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Mountain Home Bound

The Designed to Sell team helps the Greens sell their home so they can finish building their dream home.

Before: Lacking a Lived-in Feel
Susanne and Peter Green are eager to finish building their dream home in the mountains, but in order to do that, they need to sell their current home. That's where the Designed to Sell team comes into the picture. They have $2,000 to get this house in top selling shape in 10 days.

Real estate expert Donna Freeman and designer Lisa LaPorta assess the house and agree that it generally lacks a lived-in feel. The large living room was nice and bright, but it just didn't feel finished. The furniture placement was awkward at best and didn't play up the size of the room. It certainly wasn't a cozy place to spend time.

LaPorta outlines her plan to spruce it up, concentrating the team's efforts on the living room, kitchen and master bedroom.

Step 1: Build some character. Use furniture and colorful fabrics to add the warmth that house hunters desire.

Step 2: Don't give an inch. Design every square foot of the home to show buyers its potential.

Step 3: Focus the value. Accentuate the positives in order to elevate the asking price.

Contractor Jim Collins and carpenter Brad Haviland are on hand to help put the plan into action. View the results of their handiwork below.

After: Spacious and Inviting
Now it's a warm, inviting space that's fully furnished and boasts fresh paint and accessories. The new valances add architectural detail to the window to balance out the volume of the room.

Here's the cost breakdown for this project:

furniture $710
kitchen counter $140
window treatments $469
bedding and accessories $386
lighting $155
paint and supplies $125

Total: $1,985

Products from The Coaster Company of America:

sofa and two easy chairs for living room, 8899 and 8897
bar table and chairs for kitchen, 4927 and 4926
two bed table lamps for bedroom, 1799

Products from IKEA:

cube coffee table, Hol 97322800
three wall shelves, Lack 83918107
four candleholders, Kild Vase 9 30087426
clear vase, Falang Vase 11 00072153
art poster, Natural Blues 30078974
art frame, Clips frame 50070566
blue glass pot, Sandel" 00075750
red and blue sticks for living room, Smycka 10071558
cabinet handles, Bisats 20061498
large poster art, Ever Changing Floral 30078993
art frame for kitchen, Ram 70042676
tall red vase, Klave 80027741
art, 10079385
frame for dining room, Clips 10028843

Products from Target:

red and green charger plates for living-room shelves and dining-room wall, 067021479 and 200011051

Products from Anna's Linens:

drapery panels for living room, Sedona in color Nubuck, 816328
place mats used for kitchen window treatments and table, Nevada Canyon 11190
napkins for kitchen, Nevada Canyon 809881
bedding ensemble, Embarcadero Belvedere collection 831528
drapery panels, Embarcadero Belvedere collection 8315535
valances for bedroom, Embarcadero Belvedere collection 831534

Products from Costco:

Yellow faux suede pillow set for living room, 784068

Products from Lowe's:

two light fixtures for kitchen, Portfolio Brushed Nickel finish, 161851

Products from Pride Enterprises:

kitchen countertops, Almond

Products from The Great Indoors:

dining-room drapery panels, Cotton Solid 44" x 84" grommet panel in color Brick, item 14429, SKU 495

Products from ICI Paints:

paint for master bedroom, Dulux Prairie House 642 / 30YY60-205

Products from The Home Depot:

paint for living room and dining room, Ralph Lauren's Tangier Island NA05

Products from Dunn Edwards Paint Stores:

paint for kitchen, Tan Moccasin 3179

Products from Anawalt Lumber and Home Fabrics:

cornice box for living room

* Note: The Designed to Sell team constructed this item. The lumber was from Anawalt Lumber, and the fabric was from Home Fabrics, but neither have pertinent information for tracking such as item numbers or styles.

Before: Tired and Dated
The kitchen was neat but too plain. It almost looked like no one had ever prepared a meal in there before. What's more, the tile on the counter was really dated and didn't match the floor tile.

After: Updated Kitchen
New furniture, window treatments and laminate replacing the tired tile liven up this once-wasted space. Fresh wall paint, light fixture, cabinet hardware and accessories top off the transformation.

