Married couple Kelly and Dave lead busy lives with their two young kids, Madeline and Jack. Dave works in sales for an international software company, while Kelly's 24-7 job involves raising the kids and running the house. They recently moved from downtown to the suburbs, but since they didn't have a lot of furniture, the living room was converted to a kids' playroom. However, now it is completely overrun with kid stuff and whenever people visit, they always ask the same question, "Do you run a daycare?" Kelly and Dave are tired of answering this embarrassing question and are ready to reclaim the living room. Interior designer Candice Olson is going to banish the kids' stuff to the family room and give the adults the sophisticated living room of their dreams.
Nine-year-old Danielle lives with her parents, Sherine and Wayne, and her sister, Ayesha, in a beautiful suburban home. Danielle loves regular kid stuff, including watching TV, collecting toys, playing with friends and watching design shows. While she's pretty much a typical kid, she is also struggling with the day-to-day realities of living with a life-threatening illness. The The Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted host Candice Olson because Danielle, a huge fan of Divine Design, had asked for a dream bedroom makeover. Olson is thrilled to be able to help, and the best part is that it's all a giant surprise!
Tina, Kulbir and their two children, Shardia and Arjin, have just moved into a big suburban house. Tina and Kulbir are self-confessed computer geeks with two busy careers in the telecommunications industry that often finds them working from home. The homeowners are constantly fighting for space on their one tiny desk, and Kulbir is fed up with using the kitchen island as office central. They're desperate to transform the dated and pine-paneled basement den into a multipurpose space that will serve as a home office for two, a music rehearsal space for Kulbir and his bandmates, guest sleeping quarters and a place for watching TV. Host Candice Olson adds loads of function to the space, with a bit of Indian-inspired style and address all their needs.
Marcia and Frankie are the heads of one very busy, close-knit family of four children ranging in age from 14 months to 21 years, a cocker spaniel and one talkative parrot! Between Marcie's busy job where she works with at risk women and children and Frankie's demanding job as an industrial refrigeration mechanic, they've had little time to decorate their new house. There is also a peculiar family trait that has stopped them from finishing any single room in their house. They decorate by family committee, and everyone has very strong and distinct design styles. The whole family agrees it's time for host Candice Olson's design intervention and they feel the best place to start is in the master bedroom. Before mom returns to work from her maternity leave, Olson gives them the minimalist bedroom of their dreams that won't include any kid paraphernalia.
Newly-married couple Soni and Raj have just bought and moved into their first house. Big weddings, big family and lots of guests are a regular occurrence in this house, and Soni and Raj are always struggling to find room to comfortably house their friends and family. Right now, they've set up makeshift guest quarters in their third floor loft, but the blow-up beds on the floor aren't very welcoming. They want a more comfortable solution with a bit of privacy and a lot of style, but don't want it to look like a bedroom. They still need to be able to watch TV, chill out and use the space as a home office whenever they aren't overrun with guests.
Film buff Aubie just moved into the house of his dreams, but is in desperate need of an update. Since moving in, he has been living in renovation chaos. He's tackled the bathroom, the living/dining room, the bedrooms and the basement, but his cramped and narrow kitchen has proven to be too much of a design challenge for him. His style is inspired by classic Hollywood of the 1920s and the Art Deco period, but right now the 1980s kitchen does nothing to evoke that feeling. He wants a glamorous and dramatic kitchen for cooking and entertaining.
This sprawling 1950s house is home to a fun-loving family of four. Wendy and Michael have two young boys, Aidan and Kyle, who rule the roost. The family has one big problem — the basement family room is overrun with kids. It's stuffed to the gills with toys, trinkets and trains, but the parents are desperate to create a space that will work for the whole family. They want a playroom that will be stylish enough for entertaining, but funky and fun for the kids and their entire neighborhood of friends.
Kim, Jay and their two kids, Sierra and Hunter, live in a funky 1970s house. Jay works in technology in the fast-paced design world, while Kim has recently traded in a full-time photography career for a job with a luxury adventure travel company. Thanks to countless updates and renovations, the house has almost shed all of its disco decor. However, the family room still has swirled orange stucco walls, a brick clad fireplace and a beamed ceiling filled with fluorescents. The homeowners are ready to bring the space up to date and create the perfect backdrop for family functions, fun and photography.
Stay-at-home mom Laura lives in a cavernous and chaotic house with her husband, her three kids, Hunter, Arden and Jordan, two dogs, four cats, two rats, two hermit crabs, a snail and a snake. They bought the massive house so that the family and continually expanding menagerie of pets would have enough room. Now that all the kids are spending at least part of the day at school, Laura has realized it's time to once again start thinking about her self. She wants to overhaul the gigantic 1980s master bedroom and create a spectacular traditional-inspired room, where even for just a few minutes of the day, she can escape for a little kid-free R&R.
Busy working mom Marie is exhausted. Not only has she just finished a grueling medical degree, but she also lived through a total home renovation with her husband, Alex, and their two kids, Megan and Lauren. Like all good renovations, they are never complete, and attempts to keep the renovation ball rolling by finishing the basement themselves just hasn't worked. They want to turn their basement into a suite for Marie's mother, Sandra affectionately known as YaYa. YaYa lives in another city, but wants to visit her close-knit family often, so she doesn't miss out on her granddaughters' childhoods. Host Candice Olson gives the grandmother a space of her own that's comfy and cozy and doesn't make her feel like she is being banished to the basement.
Cosmopolitan couple Jane and Johan have been married for five years and live in a charming house. They are both world traveling, entertaining aficionados with two very busy careers. Jane works in sales in the telecommunications industry, and Belgium-born Johan owns his own luxury chocolate company that supplies products to specialty stores throughout North America. The living room and dining room are beautiful, but teeny, which makes entertaining groups larger than four a bit of a challenge. They would use their large basement, if they could for overflow, but it's undecorated and filled to capacity with boxes and miscellaneous furniture. Johan constantly has colleagues and friends visiting from Belgium, and they are desperate for a high-style space that has enough room for everyone. Host Candice Olson dives right in with a full-scale luxury makeover that will be as decadent as Johan's chocolate.
Thirty-something homeowners Ayesha and Grant have had two very busy years. They got married, bought their first house and had their first baby boy, Yusef. Both work in the medical field — Ayesha as a nurse, but right now she is a busy stay-at-home mom, and Grant is a sports medicine doctor, who owns and operates multiple clinics throughout the city. They're dreaming of creating a restful and therapeutic master bathroom that doesn't look like a 1980s builder's special.
Citizens of the world Veronique, her husband, Eric, and their two daughters, Tina and Marie, have just emigrated from France to North America. In the last eight years, they have moved 11 times, but they have finally settled into a beautiful traditional house in a family-friendly neighborhood. Veronique works from home as a translator for pharmaceutical companies, and Eric is a pediatric oncologist. They are both extremely busy and have neglected the most important space in their house the master bedroom. Eric is traveling the world to attend conferences, and Veronique would love to have the room transformed before he arrives home from the trip. Host Candice Olson creates a space that reminds them of home and is a restful retreat from their hectic lives.
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