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6 Amazing Room Makeovers

These decorating projects were stopped in their tracks...until Real Simple stepped in and turned a space from incomplete to incomparable.

Tami’s Spanish rustic dining room before the makeover
Jonny Valiant
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Tami’s Dining Room: Before

The location: Scottsdale, Arizona

The “before” story: Tami Shaw and her husband, Ken, renovated their 1983 Spanish Colonial a few years back. “We gutted the house, but when we redecorated, the dining room was last on the list,” she says.

Why Tami stalled: The budget ran out. So Tami and Ken painted the dining room themselves, using a leftover brown. “In the bedroom, it was cozy, but here it felt dark,” says Tami. She threw in random pieces of furniture “to fill up space.” With a vaulted ceiling and stone floors, the room was echoey—“too loud for conversation,” says Tami. “Ken used it occasionally as an office, but we never entertained there.”

What she hoped for: “A beautiful, comfortable, uncluttered place to host family holiday meals and dinner parties.”

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