Wednesday, May 7, 2014

American Dream Builders w/ Nate Berkus ~ Week 7

Hello Wednesday! It is Week 7 at American Dream Builders.  We are down to 6 designers and the competition is getting intense.  With fewer hands on deck and yet no change in scope/timeline of the challenges, prioritization and complete focus on tasks are keys to stay in this competition.  Time pressed? Yes.  Stressed and Fatigued? Definitely.  And allowance for mistakes? Not allow!

The challenge this week is a Colonial Duplex that needs to be wheelchair friendly.  The judges also added a special challenge is week: a dream bathroom.  The teams will have full access to Lowes' bath department to complete the dream bathroom challenge, so the expectation is high for the teams to deliver.

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Team Blue is responsible to boost up the tired front facade, and Jay is the perfect person to complete the task.  The dove grey, navy blue, and crisp white color palette, along with the additions of custom shutters and stately columns, the house now looks sophisticated, has incredible curb appeal, and is in true Colonial style.

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Nina's living room is classy and elegant with white panelled walls, beautiful area rug, a mix of curvaceous and streamline furniture, and of course I love that shot of graphic patterns on the draperies.    

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Hits of black always work in a classic blue and white palette for instance sophistication.  The bookcase looks amazing sharply contrast against the bright white walls.  What a great trick to visually expand the room and reflect natural lights by installing mirrors within the wall panels.  I am loving Nina's choice of wall sconces too!

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Dan's dining room has a grand entrance (loving the columns) and I adore the architectural elements + sconces in the space.  I do agree with the judges that perhaps too many different styles have been mixed in this room.  We have traditional details mixed with a contemporary dining table, a mid-century iconic chair at the corner, and space age looking dining chairs all in one room.  This dining room is a miss for me.      

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Here is the dream bathroom designed by Team Blue.  Opted for a big shower and vanity with one sink, the judges are happy with the space but were not blown away.  With only one small wall space for mirror sandwiched between two windows, this configuration dictated the team to go with one sink sitting in front of the mirror.  Would you consider having two sinks in front of the windows and have the mirror in between? Maybe a little unconventional but the vanity could be larger (more storage capacity) and the layout will still look symmetrical.

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It is time to check out Team Red.  Darren is in charged for the back of the house and the upper decks. Darren had great plans for the space but ran out of time to execute the ideas, leaving the back of the house looking a little bare.  A vital shortcoming at this stage of the competition.

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Elaine and Lukas joined forces  to create this breathtaking living space with Elaine's signature high end elegance look + an edgy, modern twist from Lukas.  I am loving the mid-tone grey on the walls and how it accentuates all the architectural details in the space.  The crown mouldings, the window/door trims, the fireplace, they all pop off the walls and demanded my attention immediately.    
 
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Here are a few of my favourites from the living room: panelled walls, wall sconces + fireplace combination, an unexpected but totally cool metal top on the coffee table, columns at the front entrance to create a separate foyer with a large front closet, and what a seamless transitions from the living room to the dining room, completed with the same level of finishes and tension between classic elegance and funky modern.  

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Isn't this dining room to die for? I am just crazy about the full wall of built-in storage, the tension created by mixing the clean line dining chairs with a pair of black painted Louis XV inspired arm chairs, and that chandelier, I WANT IT!  

And Yes, I have now officially self-invited to the next dinner party here! 

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The kitchen of course had me at hello.  It's an perfect example on how to use simple materials to a stunning effect.  White cabinets, white subway tiles, farmhouse sink, black pendants, and stainless sconces: these are all items we can easily find at our local stores.  It is all about creativity and imagination to turn these ordinary items into an extraordinary space.  I may just do this to my next kitchen! Thanks Lukas for another wow and inspiring moment!  

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Here is the Dream Bathroom by Team Red: what a strikingly beautiful and luxurous bathroom! 

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Sparkling chandelier, statement vanity (love the shape and have to look it up at Lowes) with marble top and paired with medicine cabinet, a pair of stools full of character, and separate tub and glass shower, can this bathroom any more incredible?  I don't think so ... but that's only until Lukas wows me again in his next room!   
 
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So what do you think of this week's challenge? Which room is your favourite and do you agree with neighbourhood judges? I would love to know!

3 comments:

  1. I don't get to watch this show (no cable), so I rely on your update :)

    Most things can find a place in my home, but I agree that the modern chairs in Dan's dining room don't fit, as well as looking very hard and uncomfortable.

    NOT a fan of the two chairs in Elaine and Lukas' living space. I can't imagine inviting friends to relax in those chairs. They'd be perfect if you don't want your company to stay long :)

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    1. I agreed with you on the chairs Mel. Didn't think much about it until I saw your comment. I probably would like to see a day bed there so when entertaining, people can sit on either side of the day bed and chat with people in the living room or the dining room.

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    2. Great idea, Tim. I apologize, I should have suggested something else rather than to just criticize *mea culpa*

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