Target Apartment Makeover | At Home With P. Allen Smith

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I'm Lorraine Owens, and my daughter just moved into her first apartment. It needs help. It
needs some decoration really bad. And, unfortunately, I'm not a decorator. So I called P. Allen
Smith, and he has agreed today to come here and help me, thankfully, to make this apartment
Jessica's first dream apartment, hopefully. Hi, Lorraine. Hey, Allen. So good to see you.
Good to see you too. What do you have up your sleeve here? Oh, I need your help. I think
we can surprise her, and it will be beautiful, and she'll love it. Well, do your magic. Alright,
let's have a look. So, Allen, this is it. Nice size room, Lorraine. It is. It has a
nice feel to it. Good bones. I really wanna do something nice for her. What about her
color preferences? What does she like? I know she likes, well, I was looking over here -- she
loves aqua. She loves blue. She loves her little lamp that she purchased herself. So
she obviously likes things that are related to the ocean or nautical themes. She does.
That kinda thing? She does. So, Lorraine, do you have some sort of budget in mind for
this? Yes, I do, actually. Maybe, nothing over $1,000. If you can get even a little
under that, even better. Right, right, maybe the $700 - $800 range? That would be perfect.
Okay, great. I know. What a difference, huh? Oh my gosh -- this so amazing! I know it,
I know it. I can't believe it either. I love it. Thank you so much! Oh my god. I love it,
too, honey, but I didn't do it myself. What? No, I had some help. Definitely had some help.
Surprise! Hi, how are you? So good to see you. And you too. Hey, Lorraine. Thank you
so much. Ooh, you like? It looks fantastic. And, Lorraine, the good news is that we were
able to do it within our budget. Great, that's the best part of it, god. But, you know, how
we're you able to do that with all of this, Allen? Well, you know, we had to be very thrifty.
We found some cool stuff at Target. We also hit some secondhand stores and got creative
on some things. Yeah, so I think it's worked out really well. I'm really happy with it.
So why don't I give you a little tour of your new space. Great! But if you look over here
on this wall, I mean, you know, you remember there wasn't a whole lot going on over here.
Now it just seemed to me that, you know, if you could have your television over there
and we could use this mantle piece as a focal point because I really like those blue tiles.
Your mom said you really liked them and that you loved vintage, so we kinda tried to go
with that theme and mix it up with some modern things. I grouped four mirrors, one slightly
blue in color. The other, slightly sort of okra in color. So that helped with our theme.
And then we found these two little stools. It seemed like if you have people over, you
needed a little more seating. Sofa's nice, but you needed a little extra. Then over here,
you really needed another piece of furniture. And you don't have a lot of space so we built
this console just out of some 2x4s and some extra wood that we had, covered it with a
piece of fabric. I think it looks pretty good. The color works great. And then for the wall
hanging, hey, we got one of your books. We wanted to personalize it. Your mom said you
really loved Through the Woods. I can't believe you remembered. I know, isn't that great.
We just had that blown up. You know, it was a tiny picture, but we had it blown up with
the color of the room with the blue. So it worked out really well. Now as you recall,
here, there was absolutely nothing on this wall, but it just seemed to make sense that
a wall shelf like this really works because you don't have a lot space to walk. Now the
little touch of red and gold, I think, helps pop. And then you can put all kinds of natural
objects and things on it just like a sort of an old fashioned eterges. Yeah. I love
it. And some shells. You're mom told me that you love anything from the ocean. Absolutely.
Great. And here's a little bird nest. And, of course, you gotta have some house plants,
right? Of course. Yeah. Well, let's step over here. I just wanna show you this wall because
this is the widest wall in the room. What we did is we started with the window treatment.
Really felt like you needed something a little lighter and airier. And by using a light fabric,
it makes the room feel much larger. We wanted the room to feel bigger and so that really
helps a lot. The sofa: Well, we kept the sofa, obviously, but we went to Target and we found
a slip cover. Look how great it looks. Oh my god. And we found those throw pillows at
Target as well. So I think they all really resonate with the colors here. And then the
lamps on either side -- well, thanks to your mom, she made that contribution from the house.
So, thank you for letting us use those here. No problem, they look better here. I do think
they look very good. So that helped save the day. And then, of course, we used some platters.
You can see over here, three platters on either side, vintage platters. Again, that sort of
cream color. And then the coffee table -- you had no top for it. Oh no. I think it was time
for a top. So I had some extra boards at the farm, and so what we did is we just had them
put together like this. I think it's gonna make a great top. It's larger now so you can
play games. And the other thing that's cool is under here for storage for you DVDs and
CDs. You have four of these baskets under here for storage. So, hey, in a small space,
you need storage ideas. Absolutely. Yeah. And then, decided that the Oriental rug didn't
really fit where we were going here. You needed something a little more modern and the color
needed to work. So we found this really cool rug at Target. So I think it all comes together
really well. Allen, thank you so much. Oh, you're welcome, sweetie. It's beautiful. You
deserve it. Thank you so much. Yeah, it was a lot of fun. And thanks for the opportunity,
Lorraine. Thank you, Allen. It's better than I could've ever expected. Hey, we need to
do another one. Hey, if you've got makeovers that you've done, we'd love to see the before
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