The well-lit bedroom turned out to be the perfect space for Paloma Contrera’s Spring Awakening study. Wallpapered panels (by deGournay) and luxe silk curtains give the space a vibrant, aesthetic.
“The room is a study in color used in a very mindful way, and showcases my signature modern-meets-traditional style,” explains Paloma.
Matthew Monroe was inspired by Charleston, and the city’s beauty is most certainly reflected in this warm and grand sitting room. Drapery, portraits and luxurious furnishings come together to create a space reminiscent of the past but made for the present.
Melissa and Madhi completely gutted the existing kitchen and removed a dividing wall to open the space to the living room and dining area at the renovated Coastal Calm condo. They installed new cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a new tile backsplash.
“We’d liked that the kitchen was in good shape, but it was bland,” says Katie. All the oak cabinets needed for pep was a facelift, in the form of vivid green paint and brass hardware. Small-scale subway tile for the backsplash made the space seem bigger and brighter; ditto for the hip cement floor tile from Granada Tile. The pattern plays off the delicate print of the Thibaut-fabric Roman shade.
Wrapping the room in a stunning blue plaid changes the personality of the room. It becomes more about creating a mood with continuous pattern and dark color. It’s especially important in rooms like this to stick with a simple palette.
As seen on Beach Flip, Contestants Lucy and Daphney renovated the first floor guest bedroom with a raised bunk bed and added an office space at the Southwind condo. They made the blue outline of a whale around the top bunk to keep with the nautical theme. (after)
As seen on Beach Flip, Contestants Martha and Alex added small nautical details, like this anchor, to keep with the beach theme at the renovated Comfort Breeze condo. (after, exterior, beach deck, detail)
Corey Damen Jenkins took the idea of a classic study and completely turned it around. “Historically, home libraries and dens have been referred to as the ‘Gentleman’s Study’…But what if a woman is the primary user of the formal library?” Corey wondered.
Now the kitchen is a warm, welcoming hub filled with natural materials and touches of gold, complimented by beautiful olive colored cabinets—reflective of designer Christopher Peacock’s mother’s taste. The finished product was exactly how Christopher envisioned it: Not fancy or overdone, but a simple and practical space reminiscent of the wonderful kitchen in his childhood home outside of London.
“Rather than play to the crowd, and go for the glam, this time around I wanted to keep it personal,” he explains.
Now it’s unrecognizable! Eve Robinson Associates took the room’s lighting and ran with it. The new space, christened “A Room of One’s Own,” is bright and magical, draped in a soft pinks, creams and metallics—the perfect tribute to Virginia Wolf’s renowned feminist text.
“Our room is filled with ethereal strength, form and function,” says Eve. “It embodies the lives and achievements of our everyday heroes—women.”
Joanna recommended a full kitchen redesign, opening it up and giving it a more central location and better views. The space that is now the kitchen was, in the former layout, a craft room and mechanical closet.