Modern Condo Makeover – HGTV

Modern Condo Makeover – HGTV


Like many couples,
my friends Mac and Deb have really
different styles when it comes to their interiors. Now, he likes things that are
oversized and rustic, with lots of wood. She likes things that are
clean and modern and all-white. Their current style is what I
call post-college hodgepodge. Their main living
and dining space has tall ceilings
and some odd angles that make things challenging. And the white leather sofas
have seen seriously better days. Plus, they’re too
shallow for 6 foot 5″ Mike to settle
comfortably on them. I’m going to make the most
of the space they have, get ’em some properly
scaled furniture, and combine the things they
both love to create a space that’s comfortable for them. First up on the list was the
fireplace and the adjacent wall with the TV and its
messy components. We removed the mantle and demoed
the dated tile surrounding it. Next it was time
to build a smaller, more streamlined ledge that
ran the length of both walls. Underneath I faced the
wall with zinc panels that were given a distressed finish. We ran the wires and the
power behind the wall so the entire area
looks so much better and everything fits
neatly on the ledge. With this side of
the room finished, it was time to take on the rest. This large wall will
be much better served with some built-in storage. Lower cabinets hold
shoes and bulkier items and the wall cabinets
keep dog gear organized. We added new shelves for their
extensive book collection. The next step was
assessing the furniture. These sofas were
super worn, and they didn’t work for the size of
the room or for super tall Mac. Instead of two smaller
sofas, I replaced them with one deep sofa and an
accent chair that can easily be moved around the space. Small spaces are all
about flexibility. These two eat dinner
in the living room, so I finished off the furniture
plan with a coffee table on casters, so that when
they’re done using it, it can roll away and dock under
the mantle on the TV wall. In addition to docking the
coffee table out of the way, I downsized their counter
height dining table by removing that
leaf for storage and docking it off to the
side of the dining room to create a better traffic path. If they have a party, they could
easily pull that leaf back out. My number one tip for working
with two styles in one space is to make sure
that any accessories really can span both styles. For this home, it’s all
about natural elements and wood and stone. I tied their two styles
together with the things that they have in common– they both love nature
and dramatic art. Two oversized frames
call attention to the fireplace in a good way. I dressed the space with
some other natural elements helped to help balance
all those white spaces. Several simple
projects came together to pull this condo living
space out of the college years. By creating a focal wall
and adding major storage, this modern condo got
a clean, new look.


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