"This garage remodel was designed for a UCLA professor who wanted a stylish home office," says Ron Cohen, CEO of Pearl Remodeling. "Because of zoning restrictions at the time of the remodel, we could not legally convert the garage into a living space, so we kept the garage door operational and updated the interior so it could still be enjoyed as a workspace. We installed new drywall on all walls and ceiling, and light-colored flooring and paint to brighten up the room. Open shelving with complementary decor give this study a modern touch with lots of room to personalize the space."
Created by J. Cohler Mason Design for a family who loves to entertain at home, this room is glam but livable. “I wanted to give [it] some touches of glam without going over the top,” explains Jennifer. The textured walls (by Benjamin Moore) and a yellow channeled back sofa bring her vision to life.
Windows fill this serene bedroom with natural light. Designer Kristie Barnett decorated with a soft green color palette, with the hue found in everything from the walls to the armchair to the curtains, bed skirt and area rug. Antique-style furniture pieces and a beamed ceiling give the room a charming, live-in character.
Moving glass wall systems can maximize your living space, opening interior rooms to decks and patios. But don’t forget to account for the floor or deck space taken up by folding doors themselves when in the open position. “Folding door units are always stacked perpendicular to the opening. The amount of space that the folding doors will take away from the opening is dependent on the number of panels, panel width, height and thickness,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
As seen on HGTV's Love It Or List It, Too, Designer Jillian Harris took a tiny kitchen and increased the square footage by removing the wall separating the kitchen from the living room. Jillian created an island to make up for the removal of the front dining area, opening up the space to entertain. The island countertop is a durable Caesar stone in Stone Grey.
This California home's design doesn’t stop on the first floor. Upstairs, Brenna, one of Tamara Beltran's three daughters, has a room every bit as cool as the rest of this interior. High energy patterns keep this room’s classic black and white color palette looking lively, alongside a few bright pops of color. Just like downstairs, this bedroom is full of cool little details, like the stenciled headboard and monogram wall art.
Gallery walls are a wonderful way to display your favorite art and photographs, but they can be a little intimidating, too. If you’re trying to create one with lots of color and varied frames, consider utilizing one accent color that helps to unify the space. In this living room, hits of a cheery coral are found not only within the gallery wall (in both art and frames) but also on upholstered pieces like the desk chair and ottoman. The consistent use of an accent color is what gives the space a cohesive, polished look.
A major challenge in designing this garden was the site, with a massive concrete pad that hides a dry well. It inspired the circular grass area. The designer chose not to cover or paint the cement walls but instead embraced the texture and how the cement reflects the light. The garden is accessed by stairs from the living room, which is located on top floor of the apartment, and from the bedrooms that are below the street level.
With squishy, comfy cushions on the window seat and plush toys on the built-in shelves, this warm, welcoming kid space is meant to be lived in. From quilted pillows to ruffled window treatments, textiles in the space give an aura of charm and homeyness. Neutral walls and bright white woodwork keep the room airy and light.
The homeowners wanted a tiny home that didn't feel so tiny, so designers used high pitched ceilings and plenty of windows to make the space feel bigger. A functional kitchen with full sized appliances and a breakfast bar gives the homeowners a space to eat, while the adjoining living room adds entertaining space. For an even larger feeling, the rear wall is constructed of glass panels that can be rolled back to incorporate the outdoor patio into the home's entertaining space.
This laundry room lives much larger than its square footage, thanks to smart planning by Geoff Chick & Associates. The base cabinets that flank the washer and dryer are just 18 inches deep, but extending the wall of cabinetry all the way to the 12-foot ceiling vastly increases the usable space. Windows visually expand the room; the natural light flooding in enhances the warm notes in the soft gray paint. "Most laundry rooms are tucked away in a dark corner or in the basement," Chick notes.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, Jillian Harris' overall design for Joyce and Steven was a mix of both their desires. Joyce wanted a timeless design that would stand the test of time and Steven wanted it to be contemporary. Big and open was another wish, so that they could fulfill their entertaining needs. The wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room was removed. The previous walls were all Popcorn Walls, now refinished and painted Silver Drop dining and living room. The Oak hardwood floors throughout the main floor were refinished. There are new casings on all the windows throughout the main floor. Within the dining room are two built-in China Cabinets, white with glass doors that were rebuilt. The ceilings were just above the windows and the greatest design surprise for Jillian was being able to open the space up by vaulting the ceilings.
This elegant, understated living room gives the homeowners a comfortable space to relax with family and friends. Providing plenty of seating, a white, sectional sofa complements the neutral design of the space. Two contemporary chair and a halfs and white bench add extra seating. A large coffee table gives all guests a place to set their drinks or put their feet up. At the front of the space, a gas fireplace gives warmth to the room, and a television is centered along the front wall to meet the family's entertainment needs. To add color, a soft gray and purple painting hangs opposite a wall of windows that let in plenty of natural light, illuminating the space, completing the elegant feel.
Polishing up those bones took a bit of doing. “We were quite young when we purchased this home, so our renovations have taken place over time,” Olaniyi relates. Gone are the dated tiles and mind-bending wallpapers, replaced by Olaniyi’s unique talent for mixing textures and patterns in the context of whimsical pastel color palettes. Metallics still play a part in the decor, albeit in more contemporary ways, appearing as furnishings and wall art, adding yet more color and texture to the living room.
This room is staged with cozy, kid-friendly furniture and a coffee table that spells out the word "LIVE". The coffee table adds an artsy, inspiration touch to compliment the inviting design. A bold orange throw pillow matches the colorful patterned rug that livens up the pale blue wall color and striped blue sofa with ruffled skirt.
The existing landscape provided a challenge, but also the opportunity to design outdoor living spaces on several levels. The flat-roofed family room needed a pitched roof to blend with the existing house, but the roof, along with the turret, couldn’t block existing windows. To accomplish the homeowners’ vision, interior walls had to be removed, but they were constructed of clay blocks, which supported two-story block walls above. We continued the 16:12 pitched roof over the existing family room, but shifted it back to allow light into the third-story window. The same pitched roof covers the garage addition, but a reverse gable with paneled accents provides interest and a carriage house feel.
In a pale, neutral room the slightest variation of color or value can add a level of designer-style sophistication. This bright living area by Denise Davies is an object lesson in the technique: The greenish tinge of the off-white walls contrasts ever so slightly with the taupe-ish tone of the sleek sectional, for a look that’s subtle and elegant. A few rich blue accents nod to the coastal setting, without heading into kitschy territory.
The owners of this home dreamed of having an open concept space, but they didn't know how to make their dreams a reality. Enter Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Gainses removed the walls that used to separate the common spaces of the home, opening up the heart of house. Then, they added cool features to make each space unique-a custom table for the dining room, a new fire place for the living room, double islands for the kitchen-creating the home of this family's dreams.