Longing for Condo Life

A suburban couple gets help selling their house so they can move into a condo closer to downtown Chicago.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionA new kitchen island provides extra workspace and a spot to entertain.
The new light fixture above is contemporary, yet respectful of the home's era. A putty-green shade for the walls makes the molding pop, and the exposed duct work is camouflaged with the same paint that was used on the walls. Vibrant red-and-green-striped window treatments add a touch of style.

Cost breakdown:

furniture $817
lighting $214
soffit supplies $278
fabric $250
paint $200
accessories $228

Total $1,987

Products from JC Licht:

living room paint, Putnam Ivory, HC-39
foyer paint, Winthrop Peach, HC-55
kitchen paint, Herbal Escape, 1487
paint on kitchen stool, Maple Leaf Red, 2084-20

Products from The Home Depot:

live orchid used in living room, 850881001609
shelving used in foyer, 8" black scroll, 071691223467
kitchen curtain rods, 070042144185
swing-arm lamps for living room, 046335829725
keychain remote for kitchen light fixture, 043180511447
lighting sconce in kitchen, 725916813284
foyer light fixture, 043180103185
socket adapter used in kitchen, 043180511423
living room light fixtures, 046335829725

Products from Wal-Mart:

living room picture frames, 003855545609
living room throw pillows, 079778607009 and 079778607722

Products from Ikea:

kitchen pendant light, 40089316

Products from Marshalls:

miscellaneous decorative accessories, 012291681, 007456972, 011774295, 011774240, 006953968, 013619255

Products from Jo-Ann Etc.:

fabric for living room window treatments, Essence Quartz, 7959612; Econo Sheen Ivory, 7962533

Products from Wylldwoode:

custom-built kitchen island