Friday, May 16, 2014

American Dream Builders w/ Nate Berkus ~ Week 8

Hello Friday! The long weekend is finally here and what a crazy week I've had!  I am usually pretty good with remembering important dates and this week, I actually missed an event I'd been looking forward to for months!  Don't you just love it when you showed up at the event and then discovered it was yesterday? I am still kicking myself for not double checking the date … lesson learned.

I will have a second chance for the event but if you are a designer on a national competition like the American Dream Builders, mistake could be fatal and it might result in an elimination.  After what felt like a marathon of makeovers, we are now down to the final 5 and this week, it is all about creating an edgy contemporary loft with personality.

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Team Blue (Nina and Jay) has done a phenomenal job to transform this once neglected space into an inviting space with a modern, masculine sensibility.  The exposed wood ceiling and columns, the brick walls, and the furnishings at the den are a few of my favourites at this space.

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Here is Nina's dining room.  I like the industrial yet elegant chandelier and the hide rug in creamy white to contrast the natural wood floor and the brick wall.  I think the round table is a perfect choice for a square dining room (I have one myself), though I am not too sure how the wheels on the table.  

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And this is Jay's kitchen.  I like how sleek and minimalist the kitchen looks + the shape contrast between black accents and white cabinets.  The floating shelves create visual interests and allow for practical storage/display of daily used items.  I do have to agree with Nate that the shelves are a touch too high!  Nate actually had to climb on the counter to get a cup for coffee.  

The bike is an unexpected accessory but it works in the space.  Love the tension between the bike and the soft, colourful art.

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This is my favourite shot from Team Blue.  

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On top of room makeovers, the designers were challenged to come up with a signature piece in their spaces.  For Team Blue, Jay's signature creation is the barn door for the dining room.  As for Nina's, it is the floating bed suspended from the ceiling.

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The bedroom is rather fun and Nina's layout is functional and efficient.  It is hard to live in a bedroom without a closet but having a storage piece here would likely clutter up the space.  So instead, Nina created a walk-in closet behind the bed.  The room divider now serves as the feature wall for art and a headboard.

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Let's check out Team Red (Lukas, Elaine, and Darren).

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In case you haven't noticed, I have a serious crush over Lukas' designs.  Week after week, Lukas gets more amazing with his work and to me, this loft challenge is like a well-fitted custom tailored suit to him: an authentic loft is edgy, not following conventional rules, and just be jaw-droppingly, undeniably incredible.  Well, that is exactly what Lukas does best and it shows! 

The streamline, minimalist kitchen with black accents via lower cabinet + custom shelves (doubling as sculpture) around the range hood, the bevelled edge detail at the front of the island, and an oversized antique mirror for drama, what is not to love in this room?    

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Here is my favourite shot of Team Red's loft.  Who would have thought these vintage plastic chairs (reminds me of those in high school cafeteria) could look so chic?

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The living room by Lukas is urban, sophisticated, and just makes me want to move it! I love that he has created one big white box to showcase the statement furniture pieces by painting the ceiling white to blend in with the walls.  The small stripes of exposed bricks add texture and warmth to this stylish, serene minimalist space.  Did you notice the track lights were recessed into the ceiling?  The track lights now illuminate space without being "visible".  #CLEVER!  

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This den by Elaine is calm, soothing, tranquil.  That's what I would expect from Elaine but this might not be the right approach for an edgy loft, especially when this den is connected to Lukas' kitchen, dining and living room.  I do like the mid-century look, however it's just not shape enough when it compared to the industrial vibe in its adjoining spaces.  

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Elaine's signature pieces are the table lamps.  Known for her dynamic plays with patterns and fabrics,  this stained wood base with linen shade failed to wow the judges.  I do, however, like the inclusion of an office, and that brass table lamp is dreamy!
  
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One last space from Team Red is Darren's bedroom.  The platform bed suits the space and the distressed feature wall works well with the soft, luxe beddings.  I do like the closet solution and it feels like I just brought home a mini boutique.  These are all the elements the judges like about this room as well.  


For the signature piece, Darren created a multi-dimensional 1/2 wall to house the TV.  It is super heavy and not really moveable.  The actual function of the piece was not very clear and based on that, the judges felt that Darren had come as far as he could in this competition.   

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Do you agree with the judges? Which one is your favourite space? Love to hear what you think!

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