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12 06 ENTRY POINT What better place for a fresh start than your front door? Check out our tips for making a strong first impression.

08 PILLOW TALK We share advice from design pros on how to employ one of today’s easiest decorative go-tos—pillows.

12 MEET & GREET Revive a tired exterior with paint and accessories. We dig into a Charlotte couple’s secrets to success.

16 BUDGET BUILT-INS Transform a boring corner into a cozy reading nook with a little DIY know-how.


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Improve the way a small laundry closet works with our simple organizational ideas.

22 WHITE WORKS Dark and dated one day, light and bright the next, this living room makeover showcases the power of paint.

26 TREATMENT PLAN Give boring walls something to talk about with one of our eye-catching wall treatments.


30 PRESENT IN THE PAST A savvy mix of vintage and traditional finds gives a historic North Carolina home a contemporary sense of style.

40 WINDOW DRESSING Develop custom creations on a budget by embellishing plain store-bought curtain panels.

44 ELEMENTAL STYLE Add a touch of smarts to your home with decorative accessories straight out of the science lab.

50 BRIGHT FIXES Tranquil colors and modern updates help a Texas family shed a drab kitchen—no budget busting required.


54 EASY ACCENT We show you how to give ho-hum furnishings a sophisticated step up with classic nailhead trim.

58 ARTFULLY ADJUSTED A Birmingham, Alabama, decorator proves you can supersize style even when you downsize.

68 BEDROOM REVIVAL Foster a bedroom that’s alive with color and personality using our simple tricks.

72 BORING NO MORE Discover creative solutions for transforming a bland builder bath into a luxe retreat.

78 THINGS THAT MATTER A young couple put their own spin on treasured family pieces to craft a home with rich history.


86 on the cover Add new life and create a strong focal point with playful color and pattern. A chic wallpaper motif provides an instant facelift. For more details, see page 6. PHOTOGRAPHER: Marty Baldwin PRODUCER: Ed Gallagher















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Put a little pep into your home with decorating ideas you can do this weekend!

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decrate fr less Refresh your home’s decor with budget decorating ideas from designers, bloggers, and our editors. BudgetDecorTips Turn tired furnishings into standout pieces with our easy tricks.

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Check out amazing before-and-after bath transformations for inspiration.

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get rganized Disorganized. Cluttered. Chaotic. All describe these Befores. See the Afters and tips for decluttering.

We share 30 do-it-yourself updates for every room in the house. 4


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Turn trendy new and old scientific items into decor, this photo and page 44.

fresh start WE LOVE TRANSFORMATIONS. IT’S AMAZING TO SEE SOMETHING GO FROM BLAH TO BEAUTIFUL— especially when it comes to our homes. But the trick is finding the inspiration to take on the makeover in the first place. In my own home, our main-level bathroom was functional—and that’s about it. So we updated the paint color to a spa blue, switched out the hardware and light fixture, and brought in a new patterned rug. What a difference! Now I love our bath. And that’s our goal with Makeovers magazine—to inspire you to try your own home refreshers. Check out our mix of ideas, projects, products, and homes. Start small with a new window treatment (page 40), then tackle a bath (page 72), furniture fixes (page 86), and a kitchen refresh (pages 30, 50, 58, and 78). We hope you’ll find all of the tips and tricks you’ll need to create your own new look. Jump in by checking out the highlights, right.

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metal sphere, above and page 25.

Photographer Cameron Sadeghpour Makeup Mollie Riesberg

Update a room fast with pretty pillows, above. Use our tips to find the right ones, page 8, or make your own, pages 44 and 68.


Before-and-after photos tell great stories throughout the issue. Dress up a simple door of your own with our how-to, above and page 55.


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1. NO-FAIL COMBO It takes only a few ingredients—think one piece of furniture, a light fixture, and at least one fab piece of art or a mirror—to welcome guests in a style that’s all your own.

2. FOCAL POINT A small stretch of wall is a great—and affordable—spot to introduce a bold pattern. Try out trendy colors and motifs with a bold wallpaper design or an easy-to-change painted stencil.

3. PRETTY PERCH A tuck-away stool is handy for slipping shoes on and off as well as for taking a seat to sort mail upon arrival.


4. TRAY CHIC Designate a drop zone for on-the-go necessities. Use trays and boxes to corral smaller items and earn style points.

Visit for more ways to add style and function to an entry.

For Resources, see page 92.

colr CODE Let in some sunshine—and improve functionality—with products that radiate cheer. Pomax Favorit’ Deco Tray in Lemon Yellow, $66, Amara Living, Ltd.;

Brass Wall Sconce, $85, OneFortyThree;

Mori Pocket Vase in Yellow, $28, Out of Gray;

Threshold Windham Coat Rack in Yellow, $60, Target;

pillow TALK Fluffed, piled, or tossed, pillows are a quick and easy way to feather your nest with color, pattern, and personality. Discover the room-transforming powers of pillows with 12 of our favorite tips from design pros. WRITER MARA BOO



“Pillows are like jewelry for your furniture,” interior designer Bridgid Coulter says. “Think about them the same way you think about accenting an outfit. If you like to wear neutral colors with coral or turquoise stone jewelry, mimic that on your sofa with a few neutral pillows and one bright accent.”

If a monochromatic palette speaks to you more than vibrant colors and busy patterns, rely on an assortment of pillow textures for interest. Think of mixing leather, velvet, linen, chenille, mohair, and other textiles instead of going for a color play to keep your room visually intriguing.



THE insides COUNT “The whole point of pillows is to make you want to sink in,” Better Homes and Gardens® editor and stylist Eddie Ross says. “That’s why choosing the right inserts is so important. Forget polyester and go with feather or down-filled inserts instead.” And in case you think that means big bucks, think again. “The Company Store online has reasonably priced inserts in all different sizes and shapes,” Ross says. You can also find terrific $6 inserts at IKEA. (Yes, you read that right.) If your pillow looks too upright and stiff, apply a gentle karate chop to the center to help it look appealing and comfy. And remember to launder or dry-clean your throw pillow covers seasonally.

5. UNITED FRONT Remember that your sofa and adjacent armchairs are a visual group and not lone rangers— their upholstery fabrics and throw pillows should play well together, says Elaine Griffin, interior designer and cast member of NBC’s American Dream Builders. One more tip: If a chairback is low, rectangular lumbar pillows look better than square ones.



Jason Oliver Nixon, half the design duo at Madcap Cottage, recommends starting your pillow selection by picking colors that either match your sofa or complement it. For example, say your sofa is mostly blue. To match it, look for a pillow pattern that offers a hint of a similar blue. To complement it, locate blue on the color wheel (visit ColorWheel for easy reference), and look across to its opposite hue—in this case, orange.

4. FORMULA ONE Need an easy pillow–pairing trick? Look at your room’s color scheme and pick out the color you like most for an accent. Then combine patterns in that color using this formula: 1 solid + 1 graphic + 1 floral pillow = foolproof pillow combination.

Looking for chic but cheap pillow options? We’ve gathered a host of options under $30.



Look to your room’s major accessories for color inspiration for pillows. Select a color from a rug and carry it to the sofa via pillows. Or pull a hue found in your draperies into a seating space in the same way. The color inspiration doesn’t need to be dominant; just a thread of color between accessories can provide a look that’s sophisticated without being matchy-matchy.

Interior designer Lauren Liess’ go-to arrangement for perfect sofa pillows? “One pillow in each corner, with a small bolster—in a different pattern—off to one side. This combo lets you ooze pattern and personality, but it isn’t so many pillows you have to throw them on the floor to sit comfortably.”

7. FORMAL CASUAL Consider whether you like formal, symmetrical pillow arrangements or prefer to wing it. “A mix of shapes and sizes creates a relaxed look—but a series of pillows that are all the same shape and size results in a nice rhythm,” interior designer and stylist Rebecca Robertson Pasanella says.



9. FABRIC MATTERS “It’s easy to go out and buy some fabric, but why waste an opportunity to use textiles that actually hold memories?” interior designer Martin Horner says. “An out-of-style fur coat that belonged to a favorite aunt, baby clothes, and even your wedding dress can all be repurposed into one-of-a-kind pillows. Start that closet cleaning now!”

10. BE PERSONAL Designers agree: Remake the boring set of matched pillows that often comes with a sofa. Pull the inserts out and buy new covers for them. Or jazz them up with flat trim in a classic Greek key pattern, grosgrain ribbon, or a collection of antique brooches. Fusible bonding web tape is the fastest, simplest way we know to attach ribbon, lace, and trim to fabric without needle and thread.

11. WELL ARRANGED Try an asymmetrical pillow arrangement. Break up paired sets and make every pillow different, varying the patterns, sizes, and shapes. Unify the eclectic ensemble with a shared color scheme to keep the overall look pleasing.

12. BALANCING ACT Bold pillow colors are a surefire way to add pizzazz to a room. Just keep in mind that rich, saturated colors usually work best in spaces that feature a neutral palette everywhere else, such as in the upholstered furniture and the wall color. For Resources, see page 92.

BY THE numbers Check out these tips for arranging accent pillows on a sofa based on whether you like a little or a lot of fluff. One: Don’t. It just feels lonely. Two: Put them both—one slightly larger than the other—in the same corner. (A big square with a smaller rectangle in front is a fine choice.) Three: Nestle two squares—one 2 inches taller than the other—in one corner. Tuck a third square in the opposite corner. Four: Place a pillow in each corner that match in shape. Then pair each side with a second smaller pillow that’s round or rectangular in shape. Switching up scale and shape keeps the eye moving and entertained. Five: Use two pairs of squares, plus a smaller, rectangular-shape lumbar pillow. But don’t put the lumbar pillow in the center—you want it to sit off to one side.



MEET& GREET Lighten the countenance of a tired exterior and put out the welcome sign with fresh paint and lush plants. WRITER MEGAN McCONNELL HUGHES PHOTOGRAPHER BRIE WILLIAMS PRODUCER ANDREA CAUGHEY


open to change Left to its own devices, landscaping can quickly overwhelm any house and give it a sad, shaggy look. To tidy up appearances, trim back key established plants and remove any that have lost their shape. Hidden behind a thick hedge of overgrown shrubs and confining screens, Kim and Jack Trouten’s pretty brick bungalow in Charlotte had lost its welcoming ways. Simply removing some shrubs and the screens revealed the bones of the exterior, including its charming arches, left. The Troutens painted the brick a warm shade of gray to better highlight the home’s curves, then they added a light blue hue to the front door for a subtle pop of color. Expanded planting beds along the foundation filled with new, slow-growing shrubs and easy-care perennials stretch out the welcome mat. A porch swing and all-weather wicker seating now encourage the couple—and their neighbors—to savor the revamped view.

