Becca and Jason Stewart and their 3-year-old son, Caleb, buy their very first place in a suburb of Denver. Designer Carriann Arkowski finds inspiration in the couple's mementos from Africa and creates a living room she calls "Modern African Safari."
Tia Talbert's first place is a charming Denver bungalow with a tiny kitchen whose only window is blocked by the refrigerator. Designer Carriann Arkowski finds inspiration in Talbert's love of dragonflies to create a dining room and kitchen to suit her personality--and restore her view from kitchen window.
Lois Switzer and Moosah Reaume leave their 750-square-foot city rental for their very first place in a 'burbs, south of Denver. Designer Fiona Halfon's challenge is to give them a family room that fuses her African mementos from her Peace Corps stint with his streamlined Asian style.
After five years traveling Eastern Europe in the Army, bachelor Tony Robinson is buying a loft in downtown Denver. But his 29 x 11-foot living room feels more like a bowling alley than the cool party room and home office Tony would like. Designer Carriann Arkowski sets out to add function and warmth to this odd-shaped room.
In their six years of marriage, Melissa and Jonathan Kloster have lived in rentals, dorm rooms and even a home for troubled teens where they worked. But now that their two daughters, Olivia and Ahnya, are growing up, it's time to settle down in a suburb north of Denver. Designer Fiona Halfon will help them define their personal style to create a family room that is a combination of contemporary style and Old-World charm.
Michele Peterson and Sean Murray are getting married in just a couple of months, and in the midst of planning a wedding they are buying their first place together. They are moving from separate apartments, and designer Carriann Arkowski helps them merge their two very different styles into a romantic master bedroom.
After spending 15 years in cramped barracks, Army veteran T.R. Tenarodriguez is buying his first place with fiancee Melissa Provost. They have more space than they ever imagined, and they are particularly stumped as to how to decorate the cavernous front room in their suburban Denver home. Designer Carriann Arkowski blends Tenarodrigue's Caribbean background with Provost's desire for elegance by creating an island oasis with a sophisticated edge.
Melanie Feliciano has traveled the world on her struggling writer's income, but now she is putting down roots in her first place a modest 600-square-foot condo in North Miami. She is immediately at a loss for what to do with the main living/dining area, so she seeks help from designer Gary Kelly. He chooses a theme based on her global adventures.
Kellee and Blas Cueto's first place has a spacious living/dining area, but the open floor plan currently feels hollow and cold. Designer Franzella Guido evokes the style of Frank Lloyd Wright to create intimate spaces for family dinners, good conversation and lively entertainment.
Tayi Fleury and Ty Forkner just moved into a new high-rise apartment in Miami. The only request Fleury had when they were shopping for a place was that it had a fireplace. She got her wish! Since that element was so important to her, designer Gary Kelly starts with by making the living-room fireplace a focal point in his quest to give this home the contemporary, hip look.
Marisa Krempler is a third-grade teacher who has just bought her first place in Boca Raton, Fla. She lives life at full throttle, so she wants her home to be a peaceful retreat. Designer Franzella Guido plans to create a Zen den to help this dynamo chill out.
Before Layda Morales and Derrick Payne decided to get married and buy their first place, they lived with Layda's mother and grandmother, squishing all their belongings into Layda's 10 x 10-foot childhood bedroom. By the time they move into their new 2,000-square-foot Miami home, the cavernous living and dining rooms feel like a sterile warehouse compared with the shoebox they were in before. Inspired by the pair's artistic taste, designer Franzella Guido decides to give the rectangular living/dining area a cool art-gallery vibe.
Twenty-four-year-old Julie Omole is a go-getter whose first place in Philadelphia isn't nearly as hip as she is. Designer Betty Kim decides to turn her staid living room into a modern sitting room. Host Jill Cordes and Julie's big sister help our designer and homeowner paint, sew, use power tools and even dance to create a happening makeover.
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