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).
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.