Beach Bound

Stuck in its college years, this home gets a sophisticated makeover that will make potential buyers take notice.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe new layout uses larger but fewer pieces of furniture to give the illusion of more space.
Less is more. Beefier furniture pieces add visual impact, while negative space emphasizes the room's size. A simple seating area replaces the dining table.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $1,011
stain and supplies $450
accessories $327
window treatments $150
paint and supplies $60

Total: $1,998

Products from Home Depot:

interior paint, American Tradition's Lyndhurst Galley Beige, 2006-10B
dining-room wall paint, Ralph Lauren's Cotswold Breeches, 718212077597; Hampton Bay, 324384
deck stain, Behr, white

Products from Ikea:

drapery rod, 700.793.49
finials, Ang, 800.221.64
floor lamp, Alang
candelabra, 564.514.80
panels, Alvine, 200.725.38

Products from Lowe's:

living-room light fixture, 161851

Products from Coaster Company of America:

loveseats, 600012

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