Striped floors: The former den has beautiful texture with its gray undulating-striped flooring. While a natural stone floor in this pattern can be expensive, the same texture can be created with striped gray carpet tiles. At only a few dollars per square foot, carpet tiles are an easy DIY project that can add pattern, texture and warmth to any room.
High-contrast millwork: The bold, dark stain on the French doors and baseboards gives a potent architectural punch to the den. This look is easy to duplicate—a qualified painter can give existing millwork a handsome face-lift with a rich coat of espresso or off-black paint. The result is both dramatic and budget-friendly.
Oversize pavers: Damon’s grand villa features an enviable yard, but the beautiful path of oversize pavers has an undersize price tag. Extra-large concrete pavers—24-by-24 or larger—are available at most masonry yards for just a few dollars per square foot. They can be installed by a qualified landscaper.
Dramatic dining: Damon’s home has a dining space large enough to hold his 12-person table. A custom table like his can easily cost $10,000 or more.
You can create a fun, low-cost version for about a $100. Start with a hollow-core, flat-slab preprimed door (about 36-by-80 inches), which runs about $30 at a hardware store. Buy legs from a hardware store or big-box home store for around $10 each. Get a gallon of gray satin enamel kitchen and bathroom paint, which is designed for water resistance, for about $30. Paint several coats on the door, then add the legs to the corners. Voila: You get Damon’s stylish table at a fraction of the cost!
The silver touch: Damon’s living room furnishings cost a fortune: Custom charcoal velvet couches, a silver silk overscale rug and polished marble floors are a gorgeous monochromatic combination, but they come with a hefty price tag.
To get the same tone-on-tone silver vibe, try a synthetic silver rug from an online discount center, combined with gray throw pillows, mercury glass lamps and silver decorative accents from a big-box home store. Instead of marble floors—which can run $20 or more per square foot plus the cost of installation—existing hardwood floors can be restained gray by a floor refinisher and topped with a high-gloss sealant for only a few dollars per square foot.