Reader room makeover: A living room upgrade
When Michele Colondona looked at the off-the-rack window treatments in her Manorville living room, they didn't reflect either her style or her business, J&M Window Treatments. She says she knew she had to rectify the situation by designing custom treatments. Once the project began, she and her husband John decided to redo the home's original fireplace and mantel to make it a focal point of the room. But one thing that had to stay was the light aqua sofa.
"It was only five years old," Colondona says. She did reupholster the matching chair in complementary brown. "My home is my showroom, and I wanted to reflect that in the decor," she says. Total: $22,245. --Sylvia E. King-Cohen
BEFORE. Michele and John Colondona wanted more fashionable window treatments and a fireplace that was more in scale with their living room's high ceiling.
STONE FIREPLACE, $5,500.
Includes stone ($3,500) and labor ($2,000), both supplied and applied by M&S Amaro Construction Corp., Selden.
MENDOTA GAS FIREPLACE, $7,519.
Includes fireplace ($6,819) and installation ($700) by a designer-only source. (Feb. 7, 2013)
WINDOW TREATMENTS, $4,100.
Includes fabric ($2,420) by Casa Deco, a designer-only source; hardware ($240, includes poles and brackets), finials ($180 for four) and rings ($60 for 10), all from Brimar, a trade-only source; Designed by Colondona, fabrication ($1,200), by J&M Window Treatments workroom.
END TABLE, $599.
Manufactured by Artistica, a trade-only source, purchased through J&M Window Treatments
COCKTAIL TABLE, $699.
“It took months to find the right fabric to match the aqua of the couch,” Colondona says. She used brown in the room as an accent color. “If I was going to reupholster a couch of that size, it would almost be cheaper to buy a new one.” (Feb. 7, 2013)
REUPHOLSTERED CHAIR, $772.
Fabric ($322) from Novus Textiles, a designer-only source; upholstery work ($450) through a J&M Window Treatments source.
FAUX PAINT, $2,210.
“It looks like expensive floral wallpaper, but it really is a paint treatment,” Colondona says. It includes Benjamin Moore Mt. Rushmore Rock (three cans, $120), white ($40) for the ceiling and one can of polyurethane ($50); applied ($2,000) by painter Orhan Demir. (Feb. 7, 2013)
CELESTIAL SCONCES, existing. (Feb. 7, 2013)
ACCENT PILLOWS, $636 (for seven).
Includes fabric ($220) by Casa Deco; trim ($48) by Brimar; added trim to two existing pillows ($8); accent pillow for chair ($60) includes Novus fabric; all fabrication ($300) by designer’s workroom. (Feb. 7, 2013)
ARTWORK and STAND, $100.
Includes painting ($40) from HomeGoods, Patchogue; and frame ($60) from The Frame Center, Smithtown. (Feb. 7, 2013)
DECORATIVE PLATE and LANTERN, $70.
From Pier 1, Riverhead. (Feb. 7, 2013)
ANTIQUE CLOCK, a gift. (Feb. 7, 2013)