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14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers

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

Beige couch in a kitchen nook
Jeff McNamara
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Two large stained sofas, a swivel recliner (not shown), and gray industrial carpeting over a poured-concrete floor add up to a look best described as “post-dormitory.” The wheat-colored couch works, but too many stains mar the cotton fabric. The coffee table is too small for the sofa, and the rocking chair and its matching ottoman crowd the seating area.

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