"I treat my guests just like me," says Boyd of how he stages his luxurious but comfortable guest room, asking himself, "If I was in the room, what would I need?" Absolutely essential: "fluffy towels and great sheets." And he has some advice so you are always ready to receive visitors. "Whenever someone leaves, I strip everything so I'm ready for the next person."
Textured wallpaper is a sophisticated backdrop to this otherwise funky dining room design, featuring shades of gray and orange. A white chandelier hangs over a round table with chairs painted white and upholstered in orange leather.
This show stopping living room design creates the feeling of a larger space by using the stripes to draw the eye upward. Black and white walls add a sense of whimsy while creating a bold, daring statement. Beautiful, custom gray sofas draw frame the room and create a focal point of the fireplace that is defined by a black mantel with a white, marble slab inlay that adds softness to the room's design. Finally, a long, dramatic chandelier hangs eight feet from the floor to finish the space with a feeling of intimacy and warmth.
In the dining area, a modern, marble top dining table and leather Poliform chairs provide stylish seating that help to keep an open, airy feeling in the space. Floating above the modern addition is a series of three George Nelson pendants add texture and warmth to the design of the home.
Designer Tyler Karu wanted a statement piece for the light fixture above the dining table. She chose this tall, vintage pendant because of its scale and slightly gothic style that works with the eclectic design of the loft.
In the dining room that separates the kitchen and the living room, designers brought in a fun, wood buffet. The design of the wood on the front of the buffet gives a nod to driftwood that could be found on the beach, adding texture to the space's design. To finish off the nautical feel of the room, a centerpiece was crafted out of seashells, coral and fishing net.
The design in the living room was kept elegant and simple so as to complement the large space, rather than compete with it. Large sliding glass doors allow in plenty of natural light, while the bookshelves add elegant display spaces. To complement the light walls, designers created a custom patina to paint onto the floor rather than staining it.
Designers used a simple, geometric design scheme to make this boy's room feel both stylish and masculine. Dark neutrals and boxy furniture help the room to find its place within the home's design while still adding the bit of fun required by a kid's room.
The family room extends off the open living area and the kitchen, allowing for a communal gathering area where family and friends can spend time together. The taupe wall covering balances the white and neutral tones throughout the design.
Designers wanted to create a serene family room, so they started with a neutral color on the walls to reflect the natural light that streams in through the windows. Then, they added a warm blue to the space for a splash of color. Finally, wood details were brought in to give the space texture and finish the design.
White walls and high ceilings accented by arched entryways set the stage for a multi-layered design moment. The seating is the star in this space with two side chairs upholstered with handira - traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. Behind them a beaded Yoruba Chair showcases a colorful pattern. On the sofa, an Indian Kantha quilt covers the seat cushions accented by Indian block-print pillows. Add to that an ornately carved wooden coffee table, a beautifully decorated fireplace mantle and loads of art and accessories, and you have a perfectly designed desert oasis.
"I am puzzled by the use of solid drapery fabric that completely obscures the view outside and makes an already small apartment seem even smaller. Even as a room divider, gauzy sheer fabric would have provided the privacy Michael was after and added an intriguing sense of mystery," says HGTV Design Star judge Candice Olson.
To give this space an updated look, designers removed the wood paneling surrounding the fireplace and painted everything in all white. Then, they added recessed LED lights, new window treatments and warm, Midcentury Modern furniture to complete the space.