Classic Eastern Apartment

Money is tight for these roommates who are just out of college. The Design on a Dime team helps them move beyond their dorm-room style and into the real world of functional, grown-up design.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionA good floor plan uses furnishings to create an intimate space that feels cozy, not crowded.
The Solution
Cunningham uses hospital track to hang curtains and create a "wall" that encloses the living room; this provides a nice, crisp backdrop that distinguishes the space. A smaller scale couch leaves more room for a coffee table and TV cabinet (with storage), which completes the basic creature comforts that make a home a home.

The Cost

Sofa - $75

  • sofa (used) –
  • slipcover, Casual Suede SND Loveseat 839922 – Anna's Linens

TV cabinet - $25
  • TV cabinet, General Merchandise – The Outlet

Drapes and shade - $162
  • curtains, General Merchandise – The Outlet
  • curtain hardware, Aluminum Track 2200 – McMurray Company
  • shade, 164148 96x72, Yoshi Reed – Lowe's

Fireplace treatment - $30
  • fireplace screen (used) – Salvation Army

Accent furniture - $66
  • side table – Ross

Paint and supplies - $103
  • paint, walls (Behr paint 290 F-4 Cliff Rock), canvases and coffee table (160 F-7 Burnished Mahogany), shelves and mantle (Swiss Coffee) – The Home Depot

Lighting - $65
  • overhead fixture – Ross

Table and chairs - $118
  • side chair, dining table, dining chairs (used) – Salvation Army
  • cane for dining table top, 4'x6', Tea Mat Cane – Cane and Basket Supply
  • cushion fabric, Lancaster Valance 000005557846 – Tuesday Morning

Bookcases - $150

Accessories - $205

  • art supplies for canvas art, Liq Leaf Renaissance 28995061301, Rub ‘n Buff, various colors – Michaels
  • lamps, mirror, General Merchandise – The Outlet
  • painted pots, Kasbah Pots 6", 000006226121 – Tuesday Morning
  • vases – Ross

Total - $999