Architecture and Antiques Made Modern

Warm lighting, fresh paint colors and cheerful fabrics combine to create a bright, contemporary look in this couple's living room.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis living room has lots of antique furniture and dark woodwork combining to produce a dated, dim space. (SHNS photo courtesy Home & Garden Television)
When it comes to redecorating a home, two spouses do not always equal one design scheme. Sometimes it's hard to arrive at a compromise when it comes to interior decor, and the impasse is enough to derail even the most ambitious makeover.

Such was the case in Katherine and Nicholas's living room, where lots of antique furniture and dark woodwork combined to produce a dated, dim space. Katherine wanted a bright, modern room perfect for entertaining and showcasing her plants. But Nicholas was determined to keep his treasured antiques, inherited from his family's home in Ireland.