Room Makeover

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The original living room of this American Fork home was crowded, plain and had no general theme.

The original living room of this American Fork home was crowded, plain and had no general theme.

American Fork homeowner wins a makeover for her living room

BY JEANETTE BENNETT, utahvalley360.com

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BLACKHURST • MAKEOVER BY INTERIORS UNLIMITED

Tawna Fuller visited the 2005 Utah Valley Parade of Homes looking to get ideas for her American Fork home, which she had lived in for more than a year but still hadn’t fully decorated. When she saw an entry form for a room makeover contest inside the Parade magazine, she immediately filled it out and turned it in to Steve Peterson Interiors Unlimited, which was sponsoring the contest.

The Pleasant Grove store asked for pictures, so Tawna turned in photos of her two least favorite rooms — her front living room and her basement family room. She was ecstatic when she found out she was selected for the makeover contest (valued at $5,000), and the design team set to work recreating her front room.

“Our living room had a garage sale couch in it, and we were actually using the room pretty much as a storage room,” says Tawna, who is the mother of two girls and who teaches childbirth education classes part time.

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Julie Blackley, who oversaw the design team, says the small room had no color or emphasis.

“Being the first room you view when you come into the home, it needed to make a statement,” Julie says. “We felt the room needed to be warm and inviting, and it needed to be a place to invite guests and sit back and feel welcome in the home.”

The team took the room from drab to fab, as they say, by first creating a color scheme that brought warmth and also coordinated with her existing family room colors.

Second, the designers created a focal point.

“Since the room is small, too much color would overpower the room and decrease the size further. We wanted to enhance the room, so we painted the focal wall with lusterstone, which is a painting technique that gives the wall a lot of dimension,” Julie says.

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The warm copper color is on both the wall and the new furniture.

Third, the designers wanted to create a conversation area. They selected a comfortable settee and two chairs.

Lastly, they added a handpainted chest to enhance the focal wall and draw the eye further into the room.

Tawna’s favorite features of her room are the comfortable couch and the draperies.

“It’s nice to have an elegant room where we can sit and enjoy ourselves,” Tawna says. “The room is comfortable and cozy, and I get compliments on it all the time.”

After the designers took photos and measurements of the room, they came back with a presentation board to show the homeowner fabric swatches, color schemes and furniture pieces. Below, the design team included (from left to right) Helen Hall, Jenny Nielson, Terry Olsen and Julie Blackley of Interiors Unlimited.

After the designers took photos and measurements of the room, they came back with a presentation board to show the homeowner fabric swatches, color schemes and furniture pieces. Below, the design team included (from left to right) Helen Hall, Jenny Nielson, Terry Olsen and Julie Blackley of Interiors Unlimited.

FIVE TIPS FOR A ROOM MAKEOVER

1.  Do your homework. Spend time researching to get an idea of what you would like to accomplish in the makeover.
2.  Have a budget.  Create a realistic financial plan for the project by getting some estimates on furniture, floor coverings and window coverings.
3.  Hire experts.  If you have someone assisting you, you can avoid costly mistakes and get advice on the many options available.
4. Be patient. Be realistic about the time commitment and understand that this project may disrupt your daily life.
5. Finish what you start. Make sure you allow for the finishing touches that will make it feel complete.

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