Visit FrontDoorColors to test-drive hues for your front door.



sot touch Elevate the comfort of a porch with interior-style touches, such as a ceiling fan, a rug, side tables, and playful accent pillows, above. The Troutens used cozy seating pieces, ones that encouraged lingering versus a walk-by, to turn this previously unused space into livable square footage.

naturally inspired When choosing a color for an exterior element—front door, pots, or pillows—look to nature for clues. Blue is a natural neutral—think sky and water—and various shades of it, including a healthy dose of smoky blue on the Troutens’ front door, right, elegantly contrast with the freshly painted bricks. For Resources, see page 92. 14


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Soften your own stoop with these look-

Classic-Craft American Style Door, $1,688, Therma-Tru;

‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea, $46, White Flower Farm;

St. Barts Tile Ocean Outdoor Pillow, $54.50, Frontgate;

Moody Blue SW6221, $39 per gallon, Sherwin-Williams; Viva Self-Watering Rolling Planter, Round Large, $70, Gardener’s Supply Co.; Balta Kesswood Blue Chevron Rectangular Aqua Geometric Indoor/Outdoor Rug, $100, Lowe’s;

BUDGET built-ins Turn regular bookcases into a corner library with a few designer tricks. WRITER AND PRODUCER MOLLY REID SINNETT PHOTOGRAPHER ADAM ALBRIGHT


nook notes Have you ever dreamed of cozying up with a favorite book in your own home library? That dream can be a reality with a few store-bought bookcases and a little custom flair, left. Ready-to-assemble bookcases are available at various retailers, but they often look undersized and flimsy. Make the most of these inexpensive finds by buying them in a rich, dark finish and giving them decorative weight en masse. We chose IKEA Billy bookcases to create an incredible custom look. The approximately 7-foot-tall standard-height bookcases are a little too short to truly look built in, but IKEA offers an extension to add height. Bridge any remaining gap between shelves and ceiling with trim that’s right-sized for your room.


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To create a corner wrap, you’ll need two standard bookcases, a thinner bookcase for the center curve, and two corner brackets. Set the right-hand edge of a standard bookcase into the left-hand channel of a corner bracket. Slide the lefthand edge of the thin bookcase into the right-hand channel. Repeat with the second bracket on the opposite side.

Bookcases will never have custom style if they’re plagued by gaps and spaces. Once you have the design for your series of bookcases set, screw the pieces together. First, use a clamp to minimize the space between the units. Then, using a 1¼-inch-long No. 7 drywall screw, secure the bookcases together. Repeat until all bookcases are connected. We chose black screws so they would blend in to the shelving unit.

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Safety is essential with large bookcases. Secure every bookcase to the wall with two small metal L brackets. It’s important to anchor the brackets to affixed shelves, not loose ones. We chose the bases of upper shelves so the silver brackets wouldn’t be easily seen. Drive a 2-inch-long screw through the top of each bracket and back of each bookcase into the wall. Then secure the brackets to the shelves by screwing down into each shelf with a shorter ¾-inch-long screw so it doesn’t poke through.

Adding trim to the top of the unit is the most important element when it comes to creating custom, built-in appeal. Our pièce de résistance was created by layering a ¾×25⁄8 -inch piece of painted poplar trim over the top of a ½×1½-inch piece of trim (length will vary based on your bookcases). Miter the corners for a precise fit and nail the smaller trim across the front of the entire unit using trim nails. Repeat with the second board, setting it higher than the first so it reaches to the ceiling. Hold it tightly to the ceiling when nailing in place. Fill holes with wood filler and touch up with paint. For Resources, see page 92.



HOW TO stack IT UP Facing yards and yards of empty bookshelves can be daunting. Attack them with confidence with these simple guides. Go bottoms up. Shake up the look of your bookcases by showing the business end of your book collection. Show the paper edges to create a light, monochromatic look that eliminates mismatched colors and frayed dust jackets. Stack horizontally. Not every bookshelf has to look the same. Turn some books on their side for horizontal stacks. Match lengths or let them climb from biggest to smallest. Color-coordinate book spines—no matter how they’re arranged—for a graphic look. Gradually taper. Organize your books vertically, taking their size into account. Start with the tallest books on one end and gradually add shorter books to the series. A decorative bookend, knickknack, or plant completes the progression with style. Think cityscape. Randomly arrange the heights of your books when lining them up vertically on the shelf so they create a “skyline” view. Fill the shelves wall to wall or stop them short and support the lineup with a bookend or horizontal book stack.

Is your book collection too small to accommodate a stylish library wall? Half Price Books sells bulk books. For just $20, you can buy approximately 3 linear feet of books. See for info.

fresh SPIN

Improve a small laundry closet’s efficiency with a few handy helpers. WRITER AND PRODUCER BRIAN KRAMER PHOTOGRAPHER JAY WILDE




stick ’em up Give bifold doors a visual upgrade, opposite. Cut four colors of adhesive-back vinyl sheeting into a basic shape and apply to the doors in a pattern.

time fr a rerg Free up floor and work space by stacking appliances, left. Mount a few shelves high for rarely used supplies, and add a bar for hanging clothes. Here, two 10-inch-long cabinet pulls are attached under cubby-style shelves to function as mini hang bars. Color-coded hampers make laundry day sorting a breeze.

tools of the trade Attach magnetic baskets, clips, and hooks to the sides of the washer and dryer, below left, to keep stain-fighting tools, care instructions, and mending supplies at the ready.

on the surface Install a drop-down table, below, that can serve as a stain-treating, ironing, and folding station. Add a riser, commonly used in a kitchen pantry, against the wall to squeeze in a second layer of storage. For Resources, see page 92.


WHITE wrks


No longer dominated by dark finishes, this living room highlights the power of paint.


2 1. SMOOTH MOVES Chopped up by multiple shades of wood trim and weighed down by a reddish-brown brick fireplace, Christiana and Bart Liddle’s living room didn’t invite anyone to linger. Christiana wanted a clean, soothing backdrop, capable of hosting painted and slipcovered furnishings. Interior designer Kristie Barnett delivered with paint. She smoothed over the dreary brick and surrounding millwork with a clean white color, and united the walls and cathedral ceiling with a warmer white. Barnett recommends picking an eggshell rather than a flat finish for walls, and semigloss for trim and cabinets. “These finishes make it much easier to wipe up dirty little handprints with a cloth,” she says.



Instead of using only white on the walls and ceiling, Barnett painted the room’s formerly orange-hue wood ceiling beams and upper trim a dark gray. Stark contrast between the white and gray tones amplifies the room’s lofty height.

3. SLIP AND SIT Can you really have white furniture in a house with kids? “Yes!” Christiana, mom of four, says. “Slipcovers are a lifesaver. I can throw them in the washer with some bleach and they clean right up.” Visit Ruffled Linens on Etsy, where Christiana sells kid- and pet-friendly white frilled tablecloths, pillows, curtains, and bedding.


4. SEASONAL STAR Christiana puts the kaput fireplace to work by filling it with logs, flowers, or evergreen branches to match the season.



Hardwood floors are a prized feature, but they’re not the most kid-friendly choice. A big, low-pile area rug makes playtime more comfortable and can easily be spot-cleaned as necessary. For Resources, see page 92.






cottage SPIRIT

Capture the easy, breezy essence of this space with these products.

Lyster Square 28-inchwide Oil-Rubbed Bronze Chandelier, $349, Lamps Plus;

Large Sculptural Sphere, $39, West Elm;

Threshold Oversized Greek Key Throw Pillow, $30, Target;

Moroccan Pouf in Orange Leather, $289, Rosenberry Rooms;

salvaged chic The look of barnwood is appealing. The labor involved is not. A simplified solution: Sheathe an accent wall in 3 â „16-inch-thick reclaimedwood planks, this photo, from Stikwood ( These planks rely on a strong peel-and-stick tape to fasten to painted drywall.

treatment PLAN

Plain drywall causes style insomnia. Wake up your walls with these textural tricks for adding dimension.

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STEP ONE Find the center of the wall, marking that point where the

Mimic the look of wallpaper on a small accent wall using washi masking tape to create an argyle design, above. Washi tape is affordable and long lasting, but when you’re ready to move on to another look, it peels off cleanly and quickly.

TTape measure TPlumb line T 50-millimeter washi tape (we used five rolls of Pale Wisteria for an 8×10-foot wall) T15-millimeter washi tape (we used four rolls of Silver Grid) TCrafts knife TStraightedge

wall meets the ceiling. From the center point, make marks at 15-inch increments to the left and to the right. Using the plumb line as a vertical guide from these marks, make marks 30 inches apart until you reach the base molding. The marks are your diagonal guide and where your tape strips will intersect. Apply wide tape in diagonal strips (one direction at a time), cutting off excess at top and bottom. Work slowly, unrolling and smoothing tape in small sections.

STEP TWO Repeat the process for the slim tape, but marking at 7½ inches to the left and to the right of each wide strip. Where the slim tape overlaps the wide, don’t press too firmly.

STEP THREE Trim the overlapping slim tape, inset, using a crafts knife and a small architect’s triangle or straightedge.


made to imress For shapely color that’s rustic and far from perfect, try blogger Mandi Gubler’s ( homemade stamp treatment, this photo. Cut a geometric shape from wood, then cover with sweatshirt material, attaching with a staple gun so one side is wrinkle-free. Dip that side in paint, wipe on scrap paper to remove excess paint, and press onto a wall to leave a mark.

sketch pad Turn a schoolroom staple into a sophisticated statement with some fancy doodling, right. We used a trellis motif paired with faux artwork, wainscoting, and baseboard to craft a chic slate.

YOU’LL NEED: TChalkboard paint (we used Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalk Board #206540 Black) TPaintbrush or roller TChalk TLint-free rags or chalkboard erasers TSturdy cardboard TTape TSmall level TCarpenter square

STEP ONE Paint the wall according to the directions on the chalkboard paint can. STEP TWO Scribble chalk across the painted surface, then erase using rags or a chalkboard eraser. This gives your final design a uniform surface and prevents “ghosts” if you change the design later.

STEP THREE Cut out a cardboard pattern of your design (download ours at WallStencil). STEP FOUR Tape a small level to the pattern to maintain a straight repeat of the design. Have a carpenter square handy, too. STEP FIVE Trace your design on the wall with chalk, starting at the center and working outward. For Resources, see page 92.

Go to to download this stencil.


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GRAY WALLS SET THE STAGE FOR BRIGHT POPS OF COLOR IN KRISTA NOWAKOWSKI’S HOME. The 1920s Raleigh residence may be in a historic neighborhood, but it’s not beholden to the past. Rather its historic bones play a central role in Krista’s dynamic decorating style, which melds traditional and vintage elements with contemporary results. Krista purchased the home— which was damaged by a fire and reconstructed with an open floor plan and modern kitchen—with clear decorating goals. “I wanted each room to be a work of art with visual complexity,” Krista says. “I wanted my artwork to stand out from the paint colors and be the focus of each room.” To that end, she had the millwork painted a bright white and the wood floors restained a dark hue before she and her cats— Hemingway and Copernicus— moved in alongside her savvy style. MEET KRISTA Ready to purchase her first house, Krista Nowakowski zeroed in on Raleigh’s historic Oakwood district, where she would be within easy walking distance to restaurants and shops. She spent three years watching sales to pull together the look in her 1920s abode. Her design motto: “Make a bold statement, but keep it classic.”

