Take a 360 Tour of Hildi and Doug’s Rooms from the Trading Spaces Premiere

posted: 04/08/18
by: TLCme

On the first episode of the new season of Trading Spaces, Hildi and Doug brought back their familiar daring and bold designs. Doug created a paradise oasis including burlap walls, and Hildi stuck to a deconstructed penguin theme to honor the homeowners' favorite accessories! Paige Davis gives a 360 tour of the rooms below, and Hildi explains the thought process behind her design!

Deconstructed Penguin Room
By Hildi Santo Tomas

What is your thought process going into any Trading Spaces renovation?

In my desire to stimulate the senses and people's imaginations, the outcome of what a room design might be or look like is always going to be particular to each of us. It is important to take all elements, independently as well as cumulatively, and present those forms even though they might not resemble what we understand or know or hope to see. People don't have to like everything. They just have to take a look as if they were on the edge of the world, looking in, for a moment. So just sit back and enjoy...for a moment.

What were you thinking about with this room in particular?

This room was the room in the home were everything unwanted was sort of tossed in, and when the mother spent the night (rarely because it was really a junk room), this is the room in which she would stay. So she would always stay next door at the sister's house.

I made it my mission not only to create a true guest room, but to design a room that the couple could use every day... and then be used as guest room when needed.

Can you talk us through your thought process behind creating this multi-purpose room?

Since the room was 10' x 10', probably THE smallest room we have ever done in all the makeovers on Trading Spaces, the first challenge was to make the room appear to be larger than it really was. The obvious answer was to use mirrors. This is not at all though a wise decision when you are shooting a television show as the mirrors reflect the entire camera crew, lights, etc, but it would make the room look twice the size. I spent almost half my budget on the wall of mirrors and it was installed on Day 2 staying covered until we started loading the room. So, problems solved.

The second test was how to put a queen size bed in the room and still have space left over for a chest, for both of the doors to open (both opened into the room) and for hopefully a chair.

Admitting the limited floor space, problem solving was a simple task here thanks to the pull down bed I designed for Ty to build.

By creating a pivot (or hinge) at the bottom of the base to a frame, we were able to store the bed vertically against the wall inside the cabinet Ty built. This though became the monster project that I was most nervous about, which we waited for all of day 2, and which wasn't completed until the very end.

In my design, when the bed is not being used (which is daily), the guest room is converted into a room where the homeowner can work, read, lounge, exercise, or have happy hour with her sister.

I gave her many rooms in one!

Were there specific elements in the room that you're really proud of?

There were several elements in the room that completed the elegant composition.

The headboard made out of navy blue velvet is a lovely backdrop when the bed is being used. The white linens and the two patterned pillows gives the bed a crisp and finished look.

I bought two comfy chairs at a thrift store which we recovered for the lounge/gallery space.

Ty built a desk which I paired with a modern white leather and chrome chair that gave her the possibility to use the room as an office.

And the mirrors gave the practicability to use the room as an exercise room for yoga, pilates or even dance. Think of all the opportunities!

The inspiration for the wall design came about from an abstract fabric I found at one of the fabric stores in downtown Los Angeles. The homeowner loves penguins and wanted a room based around them - which I was obviously not there to design an igloo. So when I saw this fabric which had shards of black and white, I immediately saw a deconstructed penguin. And voila! I decided to replicate the pattern and all the walls and ceiling in order to create a unified look and for the entire pattern to be reflected in the mirrors as if you were actually in an igloo.

Any regrets?

If I could change one thing, it would be to go back and paint all the doors in the same pattern - a decision the couple I was working with opted against.

So I purchased the remnant of fabric and used it as the pattern design for the walls and several pillows that I put on the bed. There was a yard left which I gave to Paige and she used it to make something for herself as she adored the pattern.

What was the most fun part of the renovation for you?

The most fun part of my rooms, when I am working with Ty, is the project on which I will get him to collaborate with me on. And in this room I needed an art piece to install on the bottom of the bed when it was vertically against the wall.

Since the homeowner loves penguins, I decided to create a painting, inspired by a linear tire track print that Robert Rauschenberg did in the 1950's.

My interpretation was to take a break with Ty, go for a bike ride, and go for a design experience.

On this ride, we would ride on the bikes through paint, then over a canvas creating a pattern from the treads of the tires, and then mount the finished masterpiece in a frame underneath the bed.

I named the work of art "March of the Penguins" because we recreated the trails of the penguins I had seen in Patagonia.

This was definitely the most fun project, my favorite element of the room, and the best part of the two days.

What was the homeowner's favorite element of the room?

By design, I think the homeowner's favorite element might have been the opportunity to be able to use the room daily now due to the fact that the bed was hidden in the cabinet we built for them. Therefore, my mission, accomplished!

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