Wanted: Downtown Digs

A suburban bachelor wants to sell his home in order to move to the exciting city.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe bedroom used to be lopsided with all the furniture on one side. Now, it is an inviting space with equilibrium.
Moving the bed and adding the chaise longue to the other side of the room separates the space into two distinct areas. To help make the narrow room feel wider, the short walls are painted a warm shade of green, while the long walls are painted a lighter shade of green. It was a labor-intensive project, but the hole in the hardwood floor got fixed. A new light fixture and some inexpensive artwork pull the look together.

Before, the office (not shown) was a messy space filled with anything but work inspiration, but now it is a concentration oasis. The subtle stripe painted halfway up the wall helps draw in the eye and makes the room seem larger.

Cost breakdown:

professional tile painting $900
toilet $120
bathroom accessories $80
chaise longue $585
wall art $15
wood stain and supplies $298

Total: $1,998

Office products:

spray paint for light, 072450402520, Wal-Mart
striped pillow, 060966; desk accessories, 046280 and 046310, HomeGoods
curtain rods, 070042772210, JCPenney Outlet
eggshell paints, Benjamin Moore's Sandy White, 2148-50, and Timid White, 2148-60, Pineapple Paint Company

Bedroom products:

closet panels, 00078150, and mounting hardware for closet, 30079370, 00079362, 10079366, 30079365, Ikea
shag pillows, 000000382721 and 000000379975, Cost Plus World Market
chaise longue, 115165929, Marlo Furniture
Nate Berkus window panels, 401866200328, Linens 'N Things
12 x 12 stretch canvas, 81702055321; Krylon Spray Paint, 724504026082 and 724504026105, Michaels
plant basket, 917-71029298; vase, 900-70646672, Burlington Coat Factory
47 x 63 shag rug, 004489103439; throw, 080141816101, Wal-Mart
eggshell paints, Benjamin Moore's Creekside Green, 2141-40, and Camouflage, 2143-40, Pineapple Paint Company

Bathroom products:

shower curtain hooks, 003429900382; vase, 074270205271; cedar twigs for vase, 071958770420, Wal-Mart
light fixture, 18212250037; shower head, 019934049498, The Home Depot
towels: 073953, 068313, 075232, 061700; accessories, 1498736 and 152265; rug, 542944, HomeGoods
shower tension rod, 000005560891, Tuesday Morning
eggshell paints, Benjamin Moore's Hot Springs Stones, AC-33, Pineapple Paint Company