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.
HGTV's "Design Star" judge Vern Yip says, "The warmth, texture and comfortable familiarity associated with the French bread that Casey chose as her inspiration are clearly telegraphed in the backsplash, flooring and countertops throughout the kitchen. Even the wall color suggests Casey's influence. There is no question that Casey understands how to translate her inspiration into the design of a space."
An extra-long island with waterfall countertop is the star of this family-friendly, contemporary kitchen. By removing a wall, the designer opened up this space to the family room beyond, creating an open floor plan that invites people to gather. Cabinetry extends to the ceiling and throughout the breakfast space, maximizing storage. The globe-style pendants are by Arteriors.
This bedroom is a fantasy world all its own. A mural of celestial horses running across an expanse of stars sets the stage for this room in both tone and color, constrained with the rough, natural tile of the floors. The room also plays with a mix of modern and traditional elements between the furniture and accessories, making this room feel more like an oasis.
This modern black and white bathroom is truly luxurious. The brass faucets, drawer handles and mirror frames provide a touch of opulence. The black honeycomb tile floor is echoed in the glass-walled walk-in shower. A double vanity provides sleek symmetry. But the true star is a stunning black and white freestanding soaking tub, a gorgeous spot to let the day's stresses soak away.
The uniform and simple size and shape of the cabinets in this modern kitchen give a sense of order and organization -- and who doesn't want that in a kitchen? With the white backdrop, the custom kitchen island stands out as the star -- and don't let the illusion fool you: This island is inset with blonde wood. That's not the floor you see shining through. What a clever way to tie the room's elements together!
Across from her bicycle, sits another vignette featuring one of Nana Yaa’s favorite decorating accessories: books. While the vase of flowers do a lovely job of echoing the color of the bike, the real star of this area is clearly the walls themselves. The architectural details stretch from floor to ceiling, bringing a sense of character to the entire home.
"For Stacey, the carnation is a hard-working flower that has the possibility of being more than it appears on the surface. Her desk and chair seem both modern and traditional at once, showcasing the complexity of the flower she has chosen," said judge Vern Yip of HGTV's Design Star. This transitional room features traditional decor with a modern twist. The two-tone walls add color to the white furniture, wood flooring and dark wooden desk.
The look of the porch is transformed with fresh white paint, khaki trim, painted concrete floors and a ceiling fan in a more classic design. But the star of the new porch is the set of twin chair swings — Ben's custom take on the traditional Southern porch swing. Each is a variation on the familiar Adirondack chair design, and they were handmade by Ben using reclaimed wood from demo of one of the home's interior walls.
Theater Three of the Prospector Theater was designed to make patrons feel as though they were watching a movie from a rooftop under the stars. Comfortable lounge chairs provide the ultimate movie watching experience while also providing maximum flexibility for the space.This multi-functional theater has 55 fixed stadium seats and an open floor providing flexibility of seating types and layouts. It features movable walls that open into an alcove overlooking the courtyard. This theater space can host a variety of social events.
HGTV Design Star winner Meg Caswell designed the entire home, but this master bathroom is her favorite room. The green glass tile contrasts with the white counters, while large porcelain floor tiles make the room feel fresh and spa like. The modern bathroom has high windows providing plenty of natural light, and a long mirror that stretches above both vanity sinks. The white countertop extends beyond the vanities and changes level to conform to the varied height of the woodgrain cabinets.
This playhouse structure is clad inside and out with rough-sawn spruce boards, which are naturally weather resistant, making it good for the family and the environment. Storage cubbies offer easy access spaces for toys and games, while a chalkboard wall encourages drawing and writing. A blue racer rocker, made of recycled milk bottles, offers fun yet durable seating. A ladder leads to the second floor loft area where twin skylights provide daylighting and the ability to follow the evening stars with the telescope.
As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott designed this living room to match the homeowner’s bright personality. The original cement flooring was stained a warmer color and dark gray paint was added to the walls, while the one wood-clad wall was kept as a feature. The large metal storage unit resembles an old set of lockers, which brings an industrial feel to the space. Two vintage side chairs and an old leather sofa were reupholstered in bright colors and prints, and a star-shaped light bulb installation was mounted on the wall as a finishing touch.
“This room has some really beautiful moments: the bold, striped fireplace commands attention; the combo of zebra, white leather, mirror and crystal set against a moody black backdrop is pure Hollywood glam; simple, two-tone damask patterns add a sense of tradition and comfort that tempers the sharp lines of the very modern wall and floor patterns,” says designer Candice Olson. “However, I think this is a case of both too much and too little. Too many patterns — stripes, checks, zebra and damask — all scream for attention. Undertaking such an ambitious painted floor with very little time prevented Design Star contestants NataLee and Tashica from really finishing this room, and it shows on so many levels, from the shredded bedding to the perplexing mirror/aquarium placement in the fireplace. I would have simply let the striped fireplace graphic be the star; painted the floor white to contrast the black and yellow walls and brought in a large zebra-patterned carpet for interest in the center of the room. This duo's predictable perimeter bed placement reminds me a bit of summer camp — a little more swanky, mind you. I would like to have seen a few beds dressed as sexy daybeds positioned in the center with cocktail tables beside and a spectacular chandelier above, very LA-luxe (in much less time).”
This bathroom stared out with a huge roman raised tub, orange floral wallpaper, and a dark enclosed shower. We removed the tub surround and added a free standing tub, We softened the space by adding floor to ceiling drapery behind the tub. This created privacy as well as some softness to all of the tile and hard surfaces in this room. The walls got a textured wallpaper that added some subtle color and another texture to the space. The shower was a complete overhaul and got a new window, brand new tile and a frosted glass panel for some privacy while still keeping the overall feeling open and light. The cabinets got a paint job and added casing around the mirrors to create more of a custom feel.