A Charming Bedroom Makeover

See how this once boring bedroom was transformed into a relaxing retreat.

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    Before: Awkward Space

    Even with decent furniture, it was difficult to find a great way to arrange it in the awkward space.

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    After: Restful Retreat

    Now the room feels polished. We added storage-savvy furnishings, such as high-capacity nightstands, to keep things neat and tidy. The dramatic high headboard frames a collection of pretty pillows to create the room's focal point.

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    Bamboo blinds layered with orange panels control of amount of light streaming in. The chest serves as storage for blankets and linens and also acts as a window bench.

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    Lots of Storage

    A generous dresser is not only good for storing clothes but also offers a great place to display shapely accessories. A trio of framed prints hung above the dresser takes the eave from awkward to elegant.

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    Beautiful Armoire

    The entire playful palette comes together in this little corner of the room. To conceal the television, we used a large armoire, which, like the blanket chest, came unfinished. To give a more custom look we painted the armoire and upgraded its hardware.

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    Custom Piece

    Stenciling lent the armoire the charm of hand-painting without a lot of fuss. If stenciling isn't your thing, cover the recessed or raised portion of door panels with wallpaper. Select a pattern that fits well within the panel.

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    Fluttering Fashion

    A plain accent pillow takes flight with pretty felt butterfly embellishments. Find an image of a butterfly or other flying creature in a book or online. Print or copy the image in the size you want from a printer or copy machine, and then use the image as a pattern for cutting the shapes from coordinating colors of wool felt. Stitch the center of the felt shapes to the front of a pillow, leaving the wings free.

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    Simple Accents

    For a twist on the traditional floral bouquet, float flower heads in a wide vase or bowl -- in this case, a glass lamp base. Snip off the stems and enjoy bobbing blooms for days. To match flowers to your color scheme, use florist's spray, which comes in a range of pretty hues.

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    A Little Greenery

    To protect surfaces, set water-filled vases and planters atop a delightful base like this easy-to-make glass trivet. Find a large glass tile at a hardware store and use epoxy to adhere glass mosaic craft squares to the top of the tile and rubber feet to the bottom.

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    Neat Nook

    This underutilized space was transformed into a reading retreat and a delightful spot to greet the day. New soft Roman shades control sunlight, and woven sea-grass armchairs add natural texture.

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    Custom Chair Rail

    Forget the wood and nails -- create a chair rail using a paintbrush instead. On a painted wall, use painter's tape to mask a straight line and paint the wall below the tape a darker shade. Stencil along the paint line, using the color from the upper portion of the wall to soften the transition between the two hues.

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    Let There Be Light

    We topped an existing sconce with a modern linen shade boosted with a decorative orange ribbon band. Previously a lonely fixture on the wall, the sconce becomes part of the overall art arrangement, and it can be turned on to illuminate the prints.

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