1. GREAT LENGTHS Like many old homes, the space between floor and ceiling isn’t consistent at each window in Krista Nowakowski’s house, so she had custom curtains made for the great-room in a creamy Thai silk to get the right length. “I took them from floor to ceiling to make the room look bigger,” she says.



2. AIRY COUNTENANCE With their see-through bases and open arms, traditional spindle-frame chairs provide a subtle division between seating areas within the great-room. Krista covered the chairs with a contemporary graphic-print fabric; they’re as beautiful from the back as they are from the front.


3. TILE WORKS Slate subway tiles lend modern verve to the home’s original 1921 angled fireplaces in the dining room and great-room.



To give vintage brass chair frames a contemporary edge, Krista re-covered the seats in a sturdy peach-color faux leather. “There is a lot of conversation around this room because the light fixture is silver but the chairs are gold,” Krista says. “I hope it inspires people to be bold and one-of-a-kind.”



Intent on making every square inch shine, Krista painted the ceiling in the wide central hall a soft pink. “It’s so happy and girly,” she says, “but it’s also elegant paired with the wallpaper.”

6. FIRST IMPRESSIONS Unafraid of pattern, Krista was ready to roll out a lot of trendy wallpaper designs until she discovered the price tag. To get her pattern fix while saving her budget, she opted to paper only the entry—which has just slivers of wall to cover thanks to a host of door openings. Krista’s traditional paper pick provides the foundation for a visual sampling of her fearless combination of metals and her masterful mix of modern art and accessories with traditional furnishings.








7. HUE KNEW? Krista lined one wall in the greatroom with bookshelves to foster a cozy, librarylike ambience. The shelves house a color-sorted array of books. “Organizing books by color makes a big collection look neat and is visually compelling,” Krista says. Lest the shelves look too perfect, Krista hung art and a mirror on the unit’s face.

8. GRAY AREA “I think gray is the perfect neutral,” Krista says of the color she used to smooth over the main level’s walls. “It is modern, sophisticated, timeless, goes with everything, and looks fresh with the white trim.”

9. DREAM ON To offer sink-in comfort while maximizing seating with a minimal amount of furniture, Krista opted to anchor the library zone with a charcoal gray sectional. A round brass coffee table and a Moroccan-style berber rug balance the sofa’s casual lines. “It’s all very Aladdin!” Krista says.





lights FANTASTIC! Lights offer the chance to introduce serious personality to rooms. Homeowner Krista Nowakowski shares her tips for updating and using vintage, retail, and online finds.

Find a good local lamp repair shop—it’s amazing what they can do. “I have had the height of some of my lamps and chandeliers changed to better fit my space, and any item can become a light fixture if you have it wired,” Krista says.

Think beyond retail. Etsy and eBay are great places to look for one-of-akind, affordable lamps and fixtures.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount or wait for a sale if you find a cool fixture. “I was patient in order to get what I wanted and yet stay within my budget,” Krista says.



After the fire, architect Ashley Henkel Morris reorganized the kitchen and added a large island. White quartz countertops waterfall to the floor on both sides of the island, giving it a contemporary look and creating a cove for barstool seating.

The refrigerator’s frame—stained to match the cabinets and island base— creates the high-end look of a built-in appliance at a fraction of the cost.



At first the kitchen wall was blank, with no upper cabinets and just a few inches of backsplash. To draw the eye upward, Krista added shelves and subway tiles.

13. MIX MASTER A no-fuss pedestal sink was the right size to help this small bath feel bigger. Krista used it as a classic base for an eclectic mix of accessories, including industrial lights, a Moroccan-inspired mirror frame, and an acrylic towel bar.


Give a lamp a new look simply by changing the shade or spray-painting the base. Or just change the style of lightbulb. There are oodles of decorative options to pick from today at local home stores.



14. WELCOME GUESTS Extra-tall headboards capped with brass nailhead trim crown a pair of twin beds in the guest room. Krista chose twin beds for their flexibility when family and friends visit, but she didn’t want them to feel childlike. “Making the headboards super tall gives the beds a sophisticated feel,” Krista says.




16 16. FOUND TREASURES While putting something in the attic, Krista noticed the home’s original chimney. “The bricks were gorgeous shades of orange and in good shape, so I decided to knock down the drywall in the guest bedroom to expose it,” she says. The vanity is an estate-sale find that Krista put a fresh spin on with fire-engine red paint. For Resources, see page 92.



A traditional eBay-found bamboo-style desk saves space by acting as a bedside table for both guest beds. A black acrylic resin chair serves as an unexpected sidekick to the desk. “It’s such a chic contrast to the traditional desk,” Krista says.

sassy BRASS

It’s back! Be on trend by sprinkling a little of the 1980s go-to metallic into your interiors.

Brass Label Plate, $20 for set of six, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.;

Jamie Young Small Flowering Lotus 1-Light Pendant in Antique Gold, $234, Bed Bath & Beyond (online only);

Foil-Pressed State Map, shown in matte brass frame, prices start at $63 framed for the 8×10-inch size, GeekInk Design for Minted;

Better Homes and Gardens® Sequin Decorative Pillow in Gold, $15, Walmart; Arabesque Mirror, $79, Wisteria;

Malachite Glassware, $25 each, Jonathan Adler;

Vince Metal-Clad Coffee Table, $799, Pottery Barn;

Gold and Metal Bar Cart, $269, Dot & Bo;

window DRESSING Elevate ready-made curtain panels into wow-worthy threads with these easy tricks.

elegant edging For a quick border treatment, left, stencil the edges of curtain panels, combining parts of two stencils for a custom look.

YOU’LL NEED: TWhite curtain panels TDrop cloth TStencil adhesive spray TStencils (we used Rockin’ Roses from Royal Design Studio and Leaf & Damask from Artisan Enhancements) TPainters tape TSpray bottle and water TCloth (for blotting) TTwo or three colors of paint (we used sample-size containers of Annie Sloan’s Emile, Henrietta, and Charcoal) TStencil brush (we like Annie Sloan’s large brush for quick coverage)

STEP ONE Lay curtain panels right side up on a clean drop cloth. Using stencil adhesive or painters tape, secure stencils in desired position. Run a stencil off the edge of a panel, or overlap stencils to get the look you want. Use painters tape to mask off any unwanted area of the stencils. STEP TWO Spray the fabric lightly with water. Blot excess paint off the brush, then apply paint over stencils using an up-and-down brushing motion. STEP THREE Dip the brush into the second color, and apply on top of the first color for a two-tone effect. Add a third color as desired. Let dry completely and remove stencils carefully. Continue until the design is finished.

pom-pom panache


Add touch-me texture, and a whole lot of personality, to plain curtain panels by attaching rows of colorful pom-pom trim, opposite.

TMeasuring tape TFabric pen TWhite curtain panels TFabric glue (we used Fabri-Tac) TPom-pom trim (we used two colors)

STEP ONE Use measuring tape and a fabric pen to mark parallel lines across each panel (ours are 6 inches apart). STEP TWO To prevent puckering, glue 1-inch pom-pom trim to half of each drawn line at a time, allowing it to dry before gluing the other half. STEP THREE To achieve a full effect, adhere additional strands of trim. (We used three strands—two light and one dark—for each row, sandwiching the dark trim between the lighter trim to create a bicolor look.)


brder beauty Add a little romance to simple panels with remnants of lace, right. Sheer panels work best with the lace, as the light shines through both layers of fabric, but you could use light-color opaque panels if preferred.

YOU’LL NEED: TFabric scissors TLace trim in varying widths TWhite sheer curtain panels TMeasuring tape TStraight pins TGlue gun TFabric glue sticks

STEP ONE Cut lace trim to the curtain length plus 2 inches. With curtains hanging on their rod*, pin lace to panels as desired, making sure the lace is flat, straight, and evenly spaced. Allow a 1-inch overhang at the top and bottom.

STEP TWO Load a glue gun with fabric glue sticks. Starting at the top of each panel and working your way down, deposit small dots of glue and press lace carefully to avoid wrinkling. (Fabric glue dries clear.) STEP THREE Fold excess trim over top and bottom edges of panels, adhering on back of panels. *You can also do this project on a clean drop cloth, although you will need to be careful to apply the glue with a light hand so the curtains don’t adhere to the cloth.



to the point


STEP ONE Place shade on a flat surface. Center the stencil

Dress up a shade with a stencil and fine-point-tip puff paint, creating the look of fancy embroidery without the hours of work, above.

TGray roller shade (ours is from IKEA) TSmall- to medium-size stencil (we used Folk Art Handmade Charlotte Tangier from Plaid, which was about 7 inches in diameter) TStencil adhesive spray TPainters tape TFine-point-tip puff paints in assorted colors (we used pale blue, plum, white, and gold) TMeasuring tape

on the shade, securing with adhesive spray and/or painters tape.

For Resources, see page 92.

STEP TWO With the stencil as a guide, make dots of puff paint about every 1⁄8 inch. (It will feel like decorating a cake.) Don’t fill in the stencil completely.

STEP THREE Add dots in other colors as desired, matching the spacing.

STEP FOUR Let paint dry completely, according to manufacturer directions, to avoid smearing. Carefully remove stencil.

STEP FIVE Repeat the process to fill shade as desired.

elemental STYLE Make an explosive statement—convert new or flea market-found science basics into decor. WRITER AND PRODUCER MOLLY REID SINNETT PHOTOGRAPHER JAY WILDE



measure up The science of creating an aah decorating moment is as easy as calling on, well, a little science. Add life to any room by using various sizes of glass Erlenmeyer flasks, left, as vases. The measurements on the side, and any old markings left from their glory days, add character.

culture club Guests won’t have any trouble finding their drinks with customized glass petri dish coasters, right. Spell names, drink types, or festive words with wooden letters.

molecular structure Raise your style IQ with pillows sporting elements from the periodic table, opposite. We used an electronic cutter to outline our designs on heattransfer vinyl, then ironed the motifs to plain pillow covers. Visit to download our stencils. For another nod to the power of chemistry, create one-of-a-kind molecular-inspired art from wooden doll heads and dowels.



mix master Show off your chemistry prowess by etching bar glasses, left, with the structural formulas for alcohol or club soda. A die-cut adhesive stencil and etching cream make it as easy as pipetting. (OK, maybe easier.) Complete the set by using a large beaker in place of a standard pitcher. To download our stencil, visit

in focus Vintage lab equipment is not only handsome, but it’s also handy. An antique brass microscope, right, makes a striking bookend. Look for microscopes that come in their original storage boxes and use the holders as bookends in their own right, opposite.

learning curve Who knew science could be so pretty? Artwork made from an old medical book and a graphitetransferred DNA double helix, opposite, anchors an assortment of scholarly fare, including vintage surveying equipment and white porcelain BĂźchner funnels.

right idea Raid the chemistry lab to build a brilliant lamp, left, that would make Thomas Edison proud. This illuminating concoction was crafted by positioning two Erlenmeyer flasks in a ring stand, then inserting a pair of bright light sockets into the open flasks.

group roject Tiny volumetric flasks, right, prove there’s power in numbers. A grouping of the curvaceous, petite glass vessels filled with stems of pepperberries or tiny blooms creates a delicate table topper.

smart art Add brilliance to your walls with homemade typeset artwork, opposite. Customize Albert Einstein’s words—or those from your favorite genius—by printing them atop a digital watercolor background. (You can find inexpensive design content online at sites such as For Resources, see page 92.






