Friday, May 23, 2014

American Dream Builders w/ Nate Berkus ~ Week 9

Hello Friday! The weekend is almost here and it will be a glorious one with bright sunshine and above 20C temperature.  What is your plan for the weekend friends? Chris and I will be tackling a few things at #ProjectChris on Saturday (you can check out what I am up to via Instagram), having brunch with friends, spending our time outside, and yes, watch the finale of American Dream Builders this Sunday!

Can't believe it has been more than two months since the premiere of Nate's new show and after weeks of intense competition and design challenges, we are down to four designers to redesign a classic Victorian home.  I love loft, craftsman, and turdor style homes but Victorian is truly my favourite.

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Lukas, Lukas, Lukas ... just as I thought a Victorian would be a big challenge to an ultra modern minimalist, you have pulled it off again and so beautifully done I must add! If you are looking for a dynamic, eclectic showstopper to wow your guests the moment they stepped into your home, this is it!  

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Going traditional in a Victorian home doesn't mean Lukas has to give up his signature modern, edgy touch.  This living room is one fine example on how you can update a traditional space (i.e. high ceiling, panel mouldings, built-ins) with iconic floor lamp, statement contemporary chandelier with a classic silhouette, an ornate vintage clock, and super modern furnishings such as a pair of graphic armchairs and a lucite + glass coffee table.

This living room looks formal and elegant (traits of a classic Victorian home) and yet it feels fresh and current.  #BRAVO Lukas!  

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Lukas is known to the "artist" at the show and for this week's challenge, he actually hand painted a mural in this bedroom!  The room is calm, serene, and the branch motif ties in perfectly to the lush outdoor living space.

Another black and white kitchen by Lukas (he has done a couple of kitchens in similar palette throughout the competition) and yet I still want more!  The oversized pendants, the white painted tin ceiling, the detail work on the cabinet doors, Lukas offers me with lots of inspiration for my next kitchen makeover!

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Off the kitchen is this family hangout spot by Elaine.  I actually quite like the red grasscloth wallpaper for warmth and texture.  I think the color fits well for a cozy family space.

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However, the room doesn't feel "Victorian" to me and I have to agree with the judges that the sofa is a touch underscale for the space.  Perhaps if the chaise of the sectional is closer to the causal dining zone, we would be able to fit in a longer sectional without blocking the french doors.  The side table + lamp combo looks a little top heavy to me.  What do you think?  

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Another room addressed by Elaine is this adorable kid's room.  I am just in love with that bay window and the drapery panels are precious.  The striped rug creates interest and tension against the floral drapes, and yet they complement each other nicely thanks to one comment element: mustard yellow!  The bunk bed is also a fabulous idea to up the sleeping capacity in this room. 

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Nina's dining room is up next.  The judges were happy with the room but were not wowed by it.  The room has Nina's signature style: furniture pieces all have gracious curves and the chandelier is beautiful.  I also like the idea of bench seating against the back wall to free up more space for better traffic flow on the opposite side of the room. 

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The nursery ... it is so pretty! The soft lilac palette works harmoniously with the painted antique style furniture.  The tufted ottoman is super cute and I love that wallpaper!  What is your favourite?

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Jay's makeover in this Victorian challenge is the master bedroom, ensuite, and the exterior of the house.  Let's check out the master bedroom.  Jay did an amazing job with furniture layout.  I love that he has centred the bed against the main wall, and a cozy nook for morning tea and paper by the bay window.  I would like the rug to be a little bigger (the bed is barely sitting on it) and I am not a fan of the curtain behind the headboard.  I probably would rather see wallpaper or a mural on that wall. 

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Here is the ensuite equipped with his and hers vanity + a luxurious tufted bench, a free standing tub in front of the sensational bay window, and a crystal chandelier for a touch of sparkle.  Just as you thought Jay is more of a builder, he has quickly earned himself the designer title through American Dream Builders.    

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Of course the reveal wouldn't be completed without having a look at the exterior.  What an absolute stunner and wouldn't you want to just live here! It has dynamite curb appeal with all the incredible architectural elements and did you see the backyard? Urban Oasis for sure! I also spied a pair of white painted peacock wicker chairs at the back porch! I am so going online to find myself a pair!

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So this is it friends.  9 weeks down and one more to go.  We are now down to Lukas and Jay for the final challenge and it will be a fun one! Be sure to catch the season finale of American Dream Builders this Sunday! 

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