{Giveaway} “Reinvent Your Room” Makeover + $250 Ikea gift card

Whether you are starting a new business, sending your kids off to college or hosting an aging parent, there’s no better time than now to reinvent a room to suit your new FOF life. FOF Founder Geri Brin recently converted her bedroom into a walk-in closet/office. Now it’s your turn….

We’ve partnered with IKEA: The Life Improvement Store and Use What You Have Interiors® to bring you the ultimate FOF room-reinvention giveaway. FOF Lauri Ward, founder of “Use What You Have Interiors” or one of the members of her network of decorators (the Interior Redecorators Network®) will provide a room re-design consultation to the winner.

IKEA Design Spokesperson Janice Simonsen is giving a $250 gift certificate to IKEA to help you fill in any “holes,” further reinvent your space and better your FOF life.

To enter to win the Reinvent Your Room makeover with a Use What You Have® decorator plus a $250 gift card to IKEA: The Life Improvement Store, comment below and answer: What room would you reinvent and how would it improve your life?

(See all our past winners, here.)

Contest closes Thursday, January 27, 2011.

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

[click here to find out more about Lauri Ward of Use What You Have Interiors® and Janice Simonsen of IKEA: The Life Improvement Store]

More about the designer:

In 1981, FOF Lauri Ward decided she wasn’t happy working in “conventional interior designer mode.”

“I didn’t feel comfortable telling my clients they had to buy expensive things to make their homes look beautiful,” says Lauri. She started her company, Use What You Have Interiors® and developed her own system of decorating, to help clients use what they already have in their home to create a fresher, updated and more elegant look for a starting flat fee of just $350 per room.

Over the past three decades, she’s trained hundreds of decorators and has formed a worldwide network called the Interior Redecorators Network®.

“Anybody should be able to have a beautiful home, not just wealthy people,” says Lauri.

The concept is simple but the instant gratification that a one-day room makeover delivers is what Lauri says has garnered major media attention (including Oprah, The Today Show, The New York Times and House Beautiful Magazine) and kept her company thriving for three decades.

“The comment we hear from everyone is ‘Gee, I never would have thought of that. I’ve tried this 10 different ways and none of it worked,” says Lauri. “We show them the 11th way.”

More about IKEA’s FOF design spokesperson, Janice Simonsen:

FOF Janice Simonsen, design spokesperson for IKEA “reinvented” herself many times throughout her career. She started out as a graphic designer, owned a successful interior design business and then transitioned into a position as design spokesperson for IKEA U.S. where she lends her interior design expertise to any topic ranging from small space living to designing a dream kitchen.

IKEA – The Life Improvement Store – understands your life at home and designs products to meet your needs, and make your life better. It’s important to have your home work for your lifestyle – and sometimes that calls for “reinvention” as we go through different stages our lives. Whether you are transforming a bedroom into an office, or making room for a new addition at home, IKEA offers well-designed products that suit every style (and budget!) to help you improve your space, and your everyday life at home.

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275 Responses to “{Giveaway} “Reinvent Your Room” Makeover + $250 Ikea gift card”

  1. {Home Tours} One woman’s living room makeover on a $350 budget | Sara Wald Worksamples says:

    […] and uninspiring,” is how FOF Marcia Robinson described her living room when she entered our room makeover contest in January. Marcia has lived in her one-bedroom, Manhattan apartment for 25-years. Ten years ago she attempted […]

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  2. Rachel says:

    My bedroom has been white with absolutely no color in it for 2 years now. I have begged and pleaded for my room too be decorated. My parent’s have said too be patient and that we would get too it, and that it is not a priority too them. I am so jealous of all my friends who have their bedrooms completely decorated. I am also embarrassed too have my friends over because I might get judged that my bedroom is out of style. Also I am worried to VideoChat with the lights on where people can see my white and undecorated bedroom. My bedroom could use some professional help. I am certainly expecting not to win this contest, but please get back too me as soon as you can.
    Thanks,
    Rachel

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  3. prhowell says:

    The room I’d reinvent would be my daughters–more a sitting/ study area, streamlined to avoid “clean your room” arguments, give it her space feel as a new and growing teenager–the benefits? Not fussing over a messy room because she would “own” the room at last, being her suggestions.

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  4. {Interiors} One FOF’s living room makeover on a $350 budget | Fab Over Fifty Style Blog says:

    […] and uninspiring,” is how FOF Marcia Robinson described her living room when she entered our room makeover contest in January. Marcia has lived in her one-bedroom, Manhattan apartment for 25-years. Ten years ago she attempted […]

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  5. amy mayer says:

    I would reinvent my upstairs “playroom”-it was used by my kids who are now grown and gone and now it is a computer/craft/sewing/TV/game room–it needs a cohesive identity with coordinating colors-HELP!!!

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  6. Katerina says:

    My master bedroom.

