$300 Designer Makeovers

The New York Times 3.12.09

"In These Economic Times" — we've heard it over and over, and this week, The New York Times challenged 5 interior designers to makeover the rooms of 5 people who have recently lost their jobs. The catch? Attempt the work on a budget of $300...

This feature from The New York Times is great inspiration for our readers to sign up for the Spring Cure — though there are lots of tips, tricks and ideas in the 5 examples, the major ideas to pull from this experiment are:

• declutter and clean

• fix what is broken

• rearrange and edit what you have

Check out the full story, The $300 Makeover (At Least That Was the Goal) and DON"T MISS the audio slideshow from author Julie Scelfo. It includes process photos and some great insight from the overall experience.

(Images: Michael Falco, James Estrin)