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Dramatic Room Makeovers Revealed



    Don Freeman

    Even the worst decorating disasters can be redeemed with a bit of vision and creativity. House Beautiful gathered together five jaw-dropping room makeovers, where the interiors go from bleak or bland to beguiling. Here are two of our favorites: Designer Celerie Kemble turned his under-construction section of a Manhattan condo into an elegant dining nook (see below) with a mohair-upholstered banquette, David Sutherland pedestal table and chairs from Nancy Corzine. For a lackluster media room (shown below), designer Marshall Watson transformed the space by using a citrus-y color scheme, adding a semi-circular sofa to contrast what he called the room's “soaring angles” and opting for white brick instead of traditional red. See the full House Beautiful gallery.

    Tips Of The Trade: Make the Most of Your Loft

    [OPEN HOUSE VID] Tips Of The Trade: Make the Most of Your Loft
    Donna Warner, editor in chief of Metropolitan Home magazine, provides compelling design ideas for any loft space, using this Shamir Shah-designed loft as an example. The loft, which appeared on the cover of the popular shelter mag, uses color and lighting techniques to divide large community spaces.

    Custom Design a Small Space

    [OPEN HOUSE VID] Tips Of The Trade: Custom Design in a Small Space
    Architect Anthony Montalto shares tips on how to utilize all of the (little) space the typical Manhattan apartment has to offer. Playing with form, lighting and custom built-ins for storage have given perceived volume to his 750-square foot loft, proving that you don't have to sacrifice artistic expression or detail just because you're working with limited space.