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Designer Michael Garvey, known for his sophisticated interiors, happens to be a scrappy DIY genius at home. Real Simple popped in for a peek—and for the secrets to his 10 most inventive upgrades.  

Sofa and side table
Dean Kaufman
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Draw on the Furniture

With a Sharpie and a nonslip metal ruler, Garvey added custom graphics to throw pillows (take out the inserts first) and the arms of his $400 sofa. The silver trim on the lampshade is actually metallic tape, which Garvey also used on the bottom edge of the tabletop in his dining room.

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