Lavish Living Room

An unfinished space with mismatched, sparse furniture becomes a lavish living room with traditional elegance.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionInterior designer Kristan Cunningham, along with design coordinators Dave Sheinkopf and Spencer Anderson, paint the walls a taupe-green for a traditional backdrop.
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Interior designer Kristan Cunningham, along with design coordinators Dave Sheinkopf and Spencer Anderson, paint the walls a taupe-green for a traditional backdrop. An upholstered bench with storage for books underneath divides the room into a seating area and a piano/entry area. A sofa is brought in from another room and slipcovered with pillows that coordinate with the bench cushion and rug. The fireplace is toned down with a tint of raw umber glaze, which picks up the green tone in the wall color. Botanical prints over the mantel may have come from a garage sale, but they add a touch of traditional elegance to the room. The existing rug and its rusty red, gold and greenish taupe inspire the color scheme and tie everything together.

The Cost

Entry table – $145

  • table (used), $75 – Salvation Army

Accessories – $85
  • bowls (used), $8 – Salvation Army
  • glass vase set, $25 – Ross

Chairs – $20
  • chairs (used), $20 – Salvation Army

Lamp and shades – $87
  • floor lamp, 005027687806, $19.97 – Wal-Mart

Paint – $60

Window treatments – $152

  • curtains, Casa, 025883060578, $29.99 – Linens 'N Things
  • curtains, Carnegie, 678298136086, $19.99 – Linens 'N Things

Side table – $20

Bench and cushion – $150

  • damask and print fabric – Diamond Foam and Fabric

Pillows – $42
  • damask and print fabric – Diamond Foam and Fabric

Slipcover – $112
  • sofa cover, Surefit, $109 – Bed Bath & Beyond

Coffee table – $75

Side table – $15

  • small table (used), $15 – Salvation Army

Prints and fireplace – $37
  • fireplace stain, Behr, Taos Taupe Stain, 082474748046 – The Home Depot

Total – $1,000
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