Salvage Chic Family Room

A messy family room gets a salvage-chic makeover with finds from around the house.

Before: Shabby Eyesore

After redecorating their whole house, homeowners Joshua and Kendra Collins dumped everything that was left over into the family room, which is also used as an office and a dressing room. How do you make over a room that serves as a family room, office and dressing room? Host Karen McAloon and the design team get rid of the clutter and create an experimental "salvage chic" look — a style defined by found, or salvaged, items. They build a dressing screen from old doors and a TV cabinet from wood scraps, add garage-sale light fixtures, attach punched tin panels to an armoire, create rustic curtains, and tie it all together with warm yellow paint on the walls.

The focal point of the room, the fireplace, is obscured by an overgrown plant, while a run-down old dresser is plenty visible. The homeowners have sentimental attachment to some of the furniture, like Kendra's childhood dresser, and can't agree on what to part with. As a result, there's too much furniture crowding the space and each piece is from a different style, so there's no cohesive look.

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