Happy Friday all! Yesterday was the airing of my design plan for Tamika and Jamaal on The Nate Berkus Show. It’s surreal watching yourself on television, but what an honor to be given the task of designing a space for a wonderful family. For those of you who missed it, here’s a bit of background. Tamika and Jamaal are a happily married couple with two young children. They were not feeling ‘House Proud’ so they submitted their family room dilemma to Nate. The Nate Show called me and asked if I would put together a new design plan for Tamika and Jamaal to suit their lifestyle and personality.
Tamika and Jamaal were looking to add comfort and style to their bland family room space. Tamika has been busy pursuing her masters degree so she hasn’t had the time or energy to create the colorful welcoming family room of her dreams. If you saw the opening segment yesterday, what was clear was their room suffered from two design dilemmas: disproportionate furnishings and lack of color.
In the questionnaire submitted to the show, Tamika’s revealed her favorite colors were orange and pink, so that became the starting point for adding color to the new space. As much as Jamaal loved his huge TV, Tamika envisioned a comfortable space that would serve more than just TV viewing. She wanted a space where her family could gather for not only movie nights, but also a room where she could entertain.
We were in a time crunch because the segment and room design came together mere days before the show was filmed so I had to work with readily available décor, nothing custom or special order this time. Big props to The Nate Show for their ability to grab these home furnishings in a quick turnaround!
Here’s a clip from the show talking about the new ‘After’ design: