Before & After: From Blank Slate to Simply Stunning

published Nov 5, 2013
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(Image credit: Diana Mui)

When she moved in, Diana had a lot of books but little else. Considering her tight budget and completely empty room, she faced quite the challenge.

(Image credit: Diana Mui)

From Diana:

$4500 sounds like a decent amount of money, but we started with no furniture, no linens, not even a rug liner. To shop wisely, we hunted for the largest pieces of furniture first. The sofa was the biggest challenge — we finally found a red sofabed for $500. We wanted the rug to make an impact so we found one from Urban Outfitters. It was only 4′ x 6′ so we layered it over an affordable, larger jute rug. To the wall we applied Kendall Gray from Benjamin Moore. We also decided to create a defined “dining area” by stenciling a panel on the wall.

We managed to stay on budget by mixing travel finds, thrift store buys and a few splurges with cheaper items. We didn’t have enough left for accessories so our books are now displayed as art. Now, every object has a personalty.

Thank you Diana!

Re-edited from a post originally published 11.5.13 – NT