The New York Times paired up photographer Andrea Sperling with interior designer Ron Marvin (a previous Small Cool winner!) to demonstrate the process of redecorating on a budget. Sperling, a single mother with an 11-year-old daughter, wanted a more grown up home now that her daughter had out grown many of her toys and the clutter that comes with young children — with a budget of $1,000 (originally) the story is a record of the highs and lows of the design process.
The article alludes to the rocky process and the difficulties of having a specific vision on a very limited budget. For some insight into the process, check the captions (above) and for the full story, see The New York Times package: On the Cheap | Redecorating Isn't Always Pretty. There is also a budget breakdown and interactive audio feature.
Image: ©2009 Fred R. Conrad/Ruby Washington/The New York Times