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Starting with warm but neutral colors on the walls and floor, the homeowner created a welcoming and sophisticated reading nook.
Budget Saver: Create an old-world ambience without breaking the budget by shopping for furniture and accessories with an imaginative eye. All these distinctive pieces were found at flea markets and tag sales.
A refreshing space is created by painting the woodwork and walls a crisp white. Aged-paint finishes on flea market furniture hide wear and tear and add to the homeowner's beloved Swedish cottage look. Inexpensive plates hung on the wall are simple and easy artwork.
Space Saver: Baskets tucked under the daybed contribute storage and the warmth of natural texture to the room.
A daybed fitted with a foam mattress serves double-duty as cozy seating and a guest bed. Casual, durable fabrics, such as linen and matelasse, soften the daybed and invite relaxation. Fun trims, like fringe, add texture.
Plenty of paint transforms the dining room into a casually elegant room. Mixing shades of white with a variety of slightly gray, cream, or blue tints add depth to the neutral palette. A round table and chairs are a better fit for the space. Light shelves filled with an array of china and pitchers replace dark wood loaded with books.
Fruit and flowers displayed in simple ceramics make a beautiful tableau. The homeowner collects white pitchers and serving pieces for their versatility.
Lightening the walls allowed the room's special features, such as its sloped ceilings and wide-plank wood floors, to shine. A flea-market nightstand and lamp from a discount store are affordable solutions that let the homeowner splurge on luxurious bedding.