The 28th floor condo of Robert Holmberg and his fiance Alyssa in the Marina tower in downtown Chicago has become a modern, spacious and comfortable living area designed by Design Star winner and Host Meg Caswell, as seen on HGTV's Meg's Great Rooms. Contemporary ready-made cabinets were not only budget friendly, but easy to install in this kitchen.
As seen on HGTV's Beach Flip, the finished master bedroom of the Coastal Calm condo, designed by contestants Melissa and Mahdi, is cool and modern with a textured turquoise fabric feature wall and turquoise accents. See before and after photos of the space, plus check out our favorite design details.
Large-scale furniture and a well-planned, well-placed kitchen make the most of this converted condo's square footage. A roomy leather sectional sofa in the neutral contemporary living room offers ample seating for guests, while an ottoman turned coffee table can serve as extra seating in a pinch. The modern terrace, with its treetop views, increases the home's living space.
Carter Design opened up a wall and created a counter to eat at and enjoy the view to exclude the need for a table, as space was limited.
The bleached walnut was a material used on all the cabinetry throughout the condo to bring in an organic wood element that did not overtake the art. Jason Koharik's custom light and the vintage Bertoia chairs add just the right pop.
Designer Michael Habachy used a crystal lens by Ralph Lauren to magnify his favorite photo in a coffee table book as decoration in a condo in The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. You can do the same, by purchasing a glass or plexiglass lens or paperweight to enhance an object.
This condo is small in size, but the features and furnishings are high in style. The dining room chandelier is oversized, but the glass and sculpted metal look is open and perfect for this space. The round, glass table seats six comfortably in stylish chairs with sleek backs and legs. Designer tip: In small spaces, keep the flooring consistent because transitions can visually make a space seem smaller.
This neutral living room takes a cue from the ocean with its seashell overhead light, nautical framed artwork and blue glass table lamps. The custom-made sectional features a white and tan patterned indoor/outdoor upholstery, making it the perfect choice for a waterfront condo. Blue and coral seashell pillows complete the coastal look of the space.
Determined to give his 17th floor high-rise Atlanta condo a polished, masculine look, sales executive Chris Staub chose a color scheme of dark brown, red, white and silver to put a more sophisticated spin on bachelor pad style. The high-end space was created on a deceptively low budget that was maximized by mixing high and low price-point purchases with a combination of flea market finds and custom-made elements.
Of course, there are certain limitation to renovating in a big city and/or shared building. Whether it's a condo, loft or town home- parking rules, load-in limitations and noise ordinances will present designers, contractors and delivery people with a few extra challenges during your remodel. It's smart to budget a little extra money and time with this in mind.
In this contemporary exterior lounge at condo residence in Brazil, the designer used an ecological fire pit by Construflama. The negative edge pool blends with the landscape, and plants such as bamboo and trees offer privacy and maximize the view. The project by designer Alex Hanazaki won a 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects award.
Of all the rooms in his condo, Chris splurged the most on his living room. While the majority of the budget went to covering the walls with 70 yards of $32-per-yard metallic grass cloth, he saved in other areas. The pendant light was picked up for $199 at CB2, the sofa was purchased from Macy's for $700, and the custom shag carpet was made from backroom remnants from a local carpet showroom.
Naomi Stein is the principal designer at Design Manifest (http://www.designmanifest.com/), a Philadelphia-based firm that grew out of her father’s business as a contractor. Since her father’s retirement in 2016, Stein continues to lead the family business, designing luxurious interiors on Philadelphia’s posh Main Line, while bringing her own unique blend of modern and vintage style to her home. Located in the Washington Square West neighborhood in downtown Philadelphia, Stein’s condo offers a perfect mix of contemporary design mixed with modern, vintage and global elements.
Although many homeowners invest the majority of their home design budgets into their kitchens, it's the area of Chris' condo where he spent the least. By working with the brown and black tones of his existing granite countertops, he used color to give the otherwise basic, modern kitchen a personalized look. Glossy-black penny round tiles bought for $8 per square foot were used on all wall surfaces to add architectural interest and sheen. To help the pantry door visually recede, he had it painted the same shade of black as the tiles. Since the adjacent living room is wrapped in a black-brown grass cloth with a metallic backing, he carried the look over to the bar area to tie the two spaces together. All together, Chris' kitchen decor came to $1400.
You can now rent an RV through sites like RVshare—an Airbnb-like platform where owners rent out their RVs—for about the same cost as a decent family hotel. There are four main categories, or classes, of recreational vehicles. Class As are the biggest. They’re those huge buslike rigs you see barreling down the road, the ones that have more in common with a 2-bedroom condo than they do a car. Class Bs are the smallest RVs, basically a large van with a kitchenette and a small bed pallet (and/or loft). Class Cs are what RVshare calls the “Goldilocks Rig” of motorhomes, not too big, not too small. Then there are trailers, which my husband and I knew we didn’t want to deal with—even RV pros admit that it can be tough to get the hang of hauling a trailer. We went with the smallest Class C we could find, a late-model 25-footer with a clean, streamlined interior that other renters reviewed as easy to drive.