3 Life-Changing Room Makeovers
Moved by reader stories of cluttered spaces causing family fights, Real Simple extends the olive branch—tackling an overrun basement, an overstuffed closet, and a chaotic teen’s room. And proving once and for all that in the right surroundings, everyone really can get along. By Nicole Sforza
Easy-to-steal storage tricks for small spaces (closets and bathrooms) and larger gathering spots (living rooms and kitchens).
Caitie’s Bedroom: After
A daybed is great for sleepovers. To the left, a designated spot for Caitie’s backpack means it won’t get tossed on the floor;
fencing medals hang on a black dress form and are also framed, above. The 14 Chinese lanterns that were removed from the ceiling
have been replaced with a trio of lanterns clustered above the daybed.
To buy: Female dress form, $65, mannequinhub.com. Magnetic Dry Erase/Cork Weekly Planner, $18, boarddudes.com. Martini side table, $129, westelm.com. Window Daybed, $449, westelm.com. Grand Basics teal 20-inch pillow set, $69, hayneedle.com. Balance Fuschia Print with Orange Embroidery pillow pair, $158, laylagrayce.com. Art: Autumn Doorway by Everaert Studios, $200, everaertstudios.com for info. Mimosa (patterned) lantern, $7; Paper Lanterns white, $7 (small) and $13 (large): zgallerie.com.