Budget-Friendly Makeovers From Splurge and Save

Host Krista Watterworth knows how to stretch a dollar when designing a room. See her before-and-after transformations and how she keeps her eye on the bottom line.

  • Jemima and Ian Herman have a great home for entertaining, but often end up in their kitchen because the dining room has no style. Jemima loves British Colonial style and wants to bring those elements into her design.
  • With $5,500 host Krista Watterworth transforms has taken their dining room eyesore into a British Colonial space perfect for elegant entertaining. They splurged on a new chandelier, since it's the centerpiece of the room, but save by creating a dining table out of an antique door and painting sophisticated stripes on the wall to mimic expensive wallpaper.
  • Anneliese grew up in the city. Surrounded by concrete, she craved a taste of the country, so she saved up and bought a four-bedroom colonial home in the suburbs. However her mismatched kitchen is too modern and lacks the rustic country feel she wants.
  • Krista creates a country cook’s kitchen for only $8,000 by re-facing the cabinets and tiling the backsplash with subway tiles. She splurges on granite countertops and copper cookware.
  • Jamie and Jackie Vaccarino are a young married couple trying to turn their starter house into a home. Most important on their list of things to change is their living room, which has a challenging layout and too large furniture. They dream of an Early American style living room where they can entertain friends, but also relax together as a couple.
  • With a budget of only $4,000, Krista designs a comfortable Early American space where they can relax and entertain. They splurge on a sofa and chairs, since they're the essentials and will last a long time, but save on built-in-bookshelves and lamps that they give a designer touch with decorative trim.
  • Jonathan and Kumiko live in a cozy, colorful house in the suburbs. However, their master bedroom is anything but cozy and colorful. The couple dreams of bringing their bedroom up to date by transforming it into a serene, Zen-like space.
  • Krista transforms their bedroom on an $8,000 budget. She splurges on the key items: a leather bed, luxurious bedding and silk drapes, but saves with creative solutions like faux silverleaf wallpaper and a homemade dog bed.
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