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.
Expert advice to smooth the way, from San Francisco interior designer Kimberly Ayres and New York City wallpaper master Al Hoxha.
Susan & Joe’s Bedroom: Before
The location: Bordentown, New Jersey
The “before” story: Susan Nyzio, a stay-at-home mom, and her husband, Joe, an Iraq War veteran who works for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, say decorating their room perpetually dropped to the bottom of their to-do list. After moving into their center-hall Colonial three years ago, “we bought a bedroom set, and that was kind of it,” explains Susan.
Why they stalled: Paint swatches adorned the walls ever since, as life with their boys (Joey, almost three, and Grady, 10 months) went on.
What they hoped for: We didn’t even really know what we wanted—we never got that far,” says Susan. “But we thought it would be nice to have something serene and grown-up, because the rest of our house looks like Romper Room.”