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Living Room Makeover: Home Projects

Living Room Makeover: Home Projects
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5. The sofa is now placed perpendicular to the long walls and centered on the picture window. When you enter the room, your eye is drawn first to the piece’s bold color, and then to the window and the scenery behind it. The bonus: The sofa no longer appears too low for the space.
6. Two slipper chairs are centered on the fireplace, a secondary focal point. (The armchairs would have crowded this space.) Red pillows extend the sofa color around the room.

7. The coffee table sits in front of the sofa, instead of facing the fireplace, since the primary focal point is the picture window.

8. For fun, the rug is positioned at an angle, drawing your eye to the picture window.

9. A compact antique sewing machine replaces the piano, which was moved to the dining room, where there’s plenty of space.

10. Topiaries are positioned symmetrically on the windowsill, drawing your eye to the view.

What’s the Best Part?

“I especially like the mirror,” Kerry says. “It was a gift from my mother, and I’d never found the right place for it. Laurie did things I never would have considered and created a sophisticated look.”

Laurie’s goal is to give a room personality while keeping it usable. “Often you can achieve that look,” she advises, “by simply decreasing clutter and highlighting objects with personal meaning and beauty.”


Laurie Heffernon, Done in a Day Decorating, Marlborough, MA

Rate: $325 per half-day. 508-485-7602;

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One Response to Living Room Makeover: Home Projects

  1. Almann, Dorianne January 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    Serene and organized; the nice pieces of the homeowner’s living room are now able to be appreciated and enjoyed. Kudos.

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