The concept of the Global Living Cottage was to show that houses have assets and detriments. Since most people do not know how to work with less than perfect homes, having a professional designer can help save renovating expenses to achieve the reality of your dream. The Global Living house is like having insider information to stretch your renovation budget. This is Global Living’s mission and designer Chris King’s specialty.
In the living room, instead of stripping the wood trim on the ceiling and walls, it was accentuated and made to be a prominent feature of the room. The rough and uneven walls were treated with a liner paper to produce a smooth appearance. The carpet was a high-end remnant with a border added around the edge to give it a custom look at a much lower price. The homemade closet doors were again given a custom touch by the addition of Asian temple relics applied to the surface of the doors.
This room has an eclectic contemporary look featuring fired brick orange walls accented with black trim and black ceiling beams.
Martha Stewart Signature Furniture with Bernhardt:
Global is one of the exclusive Martha Stewart Signature dealers in Ohio and has a large gallery in the store. The line has three distinctive collections that range from traditional to transitional, but all three, as well as their extensive upholstery assortment, easily combine together. Their upholstery can be ordered in more than 120 exclusive fabrics. The piece used in the house is an oval cocktail table, which is a spare bronzed metal base with a bronze mirror top.
The featured sofa, by Hickory White, is a high back with contemporary throw pillows. The chair has the same contemporary fabric with a black wood frame, accented with chrome bars. The lamp tables have casters and antique brass molding around the top. The top and shelves have sunburst rosewood veneers.
In the kitchen, design elements were added to play down the blue in the existing counter tops and cabinets. Painting the cabinets black to update them, changing the hardware and rearranging the appliances resulted in a major visual impact at a minimal cost. The stainless steel accents give it a more industrial look.
Besides the furniture and accessories, it was the way the color and design ideas saved the homeowner thousands of dollars by not gutting the house and starting over that really made a difference.