Decorate your home like a pro

April 20, 2010 4:07:19 PM PDT
Create more space, add light and get bold with color! Simple tips to decorate your home like a pro from the Piedmont Home Tour!

Design tips featured in the segment:

Kitchen:

  • Half a wall in galley kitchen removed to open it up to adjacent light-filled dining room and create additional kitchen counter space and greater overall spaciousness.

  • Banquette with hydraulic table top (that moves back and forth to let people easily slide in and out of the bench seats) creates eat-in kitchen area in otherwise small, tight dead space Have a built-in dish strainer

  • Partial wall removed to let light and terrace views from beautiful front windows in the living room of the home into the kitchen
Dining Room:
  • Built-in cabinets in dining room serve as multi-funcitonal storage space, including a coat closet for guests entering through a near-by side entrance door to the home.
Living Room:
  • Attractive furniture arrangement maximizes light filtration and views of front terrace and fireplace.

  • Light passes through circular cut-outs in bases of twin lamps on sofa table; circular pattern motif echoed in room accents such as wall sconces, silk-screened accent sofa pillow, and floral arrangements.

  • Exciting orange, blue and black color palette seamlessly integrates with colors in dining room, kitchen, etc. Repetition of color and pattern makes space look much larger and stimulating.
Office TV/Den
  • In this narrow rectangular area, a glass table-topped desk backed up to sofa houses a large-screen flat TV. The desk creates an allusion of more space while allowing people to work and/or watch TV comfortably.

  • Translucent block window lighting screens occupants from neighbors.
Master Suite:
  • By rearranging walls that formerly housed a tiny bedroom, the owners acquired a sizeable master closet and private bath.

  • That bedroom was not lost; it was relocated to the lower level by moving the staircase to a central area and is much bigger than the original bedroom.
Remaining Upstairs Bedroom:
  • A door was opened from teenager's bedroom to the adjacent bathroom for more private access and egress.
For more information, visit www.childrenssupportleague.org

Event Information:

22nd Annual Heart of the Home Tour
Friday, April 23 and Saturday April 24
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year there are 5 homes showcased in Piedmont and Oakland Hills area. The Piedmont Community Center holds all our vendor shopping activities and lunch that is provided by Garibaldis for the tour days.

The tour is in support of the Children's Support League. This is a wonderful organization comprised of about 40 women who raise money for local organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties that serve at-risk children.

In 2009, we gave $188,000 to 29 agencies and since 1986 we have donated over 2.3 million.


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