Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What do you think?


...of these $300 makeovers?

Full story HERE.





And if you were told to spend $300 on your place to give it an update, what would you do? How would you stretch those dollars?

47 comments:

Elizabeth said...

If they spend more time in the room, I guess that's good, but those blotches make me itch.

Tamstyles said...

I would paint... update pictures with things in magazines, printed etc..a table..rug..bamm all for 300.00 at HOMEGOODS and garage/thrift stores..I would redo things and not buy new..only new thing would be the rug..I hate germs.

tartanscot said...

I do find it interesting that there are no designer fee involved in the make-over, though I can clearly SEE a designer in the photos. hmmmmmm.

but, first one - no.

second one - lovely, a nice re-imagining of the space and the existing contents.

third one - three words - duct. tape. rug.

cybill said...

Ha ha ha, that first one is dreadful, and why is the furniture all pushed to the walls? Thanks Decorno, I needed that laugh.

Tami said...

YIKES!!!!!!! How awful!

SH said...

If I thought my room would look like any of these after spending $300, I would rather spend the $ on girls night out with lots of cocktails!

pve design said...

my labels-
1. "souk"
2. "new spruce"
3. "pantone pms book"
I really liked the video, and the fact that when people suddenly spend more time at "home" they take on desperate measures to clean and spruce up!

Denise Smith said...

It is just me or do those splotches look HORRIBLE? The first one...NO...If this were my work, and I had it showcased in the NYTimes, I would be like number 2, OUT OF WORK.

The second one...on budget and AMAZING. That, my friends, is talent.

Ok, I got so worked up I didn't even read #3 yet...

Petra Voegtle said...

The first one is a no-go with those stencils? on the wall - and why this kaka-brown all-over the place?
The second is still too cluttered but rather acceptable - has a kind of bohemian feel.
The third is simply drop dead ugly - duct tape on the floor - this is a spoof - isn't it? Who on earth could live in such a room?

columnist said...

I agree with Tartanscot's comments completely. But generally speaking, all that has been done is a bit of "organising", which really shouldn't be beyond the ken of most people. I absolutely loathe the TV programmes ("Changing Rooms" or equivalent) which spend limited amounts of money and produce hideous results. 1) & 2) have elements of this. Why change perfectly good walls with unnecessary colour stencilling/etc?

Cristina said...

thank god others agree.

#1 - those cow spots are something. something awful.

#2 do designers hate tv's in tv room? wtf? and the desk side looked cluttered.

#3 I would have made that red couch more of a focal piece. I'm imagining it swinging around that roller derby rug on the floor knocking people out of the way.

But I do love red couches.

*moggit girls said...

Those 'oversize patterns' on the wall would get old real quick we think....

J&J

Lolo said...

I would spend the bucks on either paint (and not for splotches, stencils or squares) or wine. Who am I kidding? I would buy both and then use the duct tape to bind the person who would do that to a fhat to the bumper of my car.

The second room is actually worth the $$, even though it's not my personal taste it does look like it's been lived in. In a good way.

The peacock feather lampshade? Well, I guess if I had made it myself I could fob it off on my daughter as being "made with love". She's a kid so she would totally fall for it.

Cristina said...

oh, man didn't even see the lampshade! heinous.

Anonymous said...

Ouch, those rooms hurt my eyes ... but to each his own. With $300 I would paint walls and trim then use the remaining $$ on Craigslist and a trip to Brimfield.

alis said...

1-It looks okay compared to the before picture. But stenciled walls are sooo typical of cheap make-overs! They're awful.

2-Now this is great, I couldn't tell what new things were added but it looks so much better. This kind of make-over is something only a good designer can do.

3-Yuck! I can't believe they paid $36 FOR DUCT TAPE, $33 for masking tape and spray paint! And the lights on shelves look cheap and stupid too.

This one is quite drastic, nice too, although not my style:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/12/garden/12m-ziehe.html?ref=garden

Anonymous said...

I'm a firm believer in saving to buy those pieces that you'll have for a lifetime. Spending $250 on a stenciler seems ridiculous to me, particularly when the homeowner will undoubtedly tire of it (at some point, who wouldn't?). xoxo

pillow mint said...

I'm not a designer, but, ummm, not so much. I don't think any of those make-overs are good.

The stenciling and the painted stripes on the walls just looks bad. I remember back in 1980 my father (an artist) painted a huge three-color stripe "accent" on the wall. It was OK then, but seeing that picture today, the stripes look dated.
Maybe if the color of the stenciled objects was closer to the wall color, they would look alright. I think it's too stark as it is.

I also think there are too many superfluous "design elements" in all of those makeovers. Like the runner-thing on the coffee table and the leaning mirror (or window) in the corner.

The only thing I like is the round leather ottoman.

Thanks, Decorno!

Anonymous said...

I seriously think they might be f'ing with us on #s one and three! Should be on a home show "What NOT to do" to your freakin home. God awful stensils, stripes, and duct tape "rugs".....Seriously?

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

Money ill spent. I'd rather put it towards a new pair of shoes.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Not into it. I would personally spend my time cleaning and rearranging what I own, then put a fraction of that money on a designer candle and nice flower arrangement. I figure these things will have the same shelf life as some trendy, cheap-o accessories and I will still have a little money in the bank.

Decorina said...

#1: Horrible
#2: Cluttered, but better than original. A little too "unstudied" for my tastes
#3: I remember the 70's - this is like a flashback from a bad acid trip. Gross.

Mara (The Wedding Cabaret) said...

interesting...

custardbydesign said...

i have to say number 1 is like, well i dunno - something went wrong somewhere...

number 2 and number 2 i have to say i really like; both have personality and different fresh funky vibrant appeall...

