Dated no more, this bathroom is now a relaxing retreat where the homeowners can wash away the day's stress in style. From the watery color palette to the rain showerhead, designer Candice Olson created a finished result that is simply divine.
This light blue living area was designed for the Olson family by contestants on HGTV Design Star season four. Two children in the Olson family have special needs, so the designers built a desk area where the kids can work with their therapists.
Careful planning and expert design resulted in a contemporary kitchen that is open on three sides, maximizing the homeowners' views of a cove right outside. Bird's-eye-maple cabinets are complemented by a frosted-glass appliance tower which conceals appliances within without sacrificing natural light in the neutral space.
The polished hardwood floor in this contemporary kitchen mirrors the sleek wood ceiling above. Recessed lighting adds to the natural light filling the neutral space, which is open on three sides. Stainless steel appliances are housed along the kitchen's single full wall.
Simplicity is key in this Manhattan apartment. Designer Ken Kelly’s goal on this project was to create a kitchen and living space to match the client's lifestyle. He also wanted to carry a consistent theme throughout the living spaces.
Candice Olson, host of HGTV's "Divine Design" and "Candice Tells All," explains how to design with the latest trends in mind. While keeping larger pieces the same, such as sofas and tables, Olson suggests adding trendy colors and styles in small pieces, like pillows, blankets and lampshades. This room adds pops of color in accent pillows and chair cushions, while the main pieces remain neutral.
Four wood-and-metal barstools line the outside counter of this stylish contemporary kitchen, offering a convenient, open mealtime spot. Sleek finishes including the exposed ceiling beams, polished wood floor and stainless steel countertop edging dress up the neutral palette.
Stainless steel appliances line the single full wall in this contemporary kitchen. The remaining three sides do not have full walls, fulfilling the homeowner's wish for an open kitchen. The neutral palette is personified by the engineered countertops with stainless steel edging, wood-plank ceiling and bird's-eye-maple cabinets.
Stainless steel appliances line the single full wall in this spacious contemporary kitchen. The neutral space is open on three sides and features beautiful bird's-eye-maple cabinets, a wood ceiling with recessed lighting and stainless steel-edged countertops.
Four barstools line the counter of this stylish contemporary kitchen, offering a convenient place to grab meals in an open setting. Mechanical shading devices are down, which are used to provide privacy, including during catered events. The neutral palette is dressed up with sleek finishes, from the exposed ceiling beams to the polished wood floors to the stainless steel countertop edging.
"Although each room has a very defined character, colors and patterns — even wood and metallic finishes — unify the space so it reads as one cohesive apartment," explains HGTV Design Star judge Candice Olson.
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. "But the place just looked gray and dingy," says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment's main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.
"Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn't shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). "To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen," Olsen suggests, "paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you're eye doesn't stop at the ceiling line."
Designer Candice Olson creates an adult sanctuary. She replaced the old wallpaper with neutral paint and rich, shimmery draperies. A sitting area highlights the bay window and invites, among other things, breakfast in the bedroom.