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Target Apartment Makeover | At Home With P. Allen Smith

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 and afters. Make sure you subscribe to eHow
Home. Hey, we even have fresh apples for you.



Sep 9, 2012, 9:19 pm Reply

UGLY makeover.

Broken Head

Sep 9, 2012, 1:08 am Reply

for under a G… nice work


Sep 9, 2012, 2:09 am Reply

I think this turned out so cute 🙂 Perfect for a first apartment.

MarieClaire Monterey

Sep 9, 2012, 8:41 am Reply

Love it !!
Where can I find the picture with the birds, I would love to do the same.

P. Allen Smith

Sep 9, 2012, 10:05 pm Reply

I actually took a picture from the cover of an old hardback book and had it blown up to poster size.


Oct 10, 2012, 6:42 am Reply

It Amazing!


Oct 10, 2012, 6:43 am Reply


Brandie Drown

Oct 10, 2012, 6:06 pm Reply

I think Jessica was more interested in looking at Allen than her apartment! I don't blame her : )


Nov 11, 2012, 3:05 am Reply



Mar 3, 2013, 1:33 am Reply

Went I first looked at the fireplace and colour I didn't like it at all. I love the way you hv added decorative items that compliment it and u really made it stand out. N it looks unique and it really brings out the blue. It's perfect now.


Jun 6, 2013, 12:45 pm Reply

You are awesome


Jul 7, 2013, 3:06 pm Reply

I love it but target is so expensive where I'm at

James Colson

Jul 7, 2013, 9:24 pm Reply

Fierce! He definitely has skills! I love how he weaved the color in. Beautiful!


Jan 1, 2014, 7:22 am Reply

This is so typically American.

Jane Wood Branam

Mar 3, 2014, 1:28 am Reply

Very homey and easily attainable.

Ashley Peterson

Mar 3, 2014, 3:21 pm Reply

Kudos for him being able to do all that with such a small budget but that apartment looked fugly.

nzinga zindua

Apr 4, 2014, 9:46 am Reply

Nice.  And even a novice can accomplish.  Thanks for posting.

gaspard diallo

May 5, 2014, 3:35 pm Reply

A bird nest? WOW!

Ellen Coakley

Jul 7, 2014, 9:51 pm Reply

Great house so light and airy,and just the right size.

Not Tryin’ To Hear You!

Mar 3, 2015, 8:30 am Reply

This is terrible for $1k! What she needed was to trash that ratchet a$$ couch and she needed a proper TV stand or mount much more than a birds nest, Really? How in the hell did you manage to spend $1k shopping at Goodwill and Target? Especially since half that crap was scraps and hand me downs? Seems like someone got taken for a ride. I'm disgusted with this particular "makeover" and it looks like garbage, BTW. 

Susan Jackson

Mar 3, 2015, 3:28 am Reply

What a great room. Great job very inspiring.

Tierra Shanice

May 5, 2015, 9:30 am Reply

This was not worth $700-$800. This is like an anti-target advertisement. That money did not get him far there. He could have at least found her futon instead of throwing that cover over that old couch.


Jun 6, 2015, 2:00 pm Reply

I love this room! Very put together and perfect for a young lady. Utterly charming! I dont get the negative comments. And for everyone saying "he spent 1000 on this??" Its NOT 1000 didnt you watch the video?

Kim _

Aug 8, 2015, 5:07 am Reply

While everyone complaining about the room, I wonder if she wear her bra :/

Katrina Tanner

Oct 10, 2015, 1:28 pm Reply

very underwhelmed!

OldMaidWhovian akaNancyG

Nov 11, 2015, 3:04 am Reply

I could never do that on my SSD budget, but there's still some really cool ideas there.


Jan 1, 2016, 2:48 am Reply

I don't see any nautical or marine related decorations other than those cheap looking sea shells. Major fail.


Jul 7, 2016, 4:43 pm Reply

I'm sorry but women are better in interior design.

Jin’s drink

Aug 8, 2016, 11:59 pm Reply


All about Alma

Sep 9, 2016, 8:20 pm Reply

This could have been more Ocean-related. It is way too floral. And of course extremely expensive.

Kelly Moy

Jan 1, 2017, 7:27 pm Reply

sick how can p stand it

Anna Cecylia

Feb 2, 2017, 7:57 pm Reply

Well…that was disappointing, wasn't it? P.Allan can create really lovely interiors, but this one…well…I like the lamps and the rug he threw out…

Hope Vashawn

Apr 4, 2017, 11:51 pm Reply

Terrible worse design ever I thought it designed for the daughter in mind look like it's for the mom!! Epic fail

Marcela Shagash

Jul 7, 2017, 12:18 pm Reply

those mirrors….

Sheila P. McKinzie

Jul 7, 2017, 9:55 pm Reply

I like the couch cover.

Manuela Gilo

Feb 2, 2018, 8:46 pm Reply

hi! Very classy decor, looks right out of a decor magazine. She had very little to work with and very broken pieces.


Mar 3, 2018, 4:03 pm Reply

"Just like an old fashioned ederjay" …someone please tell me what the fuck he's talking about.

Sumida Ryogoku

Jun 6, 2018, 2:23 pm Reply

Thats an apartment? It looks like a landed house.

Cook-ee Irvin

Aug 8, 2018, 6:20 pm Reply

How do you spell CHEAP?


Nov 11, 2018, 4:45 am Reply

He did an awesome job with that budget

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