Contemporary Decorating Makeover

See how these homeowners gathered inspiration from multiple sources and years of travel to create a home that's filled with uniquely personal style.

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  • Welcome Home

    With the front door opening into a short hallway, the homeowners created a welcoming entry space with a wide console table where the hall joins the living space. The shapely wooden mirror frame and the simple console table below creates a unique style juxtaposition that's indicative of what's to come throughout the rest of the home. A large lidded basket offers hidden storage for shoes that tend to clog up the area around the door.

  • Making the Connection

    The home’s open floor plan and plentiful windows were two big selling points for the young homeowners. To give the open living-kitchen-dining area cohesion, they painted all of the rooms the same warm sandy shade. Even the curtains echo the hue, featuring light cream borders that mimic the trim on the walls.

  • Space-Saving Moves

    Pursuing an interest in helping their small home live larger, the homeowners chose furnishings with clean lines and simple construction. In the living room, modern furniture pieces keep the small space from feeling cramped and cluttered. The cozy flokati rug was a splurge for the couple, but adds undeniable personal style underfoot.

  • Cleaning Up

    In addition to furniture with clean, simple lines, the homeowners wanted to limit the odds of clutter accumulating in the public areas of their home. In the living room, a wooden serving tray and a ceramic bowl corral coffee table clutter, such as remotes, magazines, newspapers, and more.

  • Just Passing Through

    A breakfast bar opposite the living space offers a spot to sit and talk with the chef without intruding on the limited kitchen space. The bar itself was fashioned using an asymmetrical slab of walnut, picked up from a lumberyard and fastened to one side of the half wall. A pair of metal bar stools adds a splash of modern contrast to wooden bar.

  • Creating Space

    Small-scale furniture and airy metal chairs make the dining room appear much larger than it actually is. To open the space up even more, the homeowners replaced a window with a sliding glass door, which gives the family quick access to the deck outside -- and more than twice the light. The large indoor-outdoor area rug beneath the table is not only kid-friendly, but it also looks ultrastylish.

  • Double Duty

    Built-ins along one wall in the dining room hold not only dishware, but also serve as a small office nook. To provide foot room for the stool, the homeowners sacrificed one of the lower cabinets. Rather than simply painting the wall behind the counter to match the rest of the room, the homeowners used a mirror as a backsplash -- instantly doubling the look of the small space. 

  • Relaxing Retreat

    Saturated colors and luxurious fabrics add depth to the den. An accent wall of ginko leaf-pattern wallpaper adds a dash of personality that’s echoed by a range of geometric patterns featured on the nearby throw pillows and ottoman. The plush brown sofa looks great and feels soft to the touch.

  • Rest Easy

    To spice up the master bedroom's ordinary architecture, the homeowners chose a bed frame that adds interest all on its own. The bed itself sits low to the ground, and the headboard stretches the length of the wall behind it. Two single-drawer dressers on either side of the bed function as nightstands.

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    Sweet Dreams

    For the nursery, the homeowners wanted to create a space that’s kid-friendly but that could stand the test of time as their daughter grows. Gray keeps the pink throughout the room from going too girly, while an accent wall of silver-and-black wallpaper creates a sophisticated backdrop for the modern-style crib. A small fluffy area rug layered on top of the carpet adds unique texture underfoot.

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    Kid-Friendly Storage

    An open storage unit filled with square cubbyholes provides spots to store books, while pink and white canvas bins corral smaller toys and games. Larger items that require parental supervision can be stored on the higher shelves, while smaller, kid-friendly items can be placed lower for easy access.

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    Life on the Outside

    To expand the small living space inside, the homeowners looked to the outside of their home. The deck they added on to their home now functions as a second living space and play area for the whole family. A frosted glass railing around the perimeter not only looks great, but also ensures maximum safety for all.

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