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Congested Condo

A Washington, D.C., couple gets help selling their condo in short order.

Military man Jay Dintaman has just been told that he and wife Dianna will be transferred to Korea, so they need to sell their Washington D.C., condo ASAP. Their two-bedroom place is stuffed with oversize furniture and extreme clutter. They are located in a hip neighborhood that should help sell the place, but with no luck getting takers, they turn to the Designed to Sell team to help get it sold fast!

Real estate expert Terry Haas is on the scene for the initial house assessment. Her first order of business is the living room, where she notes that the dining table is virtually blocked from use. Her eye then goes to the fireplace, whose mantel is serving as an entertainment center. The furnishings in the space are too big and make the living area seem smaller than it really is. Next, it's on to the spare bedroom. She's immediately concerned that instead of seeing a cozy guest room, buyers will see a catchall space with no definitive purpose.

Designer Taniya Nayak signs on to help correct this condo's problems and get it sold in short order. She wants to scale down the living room furniture and make the fireplace a focal point with a TV cabinet. She wants to focus on showcasing the spare bedroom as a guest room by transforming it into a boutique hotel-inspired retreat. Here's how she'll bring her plan to life:

Step 1: Uncover the value. By clearing the clutter from the fireplace and the guest room, buyers will focus on the value of the property.

Step 2: Wide open spaces. Accentuate floor space by scaling down the size of furniture to make rooms look larger.

Step 3: Simplified and sophisticated. Give the home a classic look that will show less personal style and showcase potential.

Carpenters John Allen and Matt Steele are ready to take this condo from cramped to classic in no time.

The living area once appeared cramped and small. There was too much furniture in the space, and the scale of the pieces only made matters worse.

For specific product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.

Now, the living area functions as it should. With the dining table gone, the bar is useful with attractive stools. The beautiful hardwood floors are highlighted by open space that's perfect for entertaining. A custom-built entertainment cabinet over the fireplace houses the clutter of components that once detracted from the room's best feature.

Cost breakdown:

entertainment cabinet $650
bed and headboard $500
chandelier $53
bathroom upgrades $250
paint and supplies $220
accessories $312

Total: $1,985

Products from Marshalls:

sheets, 048128, 251736
toss pillows, 137229
coffee table trunk, 100700
vases, 171947
place mats, 696906
shell accessories, 612812 and 612796
toss pillow, 084078
shower liner, 083918
lamp, 077162
wall art, 089012

Products from JoAnn Fabrics:

polyfill for headboard squares, 7009616

Products from The Home Depot:

bathroom faucet, 038877484272
shower rod, 043197505026
bathroom shelves, 098802580677
bathroom light fixture, 718212053812
nylon rope used on shower curtain, 071514002842

Products from Pineapple Paint Company:

living-room paint, Benjamin Moore's Abington Putty, HC-99
fireplace paint, Gloucester Sage, HC-100
guest-bedroom paint, Light Khaki, 2148-40
bathroom paint, Edgecomb Gray, HC-173

Products from Lowe's:

medicine cabinet, 63559
bedroom chandelier, 141466

Products from Ikea:

kitchen table, Antn-S Gate, 800925625
kitchen chairs, Agne, 70087641
pillow shams, Vila, 60080800
sheets, Vila, 30080806
curtains, Inez Knopp, 50083314
pillow forms
candles
plants

Products from JCPenney:

bed throw

Products from Cooper Hardware:

shower-curtain rings

Products from BJ's Wholesale Club:

queen-size bed frame, 40000590560

Products from Linens 'N Things:

bar stools, Lambert, 839913002081

Before, the guest room was packed with an overloaded bookcase and a home office. The futon in the space was anything but inviting and didn't highlight the room as a potential child's room or guest quarters.

For specific product information, click on the After photo(s) of the room.

Now, the spare bedroom evokes the feel of a chic boutique hotel. A modern-influenced headboard gives the room style and anchors the bed as a focal point. Matching nightstands and lamps flank the bed, which is outfitted with luxurious linens.

Cost breakdown:

entertainment cabinet $650
bed and headboard $500
chandelier $53
bathroom upgrades $250
paint and supplies $220
accessories $312

Total: $1,985

Products from Marshalls:

sheets, 048128, 251736
toss pillows, 137229
coffee table trunk, 100700
vases, 171947
place mats, 696906
shell accessories, 612812 and 612796
toss pillow, 084078
shower liner, 083918
lamp, 077162
wall art, 089012

Products from JoAnn Fabrics:

polyfill for headboard squares, 7009616

Products from The Home Depot:

bathroom faucet, 038877484272
shower rod, 043197505026
bathroom shelves, 098802580677
bathroom light fixture, 718212053812
nylon rope used on shower curtain, 071514002842

Products from Pineapple Paint Company:

living-room paint, Benjamin Moore's Abington Putty, HC-99
fireplace paint, Gloucester Sage, HC-100
guest-bedroom paint, Light Khaki, 2148-40
bathroom paint, Edgecomb Gray, HC-173

Products from Lowe's:

medicine cabinet, 63559
bedroom chandelier, 141466

Products from Ikea:

kitchen table, Antn-S Gate, 800925625
kitchen chairs, Agne, 70087641
pillow shams, Vila, 60080800
sheets, Vila, 30080806
curtains, Inez Knopp, 50083314
pillow forms
candles
plants

Products from JCPenney:

bed throw

Products from Cooper Hardware:

shower-curtain rings

Products from BJ's Wholesale Club:

queen-size bed frame, 40000590560

Products from Linens 'N Things:

bar stools, Lambert, 839913002081

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