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14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers

See how Real Simple readers’ rooms went from drab to fab.

Living room with dome lamps
Douglas Friedman
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Placing the living space in the center of the room means it’s used as a walk-through instead of a cozy destination itself. The coffee table is ill placed as an end table, while a big, black ottoman sucks up space in the middle of the room.

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