Mark and Lori Glassman and their young son moved into a newly built house in a tropical Ft. Lauderdale suburb. The Glassmans love the lakeside community setting and the spacious floor plan that nicely accommodates their growing family. Since it is a larger home than they're used to, the Glassmans are now faced with the challenge of filling the space. The couple wants to create a homey and inviting atmosphere in their main living area. They have turned to Designers' Challenge in the hopes that one of our design experts can help them make their new house feel more like home.
Dr. Brian Levine is an ER physician who has been so busy taking care of other people through the years; he never has time to take care of himself. His modern-style townhouse is largely barren, with mostly hand-me-down furniture. Levine hopes to transform his living room by bringing some contemporary class to the design, but keeping the environment fun and relaxed.
A few months ago, Mike and Jody Munro and their four young children moved into their dream house in a quiet Chicago neighborhood. Since the Munros lived in Europe for several years, the Old World charm of their 100-year-old home is very appealing to them. However, their formal living room and adjoining sunroom are drab, and the furniture is mismatched. They are hoping one of the designers can transform these rooms so that their dream house will feel more like home.
Having recently moved to Memphis, Sylvia and Steve Richey are ready to renovate the family room in their English country-style home. The couple would like to update the dark room so that they can use it for reading, relaxing and holiday gatherings. They hope that the design experts will showcase this grand room in true Southern tradition.
Not long ago, Ted and Michele Garcia and their two young children moved into a wonderful Spanish-style home with panoramic city views. The family loves the open and spacious downstairs floor that includes a mini kitchen, making it the perfect spot for entertaining. However, this large room is outdated and not being used to its full potential. The couple hopes professional designers can help them transform this space into the ultimate hangout.
Four years ago, Sofia and Drew DeFerrari moved into their 1970s North Palm Beach home. The couple loves the proximity of their south Florida locale to the ocean and plan to remain here for many years. Now with two small children, the DeFerrais are ready to create a relaxing place where they can escape the stresses of the day. They would like to find a designer that will enlarge and update their master bathroom and its adjoining closet.
Six years ago, Brian and Mary Longe purchased a unique, vintage apartment in an historic building of downtown Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. The 3000-square-foot apartment has its original floor plan, which features a butler's pantry and two smaller maid's rooms off the kitchen. Brian and Mary love the charm of the apartment though they have always felt the kitchen could use some updating. Mary has enjoyed decorating the apartment herself, but she now has a 6-month-old daughter. The homeowners are turning to the experts in hopes that one of them can help them remodel their kitchen.
After purchasing a historic 1905 home in Atlanta, Jennifer Murray and Marc Dobiecki have dreamed of restoring the property. To set the tone for the rest of the home, they want to begin with the formal parlor and adjoining library. Although they plan on doing most of the work themselves, they're looking for a designer that will bring a Victorian elegance to the rooms.
Michelle and Jack Schneider live in a charming Hawaiian house with enviable views. However, the interior is a shabby frame for the beautiful tropical setting. They'd like to renovate the living room, dining room and entry area to take full advantage of the spectacular views.
Eight years ago, Cathy and Barry Pearlman moved into their Mediterranean-style home. They love their location in Northridge, Calif., but are not satisfied with the interior style of the home. Two years ago, the Pearlmans contemplated moving out of their house, but instead opted to redesign a couple of rooms incorporating a traditional style. The results pleased the Pearlmans so much that they are now ready to move on to the living and dining rooms and foyer.
As Ann and Tim Simon and their two children were searching for a home in San Francisco, an incredible opportunity arose. A 7,000 square foot, historic Victorian became available in the heart of the city. For the past 30 years, the mansion had been used as a series of law offices, but the Simon family couldn't resist the opportunity. With so many rooms to play with in terms of design, they came up with the idea to create three separate game rooms—one for the adults, one for their teenage son and his friends and one for their baby daughter. They're looking for a design expert that will create relaxing rooms filled with character and charm.
Head to Annapolis, Md., where Cassie and Richard Amos plan to turn their big empty basement into what they've already dubbed the "Montana Bed and Saloon." Originally from Montana, Cassie misses the wide open spaces and wants a lodge-style game room. They're looking for a designer that will import the rustic, country feel of the West to the eastern seaboard.
Avid golfers Jamie Waldron and Jim Lamatrice live in a newly-developed golf course community in Las Vegas. Their family room overlooks the pool and patio, and they would like to open up the room to the outdoors. In addition, they're hoping to incorporate a playful atmosphere, complete with their own video poker games and a large-screen TV.
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