Joan Steffend visits the home of a couple who decided to update their home without any help, completing the demolition work themselves to save money for the more important decorative elements.
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Stained-glass windows salvaged from a local hospital were used to replace the original windows; the leftover pieces were installed in several interior doors and secured with molding to tie the look together. A 100% down-filled sofa was purchased at an estate sale for $100. A weathered farm table was transformed into a coffee table simply by cutting down the legs to the appropriate height.
Instead of purchasing costly artwork from galleries, the owners sought out local colleges and purchased pieces from their annual art sales. A pain parson's table was enhanced by gluing painted craft balls to the top, then adding a piece of tempered glass to create a display space between the two surfaces.
Interior designer Dolores Kroop gives ideas on how to bring an exotic touch to your home decor.