Bergamo Interiors Tranforms a Funky Old Barn into a Stylish Man Cave for DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation

Years before embarking on a design career, I bought my first house – an 1886 Victorian with a long list of home improvement projects. Six months into remodeling a tiny “master bathroom,”  I called in the experts to finish the project and rescue me from my remodeling nightmare.

With that experience fresh in my mind, I was thrilled when the folks at DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation asked me to transform a funky old barn into a stylishly comfortable “man cave.” The show’s host, Kayleen McCabe, and her amazing crew save project-challenged homeowners who are in over their heads with their renovations. The barn owners, Todd and Danielle Vitale, were struggling with how to keep its historic charm, while making modern updates.

My first look at the barn. The ping pong table was the first thing to go!

With a tight budget and even tighter timeframe, I collaborated with the Vitales and the Rescue Renovation crew to create a space that could be used year-round for both entertaining and family time. Ample seating was a must, along with room for a pool table.

In less than 4 weeks we completed a myriad of projects. We started by replacing the drafty ceiling, skylight and windows. Keeping as much of the original barn wood was a priority, however, we created a striking contrast by installing rustic pine boards on the ceiling. A ceiling fan and pellet stove ensured that the space could be used throughout the year.

The Vitales jumped into the fray by helping to build a loft space for their sons and a blanket chest out of the original barn wood.

The ladder leads to a loft space where the homeowner's three young sons like to play. They made the blanket chest out of extra barn wood.

Once construction was complete, we kicked the Vitales out of their barn and padlocked the door so we could surprise them at the “reveal.” I selected furniture, artwork and accessories that created a modern, “lodgey” look. Layered rugs in marigold and multi-color shag popped against the pine floor that we had painted and distressed. Cowhide ottomans and spice-colored pillows were paired with traditional leather-and-nailhead seating. Multiple light sources gave the room a warm glow.

The pool table was refelted in khaki and black. Layers of light add a warm glow.

Everyone scrapped their Valentine’s Day plans in favor of shooting the reveal which went late into the evening. The Vitales kept things festive by hosting a cocktail party during the shoot and inviting guests to participate in the reveal.

Layered rugs, cowhide ottomans, and vibrant pillows pop against the weathered wood.

For those of you who missed seeing the episode, I shall post the video link shortly. In the meantime, you can watch previous episodes of Rescue Renovation online by visiting:

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