BRIGHT fixes

Tranquil colors and modern updates let a Texas family shed their drab kitchen for a light and dreamy one. WRITER LAURA KRISTINE JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHER BRIAN McWEENEY STYLIST DONNA TALLEY PRODUCER LISA MOWRY




1. ON THE UP AND UP Jenni and Matt Johnson decided to ditch their dark kitchen after they saw the light—literally. “We’d traveled to Florida several times and wanted to mimic the feeling of light, airiness, and freshness that we felt while there,” Jenni says. The couple enlisted the help of interior designer Amanda Eck to channel a coastal vibe for their kitchen—sans seashells and anchors—that maintains its original layout, flooring, and appliances to keep reno costs in check. The Johnsons saved big by painting their existing cabinets. They created the illusion of taller, higher-end cabinets by continuing the paint color all the way to the ceiling.

2. STONE FACED Love the look of marble but not the cost? Introduce it on a wall instead of on a countertop. The Johnsons got their marble fix via a chevron backsplash. Its pattern adds architectural oomph to the kitchen while its neutral color palette keeps the look serene.

3. SHARE THE LIGHT Brighten prep space while channeling a chic look with on-trend light fixtures. Two chrome lantern-style lights now spread more light over the surface of the island prep zone while striking a modern note with their sleek lines.

4. COUNTER WORKS The Johnsons’ kitchen had granite countertops, but the color wasn’t conducive to the light look the family craved. So they swapped it out for marble-look White Macaubas quartzite. “It’s still a natural stone with a gray-veined look, but it’s also a little bit sturdier maintenancewise than marble,” Eck says. The new countertop features a modern straight edge with an overhang that allows all three Johnson children to scoot up to the counter to do homework or grab a snack.


5. MAKE A STATEMENT A splash of gray-blue paint on the island adds a punch of color to the kitchen without the commitment of painting all of the cabinetry a strong hue. Before they painted, the Johnsons added wood paneling on the seating side of the island. The paneling covers drab drywall for a cohesive, upscale look.


6. MODERN OVERTURES The Johnsons changed out their builder-grade sink and faucet for slightly more expensive fixtures with improved functionality and style. The sink’s square corners add a clean-cut, modern aesthetic, while its deeper, wider construction provides more room for dishwashing. The shapely brushed-nickel faucet’s high-arc design makes filling pots a breeze. For Resources, see page 92.



elegant TWIST

Capture this kitchen’s classic, modern vibe with these shapely products.

3-Inch Stainless Steel Bar Pull, $9 each, Amerock;

Calacatta Quartzite Q721, installed price starting at $79 per square foot, Daltile;

Cassidy Single Handle Bar/Prep Faucet in Arctic Stainless, $332, Delta;

Monarch White Thassos with White

Two Light Foyer Fixture in Polished Nickel, $326, LightingPlus;

Curved Nailhead Bar Stool in Textured Ivory, $149, Home Decorators Collection;

Scroll Tile Rug in Porcelain Blue, starting at $219, Pottery Barn;

$25 per 12Ă—10.5-inch sheet, TileBar;



easy Ready to give plain furniture a high-end look without a high-end price tag? Just nail it! WRITER PAMELA PORTER PHOTOGRAPHER MARTY BALDWIN PRODUCER LESLIE POYZER


tap, tap Make a grand entrance by using nailheads to add architectural oomph to a flat door, left. To replicate this look, remove the door and use spray adhesive to secure vinyl fabric, wrapping it around the sides, top, and bottom. Draw guidelines for nail placement, then tap nails in place. We emphasized the corners of our design with square nailheads.

merry-go-round Kick back in style with an ottoman adorned with an oval motif, opposite. Measure and cut paper ovals to fit as desired. We used three paper ovals at a time, overlapping and securing in place with a few decorative onyx nails before nailing around the entire shape. When done, remove paper to reveal design.



Visit for a video tutorial on nailhead trim.

how to add nailhead trim That bland bench or plain Parsons chair gets an on-trend makeover with a few basic tools and these tips.

YOU’LL NEED: T Upholstery nails TFurniture with a solid frame TNeedle-nose pliers TRubber mallet

STEP ONE Plan your design. Here, we ran nails along the chair’s border, but you might want to map out your design on the furniture using a paper template or masking tape.

STEP TWO To avoid smashing your fingers, use needle-nose pliers to hold each nail as you tap it in place with a rubber mallet. Make sure spacing is consistent between nails. You can use a nailhead spacer tool to help.



INSIDE THE MOUNTAIN BROOK, ALABAMA, HOME THAT VIRGINIA VOLMAN SHARES WITH HER TWO daughters, it’s clear that bigger isn’t always better. The 1,800-squarefoot jewel box is as efficiently planned as it is enchantingly decorated, but that wasn’t always the case. When the decorator decided to downsize from a 3,000-square-foot Tudor home to a dark, dated 1950s ranch, it seemed an unlikely move to many. “It was definitely a little dated,” Virginia says. “But the lot and location were ideal, and I appreciated its great lines.” Virginia took a “quasicustom” approach to renovating, she says, which involved more tweaking than tearing down—although she did a little of that, too, gutting the kitchen and reconfiguring how it interacts with adjoining rooms. But a lot of paint, outside and in, sets the scene for her sophisticated yet unstuffy interiors. MEET VIRGINIA After earning a biology degree and spending years in pharmaceuticals sales, Virginia Volman set her inner artist free, turning her passion for design into a full-time career. Her eclectic, laid-back approach to decorating is reflected in rooms that brim with color and personality. “I love to mix and match,” she says.


1. GET BENCHED To give her formal dining room a more casual, convivial feel, Virginia Volman reupholstered a metal bench and sidled it up to her dining table. Paint folded the once-red hutch and dark brown dining chairs into her color scheme.



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Previous owners enclosed the carport to create a living room. To revive the tired space, Virginia removed wall-to-wall carpeting and replaced it with hardwood flooring. She also repainted the mustard-color paneled walls a crisp white.

To provide storage and display space yet still allow the living room to feel open and airy, Virginia raised bookshelves off the floor and mounted them to the walls. Painted the same crisp white as the paneling, the shelves visually recede.

Virginia loves the look of long, billowy drapes, but in a small space she prefers the streamlined simplicity of a flat shade or shutter. These existing white shutters matched the new wall hue, so Virginia saved big by keeping them.

The living room also functions as a home office and playroom, so furnishings were chosen for their convertibility. A Chinese console serves as a desk, and a cocktail table with nesting stools doubles as a kid-friendly gaming and dining surface.





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While modern technology has made drastic improvements in its design, today’s television is often still aesthetically obtrusive. To soften the effect of what Virginia calls the “big, black box,” she distracts the eye by hanging artwork around it.

To make the most of a slice of wall space, Virginia designed a media cabinet with open and closed storage to house board games, DVDs, and electronics. She kept the lines simple but had fun with the leather-andwood pulls she found on Etsy.



8. SHAPE CHANGER The home’s original galleystyle kitchen was cramped and uncomfortable for everyday cooking, much less entertaining. Its new footprint opens to the living room to ease traffic.




Classic white subway tiles (purchased for 22 cents each!) run from countertop to ceiling to add architectural interest to open walls. With the exception of a single corner cabinet, Virginia opted against upper cabinets to save money while giving the kitchen a more industrial aesthetic.

10. TAILOR MADE To get a high-end look on a budget, Virginia used a combination of ready-made and custom cabinetry in the kitchen. The island is a friend’s hand-me-down that Virginia had retrofitted and plumbed to house a dishwasher and sink.

11. RAISE THE BAR Using floating shelves from IKEA, Virginia transformed a tight, otherwise useless patch of wall into the perfect perch for barware. The low-profile shelves are hung high to allow even the tallest of party guests enough head room to comfortably shake and stir.

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12. SMART STORAGE Max out a cozy corner with a built-in banquette that doubles as storage. At nearly 2 feet deep, this base is designed to house bulky items like roasting pans and serving platters. The removable cushion is made from a low-maintenance textured vinyl that looks as fab as it performs.


13 13. GOOD CENTS Placing this cotton-candy hue on the walls could have closed in an already tight room, so Virginia used it on the ceiling instead. “Light, neutral walls make a room feel larger, but my daughter really wanted pink for her room,” Virginia says. “Painting the ceiling appeased us both. As a plus, I paid less for paint and labor, giving me more pop for my penny.”

14. COLOR SWAP Just a few coats of paint helped a thrift store desk and a metal chandelier that once graced Virginia’s kitchen to fit seamlessly into this bedroom.

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15. WISE BUYS Bathroom renovations can be super costly, so Virginia thought outside of the box to get the look she wanted on the budget she set. She removed mauve wall tile and a violet tile border and added drywall instead—a decision that saved her close to $1,500 versus retiling. For the floor and shower, she sourced overstock ceramic tile from a big-box supplier, and she replaced the cultured marbletop vanity with a porcelain pedestal sink.




16. DREAMY DIGS With space at a premium, Virginia designed a custom daybed in one of her daughters’ rooms by mounting a queen-size headboard to the wall. It’s just right for afternoon lounging and late-night sleepovers thanks to a twin-size trundle bed below it.




To draw the eye up and give the illusion of higher ceilings, Virginia hung drapery rods just beneath the molding rather than right above the window frame. She hung a single panel versus a pair to avoid fabric overload.

18. RETRO FIT When she was expecting her first daughter, Virginia bought this vintage chest at a consignment store and cut the feet to the right height for diapering. She brought the timeworn piece back to life with fresh paint and added a wide center stripe using painters tape.




19. CLEAN ACT Virginia removed the sliding doors from a closet to create easier access to her laundry area. Café curtains hung from a new built-in folding counter hide the washer and dyer when not in use.




Virginia removed decorative shutters and expanded the steps, visually stretching the facade. To cut costs, she used wood for the new stairs instead of brick. She transformed the makeshift gravel path into an elegant flagstone walkway with the saved funds.

Painting the dated brown brick a crisp white gave the house greater curb presence. Replacing builder-grade light fixtures and the glass front door furthers the home’s modern look. For Resources, see page 92.







