spills.
For this stunning bathroom, designer Candice Olson of Candice Tells All pulls out all the technology stops, including heated flooring, a steam shower and a remote-controlled toilet that features a nightlight, bidet and even a self-cleaning function. Large square tiles form the wall behind the freestanding tub adding glamorous sparkle. Candice brings character to the room by repurposing the homeowner's dresser as the vanity.
If cooler fall weather also means hosting weekend guests, swap out lightweight summer bedding for heavier linens in rich fall shades, like pumpkin, russet or gold, as design diva Candice Olsen did here. Changing just a few key pieces is an easy way to refresh a bedroom's look, plus your guests will appreciate bunking in such a well-appointed and cozy room.
Known for her super luxe, traditional spaces, design diva Candice Olson focused on function as well as form when designing this long galley-style kitchen for a busy family of four. She chose white wall cabinets to keep the space bright but decided on a dark stain for the island to break things up. Gray, gold and black linoleum floor tiles add a playful touch and echo the colors found in the glass tile backsplash.
Candice Olson, host of HGTV's "Candice Tells All," created this living room that blends style and function. She says, "It's important to know what makes the most sense for your lifestyle and home, so don't choose colors, fabrics or even materials that won't work for your family, children or pets." This living room's rustic wood coffee table, dark upholstered armchair and patterned area rug ensure a family-friendly space.
Candice Olson, host of HGTV's "Divine Design" and "Candice Tells All," explains how to design with the latest trends in mind. While keeping larger pieces the same, such as sofas and tables, Olson suggests adding trendy colors and styles in small pieces, like pillows, blankets and lampshades. This room adds pops of color in accent pillows and chair cushions, while the main pieces remain neutral.
Designer Candice Olson of Candice Tells All fills this glitzy bathroom with spa-like amenities, including heated flooring, a deep soaking tub and a two-person rain shower head. For a wow factor, Candice hangs faceted chains behind the tub for a bit of sparkle to contrast the antique wood dresser.
Genny and Steve's master bedroom has remained untouched for twelve years, and they're wedded to their out-dated waterbed, which completely dominates the space. Candice's must bring this 1970's throwback into the 21st century - but as work begins, things become challenging when record-breaking temperatures take their toll on the team, and they're stuck with air conditioning that only works intermittently.
With four teenage children, Lesley and John don't have a lot of privacy from their recently blended family. Candice moves the couple to the other side of the house, away from the hustle and bustle of teen life and creates a luxurious master ensuite and bedroom. But delays at customs compound construction challenges and threaten to put the kibosh on this lucky couple's peaceful and beautiful retreat.
Candice throws her heart and soul into a basement family room makeover for recently widowed Rebecca and her three children. With the kids now approaching their teens, Rebecca wants a space where the family can retreat to but also where her kids will want to hang out with their friends. Candice designs a fluid and comfortable space and Roger adds a unique touch when he enlists Andrew's help and does something special for the family.
Mary Grace and Manesh's living room is literally a blank slate: since moving into their new home a year and a half ago, they have left it completely empty. Candice's challenge will be to create a room that meets Mary Grace's desire for sparkle yet remains masculine enough that Manesh will feel comfortable basking in front of his big screen TV. And with Candice's birthday coming up, Roger and Andrew have fun planning a surprise for her.
Candice comes to Michele's rescue when, after many delays and budget issues in the renovation of her newly purchased historic home, she takes her master bedroom from a blank canvas to a boho boudoir. Using Michele's Paris flea market style as inspiration, Candice draws upon the heritage details of the century home and adds some classic modern updates. Terry pitches in for his interior design class by interning with Candice. But will his inexperience plus his naiveté lead to problems?
When a couple moves from a starter home, to their substantially larger dream home, they realize they sorely lack any clearly defined style. The new home is filled with mismatched furniture and is not a comfortable place to host family and friends. With a lot of ground to cover, Candice helps them stretch their design budget, and creates a living room that's flexible enough to work for large family events, but which still feels warm and intimate for two.
Candice helps a family update a 1970s kitchen with modern appointments. The dated kitchen is dramtically transformed into a modern space that the whole family can enjoy.
With its fluorescent lighting and dropped ceiling, Tania and Vinicius' large basement feels more like a commercial space than a residential one. Candice and her team go to work turning this cold, featureless room into a cozy, nature-inspired retreat that will allow this couple and their two young children to play, relax, work, and even sleep. But Roger's desire to shoot a behind-the-scenes video for his folks threatens to derail the project when his directorial debut interferes with construction.
With two infant children, Sue and Shouvik need their large bedroom to be a relaxing retreat a prospect which thrills Candice because she loves nothing more than luxury. The bedroom gets a hotel makeover, complete with creating an open concept walk -in closet and dressing room. Will Candice get more than she bargained for when Rocco the clown shows up on site?
Candice gets ambitious when she hears of Zita and Aras' desire to update their kitchen. She decides to remove two walls to take full advantage of a large window that looks out onto their backyard and the ravine beyond. But once the walls come down, Candice realizes that the dining room won't measure up to the look of the newly designed kitchen. And Candice goes on the charm offensive when construction disrupts the neighbourhood.
When Candice takes on Nadia and Daniel's open concept living room and dining room transforming it into an elegant space with generous seating for entertaining and relaxing, she agrees to meet their tight deadline. But, at the last minute, the homeowners tell Candice that they need the room ready a week earlier, putting extra pressure on the team. Roger's decision to take up cycling threatens to derail the project.
Long time team member master painter Bernie enlists Candice's help in overhauling his outdated and seldom used master ensuite. Candice's excitement about redoing the bathroom grows and she persuades the team to surprise Bernie by also redoing his master bedroom. But the team's ability to keep this secret is at risk when Bernie's father-in-law Brian stumbles onto the surprise. Candice keeps her fingers crossed that he won't inadvertently give anything away!
Candice tackles a basement home office for Roslyn and her husband David whose attempt at a DIY reno has been, well, less than stellar. Candice plans to remake the space into a sleek office area for David and a comfortable, relaxing TV lounge area for the couple and their friends. But will Roslyn's mouth-watering home cooking distract the team and derail the project?
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