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Toning Down the House

A cute bungalow gets its interior colors toned down and its backyard revamped.

Homeowner Gigi Williams is a world traveler who is moving from the East Coast for a new home out West. But first she needs to sell her current place. She knows it needs sprucing up, so she calls on the Designed To Sell team to help. Williams' charming bungalow is located in a desirable Washington, D.C., neighborhood that is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Real estate expert Shirley Mattam-Male tours the home and provides an honest evaluation. She thinks it looks good from the outside and has nice curb appeal. But when she steps inside the living room she finds little appeal. She thinks the garish red walls in the living room are passé and the toothpaste-green color in the dining room is too minty fresh. Further, she says, the boarded-up window over the fireplace is an eyesore, and the blinds look like they were made from construction paper. The backyard is in sorry shape, too. It is so overgrown it looks like a vacant lot.

Designer Taniya Nayak agrees with Mattam-Male and steps in with a plan to help this homeowner go from garish to great.

Step 1: Neutralize the colors. Paint the living and dining room neutral tones to appeal to more buyers.

Step 2: Replace the boarded-up window. With one of the two windows above the fireplace covered in plywood, it looks as if the wall has a black eye.

Step 3: Add landscaping. Turn the backyard mess into a stylish urban oasis.

Carpenters John Allen and Matt Steele roll up their sleeves and are ready to get rockin'.

Living/Dining Area Before

This space is in need of an overall overhaul. It could use new paint, light fixtures, a new window and radiator covers. The homeowner loves the red color—it took her months to pick it out. But red is not a big selling color. The dark color along with the boarded-up window (not shown) make the living area feel very enclosed. The pale-green color in the dining room is not appealing to potential homebuyers either. Neutral tones will help highlight the home's architectural details.

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

Living/Dining Area After

Soothing and elegant! The walls are painted off-white with two accent walls painted two different shades of gray. The fireplace is painted a glossy white, making it an open and airy focal point. A new light fixture goes up where there was none. The temporary construction-paper shades are replaced with stylish curtains and bamboo blinds. In the dining room, a new radiator cover (not shown) does a gorgeous job of covering the massive radiator. The cover also functions well; it directs heat out into the room instead of up to the ceiling.

Cost breakdown:

floor supplies $503
accessories $344
furniture $303
window treatments $250
hardware $243
lighting $222
paint and supplies $118

Total: $1,983

Living room

Products from Lowe's:

light fixture, 23648

Products from HomeGoods:

coffee nesting tables, 083299 and 017525

Products from Pier 1 Imports:

vase fillers, 2106419 (lata sticks) and 2106219 (birch branches)
floral toss pillows, 2086307
wall screen, 2101231

Products from Burlington Coat Factory:

living room fireplace mirror, 704-71094265
ceramic red bowl in living room, 805-69937813

Products from Ikea:

white toss pillows, 10082547

Products from World Market:

bamboo window blinds, C00000344568

Products from Target:

4 x 4 pillar candles, 054091548

Pineapple Paint Company colors used (for Benjamin Moore Paints):

wall with fireplace, Sea Haze, eggshell, 2137-50
wall that separates dining room: Desert Twilight, eggshell, 2137-40
rest of living and dining room walls: Gray Owl, eggshell, 2137-5

Dining room

Products from Expo Design Center:

light fixture, 666198103819

Products from Merrifield Garden Center:

basket for plant, 7PTBAS1499

Products from Pier 1:

jute rug, 2112937

Products from Burlington Coat Factory:

table runner, 781-69698893

Products from Bed, Bath & Beyond:

black window panels, 13205234618
red window panels, 7638903173

Products from Ikea:

curtain hardware: rods, 90079372 and finials, 83485180

Backyard

Products from Merrifield Garden Center:

shepherds' hooks, 7ACHOO72071
bamboo fencing, 6 x 12, 7STFENBAM8999
outdoor pots for flowers, 7PTPOT2999

Products from Pier 1:

wicker benches, 2056291

Products from Ikea:

pots for palms, 70069369

Products from Home Depot:

outdoor plants: palms, 703287100202; annuals, 703287100394; spikes, 703287101605

Backyard Before

Behold a little garden of horrors! This yard has long been neglected. The hedges are completely overgrown, the grass has hardly grown, and there is a serious lack of privacy.

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

Backyard After

Now it's a Zen-like garden! A beautiful flagstone path leads from the house out to the fire area. The team created a Zen-style sitting space surrounded with river rock and centered on a functional fire pit. Outdoor wicker benches, potted plants and the homeowner's Moroccan lamps make for a cozy seating area. The stockade fence gets covered in bamboo for privacy, and the overgrown shrubs have been tamed.

Cost breakdown:

floor supplies $503
accessories $344
furniture $303
window treatments $250
hardware $243
lighting $222
paint and supplies $118

Total: $1,983

Living room

Products from Lowe's:

light fixture, 23648

Products from HomeGoods:

coffee nesting tables, 083299 and 017525

Products from Pier 1 Imports:

vase fillers, 2106419 (lata sticks) and 2106219 (birch branches)
floral toss pillows, 2086307
wall screen, 2101231

Products from Burlington Coat Factory:

living room fireplace mirror, 704-71094265
ceramic red bowl in living room, 805-69937813

Products from Ikea:

white toss pillows, 10082547

Products from World Market:

bamboo window blinds, C00000344568

Products from Target:

4 x 4 pillar candles, 054091548

Pineapple Paint Company colors used (for Benjamin Moore Paints):

wall with fireplace, Sea Haze, eggshell, 2137-50
wall that separates dining room: Desert Twilight, eggshell, 2137-40
rest of living and dining room walls: Gray Owl, eggshell, 2137-5

Dining room

Products from Expo Design Center:

light fixture, 666198103819

Products from Merrifield Garden Center:

basket for plant, 7PTBAS1499

Products from Pier 1:

jute rug, 2112937

Products from Burlington Coat Factory:

table runner, 781-69698893

Products from Bed, Bath & Beyond:

black window panels, 13205234618
red window panels, 7638903173

Products from Ikea:

curtain hardware: rods, 90079372 and finials, 83485180

Backyard

Products from Merrifield Garden Center:

shepherds' hooks, 7ACHOO72071
bamboo fencing, 6 x 12, 7STFENBAM8999
outdoor pots for flowers, 7PTPOT2999

Products from Pier 1:

wicker benches, 2056291

Products from Ikea:

pots for palms, 70069369

Products from Home Depot:

outdoor plants: palms, 703287100202; annuals, 703287100394; spikes, 703287101605

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