ART matters

Introduce rich personality that speaks to you with works from aspiring artists. “The Electric One” by Shawna Gilmore, $275, UGallery;

“Quadrants” by Robert Morrow, $425, UGallery;

“Chateau Marmont” by Gia Coppola, starting at $200, The Tappan Collective;

“Appleton Street” by Helena Wurzel, starting at $24,;

“Steel Two” by Kate Roebuck, $75, Chairish;

THE real DEAL Original art can be affordable! Check out these great online sources. UGallery is an online art gallery that showcases the works of up-and-coming talent. Each artist and piece is vetted by a panel of expert curators. Only 10 percent of applicants are accepted, so buyers can be confident in the quality of art. Price tags range from $100 to $10,000. Chairish is an online, curated marketplace where design-lovers buy and sell vintage and used decor. More than 100 artists offer a variety of media, including original works, and set their own prices to sell directly to the buyer. Price tags range from $50 to $3,000.

“No. 33” by Heather Chontos, $250, Chairish;

Representing nearly 50 emerging artists, Tappan has tapped into local art scenes across the world to curate a collection of cutting-edge original artwork and exclusive limited-edition prints. Price tags range from $50 to $10,000. 20x200 was founded on the belief that everyone can—and should—collect art, and that artists should have more opportunities to make a living. Each piece sold comes with an artistsigned and numbered certificate of authenticity. Price tags range from $24 to $10,000.





headstrong Upholstered headboards retail for at least $600, but you can make your own, opposite, for less than $200. Use the handy instructions on page 71 to jump-start a room renovation. Then pile on personality with accessories coordinated to match your linens.

homemade touch Pillows are a quick way to add handmade personality to storebought bedding. To replicate this pillow, left, stencil a rose motif on a purchased pillowcase. The secret to a painterly result: Purchase at least three shades of fabric paint—and mix different combinations of the shades on a palette to create several hues. Use them to paint each petal a slightly different color, concentrating the darker hues in the center of the rose.

good news Greet the morning on a positive note—decorate a lamp base with words to live by, right. Write the words in white oil-base permanent marker on a ceramic or glass base. Start with a lightcolor base for a subtle effect.

‘centsational’ sidekick Renew a shapely secondhand chest with paint, left. To quickly freshen old wooden furniture, remove drawers and hardware, then clean and sand all surfaces. Prime, let dry, then paint in your desired hue with a paintbrush, working color into curves and edges. Apply a second coat with a foam roller for a smooth finish. Add new hardware for custom personality. Two colorful knobs per drawer fill in holes that once housed single drawer pulls.

it’s a cinch Wrap a scarf around a pillow form past its pattern prime for a super fast transformation, right. Place the pillow in the center of the scarf on a diagonal. Pull opposite corners around the pillow and tie in a knot. Do the same for the other side. Tuck the ends of the top knot underneath for a polished finish.







how to make an upholstered headboard YOU’LL NEED: T4×8-foot sheet of ½-inch oriented strand board (OSB) TTape measure T12-inch paper circle TJigsaw TTwo foam mattress pads TScissors T2½ yards batting T Staple gun and staples T2½ yards linen-look fabric TCovered-button kit with seven buttons TDrill TUpholstery needle TEmbroidery floss T5-yard roll of nailhead trim TSmall hammer

STEP ONE Use a pencil to draw

STEP THREE Lay the fabric over

your headboard shape onto OSB. To determine the width of the headboard, plan for 6 inches wider than your mattress. To create shapely corners, place a 12-inch paper circle 6 inches from the top of the board on each side, and trace a quarter-circle into each corner. Cut out the headboard shape using a jigsaw.

the front of the headboard and cut, allowing 5 inches around the perimeter on all sides. Flip the headboard over with the fabric underneath. Staple the fabric to the back of the OSB, pulling firmly as you go. The curves can be tricky; take your time and fold the fabric however you need to on the back (a) for a smooth look on the front.

STEP TWO Lay two foam mattress

STEP FOUR Follow the instructions

pads over the board. Use scissors to trim the pads to the shape of the headboard. Center batting over the headboard and cut, allowing 5 inches around the perimeter on all sides. Once everything is cut to size, flip the board over, with foam mattress pads and batting underneath. Pull the batting tight around the edges, and staple it to the back of the OSB. The batting will hold the mattress pads in place.

on the covered-button kit to encase your buttons in fabric (b). (Tip: If you use upholstery fabric or thicker fabric than we did, buy a button kit that works with thicker fabrics. We used 1½-inchdiameter buttons.) On the front of the headboard, determine where you want your buttons (we used seven buttons: three in one row, and four in a row below), then flip the headboard over and drill one small hole through the back of the board for each button. Thread the upholstery needle with embroidery floss,

and push the threaded needle from the back of the board through the layers of foam, batting, and fabric to the front. Run the needle through the shank of the button, and push the needle back down through the same hole, pulling tightly. Repeat the process. Staple the ends of the thread just above the drilled hole. Tie the ends in a knot to secure the button. Repeat for each button.

STEP FIVE Use nailhead trim that comes in a roll rather than individual nailheads. It will save time and money (and your fingers!). Place nailhead trim (c) along the edge of the headboard. Gently push trim into the headboard. When you’re happy with the placement, use a hammer to secure it along the top and sides of the headboard (d). Hang on the wall (we used a French cleat). For Resources, see page 92.



BORING no MORE Bland builder bath, begone! Smart facelifts let you keep the basics (and save your budget). 72


rescued by pattern Introduce instant elegance with wallpaper. This bath, opposite, scored points for functionality, but it was a snooze stylewise. Dressed in a latticemotif pattern, the walls look luxurious.

classic reflection For a custom look, swap out a plate glass mirror for a framed one, left. The vertical orientation of this mirror draws the eye upward, bringing attention to generous 9-foot-high ceilings. New sconces flank the mirror as a classy alternative to the previous standard over-the-mirror fixture.

spiffy in a jiffy Smooth over outdated cabinetry finishes with a few coats of paint. Painting this vanity black, below left, added a bit of drama—and only cost $20 for the quart of paint. A new Carrara marble countertop and hardware deliver an upscale touch.

dress fr success Stretch fabric from floor to ceiling to raise the sophistication of a tubshower combo. Here, two 9-foot drapery panels are sewn together and trimmed with ribbon to create a custom shower curtain, below.


reuse and renew Why buy all new when reused will do? Some of this bath’s 1930s green wall tiles, opposite, were removed, and new white ones were added to to create stripes. To remove existing tiles, cut the grout with a rotary grinding tool, then slip a thin-blade putty knife behind the tiles to pop them off. Scrape adhesive residue off the tile backs. If you’re not handy, hire a professional for the best results.

hanging around Add counter space where it’s needed most with a deep floating shelf, right. This one (above the toilet) keeps frequently used items handy. A decorative mirror helps the small bath feel bigger.

water wonder It’s a quick fix, but a large, pan-style showerhead, below, gives any bath hotel luxury.

space stretcher Amplify storage with a caddy system, below right. This one features three baskets attached to an adjustable aluminum pole.



bold tone Say hello to color with a high-gloss painted vanity. Ushering out an uninspired oak vanity for a new royal blue model gave this bath, opposite, a fun new face. The vanity’s vintage silhouette is complemented by new wood-plank walls, industrial-style lighting, and a chippy-paint mirror.

transparent style Upgrade a bathing area with a sliding glass door, left. Here, a new door is paired with walls covered with subway-style Italian marble from a discount tile warehouse, setting an elegant tone at a budget-friendly price.

mixed effect Using the same tile on walls and floors can make dollar sense, but take a cue from this bath and mix up the patterns. The same 3Ă—6-inch Carrara marble tiles that decorate the shower wall are laid in a herringbone pattern on the floor, below left.

sleek lines Balance rustic with modern for an on-trend look. A streamlined faucet keeps this bath feeling current, below. For Resources, see page 92.




DENA AND CLAYTON STORMER ROLLED UP THEIR SLEEVES, REVVED UP THE SEWING MACHINE, and broke out the paintbrushes to bring their quaint but wornlooking Atlanta home into the modern era. Out went a rainbow of blue, green, and yellow walls, and in blew a soft greige accented with crisp white trim. The neutral canvas is ideal for showcasing Dena’s colorful accessories, ’50s-era flea market treasures, family pieces from generations past, and projects the couple have completed—each with their signature midcentury modern bent. “I like our decor because it’s oneof-a-kind,” Dena says. “It was all, for the most part, inexpensive and easy to do. You can always do something to put your own spin on things you already have. I think it makes a huge difference being surrounded by the things you love. It really makes a house a home.” MEET DENA Dena Stormer tends an Etsy shop ( selling tote bags and pillows, and she dedicates creative energy to the charity Dwell with Dignity ( Its purpose is to put great design into the homes of those in need. She blogs about all of her projects at


1. HIGH CONTRAST Formerly the same color as the floor, the wainscoting in Dena and Clayton Stormer’s living room lacked architectural distinction until refreshed with white paint.





The breakfast room table and chairs (scored for $50 roadside!) were once crusted with rust and dirt. Dena spiffed them up by scrubbing them with a wad of wet aluminum foil, then spraying the vinyl with stain-blocking Kilz primer.

Make your own chalkboard with hardboard, scrap wood, and chalkboard paint. Dena says cutting the 45-degree angles for the wooden frame was the hardest part—but a miter saw would make quick work of it.

To dress up store-bought curtains, Dena stitched a few inches of vintage fabric she’d squirreled away years ago to the tops of three panels. (She found out later that the fabric was the bed skirt from her grandmother’s childhood bedroom.)

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5. FRESH FACE The Stormers’ musty kitchen underwent a cost-effective overhaul with smart cabinet and countertop picks. For example, the couple opted for lowerend salt-and-pepper-style granite that delivered durability without blowing the budget.


6. SAVING WAYS If existing appliances work, keep them to put a lid on reno costs. The Stormers added a microwave but saved by opting for a floor model. A dent in the side— which no one sees because the unit is built in—yielded them a discount.

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7. TAKE THE SUBWAY Glossy white subway tile is a vintage classic, not to mention inexpensive and easy to find. The Stormers employed it as a texture-rich backsplash.


thriting TIPS Dena Stormer has no shortage of stories about how she found the treasures in her home. She shares her tips for successful secondhand shopping.

Have cash ready. Hit the bank (not just the ATM) before a shopping trip to ask for a mix of fives, tens, and twenties, and stash them in different purse or pant pockets. “That way, if I find something for, say, $15 and I want to haggle, I’ll pull out a $10 bill,” Dena says. “It’s hard for people to say no when you’re waving cash in front of them.”

Put your phone to work. Keep it charged and ready! If you see something you like, look for a maker’s mark and search for that name or brand on your smartphone to find similar items and their value. “You can see if you’re getting a good deal, if something’s totally rare, or if the seller might have overpriced it,” Dena says.

Buy what you love. If you’re questioning a purchase, walk away and visit another store or take a snack break. “If you’re still thinking about it afterward,” Dena says, “go back and buy it. If you really love something, you’ll find a place for it, even if you don’t know exactly where or what to do with it in the beginning.”


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Save big with homemade art. Paint, draw, or photograph something to fill bare walls. That way you can pick the exact size and color the space needs. Dena painted this kangaroo smoking a cigar, choosing a yellow that repeats the hue of an eye-catching armchair.

