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
Rescue overstuffed drawers from chaos—and your dresser top from its destiny as a drop spot for junk. Clutter coach Chip Cordelli makes an open-and-shut case for how to do it.
The Palutis Family Basement: After
Warm yellow walls make the wood ceiling look rustic rather than undone. Back-to-back furniture and hanging pendants define
dad and kid zones. Framing the children’s art and Dad’s album covers brings in color and character.
To buy: PS cabinet, $99, ikea-usa.com. Feelin’ Groovy carpet squares in Fog, $13 each; Ins & Outs striped carpet squares, $12 each: flor.com. Wall paint: Clark+Kensington in Yukon Gold A20-2, $26 a gallon, acehardware.com for stores. Bo Lundberg’s Madrid ’62 and Chicago ’68. Crosley radio encoding series turntable (on white cabinet), $100, qvc.com.