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The Property Brothers Design Something Entirely New You May Want in Your Home, Too

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Drew and Jonathan Scott have renovated hundreds of homes, so it’s rare for them to build a feature they’ve never done before. Yet on the latest “Property Brothers: Forever Home,” they unveil a new first—and it’s for a very good cause.

In the Season 6 episode “Building on the Memories,” Drew and Jonathan meet Renee and her 12-year-old, Audrey. After the death of her husband, Renee wasn’t ready to change the house, even though it no longer suited their needs. But with Audrey growing up, Renee realizes they need a more comfortable home—as well as a fresh start.

Renee has $160,000 to update her Calgary, Alberta, home to match her eclectic style. Check out what new, unique features the Scott brothers add to this place, some of which you might want to add to your own home, too.

Wooden slats (with lights) can help brighten up an entry

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Before: This entryway was cramped and awkward.

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One of the biggest problems with this home is the cramped entrance. From the moment Drew and Jonathan set foot in this house, they know the space needs an update. The brothers end up taking down a wall and replacing it with a wooden screen feature, with lights hanging down between wood slats. 

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After: Now, the entryway is glamorous.

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Not only does this wood feature open up the layout, it also adds light to the entryway and brings in plenty of that eclectic style Renee loves.

“All of a sudden it’s not just an architectural detail, but it’s also a lighting feature,” Jonathan says. He adds that this is a new design move for him. “I’ve never put in something like this before. It is a special feature for a special family.”

Create a piano nook to highlight this pretty instrument

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The piano is an eye-catching feature.

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Renee wants this renovation to mark a fresh start after the death of her husband, but at the same time, she doesn’t want to wipe all traces of him from her home. So she asks the brothers to keep some decor that reminds her of him, like a painting and the piano. Her husband used to play this instrument, and now Renee hopes to make it a centerpiece in the living room. 

The brothers know that a feature wall is not uncommon in a living room, but they acknowledge that most people don’t have a piano to use as a centerpiece.

“Typically, we’re building in, like, a fireplace focal point or a media wall,” Jonathan says.

The team refinishes the piano and then creates a built-in nook by adding small walls on either side of the instrument and black paneling and lights above. When the feature is finished, the piano looks like it was made for this spot in the living room.

“Not many houses have a piano, and not many houses have a piano niche that is perfectly built for it,” Drew says. “It’s going to have style. I love the detail on the wall, the sconces, perfect.”

One bold cabinet color everywhere adds personality

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Before: Before, this kitchen was dated and small.

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Renee tells Drew and Jonathan that she really wants a unique, eclectic look in her home. When she goes on an inspiration home tour with Drew, she falls in love with the teal cabinets in the sample home. And while many homeowners might prefer two-tone cabinets since they allow for just a small pop of color, Renee wants all her cabinets to be teal. So the Scott brothers deliver just that. 

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Renee loves these teal cabinets.

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“I know I wanted teal cupboards,” Renee says, “and the fact that they’re all teal, not half and half, I love it.”

While this look might not be for everyone, going with one bold cabinet color is perfect for a homeowner who wants to fill the kitchen with personality.

Mix and match your lighting for an eclectic look

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These lights feel extra unique.

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To finish Renee’s eclectic kitchen design, Jonathan chooses some unique light fixtures he’s sure this homeowner will love. Renee mentioned that she doesn’t like things to be too “matchy-matchy,” so Jonathan installs different styles and sizes of pendant lights, making the space look extra custom.

When Renee sees the new light fixtures, she’s impressed.

“I love the lights, the fact that they’re not the same here that they are there,” Renee says.

Too much color on the walls can overwhelm a room

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The brothers give this crafts room a beautiful new color.

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While Renee gets the kitchen of her dreams, Audrey asks the brothers to revamp her crafts room. She wants this room to have bold and vibrant colors, but Jonathan has some concerns.

“If you go too bold with, like, the main color, then all of a sudden the palette’s a bit too chaotic,” he says.

Jonathan ends up painting the room a light but playful blue. It’s a beautiful color, and once the built-in desk, cabinetry, corkboard, and sewing station are installed, this room has a lot going on. It’s a good thing Jonathan didn’t go too bold on the walls.

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