Far be it for us to complain about what your home looks like — frankly, we’ve never been invited inside. But we’re fairly certain it could use a little “freshening.” And while we think Candice Olson of HGTV’s Divine Design, which airs daily, is certainly one of the most stylish — and fertile — interior designers on TV, this week we’re much more interested in how she styles a room.
With the holidays right around the corner, this is the time of year when most people look to redecorate their homes. You’re going to have company over and you don’t want people to think you’ve got bad taste, right? But if you don’t have the wherewithal to hire some long-legged, fancy blonde from Canada, you can watch Candice perform miracles, then head over to SeenON.com and re-create one of the rooms she’s highlighted on her show.
SeenON.com is a great source for finding the clothes being worn by your favorite stars, but now the Web site is featuring all of the decorative pieces Olson has chosen for her televised re-creations, where to buy them and how much they cost — something we never seem to learn from Candice.
So, if you wanted a modern room with classic features based on Olson’s remodeling of a basement suite, you’ll need to start with the biggies — namely a sofa and chair. Olson chose Norwalk Furniture’s Horizon sofa and its Otis chair in white. Both reflect minimalist lines while the chair is detailed with track arms and a sculpted back. For a real multipurpose fixture, Olson went with an abaca ottoman from Crate & Barrel. It has an hourglass figure woven from naturally multitonal abaca, and it can also be used as a nightstand, end table seat or stool.
Another great piece is a rosewood hall chest from Elte Santos. It’s both elegant and minimalistic and works perfectly against the white primary pieces.
Of course, as you probably know, the key to beautiful design is in the details. And keeping with Olson’s taste, she chose a pair of white Dorset vases from Simon Pearce as well as the label’s Weathersfield berry bowl. Accent lighting is also key, and Olson recommended the crystal, white and nickel Marlene table lamp from Crate & Barrel. Another beautiful selection was a Desert Sunset 5.5-inch rose bowl by Waterford.
For the walls, artwork includes Les Fenetres De La Rue Bruyere by Wendy Farrow as well as Plate Series by Jane Teglas. Both are available from Canvas Gallery.
Whether you can get all of these items delivered in time for the new year is anyone’s guess, but we suggest you give it a shot because Candice is busy.