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  7. Cindi Fuja says:

    We recently purchased a “Carriage House” for my daughter. She will be using it as a photography studio/personal apartment. Very cool/vintage look. I would like to re-imagine one of the bedrooms as her studio/office space. This room is actually two rooms, a bedroom and sitting area/parlor. There are absolutely no closets (common for homes this age). Radiators in each room. Would love to see a mesh of old/new for this studio! She’s 23 and a budding new photographer — her website is omg-photography.com if that will give you any additional information on her style! (Did I mention she was “green”?)!!! As many of us over 50 do, I’ve been trying to help her start out her business in a way that confirms that loving one’s work is a terrific way to give back to yourself!

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  8. Sandy Crispo says:

    My bathroom, since moved in in 2007 have wanted to do something different with it, and winning and having someone give me direction plus the $250 gift card would be a big help toward that goal, thanks!!!

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  9. Jennifer Rutsky says:

    I would reinvent my “outer room” as in the room that isn’t my bedroom or bathroom. It’s an all-inclusive room – my den, living room, dining room, office, guest room, with a Frankfurt kitchen off it. I would probably start with using the giftcard for a new entertainment/media center since my current one is held together by extra nails and hope. Then I would just want the decorator to help me have more of a cohesive look as opposed to the random hodge podge look it currently has.

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  10. Claudia Mcgee says:

    my bedroom ! that would bring new pep my life – love life that is 😉

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  11. AJB says:

    I would like to redo our family room fireplace wall to a better looking design that is more functional with shelving & cabinets for storing games, magazines, etc., to help us be more organized.

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  12. Anna says:

    I would love to reinvent my dining room. I could really use some work space for my computer but still need a great big table when the whole family comes over.

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  13. Sam says:

    My husband and I have welcomed my mother-in-law, daughter & husband & “due any time now” grandson into our home. The mother-in-law stays and the other 3 are temporary. Space and privacy are at a premium even after the new parents leave. We don’t like pushing the mother-in-law to her bedroom all the time. It would be nice if she had a small mother-in-law suite. Help!!!

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  14. kay wolter says:

    I would redo a part of My basement which is My laundry room and craft room and just outside this room is were I want to put a scrapbook table and work area…and My 400 stamps plus and all the stickers and papers….

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  15. catsforme says:

    A crowded small bedroom that currently serves multiple functions: library, TV viewing, computer room, office, and several cat related functions — feeding stations, special electric water fountain, and partitioned closet which contains their extra large litter boxes — room is very crowded and not especially soothing or inviting.

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  16. Nancy says:

    I would love to remake my bedroom. It looks the relatively the same for 23 yrs, specifically the furniture. After being divorced, I would really like to have it reflect more of me.

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  17. Kathy Bales says:

    I would reinvent my living room. I need new furniture that fits the room and a laptop table where I can sit comfortably while watching TV.

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  18. Ysconsin says:

    My “family room” needs serious attention. It’s combination TV room, sewing room, exercise bike host, study area and storage. It’s functional but not inviting.

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  19. Davis Bliss says:

    (The details of this story are particularly personal. If iam lucky enough to win, maybe some of more personal details could be edited??) I recently moved to a small apartment in a sober living community after 14 Months in residential treatment. After a nine year period of sobriety – in which i started a family, worked successfullyin retail and went back to school to get my MFA (I am a photographer & sculptor) – I relapsed. I turned 50 last summer, and feel like I have been given asecond chance at life. Today I am truly blessed. I am working again in fashion retail & will eventually get back into my artwork. I would like to work on making my new bedroom into acomfortable live/work space – desk, storage- as I lost much of my furniture when I went into treatment a year & a half ago.

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  20. Patti says:

    I live in a studio and my difficulty is dividing the space for living and working – it’s a mishmash now.

    My studio could use some help!

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  21. kelly mcnichol says:

    I, like others live with rooms that are multipurpose. I also live in a small apartment. So organization, storage and creativity are key. I would love multi-function pieces that are actually stylish and serve a purpose.

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  22. doreen hicks says:

    My little country cottage in Southampton is slowly being renevated room by room. My husband and I are doing all the work ourselves. We have yet to tackle the upstairs where there are two small bedrooms. I would love to shop and get some new ideas for one of these rooms.

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  23. Amy Moore says:

    I would make over my extra bedroom (now a storage area!) so that my teen kids can have a place to hang out. I have some old furniture that need to be revived and adding touches from IKEA would be perfect. Please help!
    Amy

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  24. Rosemary says:

    I live in an older home that has very little storage especially in the kitchen. Would love to get some expertise in helping to figure out how to hide so many of the things that end up being out due to lack of storage

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  25. Hot Sauce says:

    Oh, I so much want to improve my kitchen. It’s thirty years old, and was designed when nutrition, product availability and food preparation were different from today. I love to cook, especially with fresh ingredients. It would help to have a larger refrigerator to store fruits and vegetables. The microwave should be mounted over the stove to free up counter space for preparation. A convection oven would allow quicker cooking of meat and fish. With greater efficiency and faster finishing of the meal, I would have more time to search the internet and magazines for new recipes, so I could cook some more!