Here's the cost breakdown for this project:

furniture $710
kitchen counter $140
window treatments $469
bedding and accessories $386
lighting $155
paint and supplies $125

Total: $1,985

Products from The Coaster Company of America:

sofa and two easy chairs for living room, 8899 and 8897
bar table and chairs for kitchen, 4927 and 4926
two bed table lamps for bedroom, 1799

Products from IKEA:

cube coffee table, Hol 97322800
three wall shelves, Lack 83918107
four candleholders, Kild Vase 9 30087426
clear vase, Falang Vase 11 00072153
art poster, Natural Blues 30078974
art frame, Clips frame 50070566
blue glass pot, Sandel" 00075750
red and blue sticks for living room, Smycka 10071558
cabinet handles, Bisats 20061498
large poster art, Ever Changing Floral 30078993
art frame for kitchen, Ram 70042676
tall red vase, Klave 80027741
art, 10079385
frame for dining room, Clips 10028843

Products from Target:

red and green charger plates for living-room shelves and dining-room wall, 067021479 and 200011051

Products from Anna's Linens:

drapery panels for living room, Sedona in color Nubuck, 816328
place mats used for kitchen window treatments and table, Nevada Canyon 11190
napkins for kitchen, Nevada Canyon 809881
bedding ensemble, Embarcadero Belvedere collection 831528
drapery panels, Embarcadero Belvedere collection 8315535
valances for bedroom, Embarcadero Belvedere collection 831534

Products from Costco:

Yellow faux suede pillow set for living room, 784068

Products from Lowe's:

two light fixtures for kitchen, Portfolio Brushed Nickel finish, 161851

Products from Pride Enterprises:

kitchen countertops, Almond

Products from The Great Indoors:

dining-room drapery panels, Cotton Solid 44" x 84" grommet panel in color Brick, item 14429, SKU 495

Products from ICI Paints:

paint for master bedroom, Dulux Prairie House 642 / 30YY60-205

Products from The Home Depot:

paint for living room and dining room, Ralph Lauren's Tangier Island NA05

Products from Dunn Edwards Paint Stores:

paint for kitchen, Tan Moccasin 3179

Products from Anawalt Lumber and Home Fabrics:

cornice box for living room

* Note: The Designed to Sell team constructed this item. The lumber was from Anawalt Lumber, and the fabric was from Home Fabrics, but neither have pertinent information for tracking such as item numbers or styles.

Before: Cold Master Bedroom
The master bedroom lacked character and felt cold and unfriendly. The cottage-cheese ceiling paint made the room feel smaller, and the great view outside the large window was all but ignored.

After: Enticing Retreat
The rich new window treatments play up the view, and new bedding, lighting and paint add dollar-making drama that will go a long way toward a bigger bottom line.

Here's the cost breakdown for this project:

furniture $710
kitchen counter $140
window treatments $469
bedding and accessories $386
lighting $155
paint and supplies $125

Total: $1,985

Products from The Coaster Company of America:

sofa and two easy chairs for living room, 8899 and 8897
bar table and chairs for kitchen, 4927 and 4926
two bed table lamps for bedroom, 1799

Products from IKEA:

cube coffee table, Hol 97322800
three wall shelves, Lack 83918107
four candleholders, Kild Vase 9 30087426
clear vase, Falang Vase 11 00072153
art poster, Natural Blues 30078974
art frame, Clips frame 50070566
blue glass pot, Sandel" 00075750
red and blue sticks for living room, Smycka 10071558
cabinet handles, Bisats 20061498
large poster art, Ever Changing Floral 30078993
art frame for kitchen, Ram 70042676
tall red vase, Klave 80027741
art, 10079385
frame for dining room, Clips 10028843

Products from Target:

red and green charger plates for living-room shelves and dining-room wall, 067021479 and 200011051

Products from Anna's Linens:

drapery panels for living room, Sedona in color Nubuck, 816328
place mats used for kitchen window treatments and table, Nevada Canyon 11190
napkins for kitchen, Nevada Canyon 809881
bedding ensemble, Embarcadero Belvedere collection 831528
drapery panels, Embarcadero Belvedere collection 8315535
valances for bedroom, Embarcadero Belvedere collection 831534

Products from Costco:

Yellow faux suede pillow set for living room, 784068

Products from Lowe's:

two light fixtures for kitchen, Portfolio Brushed Nickel finish, 161851

Products from Pride Enterprises:

kitchen countertops, Almond

Products from The Great Indoors:

dining-room drapery panels, Cotton Solid 44" x 84" grommet panel in color Brick, item 14429, SKU 495

Products from ICI Paints:

paint for master bedroom, Dulux Prairie House 642 / 30YY60-205

Products from The Home Depot:

paint for living room and dining room, Ralph Lauren's Tangier Island NA05

Products from Dunn Edwards Paint Stores:

paint for kitchen, Tan Moccasin 3179

Products from Anawalt Lumber and Home Fabrics:

cornice box for living room

* Note: The Designed to Sell team constructed this item. The lumber was from Anawalt Lumber, and the fabric was from Home Fabrics, but neither have pertinent information for tracking such as item numbers or styles.

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