This week on Home by Novogratz, Bob and Cortney headed to the west coast to make over the living room of Tony Hawk's California ski house. After a quick consultation on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain, Tony gave a "sure, whatever" green light to the design team and then snow boarded off into the sunset. Dream client? Yeah, I'd say so.The house looked as if it hadn't been touched since 1982. Tony clearly has big air on his mind when he's in town, and not interior design. That's okay, though, because Bob and Cortney got to work and revamped the fireplace, painted the ceiling, bought new furniture, and did a cool wall of colorful, vintage skis.
But you know what I found so inspiring about this episode? The ceiling. That naughty knotty pine was screaming for overstuffed forest green and dusty rose floral print furniture a la 1980, and Cortney silenced it with a coat of white paint. And I found that very aesthetically empowering. If a home has some feature that your average Peggy Hill real estate agent would try to sell you on, you don't have to either walk away or resign yourself to designing around it. You can redeem it. And all the Hank Hills out there will gasp at your painting that wood, yes, but it isn't their house. This is the lesson I'm taking with me from this episode. Just because somebody, a builder or previous owner, decided to create a particular feature in your home doesn't mean it was a good choice or that you have to live with it.
(Images: Matthew Williams)