Cathy and David have just relocated from their tiny apartment in Japan to a 3,000-square-foot home. The excess space is a big change, and they're having a tough time decorating. Their huge master bedroom is intimidating, especially since all they have is a bed, chair, TV and a nightstand. Designer Candice Olson is ready to transform the super-size bedroom with a stunning traditional design that makes the most of the entire space.
Mary and her family of six live in a 1930s stucco house that's very traditional, but not very functional. Their home is the epicenter for all the family gatherings, whether it's weeknight dinners or regular Sunday family dinners for 20. The combo living/dining room is short on space, style and seating. Plus the family is tired of sitting on the floor or scrounging for chairs and folding card tables. Host Candice Olson takes their small, over-utilized room and adds a little functionality and style.
Active mom Marilyn works entirely from her home with her writing career and Pilates instructions. She recently moved with her three children to a smaller home, since they will soon be heading off to college. She brought all of her large-scale furniture with her from her last house and is finding that the new space is a little overcrowded. Since her main-floor family room also serves as a breakfast nook and home office, it isn't functional in its current state. She wants a comfortable, casual space that will work equally well for the family, but also be stylish enough to hold meetings with clients. Host Candice Olson sets out to turn the furniture-filled family room/office into a functional space that fits all of the family's needs.
Tatiana and her family have just moved into a new townhouse in the suburbs. The excitement of moving into their first home was overshadowed by the fact that they entrusted a relative to paint their house for them, and it didn't quite work out as planned. Her brother chose a bold shade of lilac for the main rooms in the house, but it doesn't fit into Tatiana's idea of a sophisticated, modern living space. They've left their attic bedroom virtually untouched, so it's up to host Candice Olson to turn this abandoned room into a hip but chic space that meets everyone's expectations.
Jen and her husband recently moved to the big city from a northern town to be closer to work. They bought a typical 1950s house that was short on style, but big on space. They would love to transform the unfinished basement room into a guest room and a small home office. They're looking for a chic hotel-inspired room that can accommodate their multitude of out-of-town guests. Host Candice Olson is ready to transform this former workshop into a stunning space that makes everyone feel right at home.
Della and her close-knit family live in a sprawling 1960s split-level home, where they spend most of their time in the large rec room. They use the space to hold air hockey tournaments, sing karaoke, do homework and watch TV. However, Della dreads entertaining guests in the room because of its dated decor. Host Candice Olson creates a space perfect for partying and playing by taking it from 1960s rough and tumble to hip and happening.
Amanda and her family were working oversees in Germany when they found out they would have to move back home. To look for a new home, they had to turn to the Internet. They found a traditional two-story house, but reality was a little different than what they saw on the computer screen. The home was smaller and a little less stylish than they had first thought. The cramped kitchen was the biggest problem, with barely enough room for her son's high chair and no way of entertaining. Amanda longs for the clean lines and open space of her European kitchen, so host Candice Olson sets out to transform the small space into an open concept kitchen and dining room that's both family-friendly and perfect for entertaining.
While moving can mean trauma for most people, Trish and her family simply moved next door. The houses look similar on the outside, but there's a lot more space in their new home. They now have a third floor with a master bedroom suite that's a far cry from the old basement bathroom they were using. However, the bathroom has fallen victim to a dated retro look. The last time the space was updated was about 25 years ago, and it doesn't really fit with Trish's idea of bathroom luxury. Host Candice Olson sets out to transform this bland bathroom into suite retreat that's strictly off limits to the kids.
Andrew is a hip, young design-loving bachelor who has just moved into the house of his dreams. Up until now he was living the life of a nomadic advertising executive, bouncing from one booming metropolis to the other. He purchased a 1950s home with the ultimate view of a golf course, and this golf-addicted homeowner couldn't be happier. The house has great bones, lots of space and a few recently renovated rooms, but there is one problem. His living room with a view just happens to be painted a very unmanly shade of bubblegum pink. He is looking for something a little more sophisticated and cosmopolitan as well as a space to entertain old friends and new colleagues. Candice Olson signs on to get rid of the pink and add a rich, urban living room redesign that will make him feel right at home.
Rachel is a young modern girl who is longing for a room with loads of personality. However, she has one big obstacle her mother, Melanie. Melanie spent a lot of time decorating her gorgeous home and is nervous about letting her daughter redesign the space. Host Candice Olson steps in to create a space that strikes the perfect balance between fun and functional, while satisfying both Melanie and Rachel's design needs.
Teri and Kevin recently moved into a funky, 1960s house that includes a massive basement full of ugly brick, smoked mirrors and lots of barn board. Host Candice Olson signs on to get rid of the dated decor while also creating a multifunctional room for playing games, watching sports and housing overnight guests. To match the couple's love of the outdoors, Olson combines a little ski-lodge kitsch with a modern twist.
Globetrotters Carol and Helmet have finally found the worldly view they've been looking for in their new two-story penthouse. Dramatic soaring ceilings and massive windows dominate their great room, bringing in lots of light for a spectacular, airy feel, but it has also created one big design challenge. They have chosen a wall color, but now it's time to tie together all of their diverse elements. Host Candice Olson has her sights set on a world-class design that will pay homage to the couple's travels and pull together the diverse pieces and photography they've collected along the way.
Ziba and her family have lived in their 1960s house for more than 20 years. The house is stuck in a style time warp, with the biggest offender being the kitchen. It has outdated finishes and fixtures and has taken decades of abuse from the family and from Ziba's insatiable baking habit. She longings for her kitchen to be turned into the bakery of her dreams. With a bit of precise measuring and mixing, Candice Olson signs on to make this kitchen become the icing on the cake in Ziba's baking repertoire.
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