Dena and Clayton appreciated the rustic quality of the stonework surrounding their fireplace, but a dark and splintery mantel weighed the stone down. Replacing the old mantel with a sleek version in clean white put a fresh spin on the stony face.

Use old upholstery as a pattern for new fabric, as Dena did with the $20 flea market chair tucked into a corner to the left of the fireplace. She took photos as she disassembled the chair so she could review them as she put the seat cushions back together.

Who says utilitarian containers have to be ugly or boring? Choose bins, baskets, and buckets with history attached to them to stash loose items that need a home. Dena’s dad used the metal bucket sitting fireside for milking cows when he was a boy.





12. FLOWER POWER Dena has fond associations with floral paintings—her great-great-grandmother used to paint flowers on china—so artwork with blooms spring up all over the house, including in the dining room.



Taking curtains and a hutch all the way to the ceiling allows Dena to foster the illusion of loftier height in the dining room. Bonus: The extra-tall hutch yields generous storage and display space for Dena’s grandmother’s Russel Wright pottery.

14. GIVE ’EM THE SLIP Slipcovers on dining room chairs let you change colors and patterns with the seasons, for a holiday, or whenever the mood strikes. They also can be laundered with ease in case of spills or stains, and they’re the perfect solution for hiding original fabric that’s seen better days.



Misfit plates are easy to find by the dozens at thrift shops if you don’t already have a slew of hand-me-downs. Dena displays her finds in a cloud shape on a wall in the dining room. She includes plates of different shapes, sizes, and motifs to draw the eye and encourage closer inspection.

16. PERSONAL TOUCH Dena put her sassy stamp on a few plates herself. “A lot of the goofy ones, such as the llama, I did with transfer paper and pencil, then went over it with a paint pen,” Dena says. To copy her technique, draw your design on transfer paper and rub a graphite pencil over the entire opposite side. Then place the sheet on a plate (graphite side down), and trace over the design with a pen or pencil, thus transferring the design.




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Construct a custom headboard from plywood, primer, and paint. Dena first coated the plywood with primer, and, using a cardboard hexagon as a pattern, traced it over and over again with pencil. Then she taped off the shapes so she could paint them crisply with a smattering of colors, filling in one color at a time before moving on to the next.

18. STOLEN GOODS Dena swiped pom-pom trim from an old tablecloth and sewed it to a green pillow to add a touch of whimsy to her bed.

19. FINISHING JOB Right lines, wrong finish—that was Dena’s assessment of an affordable IKEA chest. She stained the top and sides a dark wood tone, painted the drawers a glossy white, added feet to the chest, and put on new hardware from Etsy to create a midcentury beauty.



Hang a map on the wall as a giant, colorful, graphic piece of art. Dena found this one wrapped in another at a flea market and paid just $20 for the pair.

21. A CUT ABOVE Follow Dena’s lead and embellish a pillow with a letter, number, or symbol (such as this ampersand) using a fancy font, printer, and vinyl-cutting machine. These machines perform precise and intricate cutting for signage and graphics, but they’re also handy for stickers, decals, and—yes!—making your own custom stencils. For Resources, see page 92.




mod MAVENS Welcome a touch of midcentury glam into your home with these picks.

Modern Pendant Light, $407, Rachel Nadler Lighting & Ceramic Design; rachelnadlerceramics

Nanette Side Chair by House of Hampton, $161, Wayfair;

Kate Spade New York;

new LOOK Blogger Pam Zundel shares just how easy it is to inject personality into orphaned furniture. WRITER KEN WYSOCKY PHOTOGRAPHER KIMBERLY GAVIN PRODUCER BONNIE BROTEN


curb appeal Pam knows a bold color can allow a piece of furniture to own the room, like this formerly forlorn-looking dresser, left, found on a street curb with a “free” sign attached. It now looks like a pricey custom piece, courtesy of highgloss emerald green paint (inspired by a pair of pants) and IKEA hardware painted with metallic brass spray paint, then affixed with gel superglue. Total cost? Just under $100.

opposites attract When choosing upholstery for ornate pieces, Pam Zundel, decorator and author of the blog Simple Details, prefers subtle patterns that don’t upstage or compete with a piece’s rich details. Pam used metallic paint to enhance the intricate carvings of this $150 Craigslist-found French settee, opposite, but she kept the look grounded with a simple white-and-gray striped fabric on the seat.


fab facelit Never underestimate the power of a coat of paint. In this case, Pam used chalk-finish paint to mute an over-the-top bloodred gilded headboard to an easier-on-the-eyes gray whisper, this photo. The Craigslist find still posed a problem though: It wasn’t as tall as it looked in photos. Pam’s ingenious solution was to hang it on the wall using D rings. 88




greek revival Perk up worn and weary chairs, like this cane-sided beauty, with snappy new upholstery, left. To revive this $10 estate-sale find’s innate charms, Pam chose a jazzy but classic Greek key-pattern fabric. She removed the dark finish with eco-friendly Citristrip and left the wood au naturel.


youthful lines Pam banished this large hutch’s dark, brooding vibe with a lighter, neutral color of chalk-finish paint—no priming required, right. She topped it with a clear wax finish that adds a light sheen and highlighted drawer and door fronts with gold metallic wax. Aluminum decor panels, found at a home center, look more modern than the hutch’s former stained-glass inserts.

high contrast Select large-pattern upholstery to give vintage chairs modern flair while still letting them rock their old-school roots, right. “Large, bold prints on a neutral backdrop make a statement,” Pam says. “And I love how these open-back chairs allow you to see the pattern better.” She painted the chairs with glossy almond-color oil enamel paint so they’d contrast with her rustic farm table. Then she elevated her dining room’s understated elegance by tacking bronze nailhead strips onto the ceiling for a unique flourish.




shabby TO chic Decorator and furnituremakeover magician Pam Zundel shares her tips for foolproof furniture makeovers. Check out her blog Simple Details (simpledetailsblog.blogspot .com), for more projects. Test it. Buy furniture that is sound and solid. Be sure doors and drawers work smoothly. And pick out either a simple design that will showcase some spiffy hardware accents or something unique and ornate that stands on its own merits. Be bold. Embrace unexpected colors that make a statement. “Don’t be afraid of color—it’s only paint,” Pam says. “Get out of your comfort zone.”

tone it down Make ornate furnishings feel more contemporary by painting them a single hue. Pam used this approach—in an almond tone—to downplay this dresser’s details when she converted it into a chic vanity, above. “I liked the shape of this piece but not the old-world feel,” Pam says. “I wanted it to feel modern—and because it’s fairly large yet located in a small bath, it feels appropriate to blend it into the surrounding decor rather than having it stand out.” For Resources, see page 92.


Cut to the chase. To target a find on Craigslist, Pam suggests the following: Click on the “furniture” link under the “for sale” category. Leave the search field blank; you’ll get a broad range of listings, but you won’t miss out on, say, a great “couch” because you searched for a “sofa.” Use the “gallery” feature, which provides photos that are more helpful than just written descriptions. And select “owner” under the search criteria to eliminate pricier commercial sellers. Read up. Follow paint manufacturer instructions for things like climate and drying times. “I’ve definitely ruined a few pieces by trying to paint something in my garage when it was 10 degrees outside,” Pam says.

resources Here’s where to find the materials, furnishings, and accessories shown throughout the issue. We cannot guarantee availability of items or services. [P] Paint Color Because of the magazine printing process, paint colors depicted on our pages might vary slightly from manufacturer’s colors. Use paint names or numbers, when provided, as a starting point. To get a color as it appears in the magazine, take the page to a paint retailer for matching. [T] To the Trade Contact a design professional to find more information about the product or services.

PAGES 6–7 Entry Point Wallpaper Bungalow in Yellow T16054 The Resort Collection— Thibaut Design; 973/643-1118; [T]. Sconces Soho—Shades of Light; 800/2626612; Console table Nash—Crate & Barrel; crateandbarrel .com. Mirror Tork Brass Dripping Mirror—CB2; 800/606-6252; Rug Diamond Fieldstone in Ivory— Dash & Albert Rug Co.; 877/586-4771; Yellow vases— Mud; Rattan umbrella stand—Aero Studios; 212/996-1500;

PAGES 8–11 Pillow Talk Designers throughout: Visit Eddie Ross’ blog, Interior designer: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, SCW Interiors, LLC, Alexandria, Virginia; 703/549-2449; Interior designer: Bridgid Coulter, Bridgid Coulter Design, Santa Monica; California; 310/963-5360; Interior designer: Elaine Griffin, Elaine Griffin Interior Design, New York City; 212/666-2033; Interior designer: Martin Horner, Soucie Horner, Ltd., Chicago; 312/755-0202; Interior designer: Jason Oliver Nixon, Madcap Cottage, High Point, North Carolina; 917/513-9143; Interior designer: Rebecca Robertson Pasanella, New York City; 92


Page 8: Interior designer: Cassie Freeman, Hi Sugarplum!, Plano, Texas; Lamps—HomeGoods; 800/8880776; Gold urchin on table behind sofa Shiny Gold Urchin—DwellStudio; 877/993-9355; Sofa—American Signature, Inc.; 888/751-8553; Floral pillow Paint Palette in Punch—Tonic Living; 416/699-9879; Pink pillow, gold vase Gold Facet Vase by Nate Berkus—Target; 800/800-8800; Black-andwhite diamond pillow purchased without pom-poms—Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; 800/888-0321; hobbylobby .com. Rug—, Inc.; 609/447-4515; Coffee table—homeowners’ collection. Page 9: Living room interior decorator: Sally Wheat, Sally Wheat Interiors, Houston; 713/269-1554; Trio of pillows—Nanette Lepore; 844/842–1498; Page 10: Living room interior designer: Elizabeth Baumgartner, Little Black Door Designs, St. Louis; 314/287-0397; Coffee table—Sarasota Trading Co.; 941/953-7776. Pink-and-orange pattern pillow Carnaby Street Analou Pillow by Villa Home, chevron pillow Alberta Cotton Pillow in Blue by Jiti Pillows, navyand-white dot pillow Faustine Cotton Pillow by The Pillow Collection—Wayfair, LLC; 866/2638325; Navy-and-white Greek key lumbar pillow—Arianna Belle Shop; Orange geometric pillow—California Livin Home; Blue-and-white striped rug—Pottery Barn; 888/779-5176; Blue chair—Maine Cottage; 866/366-3505; Gold polka-dot pillow—Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; Pattern pillow—Target; 800/8008800; Page 11: Green glass lamp— Candelabra, Inc.; 800/440-5121; Floral pillows— Caitlin Wilson; caitlinwilsontextiles .com. Green pillow Malakos Malachite—DwellStudio; 877/9939355; Fuchsia pillow—The Donna Karan Co., LLC; 888/737-5743;

Chair Noah, coffee table Alec White—Bryght; 888/746-3455; bryght .com. Side table Martini—West Elm; 866/428-6468; Dining table Hairpin—Selamat Designs; 650/243-4840; Rug Multi Color Painted Diamonds Jute Rug XN13036—Shades of Light; 800/262-6612;

