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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. 

Daybed against coral colored wall
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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, Magnetic Dry Erase/Cork Weekly Planner, $18, Martini side table, $129, Window Daybed, $449, Grand Basics teal 20-inch pillow set, $69, Balance Fuschia Print with Orange Embroidery pillow pair, $158, Art: Autumn Doorway by Everaert Studios, $200, for info. Mimosa (patterned) lantern, $7; Paper Lanterns white, $7 (small) and $13 (large):

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