Friday, May 2, 2014

American Dream Builders w/ Nate Berkus ~ Week 6

Hello Friday! Sorry for being MIA on Wednesday.  Lots happening and more is still yet to come.  Speaking about a lot of work and more challenges await, I admire the talented designers on American Dream Builders for their dedication, determination, and energy.  I mean, as if decorating an entire home from top to bottom in 5 days wasn't challenging enough, the designers have to design these places with a completely different theme week after week.

We have seen spanish homes, cottages, modular suites in the past few weeks and for this week's challenge, it's craftsman style makeovers.  It is probably my favourite architectural style, so I am super excited to see what the designers have in store for us.

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First up is Team Red's transformation.  I am loving the first impression with the stately columns  + the perfect lighting fixtures.  The calm and soothing palette of cream and grey: this is love at first sight friends.

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The first room is Den's living room.  It is a small space with a fireplace, many windows and door openings, which makes it very difficult for furniture placement.  Dan did a great job with the four chairs and a diamond tufted ottoman to create a semi-formal, yet cozy space.

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I am not sure about the lighting fixture in the living room (perhaps a touch too industrial to me for a craftsman style home) but I do like all the architectural details in the room.

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Here is an intimate spot to catch up with friends, and I like the colour palette in this room. That weathered finish on the cabinet added charm, while the teal blue velvet on the chair screamed luxe in the space. 

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This is my favourite room from Team Red: dining room by Lukas.  It's dressed entirely in off whites and soft neutrals.  What an effective way to give the classic craftsman a fresh, current look.  The hits of black through accessories create instant drama in this calm, serene space.  Another signature look by Lukas that I absolutely love.  

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What is not to love right? The chandelier (a modern twist of a classic design), high gloss ceiling to reflect light and add shimmer, patterned drapery with reference to a traditional trellis design: simple and effortless elegance. 

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The kitchen is fun with the pot rack lighting fixture, a farmhouse sink, lots of storage, and a beautiful and practical island.  Also love that it has a walkout to the outdoor dining room.

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Here are my favourite elements from the kitchen (blackboard, range hood, secretary desk), and I love how the kitchen references to the traditional element (the cabinet in dining room: lower right image) for a seamless flow.

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You can never overlook the hidden potential of your outdoor space and here is how Team Red created an urban dining and lounge space completed with a fire pit.  

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Team Blue mastered a craftsman beautifully with a silver sage, white, dove grey and natural wood colour combination.  Jay is indeed the General and a meticulous #dreambuilder.

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The judges found Elaine's living room too busy with patterns, especially the ceiling.  I happen to think it's kind of fun and a good attention to detail on the 5th wall.  Perhaps a less dramatic, tone on tone version would work as a better complementing deign element?

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A great shot of the living room.  I am loving the blue walls!

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My favourite elements here have to the blue floral drapery, the side table with intricate details, the modern interpretation of a craftsman media unit.

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Nina's kitchen is one of the judges' favourites and I can see why! The panel detail, the custom island, the creamy white and sand palette: it's a dream kitchen with grace and serenity.

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A big hit in this kitchen is Nina's creative use of plates as wall art, the built-in storage next to the dining room (that also acts as console table for dinner parties), and the mirrored wall to reflect the beautiful kitchen.

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This is my favourite shot of the kitchen.  I will also be taking note on this mega island that doubles as breakfast bar with loads of storage + houses a microwave! 

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A nursery by Darren.  It is cute but I am not feeling it.  What do you think?

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Here is the outdoor space by Team Blue.  Which one do you like better? I am having a tough time deciding.  I like the dining space better by Team Blue but I love the lounge space with fire pit by Team Red.

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This is the home gym by Darren.  I guess it's hard to make home gym functional and be eye-catchy with design elements.  Well … only if Darren also comes with the gym. Just kidding.

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So what do you think about this week's challenge? Which design element is your hit and which one is a miss? I would love to hear from you.

xo

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