Hanako66 said...

It is really hard to work with $300

I guess I would paint and hit garage sales/flea markets

the quarter rat said...

I'd buy 10 bottles of Maker's Mark and drink the ugly away.

Anonymous said...

don't mean to brag but I've done makeovers under $300 that looked way better than those...yeesh...that first one'll give me nightmares for days.

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Condo Blues said...

The most successful cheap makeovers I see that have design staying power (as opposed to just doing something to jazz up a new space until you have the time/money to do it properly) are the ones that the owner's already have good furniture so you're only spending money on paint, accessories, and decluttering. Being able to do a lot of the work yourself also lets you do good things with very little money.

The other method is to shop at consignment/thrift/craigslist, etc. and gather well made items for cheap but this takes much more time than the Decorate a Room in a Week on The Cheap idea.

Nicki said...

Too funny, I posted this to my FB page to get some feedback from friends. I think what they are trying to do is a kinda HGTV "You can have the Taj Majal, for $1"
Which on one hand pisses me off because I did not go to school for 4 years and study under a licensed prof for someone to assume oh,its just paint and it can be done in one day.
On the other hand I do believe that good design should and can be had by all, no matter your budget. I admire their creativity, considering that most of these designers are prob so used to having HUGE budgets!
PS
dog hair encrusted with dirt on that duct tape would make me hurl after 1 day !

alexis said...

Admittedly, they have a $1,000 budget, not the $300-$500 of these designers, but Design on a Dime has done this MUCH better, and on pretty much every episode.

The stenciling might have turned out better if they'd used less contrast. If she'd done just a hair lighter or darker and used a semi-gloss instead of the high-contrast cream/white, it could have looked a lot more sophisticated.

Anonymous said...

I hate it when designers try too hard to redecorate a room! You can only do so much with $300, you can't do it all.
Quickest way to spruce up a place is painting your walls, trim and ceiling. (forego any shitty stenciling, paint an accent wall if you must). When you have the room emptied edit what you put back into It. Repurpose other items in your house and bring into the room to give you a "change". Go to Wal Mart and buy you some new drapes and couch cover if you must and a nice rug.
Neutral tones will allow you to add a "new" accent color with pillows and flowers whenever you want a fresh look.
When your budget allows it you can always upgrade your furniture...keep things clean and uncluttered and you will find the space inviting.

Anonymous said...

What a mess, what a mess, what a mess! Terribly disappointing all-around. I say chuck most of that crap. And puh-leaze, Christopher Coleman doing anything for $300 other than dinner.....

royal apothic said...

Been reading a while and FINALLY leaving a comment.......pillows, candles and some fresh paint are the best 150.00 I have spent!!!!

Ivy Lane said...

no , no and no...

Anonymous said...

first of all, the stencils are dumb... second of all... i forgot what i was going to say

Anonymous said...

Well, I've really looked at the three examples and it's clear to me anyway that the middle make-over was the most successful. I found the large stenciled shapes distracting in #1 and would probably have spent the money on some kind of artwork over the sofa. #2 now has a much cleaner and more usable furniture layout and shows some real personality. #3 to me translates into "saw it on HGTV" and look how bad and dorm room like it REALLY looks. Also, did the designer work pro bono to get into the NYT?

Bromeliad said...

Seems to be a case study that 'decorating' and 'decorating on the cheap' may be two somewhat different skills.

Magchunk said...

This one, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/12/garden/12m-pedraza.html that you didn't show, actually stuck to the budget and looks way better. None of that stenciling nonsense. It can be done!

katek said...

That brown room makes me so sad. Especially because Fawn Galli's living room was one of my favorites in Domino--she had that huge banana tree (and a shiny life-size deer statue) and somehow the whole thing made me very happy.

Anonymous said...

It looks as though this was sponsored by Benjamin Moore? at $52.00 a gallon, $18.50 a quart or $100 for the gallon of Metallic finish paint no wonder none of them could stay under budget. $165 for 5 pillows? go to West Elm. Good Bye designer.. hello do-it yourselfer.

Rachel said...

Yeah, I'm going to agree with everyone else... these are not good examples. Maybe the second one, but the first and last are truly ugly.
What struck me as ridiculousness about the first one was the COST of having those stencils done - over half the budget! Stupid. And yes, if you use less expensive paint, you could save a lot of $$.

Oh, and could somebody take that dumb-looking and too-big "runner" off the coffee table in the first pic??

Maria said...

My favorite was the third one. It's clean and I think he's the only one who came in under $300, right?

I would use the cash on paint since most of our furniture is used and bought cheap.

Kel said...

Actually for $300, those are all pretty nice...except for the 'morroccan' pasties on the wall. No thanks. And I've done more with less. Paint, good. Thrift stores, good. You can tell the designers had a heck of a time trying to 'dumb' themselves down!

LIMOM said...

I think all three are an improvement over the rooms before. That said, the only one I really like is the one in the center. It nice a nice warm, lived in feeling. The first one is a tad barren, and the third one is just too jarring. Buy a rug for Pete's sake!!

Bridget said...

I would have spent the money of a gallon of paint, perhaps a rug...one or two things.

Then-- I would have a friend over to purge, organize, and paint (and buy them dinner).

If you read the article, one of the things all of these "designers" noticed was how dirty and disarrayed all the rooms were. If you hate the space you live in, for gosh sakes, buy some cleaning products, borrow a broom, push up your sleeves, put on some loud music and CLEAN. There is SO MUCH you can accomplish just by looking at what you have and thinking consciously about the space where you spend so much time.

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