Repurposing existing furniture, Casey and Courtland are given the task of transforming a dated dining room space into something with real design panache. Casey smartly repurposes a side table, converting it into an upholstered ottoman with a found rug. The end result is high-end in appearance and representative of much of what is happening in design today. Her window treatments also are beautifully made and contrast nicely with the brick wall.
Courtland also does some very smart design work, creating two uber-sleek sconces using parts from dismantled lamps and copper piping. The conception and creation of a plank dining room table also adds a nice textural quality to what was an otherwise bland piece of furniture. The infusion of bright orange into the space, however, was a serious misstep that cheapens the overall atmosphere the team is trying to create. Although textural wall treatments are a strong suit of Courtland’s, this color was completely off-putting and did not work well with the existing brick wall it intersects. A soft white or neutral, along with added texture, would have worked beautifully with the white chairs and brown furniture dotting the room, balancing and lifting the heaviness of the brick walls.
The team also seriously wastes time painting a brown wood china cabinet a slightly darker shade of brown. White would have worked beautifully here as well. Overall, there is real creativity on display in this room and both Casey and Courtland show us that they are talented in a plethora of ways.
When light and nature are two of the most coveted elements in NYC, I’m perplexed as to why these two decided that a brown/terra cotta shade would be a great wall color choice. Not only does it suck ALL of the light out of the space, it takes away from the one real highlight of the room, the masonry on the opposite wall. On top of that, painting an already brown armoire dark brown — really? What were you guys thinking?
In order to make the brick wall the focal point it should’ve been it’s necessary to pull back on the opposing walls. They should’ve brought in light, creamy, smooth textures to give the space a greater sense of grandeur while highlighting the earthy color and rougher texture of the bricks. I think that the light sconces made of piping are the highlight of the space and I enjoy how the brass element was threaded throughout the room onto the dishes, radiator, etc. The big eyesore, however, is the giant block of tangerine in the middle of the brick pattern adorned with strange quilts and trays — ouch. A better choice would’ve been to leave this wall alone and add a bright accent color to the armoire; a complementary color to the brick, such as a green or butter, would’ve been much more powerful.