Traditional Elegant Living Room

The Double Take teams re-creates a $33,000 traditional living room for less than $2,500.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionDesigned by Anne Symon, this room is all about warmth and understated elegance. Her inspiration was French formal, but she incorporated Asian elements to tone down the formality and give the room age and interest.
Homeowners Tricia Kaiser Ghalam and Joe Ghalam have no time to worry about decorating their living room — they're about to become first-time parents. After the baby comes, they'll be having lots of company, so it is important to them to have a place to entertain the baby's visitors. The furniture in their living room is old, and the room is rather sparse. They found a look they'd love to have for their space. It's a bright, airy room filled with French antiques, rich textiles and Asian accents. The problem is the price tag is a little too rich — it costs more than $33,000.

Everything in this space is a conversation piece — from the Old World coffee table and Asian screens to the silk taffeta drapery. They all come together to create a traditional, yet playful room.

The Double Take team–makeover designer Michele Addey, budget shopper Halili Knox and carpenter Jamie Schmitt–roll up their sleeves and get to work re-creating this international design for less than $2,500.

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