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14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers

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

Dining room with yellow curtains
Jeff McNamara
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With impractical, hand-me-down furnishings, heavy drapes, and a gateleg table covered with mismatched knickknacks, this dining room lacks a livable, inviting appeal. What should be a family gathering site serves instead as a craft center, workstation, and repository for mail.

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