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Dramatic Room Makeovers Revealed




    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. (Published Thursday, May 26, 2011)

    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. (Published Thursday, April 7, 2011)