Painting the walls, ceiling, and floors white really lightened things up, and new eight-foot-tall windows and French doors (minus view-blocking wooden blinds) bring in much more sunshine.
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A mix of eclectic furnishings and vibrant sky- and meadow-inspired colors bring the airy room into comfortable scale.
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Proof that clean, airy decor can also deliver cozy warmth, the living room combines a neutral palette with loads of comfy seating, including low-slung leather chairs and Henredon's Lawson sofa.
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Benjamin Moore's Tasty Apple brightens up the bookcase in the library. "I change the pillows out a couple of times are year, and it literally creates the effect of a new room," says Lily Kanter of Serena & Lily.
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Shop the kids’ catalogs. Pottery Barn’s offspring, PB Teen, stocks some surprisingly sophisticated merch at junior prices—including this clear glass lamp that we filled with dictionary pages. Other fun possibilities: beach glass, branches, or vintage matchbooks. from Dana Gallagher via Country Living - decorating on a budget
The cheapest accessories are those you already own. Grab a bowl from the kitchen to display photos and postcards. Stack books to form risers that elevate eye-catching objects. And call upon a vintage planter to double as a handy, and handsome, remote control caddy.
"I love creating small cozy spaces to curl up in," Apartment 34's Erin Hiemstra says. "Since we have limited square footage in San Francisco, I created an 'end table' out of my favorite design books and magazines."
"Personalize your home through photography. I love to use family photos in non-traditional ways to enhance a room's decor," says Naomi Stein of Design Manifest.
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This blue-and-white living room would be plain-ole pretty on its own. But it's a head-turner with pops of pink such as the fuchsia ottoman and dusty rose throw pillows.