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Erin’s bedroom before the makeover
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Erin’s Bedroom: Before

The location: Ridgewood, New Jersey

The “before” story: After a whole-house renovation was completed in October 2009, stay-at-home mom Erin Pruitt (her boys are Alexander, 11, Nicholas, 8, and William, 6) began decorating the bedroom. “We bought the bed and the custom window treatments—the Schumacher fabric is by designer Celerie Kemble, whom I love—and I got the armoire from my mother’s basement,” she says.

Why Erin stalled: The following March, the family was hit by tragedy: Erin’s husband passed away suddenly. Understandably, work on the house completely stopped. “I didn’t do anything after that,” she says.

What she hoped for: “The room is big—20 by 20 feet. I wanted to make it feel cozier and be a comfortable place where my kids and I could hang out.”

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