Wednesday, April 16, 2014

American Dream Builders w/ Nate Berkus ~Week 4

Hello Wednesday! Even though it doesn't quite feel like spring outside after Mother Nature decided to drop 20C in 12 short hours on Tuesday, I think it is time for us to start planning for cottage season.  I don't know about you but for those who do not own a cottage, knowing the contact of a fabulous spot right by the lake for a little piece of heaven in the summer is definitely priceless.

I have visited my fair share of cottages and most of them come with decor aesthetics dated back to … well, the time these cottages were built.  They are rustic, charming, and they also need a little design refinement to glorify the look.  That was exactly what the designers had to do at Week 4 of American Dream Builders.

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Lukas … he is hands down one of my favourite designers on the show.  His design is always sophisticated, tailored, and edgy.  Take this front porch for example.  It is relaxed, cozy, inviting, and stylish.  Though mostly new, the furniture pieces look like they were collected over time and Lukas had unified them by dressing them all in one common element: a light greyish beige.  That sofa just looks so comfortable and those natural tree stump side tables/ stools are perfect for the space.  The styling is spotless and hello sconces!!  #LOVE

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And if you are looking for inspiration to create your very own one of a kind lighting fixture, Lukas has done it again.  This time, it's a branch from the woods, sprayed white and wrapped with string lights.

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This is a sleek kitchen with all the modern day conveniences + a hint of original flair thanks to the original wood-burning stove.  What a dramatic juxtaposition between the exposed wood on walls / ceiling and the streamline, contemporary kitchen in black & white.  Lukas, you rock!! 

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Erin was in-charged for the living room and what a fantastic job she did to create this serene space for the family.  The room is nicely edited to the core essentials + a few designer additions including the lighting fixtures and the window treatment.  

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The dining room works seamlessly with the living room.  The oval rug, the drapery panels, the painted vintage dining table, the original wood stove, and that vaulted ceiling … #LOVE!!

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Here is an amazing shot of this beautiful country dining room.  Job well done Vanessa!

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Sleeping capacity is at a premium for this large family and this is how Dan maxes out the occupancy of this log cabin: a full bed and a bunk bed.  What I like about Dan's space is that he has created a cozy country bedroom with furniture pieces and accessories that were passed down from generation.  The grandma hand-made quilt, the painted dresser, the mismatched pillows, and a trendy statement ikat rug are just a few of my favourite items in this dream bunkie.    

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Now it's time to check out the other team. Jay did a phenomenal job with landscaping and the curb appeal of this century-old country getaway.  No major structural changes and it's amazing to see how a few well-chosen gallons of paint could do to breathe new life into a home.  The silver sage works beautifully with the stone work and I love how the bright orange doors pop.  

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This outdoor fire pit and dining room show how thoughtful Jay is in creating fantastically designed and functional space for the family.  I love camp fire (in fact, that's one of the reason I go on canoe trip with Chris), and who wouldn't want to dine at this outdoor dining room with string lights for ambience?  Both items are now on my wish list for the future country home.

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Nina's living room is light, airy, and fresh.  What I like about this space (other than the obvious: the colour palette) is how you could transform and update your typical country room with wood panels to a serene family getaway.  Effortlessly elegance is what I see from Nina week after week, and if you are looking for country home inspiration that's not all about wood tones, here is a beautiful space to kick start your creative process. 

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The dining room is slightly underwhelm, especially when comparing to the dining room by Vanessa.  I agree with the judges that the two branches at the corners probably have missed the mark, but I do like the choice of cheerful yellow drapery panels.  

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Elaine's bedroom is elegant and inviting.  I like the green and blue palette with the mix of creaming white, and the framing detail on the wall is one of my favourite elements this week.  How appropriate and perfectly charming for a country bedroom?

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If you are looking for more design inspirations for country bedroom, these are the great work by Team Blue on Country Chic.

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So what do you think of this week's challenge on cabin transformation? I now more than ever wish I have a cottage to re-imagine!  Happy Hump Day friends! xoxo

3 comments:

  1. I actually really love both! The dining room lights that the first team used are gorgeous and I absolutely love the living room that the second team created! Great recap, Tim!

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  2. So so earthy and cozy! Great places to get away from it all!

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    1. I know right? We now just need a cottage to do just that! xo

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