PAGES 12–15 Meet & Greet Interior designer: Kim Trouten, Vaisseaux Corp., Charlotte; 704/877-8719. Contractor: John Trouten, Vaisseaux Corp., Charlotte; 704/877-8720. Landscape architect: RedTree Landscape Design, Fort Mill, South Carolina; 803/547-0385; Landscape plants: Latham’s Nursery, Inc., Monroe, North Carolina; 704/283-5696; Hardscaping: The Huntley Group of the Carolinas, LLC, Concord, North Carolina; 704/572-0503; Door Moody Blue SW6221, brick paint—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams .com [P]. Front woven furniture, cushions—Pier 1 Imports; 800/2454595; Swing—Hayneedle, Inc.; 888/880-4884; Swing cushion—The Lazy Patio; 877/439-4767; Green lantern, outdoor lighting, watering can, decorative pots—Lowe’s; 800/445-6937; Aqua table, rug—HomeGoods; 800/888-0776;

PAGES 16–19 Budget Built-Ins Bookcases Billy—IKEA; 888/8884532; Books—Half Price Books; 800/883-2114; Chair and ottoman Callan in Lagoon Leather—Room & Board; 800/3019720; Side table Natural Tree Stump Side Table— West Elm; 866/428-6468; Lamp Marble Base Floor Lamp with Drum Shade FL13011, rug Ziggy Twist Flatweave Rug in Black Charcoal and Ivory XR13054 0810BK—Shades of Light; 800/262-6612;

PAGES 20–21 Fresh Spin Wall paint Cityscape SW7067, paint inside closet Brittlebush SW6684— The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; [P]. Vinyl sheeting for bifold door art Indoor Vinyl Sheets in Signal Yellow, Grey, Light Grey, and Middle Grey—; 800/309-1891; Wall rack—Umbra; 800/387-5122; Fold-down table Norberg Wall-Mount Drop-Leaf

Table in White—IKEA; 888/888-4532; Hampers Rectangular Circles Hamper in White and Black, aluminum bottles and misters, magnetic paper towel holder—The Container Store, Inc.; 888/266-8246; Ironing blanket— Crate & Barrel; 800/967-6696; Clamp clipped to shelf Task Clip Light in White— Urban Outfitters; 800/282-2200; Shelves above table—ClosetMaid; 800/874-0008; Precut vinyl letters on hampers—OfficeMax; 800/4633768; Hook on door Over-The-Door Foldaway Valet— OXO; 800/545-4411; White and black plastic bins, blue woven canvas basket, wood hangers— Target.; 800/800-8800; Cordless iron—Panasonic USA; 800/211-7262; Washer Front Load Washer with SuperSpeed WF6300 in White, dryer Electric Dryer DV6300 in White—Samsung; 800/726-7864;

PAGES 22–25 White Works Interior designer: Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist, Nashville; Vintage wood map, painting, gold birds—Dolan Geiman; 303/7362437; Aqua vase, white chair on right, pillow, glass jars—Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; Gold ball, metal box—West Elm; 866/428-6468; Orange pouf—Obelisk; 615/386-0502; bradfordsinteriors .com/obelisk. Coffee table—Cost Plus World Market; 877/967-5362; Tray—T.J.Maxx; 800/926-6299;

PAGES 26–29 Treatment Plan Page 26: Wall surface Reclaimed Weathered Wood—Stikwood; 866/226-8354; Sconces Soho SC08050 in Antique Brass— Shades of Light; 800/262-6612; Ribbon on sconce shades Luster Ribbon in Lily, Orchid, and Poinsettia—Midori, Inc.; 800/659-3049; Ottoman fabric Anna Maria Horner True Colors Collection PWTC001 Smoot—Free Spirit; 866/907-3305; Ottoman Threshold X-Base Stool, floating shelf Big Boy Shelf in White—Target; 800/800-8800; Desktop tray—Poppin; 888/676-7746; Umbrella stand—The Container Store, Inc.; 888/266-8246; Page 27: Wall color Useful Gray SW7050—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; [P]. Tapes Mt. Casa Tape 50 mm in Pale Wisteria and 15 mm in

Silver Grid Checks—Crafty Japan; Settee Barcelona 1902—Thomasville Furniture Industries, Inc.; 800/225-0265; Fabric for pillow at left Anna Maria Horner True Colors Collection PWTC004 Viole—Free Spirit; 866/907-3305; freespiritfabric .com. Rug Tanjib in Lavender—Capel, Inc.; 800/334-3711; Page 28: Visit Mandi Gubler’s blog Vintage Revivals, Items throughout—HomeGoods; 800/888-0776;; Not Just Antiques Mart; 702/384-4922;; Habitat for Humanity ReStore; 229/924-6935; Page 29: Paint Chalkboard Brush-On Product 206540 in Black—RustOleum; 877/385-8155; Chair—IKEA; 888/888-4532; ikea .com. Lamp—Target; 800/800-8800; Mug Food Network Collection—Kohl’s, Inc.; 855/5645705;

PAGES 30–39 Present in the Past Architect: Ashley Henkel Morris, Pell Street Studio, PLLC, Raleigh; 919/696-0970; Contractor: Robert Harbin, Bode Construction, Inc., Fuquay Varina, North Carolina; 919/427-3308. Custom furniture: Michael Gallagher, Atreeom, LLC, Raleigh; 919/995-4304; Restoration: Neil Taylor, Taylor’s Cleaning and Restoration, Inc., Raleigh; 919/833-6300; Page 30: Wallpaper Grove Garden— Osborne & Little; [T]. Desk—CB2; 800/606-6252; Office chair—White on White, Inc.; 888/674-5923; Lamp—Pottery Barn Teen; 866/472-4001; Rug—Lamps Plus; 800/782-1967; Page 31: Wall paint Pewter Cast SW7673—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; [P]. Sofa Lampert in Gray—Jonathan Adler; 800/963-0891; jonathanadler .com. Side table, mirrored coffee table—Atreeom, LLC; 919/995-4304; Lamp Anderson— Arteriors Home; 800/338-2150; Page 32: Living room bar cart vintage, black dresser in entry way vintage—Etsy, Inc.; 347/382-7584; etsy .com. Lamp on bar cart Threshold in Silver with Hot Pink Shade—Target; 800/800-8800; Entryway wallpaper Maiko—Osborne & Little; Lamp on dresser Bourgie in Clear—Kartell; 888/4054899; Page 33: Wall paint Pewter Cast SW7673—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; [P].

Table—Atreeom, LLC; 919/995-4304; Chairs vintage—eBay, Inc.; 866/540-3229; Rug— Cowhides International; 800/5914235; Pages 34–35: Sofa Dunham in Velvet/ Shadow—West Elm; 866/428-6468; Lamp George Kovacs Polished Chrome Arc Floor Lamp— Lamps Plus; 800/782-1967; lampsplus .com. Page 36: Backsplash 3×6-Inch Subway Tile in Arctic White—Daltile; Appliances—KitchenAid; 800/541-6390; Faucet—Danze, Inc.; 888/328-2383; Island light fixtures Benson in Polished Chrome— Restoration Hardware; 800/9109836; Cabinetry Kraftmaid in Manchester, countertops Silestone in Blanco Maple—The Home Depot USA, Inc.; 800/466-3337; Hardware—IKEA; 888/888-4532; Stools—; 800/843-2446; Page 38: Vanity chair—eBay, Inc.; 866/540-3229;

PAGES 40–43 Window Dressing Page 40: Curtain panels embellished after purchase—Walmart.; 800/9256278; Pom-pom trim in Blue and Aqua—Cheeptrims. com; 877/289-8746; Lamp—Crate & Barrel; 800/9676696; Desk HGTV Home Parsons Writing Desk— AllModern; 800/615-9703; allmodern .com. Slippers Uggs—Von Maur; 877/866-6287; Pompom maker Knifty Knitter—Amazon .com, Inc.; 888/280-3321; Drapery rod and finials, desk chair, rug—homeowners’ collection. Page 41: Wall paint Mystical Shade SW6276—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams .com [P]. Curtain panel Opaque Linen Pole Pocket Panel—West Elm; 866/428-6468; Rose stencil used for curtain Rockin’ Roses—Royal Design Studio; 800/747-9767; Leaf stencil used for curtain Leaf & Damask 18×23.5—Artisan Enhancements, LLC; 855/502-5642; Lavender paint for stencil Emile, pinkish paint Henrietta, gray paint Charcoal— Annie Sloan Chalk Paint; anniesloan .com. Mirror—Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; Pillows on sofa—Bed, Bath & Beyond, Inc.; 800/462-3966; Rug—Shades of Light; 800/262-6612; shadesoflight .com. Page 42: Wall paint North Star SW6246—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams .com [P]. Curtain panel Sheer Linen Curtain, bedcover—West Elm;

866/428-6468; Lace on curtains—Jo-Ann Stores, LLC; 888/739-4120; Coverlet, pillow, shams—Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; Mirrored side table—Target; 800/800-8800; Rug— Shades of Light; 800/262-6612; Page 43: Wall paint Soothing White SW6539—The Sherwin-Williams Co.; 800/474-3794; sherwin-williams .com [P]. Pull shades—IKEA; 888/888-4532; Stencil used for shade Folk Art Handmade Charlotte Tangier—Plaid; 800/8424197; Puff paint— Jo-Ann Stores, LLC; 888/739-4120; Office table—Shades of Light; 800/262-6612; shadesoflight .com. Oval-back chair—Wisteria; 800/320-9757;

PAGES 44-49 Elemental Style Pages 44–45: Wood dowels, 2-inch wood doll heads—Michaels Stores; 800/642-4235; Sofa Jasper in Tepic Haze— Room & Board; 800/301-9720; Throw blanket Threshold Metallic Geo Sweater Knit Throw, brass hammered tray—Target; 800/800-8800; target .com. Rug Aran Isle in Natural— Company C; 844/242-6567; Pages 46–47: Chair Mid-Century Slope Chair—Dot & Bo, Inc.; 800/693-9937; Vintage iron ring stand—eBay, Inc.; 866/540-3229; Black frames, drink glasses Luigi Bormioli On the Rocks Double Old Fashioned—Bed, Bath & Beyond, Inc.; 800/462-3966; Tray White Rim Lacquer Tray in Horseradish—West Elm; 866/428-6468; Pages 48–49: Lights in flasks Cord Set in Dark Yellow—West Elm; 866/428-6468; Desk Altra Parsons White Wooden Desk with Chevron Top—; 800/843-2446; Ottoman Room Essentials Storage Ottoman in Yellow— Target; 800/800-8800; Erlenmeyer flasks, volumetric flasks, petri dishes, microscopes, funnels, survey equipment— homeowners’ collection.

PAGES 50–53 Bright Fixes Interior designer: Amanda Eck, Amanda Carol Interiors, LLC, The Woodlands, Texas; 281/826-9535; Cabinetry paint Decorators White PM-3, island paint Pigeon Gray 2133-50—Benjamin Moore; 855/7246802; [P].

