European Reading Room

An unused dining room finds new life as a reading room with European style.

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After living in Germany, Becky Pangman and Eric Ralston are making a fresh start in the United States. They live in a vintage apartment on Chicago's north side that has tons of detail and Old World charm. However, the entry room is anything but charming. The Design on a Dime team sets out to turn the unused dining room into a traditional reading room, complete with storage, seating and a little European flair.

The Dilemma
Because this is the first room one enters in the apartment, the couple wants it to be more welcoming. The room adjoins the warm living room with bay window, but there's nothing in this space to define it. There's a bookcase in one corner, a Papasan chair in another corner, a rug in the middle and lots of empty space. The white walls and harsh track lighting contradict the warm, welcoming ambiance that the couple seeks.

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