Thursday, November 20, 2008

simply stylish entertaining...

Jillian loves to entertain and has the room to do it in.  Her Dining Room is 1 part dining and 1 part lounging PLUS, it leads to the great outdoors!  She wanted a sleek, simple, stylish room that had a moody, comfortable feel.  She wanted to entertain in the new space but also spend a quiet evening or morning alone, lounging and taking in her back yard.  

She got that feel started by installing a new slate floor all on her own.  She experimented with color, but couldn't decide.  Jillian knew she wanted something dark and modern along with plenty of stylish storage, sleek comfortable seating and an informal dining area.

Jillian was an amazing companion on this makeover.  She had sincere joy & enthusiasm with each day of renovations.  I can't thank her enough for her openness and kindness.  YOU ROCK.

The inspirations started coming in for her in many ways and 3 specific ones from the RMS page helped guide her way.

TODD & STEVE:  They have a great dining/lounge room that Jillian was drawn to.  She wanted to find a way to create that while representing her natural and informal style.

JEANETTE:  Has a beautiful and stylish built-in buffet.  It has a traditional and classic look that works beautifully for Jeannette's style.  Jillian wanted a similar feel, but thought hers should be more contemporary and darker.

DEAN:  Has a solarium that gives the room an outdoor feel due to all the French doors.  Jillian wished for French doors that opened up to her back yard.  She wanted them to be simple, clean and modern...just like her. 

ALL the inspirational homeowner's were so cool and wonderful to meet.  It was so much fun for both Jillian and myself to meet them.  THANK YOU ALL!


-PAINT COLORS (in flat): MARTHA STEWART Dark Fig MS049 & Otter MS099
from VALSPAR paints at

Many, many thanks to Jared, Jason, Jen, Ron, Jacob & Ivana for their tireless work and sense of humor.  The fact that they can make my design dreams come true under the gun every week is nothing short of Good times!

Don't forget to upload pics of your own awesome spaces to inspire others or the rooms that need a little bit of help for your chance to win a ginormous makeover from me and my team at:

-angelo surmelis
photos: swell-space/iphone



Tara said...

Angelo! That is absolutely gorgeous! I love it! I actually picked a similar color out for my dining room.. I have yet to get started on that project though.
I am so happy i stumbled upon this blog. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would find one of my most favorite designers on the planet on blogger! YOU ROCK!!! and keep up the GREAT designing!

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Jeni said...

WOW! This is one of the best!

Anonymous said...

WOW INDEED! This is truly an incredible before and after. I am not quite sure how you manage to do this week after week and do it completely different every time. You are the only designer I have ever seen that I would let in my home.

Anonymous said...

Angelo, you have THE BEST show and you are TOO darn studly. Love your work. Tonight's show was amazing.

Anonymous said...

SERIOUSLY NOW! Angelo, this is just one of the most stunning makeovers. I love your work and you always blow me away and tonight's episode was NO exception. Jillian's response during reveal said it all!

Anonymous said...

OH, this is really wonderful. I love your style and you are my favorite host because you're not all "hosty." You are so genuine and fun.

Anonymous said...

Hi Angelo, It was so much fun being selected as one of Jillian's inspirations. The entire process of being a little part of the show was terrific. From the time the call came from the producer in California, to the filming day, all the way through to the "premier" last night, the entire staff of Rate My Space was great. I would do it all again in a minute. Jillian is really a cutie and I truly believe this is your best work to date. Not that I am biased or anything like that. Anyway, thanks for a wonderful experience. You have the gift of true talent and also a very charming way of making everyone feel at ease and very special. You just bring out the best in all of us. My husband and I had a little party here last night to watch the show and all of my friends are in love with you now. We can't wait to see your next creation! Jeanette

angelo said...

THANK YOU all for your kind words and I am thrilled that you liked this episode. It was a really fun one for me to be a part of!

JFELL-Jeanette, SO great to hear from you! You were such a fantastic inspiration for Jillian and we were both so excited to meet & to speak with you. I can't thank you (and all our inspirational homeowner's) enough for being a part of this. I'm glad to hear the experience was a positive one. I work with the best people!


Anonymous said...

Incredible makeover! Your work always inspires me.

Anonymous said...

I am always awed by your work. The rooms are always a reflection of the people who live there and your insight into who they are how you you relate to them is beyond words....AND, I realized last night that you are also, HOT!

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Anonymous said...

This room and all your work is so inspirational and so are you!

Anonymous said...

Unbelievably Gorgeous! The room is really nice too. I know, lame, but it's true. I have been a fan and have had a bit of a school girl crush for sometime. It's so exciting to see your career just get bigger and bigger!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and all the information. This room is gorgeous. Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Angelo, I don't exactly know how to say what everyone else has already said, in a new and different way. I think you are not only an incredible designer, but you seem like THE MOST amazing man! I love everything you do and the way you relate to the homeowner's. I wish you more happiness and success than you can ever imagine.

Anonymous said...

Just saw the show. I had it on my DVR and got a moment to sit down with my favorite man (you) and see what you were up to this week. Well, you did not disappoint and how cute was Jillian? She is adorable. The two of you together had great chemistry and I loved the results. Her reaction was priceless. Thanks for another wonderful and entertaining show. Best, Taylor

Anonymous said...

Angelo! What can I say that hasn't already been said? You never disappoint. Jillian's response was the best, you can tell how much she loved it.

I loved the lighting best and that built in! Fabulous. What you created from a slate floor is nothing short of genious.

Hope you have the happiest of holidays and I can't wait to see you in the HGTV holiday special.

Take care,

(Jiller53150 from RMS)

Anonymous said...

You're killing me with your mad genius! I LOVED this room. Seriously good times AND you are too cute on camera. This whole TV/hosting/design thing works for you. You should consider doing it more often...I'm just sayin'


Anonymous said...

Nailed it!

Anonymous said...

This room is incredible. I am in love with those overhead lights and that buffet/built-in! I was afraid about the color on the wall, but when all of the stuff came together it made this room feel warm, inviting, cool and THE place I would be spending eery meal in! Your work amazes me as does your personality. Thank you for all the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

The rooms on the show just keep getting better and with each episode I keep saying to myself, "Oh, that's what I would like." Until the following weeks show when I say the same thing. Keep on inspiring us all.

slwaldaias said...

BREATHTAKING! and Angelo, did you ever in your wildest dreams think your show would become such an incredible phenomenon? Thank you so-o-o much for........ EVERYTHING!

Anonymous said...

Honestly!!! This not only a stunning makeover but the most exciting makeover show with a host and designer who just "gets it!". This is appointment TV for me and many of my friends. Thank you for this.

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! We love all your shows.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorites.

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