Bringing Back the Craftsman Charm

A historic, 1929 Sears-catalog bungalow gets some period-era charm to help it sell quickly.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionNow the sunroom is bright and cheery — a space everyone can appreciate.
When the Designed to Sell team started out, this room was a jumble of gym equipment, storage boxes and a forgotten bistro table and chairs. Now, this sunny solarium and breakfast room is an extra-added bonus that potential buyers are sure to notice. The window screens were all scrubbed and repainted, the dining chairs were re-covered and the new plants give the space a relaxing, earthy vibe.

Before, the sparsely decorated guestroom (not shown), sported only a flat futon and a bulging bean bag chair. A new paint job, an arts-and-crafts headboard and some period-specific accessories celebrate the home’s Craftsman heritage with grand style.

Sunroom makeover

paint: Benjamin Moore - Hawthorne Yellow - #HC-4 eggshell
plants: Ikea -dracaena, palms and schefflera
ceramic pots: Ikea – Krukan #80079674
lattice cardinal decorator fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics - #6028955
teapot, cups, saucers and tray: Homegoods #429588, #185914 and #612084
toss pillow, chair pads, drapery panels: WalMart #067571607277, #002833240641 and #002659871598
drapery rods: Burlington Coat Factory #168-70014181
silk plant and plant stands: Burlington Coat Factory #908-69425765, #903-71296102 and #903-71296209

Guest bedroom makeover

paint: Benjamin Moore: Golden Tan #2152-40 eggshell and Benwood - Red Mahogany #6390
queen sheet set and bed pillows: WalMart #007665798992 and #002569500445
flush-mount ceiling light: The Home Depot #611728087701
suede comforter set: Bed, Bath and Beyond #84121207855