This 100+ year old bungalow in an historical neighborhood had not been remodeled in many years. The challenge was to bring it up to date with modern conveniences without losing the cozy feel. The old sun porch was converted into a breakfast room with room to seat eight.
Designers wanted the master bathroom to continue the light, sunny design of the master bedroom into the bathroom space, so they continued white walls into the space to reflect the warm, Arizona sunshine let in by high rise windows that keep the space bright, but private. On the floors, designers used white tiles to create a chevron pattern that adds some dimension to the space, while a marble accent wall adds texture and contrast. Designers finished off the space with gold fixtures and wood accents to highlight the room's warmth.
Ample countertop and preparation space make this a perfect kitchen in which to cook, bake and entertain. All-white fixtures and tile keep the space looking clean; yellow paint adds a sunny splash of summer. Open shelves are a great way to showcase favorite accessories and glassware, and also break up the monotony of closed kitchen cabinets.
Yellow paint is sure to make a space feel lively and welcoming. This breakfast nook features a mix of styles and patterns -- such as custom, flower-flecked window treatments and jolly striped chairs -- for a look that's at once formal and casual.
Designers wanted the master bedroom space to be flooding with natural light, so they included a large wall of black, iron French doors and high side windows on either side of the bed. They kept the fabric and the paint colors in the space neutral in order to reflect the beautiful, Arizona sunshine.
Designer Beth Dana converted the space to a bright, finished-looking studio. When the original 1920s doors are open, the studio becomes a tropical oasis, with avocado and orange trees, bamboo and a trellis overflowing with bountiful climbing roses.
Sometimes, real estate brokers have to get creative to market a house. "This home in Oakland, California, was a tiny two-bedroom of about 900 square feet," says Jennifer Montague Clark of The Home Co. "To maximize resale value, we felt we had to show buyers the garage’s untapped potential. We painted it white to emphasize how light and bright it was, then staged a day bed and game table to illustrate potential uses." Take these tips to your own home (whether it’s for sale or not): A fresh coat of paint works wonders, as do some colorful furnishings and accessories—no major investment required.
Overall, every aspect of the HGTV Dream Home 2015 great room is designed to be a bright, beautiful space with an updated take on traditional Cape Cod style. “It is very clean, crisp, light and airy,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. “We didn’t get into that very heavy traditional look. It is a very modern interpretation.”
A sunny corner is the perfect spot for a cozy reading nook. Naked windows allow ample light in during the day, and personal reading lights take over at night, making this the perfect spot for hours of relaxation.