After years of what she describes as walls painted "medicinal white," Melville homeowner Lisa Russo was thirsting for some color in her living room. Plus, the room didn't really reflect their family's needs: She and her husband Anthony, an attorney, hung out in the room, but daughters, Taylor, 16, and Jordan, 14, gravitated to the den and its TV. Russo, a part-time accountant, wanted a beach-resort feel to the space, and she didn't want to move the family's piano. She turned to designer Nina Bock of Plainview's Ethereal Designs and Interiors to add color and elegance. Bock says she used a Caribbean hotel lobby as an inspiration, and she worked to tie the living room, dining room and entry together. Total: About $38,500 for the living room, $7,000 for the dining room and entry. --SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN
FLOOR TILES, $5,796.
They wanted an attractive but durable solution. Purchased from ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings, a designer-only source.
SECTIONAL SOFA, $2,313. Its wraparound style easily accommodates the whole family. From The Place Furniture Galleries, Farmingdale.
WINDOW TREATMENTS and HARDWARE, $130 (four panels, two rods). From Target, Farmingdale.
PET BED, $76. Bock found an elegant answer to a necessary piece of furniture. From HomeGoods, Commack. (February 2013)
THE DINING ROOM flows into the living room, and the piano can be seen from both. (February 2013)
ACCENT WALL TILES, $1,745. From ProSource.
“I had a hard time envisioning it when Nina suggested it, but I love it now,” Lisa Russo says. The glass tiles shimmer when the sun hits them, giving them a motion, like fish moving through the water.
60-INCH, FLAT-SCREEN SAMSUNG TELEVISION, $3,900. From P.C. Richard & Son, Plainview. (February 2013)
SCREEN, $150. From HomeGoods, Syosset. (February 2013)
CEILING FANS, $852 (for two). From lampsplus.com. (February 2013)
WOOD CORBELS and GLASS SHELVES, $543 (two sets). From restorationhardware.com.
POOFS $120 (for two). From Target.
MOROCCAN-STYLE HANGING LIGHTS, $60 (for three). From HomeGoods.
PAINT, $168. Lady Finger by Benjamin Moore, from Aboff’s Paints, Plainview. (February 2013)
FAUX PAINT STRIPE EFFECT, $425. Done by Karen Gigante of Sacred Spaces, Massapequa.
DINING ROOM TABLE and CHAIRS, $4,105. From Peter Andrews, Huntington.
REFINISH FURNITURE, $300. Done by Karen Gigante, Sacred Spaces.
MERCURY GLASS URNS, $60 (for three). From HomeGoods. (February 2013)
ENTRYWAY and DINING ROOM CHANDELIERS, $1,602. From Elements Lighting, Carle Place. (February 2013)
HALLWAY BENCH, $165. From HomeGoods, Commack.
ENTRYWAY RUG, $85. From ballarddesigns.com. (February 2013)