The HGTV Urban Oasis® Giveaway 2018 includes a charming 3-bedroom, 2 ½-bathroom home in Cincinnati, Ohio and a $50,000 cash prize from Quicken Loans. Now through November 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET, enter at HGTV.com for a chance to win this beautifully designed home with modern furnishings and custom design, with the total grand-prize package valued at over $750,000.
For an inside look at what you could win, we spoke with HGTV Urban Oasis 2018 interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn to get the scoop about the historic, 1912 craftsman-style home and the design process.
I love how you incorporated pops of color into the interior and exterior design of the home. How did you choose your color palette and how did you make it work as a whole?
Overall, I used neutrals like charcoal gray and eucalyptus green as the color choices for the main areas, such as the exterior and the greater room of the interior, then went bolder in smaller concentrated areas, such as the powder room, bedrooms and the front door and garage doors. Since the high traffic spaces are more on the neutral side, the combination of the bold and the subdued strike a perfect balance.
What I’m really struck by was the seamless transition in the indoor-outdoor décor. What were the challenges of creating an outdoor living experience?
I used one anchor color, fire engine red, to unite all spaces inside and out. You see it the moment you walk up to the front porch, then inside on a few key art pieces and accents and then again out back with the furnishings on the back deck and also the garage doors.
I noticed there were a few outdoor decorative elements incorporated inside of the home, like the rattan chairs in the dining room. Were you trying to draw the outside, in with this design?
The property is situated so that there is a ton of indoor-outdoor lifestyle, and with all of the windows looking out onto the exterior, I used some decorating tricks to unite the interior with the exterior. The woven chairs set into the bay window really make the dining area feel almost like you’re outdoors.
Adding an extra living space in the garage was genius! Tell us why you decided to create this atmosphere in the garage?
A good amount of clients I design homes for work from home either part time or full time and many prefer a casual space to work on their projects, rather than a full-fledged formal office. Since this garage is air conditioned, it made for an excellent lounge space to get work done and create the separation needed between work life and home life.
I have to ask about the Americana bedroom. It seems to stand out from the rest of the décor and color scheme of the home. What was the inspiration behind this design?
Red, white and blue is an amazing color combination that can take on so many different vibes. I like playing with this Americana-based mix in unusual ways and this year I did a very eclectic room with high energy electric blue lacquer walls and ceiling and played with different styles to create something to make people rethink this popular color combo.
It looks like the kitchen area is pretty small. Did you have any decorative challenges when creating this space? How did you overcome them?
The kitchen is actually larger than it looks, but since it’s in the middle of the house, it didn’t have the open, welcoming feeling I’d hoped for. So, my team and I added an interior window to let natural light in from the exterior wall just behind it in the stairwell down to the basement. And then to maximize the space, we added a small island in the center.
As an HGTV Urban Oasis designer since 2015, what was your favorite part of turning this specific house and landscape into an urban oasis?
Getting to know Cincinnati. It’s such a special place with so much history and amazing architectural significance. The spring and summertime in Cincinnati are so magical and this house allows its lucky winner to really take advantage of the cooler months, inside and out.
What aspects of the home do you hope the homeowners will love?
Overall, I really hope the winner appreciates how my team and I married the classic Dutch colonial architecture with modern day living.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends at 5 p.m. ET on 11/21/18. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For full official rules, visit www.HGTV.com or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: “HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2018” P.O. Box 52822, Knoxville, TN 37950. Main Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a Home & Garden Television.
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