Countertops White Macaubas Quartzite, window treatment custom—Amanda Carol Interiors, LLC; 281/826-9535; Backsplash tile—Materials Marketing; Lights above island—Visual Comfort & Co.; 713/686-5999; Stools—Home Decorators Collection; 800/245-2217; Refrigerator— Whirlpool; 866/698-2538; whirpool .com. Oven, cooktop, dishwasher— GE Appliances; 800/626-2005;

PAGE 54–57 Easy Accent Chestnut flooring throughout— Mohawk Industries, Inc.; 800/2664295; Page 54: Wall paint Seaside Resort 725—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; [P]. Ottoman Sophia Candace Round Ottoman in Bay Blue—; 800/8432446; Flat black nails for project Flat Black High Dome BF 912 Box 1000—DIY Upholstery Supply, LLC; 662/2800020; Black onyx nails Dritz Home 24-Count Upholstery Gem Stone Nails in Onyx—, Inc.; 888/280-3321; Chair Abbott—Room & Board; 800/3019720; Rug Birds in Cherry—Aimeé Wilder; 347/746-2554; Sunburst mirror on mantel—Michaels Stores; 800/6424235; White geometric sculpture—Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; 800/888-0321; Floor lamp Archway Floor Lamp, pillow In Bloom Portrait Pillow— Anthropologie; 800/309-2500; Framed artwork Pinky Promise by Emily Rickard— Society6; Page 55: Wall paint Rockport Gray HC-105—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; [P]. Vinyl upholstery fabric— Warehouse Fabrics, Inc.; 205/4878040; Vinyl adhesive 3M Hi Strength 90 Spray Adhesive—The Home Depot USA, Inc.; 800/466-3337; Pen Clover Pen-Style Liner— Jo-Ann Stores, LLC; 888/739-4120; Round gold nails Dritz Home 24-Count Gilt Hammered Upholstery Nails—, Inc.; 888/280-3321; Square corner nails Brass Square Box 20 BD71-81 and BD70-81—DIY Upholstery Supply, LLC; 662/2800020; Doorknob—Anthropologie; 800/3092500; Hutch Crisanto Hall Chest—Pier 1 Imports; 800/245-4595; Hall rug Tulip Stripe in Hydrangea—Aimeé Wilder; 347/746-2554;


Rug through doorway Overdyed Wool Flatweave Maze Rug in Peacock Teal—Shades of Light; 800/262-6612; Pages 56–57: Wall paint Newburyport Blue HC-155— Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; [P]. Chair for project Shitake Jayda Dining Chair— Cost Plus World Market; 877/967-5362; Upholstery nails French Natural High Dome FN934— DIY Upholstery Supply, LLC; 662/280-0020; diyupholsterysupply .com. Table Ingatorp—IKEA; 888/8884532; Chandelier Brass Disk Pendant Lamp, chair French Bistro Side Chair, dishes, linens on table— Cost Plus World Market; 877/967-5362; Wall art—Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; 800/888-0321; Rug Ivory Spheres Textured Wool Rug—Shades of Light; 800/262-6612;

PAGES 58–67 Artfully Adjusted Interior designer: Virginia Volman, Virginia Volman Designs, Mountain Brook, Alabama; 205/223-8881. Contractor: Frank Roberta, Lorino Construction, Inc., Birmingham; 205/365-0621. Page 59: Hutch painted— Hanna Antiques; 205/323-6036; European mounts painted—eBay Inc.; 866/5403229; Chinese Chippendale chair—Scott Antique Market; 740/569-2800; Pages 60–61: Desk chair, stools—; 800/843-2446; Art above desk—Toni Tully. Floor lamp—One Kings Lane, Inc.; 855/746-7655; TV cabinet pulls—Etsy, Inc.; 347/3827584; Page 62: Wall, trim, and cabinetry paint Seashell 926—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; benjaminmoore .com [P]. Cabinets custom, subway tile—The Home Depot USA, Inc.; 800/466-3337; Island stone Montclair Danby— Birmingham MarbleWorks, LLC; 205/988-5585. Globe lights—Shades of Light; 800/262-6612; shadesoflight .com. Chairs—Hanna Antiques; 205/323-6036; hannaantiques .com. Stainless sink, faucet—Vigo Industries, LLC; 866/591-7792; Stove Architect Series—KitchenAid; 800/541-6390; Shelving brackets— IKEA; 888/888-4532; Orange tray—Table Matters; 205/879-0125; Page 63: Chandelier—eBay, Inc.; 866/540-3229; Art above table—Kate Merritt Davis; Table base— Southeastern Salvage; 205/956-1000; White chairs—West Elm; 866/428-6468; Fabric on 94


banquette—Kovi Fabrics; 800/8603105; Page 64: Bedroom wall paint Balboa Mist 1549, ceiling paint Pink Blossom 2081-40—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; [P]. Art above bed—Carrie Pittman; 205/266-7444; Headboard—Suite Dreams; 205/414-1922; shopsuitedreams Polka-dot pillow fabric—King Cotton; 205/322-5878; Fuzzy pillow— Macy’s; 800/289-6229; Lamp, bedspread—HomeGoods; 800/888-0776; Bathroom fixtures, penny floor tile—; 800/843-2446; Page 65: Bedroom wall paint Balboa Mist 1549, ceiling paint Lavender Lipstick 2072-50—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; [P]. Art above dresser—Studio by the Tracks; 205/951-3317; Lamp on dresser, bedspread—HomeGoods; 800/888-0776; Lucite end table—eBay, Inc.; 866/540-3229; Laundry room curtain fabric—King Cotton; 205/322-5878; Curtain rod— Target; 800/800-8800; Appliances—LG Electronics; 800/243-0000; Page 66: Exterior and trim paint Grey Mist 962, front door paint Revere Pewter HC-172— Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; [P]. Lantern— St. James Lighting; 877/448-4966; White pot—Leaf & Petal; 205/877-3030;

PAGES 68–71 Bedroom Revival Knobs—Anthropologie; 800/3092500; Scarf for pillow vintage Vera Neumann scarf—The Lucky Fish; theluckyfish Rose stencil for pillow, covered-button kit for headboard, nailhead trim for headboard—JoAnn Stores, LLC; 888/739-4120; joann .com. Bright pink, orange, and white fabric paints—Blick Art Materials; 800/828-4548; Marker for lamp Thick/Wide Oil Paint Marker—Sharpie; 800/346-3278; Duvet and matching pillow shams Mirabelle—Pine Cone Hill; 877/586-4771;

PAGES 72–77 Boring No More Pages 72–73: Wallpaper Manor Gate in Silver 5005054—Schumacher and Co.; 800/523-1200; fschumacher .com [T]. Sconces Bryant Sconce in Antique Nickel with Natural Paper Shade by Thomas O’Brien—Visual Comfort & Co.; 713/686-5999; Countertop Granite—Marble & Tile Solutions, LLC; 515/963-9370;

Faucet Memoirs Lavatory Faucet in Brushed Nickel—Kohler Co.; 800/456-4537; Cabinet door pulls Adorno Ring Pull P3201SN—Belwith Hardware; 800/5308245; Cabinet drawer pulls Fixed Bail Pull in Brushed Nickel 1852-3—; 800/8116302; Drapery panels for shower curtain Cameron Grommet Drape—Pottery Barn; 888/779-5176; Framed paintings Angela Moulton— Pratt Creek Art; Pages 74-75: Wall paint Decorators White CC-20—Benjamin Moore; 855/724-6802; [P]. White tile, flooring Style Selections Luxury Plank Peel-and-Stick WoodGrain Vinyl in Cherry—Lowe’s; 800/445-6937; Roman shade fabric Round Hill Traditional Prints in Green 20991-2—Duralee; 800/275-3872; Ceramic drum stool Legends of Asia, purchased in white—T.J.Maxx; 800/926-6299; White shower caddy, gold turtle Nate Berkus Tortoise Shell Box in Gold— Target; 800/800-8800; Floating shelf Ekby Jarpen, shelf brackets Ekby Bjarnum in Aluminum—IKEA; 888/888-4532; Glass apothecary jar with lid—Williams-Sonoma, Inc.; 877/812-6235; Monogrammed soap Monogrammed Triple Milled 4-Bar Square Soap Set—Frontgate; 888/263-9850; Pages 76–77: Interior designer: Lisa Gabrielson, Lisa Gabrielson Design, Atlanta; 770/313-2561; Contractor: Grand Improvements, LLC, Kennesaw, Georgia; 770/5089158. Wall paint Gray Owl 213760—Benjamin Moore; 855/7246802; [P]. Cabinetry—Townsend Cabinetry; 770/547-2012. Cabinet hardware— Restoration Hardware; 800/910-9836; Marble countertop—Premier Surfaces, Inc.; 844/558-2541; Sink—Lowe’s; 800/445-6937; Sink faucet, shower fixtures Delta—The Home Depot USA, Inc.; 800/466-3337; homedepot .com. Floor and shower tile—Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc.; 877/675-0002; Shower door—Chattahoochee Shower Doors & Glass; 770/4971977; Lighting at vanity—Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.; 800/6307113; Mirror custom—Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors; Towel rack—Ballard Designs; 800/536-7551; Hand

towels—West Elm; 866/428-6468;

PAGES 78–85 Things That Matter Visit Dena Stormer’s blog Hearts and Sharts, Page 78: Sewing machine— Janome America, Inc.; 800/6310183; Chair fabric—Tula Pink; Chair, chandelier, white storage shelving—IKEA; 888/888-4532; Page 79: Framed art—Minted, LLC; 888/828-6468; Page 80: Bottom curtain—The Home Depot USA, Inc.; 800/4663337; Page 81: Curtain—Pottery Barn; 888/779-5176; Island—IKEA; 888/888-4532; Appliances, light fixture—The Home Depot USA, Inc.; 800/466-3337; Mixer—KitchenAid; 800/541-6390; Page 82: Side chair reupholstered— Scott Antique Market; 740/5692800; Sofa—Atlanta Used Furniture; Rug Keno Moroccan Shag—, Inc.; 609/447-4515; Page 83: Curtains, framed art—Pottery Barn; 888/779-5176; Chair slipcovers— Pier 1 Imports; 800/245-4595; Hutch, blue willow plates, Russel Wright plates, and floral plates vintage— homeowners’ collection. Page 84: Bed—, Inc.; 888/280-3321; Side table—IKEA; 888/888-4532; ikea .com. Orange pillow—Target; 800/800-8800; Map— Scott Antique Market; 740/5692800;

PAGES 86–91 New Look Visit Pam Zundel’s blog Simple Details, simpledetailsblog

PAGE 96 I Did It! Visit Kelly Marzka’s blog View Along the Way, viewalongtheway .com. Wall color Atrium White PM13—Benjamin Moore; 855/7246802; [P]. Stencil Peacock Fancy, stencil creme Patina Green—Royal Design Studio; 800/747-9767;



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