Room makeover contest winner
DAVID CORMICAN’S TINY APARTMENT TRANSFORMED
In any theatrical show, stage design and props set the tone for the great performances to unfold. The new room created in actor David Cormican’s bachelor apartment for NOW Magazine’s Room Makeover aims for pure drama in the best possible sense of the word. Starting with a fresh coat of paint courtesy of Colour Your World, the room went from drab prison green to warm, soft denim blue. Stylist Kari Measham kept in mind this artist’s wish for a cool blue space. She chose a shade that wasn’t the least bit babyish and would fit into her overall vision of a sleek “man pad.” Painting the room (and a good cleaning beforehand) instantly made the place feel new, as if Mr. Clean himself had stopped by to work his magic. (Judging from the abundance of Febreeze and other Procter & Gamble products on his shelves, Cormican either really likes a clean-smelling apartment or recently did a commercial for them. (We’re guessing the latter.) What initially drew Measham to choose Cormican’s place was the crazy 1970s brown-and-yellow linoleum that screamed for a change. While laying down new flooring proved too costly and time-consuming, an extra-large sisal carpet left over from a recent film shoot solved the problem. On a new neutral background, the furniture instead of the tired old floor takes centre stage. A modern black sofa with chrome legs from Casa Life now anchors the “living room” section of the space, opposite two dark grey velvet-and-chrome chairs that Measham brought from her store, Winkel. Cormican can now offer a seat to more than one guest at a time. Originally, the room lacked table space as well as seating. Although the chest freezer did double duty as an ironing board, there was no other surface in the living on which to rest a drink, bowl, magazine or pair of feet. A dark wood-and-glass coffee table and compact glass-and-hrome side table, both from Casa Life, now offer plenty of options for Cormican and company.
Rounding out the major furnishings are a wood-and-glass room divider placed close to the bed to create a visual “bedroom wall,” and a much larger desk painted a bright burnt orange that gives the space a bit of a wow factor. Repositioned paper lamps, a glass shelf on the radiator and a few interesting accessories dress the room and make it worthy of a great performance. It isn’t just the myriad show tunes on his iPod that gives away his profession. Cormican has several good photos of Robert Di Niro and Al Pacino, though they were placed haphazardly. Measham created a new picture using three of Cormican’s favourite movie posters framed in an old glass window. She was able to snag a few other interesting art pieces, again from old film shoots, that mysteriously complement both the colour and tone of the new room.
Finally, hanging neutral curtains over the closet (the first thing you see when you enter the apartment) created the cheapest but most dramatic change of all. Now you no longer have to stare at laundry and freshly ironed shirts – a really good thing.
This makeover could not have been so well executed without the generous help of friends and stylists Waheeda Harris, Bernie MacNeil, Deb Burgess and Teresa Jenkins. Again, my thanks to Colour Your World, Casa Life, Winkel and Kari Measham. Congratulations to David Cormican and the other NOW readers who submitted their photos and stories. Look for another great makeover opportunity in 2006.
Meaghan Clark is a Toronto-based freelance writer who writes about design and retail initiatives and spends far too much time researching European shelter magazines.
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