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  26. Darlene says:

    I’d reinvent my living room since it hasn’t been painted in 25 years and needs fixing. I love most of my furniture but really need help with some lay-out patterns since the room is 15×30 and has a fireplace, stairs, french doors, is open plan to kitchen and it’s hard to place the furniture the way I want.

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  27. Cathy says:

    No doubt about it, my kitchen needs to be reinvented! We have lived in the same house for 25 years and have never done anything to it other than paint. I’m sorry to report that we even still have the original cabinets – ugh!
    Please send help!

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  28. Lisa says:

    Life Improvement for my son. He recently purchased a new home. The great room is very large. He’s bought furniture but it is just all working together. He needs help w/what he has & a few new pieces to make it work. The room needs a reinvention. I would like to help him improve the space. My rm (guestrm could us help as well…

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  29. Patrice says:

    My 1974 master bathroom. It’s got a fixture that is a combination fan and light so you cannot have one without the other. The fan sounds like a garbage disposal…for the entire duration of my morning shower. My commode rocks. The tub has rusted. I would like to replace it with a whirlpool tub. The previous owner did a sponge texturing in the room. It could use some updating. There is just one sink, instead of 2 and the counter top is a bad fake gray marble. I’m short and it’s too low for me! The light fixture is a huge wooden box with exposed, raw wood that has been painted glossy white. That room needs help. I would welcome the opportunity to update it.

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  30. susan says:

    My office/guest bedroom. I has turned into a catch all for the family, and if it were organized and generally coordinated, I think I could be more tranquilly productive.

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  31. Rebecca says:

    I would reinvent my dining/living area, since the sofa bed and other furniture is 26 years old, the carpet needs to be cleaned or replaced, and the vertical blinds are falling down.

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  32. Karen says:

    I’d like to reinvent the little bedroom into the walk-in closet of my dreams!

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  33. Colleen D. Williams says:

    We have a (1) bedroom/ (1) bath condo in Midtown ATL that will soon be our #4 child’s “dorm room” when she attends Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD-ATL) this fall 2011. Presently, the space is sparsely furnished; we jokingly refer to it as “urban camping”! We love IKEA with all the design possibilities and would love to accessorize the condo space for a cool, artsy daughter.
    This is a bittersweet event for me; emptying nesting at home yet filling another nest comfortably!

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  34. Traci Downing says:

    I would reinvent my first classroom. I’m going to graduate with my teaching degree and plan to use Ikea for all of my storage needs. It would make my life easier because I will have a home for all of my students’ educational needs. It will also make their learning environment more effective and efficient.

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  35. Marilyn says:

    I would love to reinvent my bedroom. Try not to laugh(at least not out loud). Our bedroom is 10 by 10 with a shallow closet, a wall with windows(on that side also is a gun cabinet)two tone wallpaper, a queen bed with no headboard,a door that doesn’t shut, and a dresser and a nightstand that is falling apart and the finish is destroyed(belonged to my gram who, if alive, would be about 95 years old) and burgundy colored blinds that are broke. Seriously, it’s really bad. We were married at age 18 and never bought anything for ourselves. We love Ikea! We spend hours just walking through the Ikea in Norristown when we go to visit our daughter. We buy accessories especially for the kitchen(they have the best glasses and metal strainers)but have never had money to splurge on the bedroom. I will send pictures of this bedroom if you want, but most of all does anyone know how to make a gun cabinet romantic??

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  36. jacque says:

    The “TV” room. It’s too cluttered.

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  37. zeeshan says:

    The room that I would like to have decorated would be the bedroom which I share with my husband. I would love for it to have a romantic /zen design.

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  38. Barbara says:

    I would reinvent the living room. Right now it is just “the room you walk through to get to other rooms!” The seating arrangement doesn’t work, there isn’t any storage, it is made up of left over lighting and it just isn’t inviting to anyone but the cat! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  39. Carrie I. says:

    I would definitely reinvent our living room, since I can’t figure out how the furniture should go in there. We also have dark leather couches and I feel it makes the room look cold – I’d love to warm it up.

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  40. Joyce Ismail says:

    The room that I would like to have decorated would be the bedroom which I share with my husband. I would love for it to have a romantic /zen design.

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  41. vivienne nichols says:

    My reinvention vision would be to create a VivCAVE! (My name is Vivienne!) I tease that I was a bear in a prior lifetime because I like to snuggle in during winter! And in deep winter, my 1930s stone house lends itself to long hibernation-style naps, because it is DARK! Dark woodwork, etc..I find I need a well lit, sunny space and would be much more productive if I had a cheerful room to work in! We have such a space on the lower level of our home, but it is not being well-utilized! Big windows allow ample sunlight, but we never go into this room because it truly serves no purpose at the moment, except, regretfully, to act as a place for collecting “stuff!” We always tend to work on the main level of the house and never get around to what we call “the tiled room!” No shelves, cabinets…nothing but walls, windows, and a door. It’s a shame because I NEED storage space, a computer/business area, place to put my tread mill (Which doesn’t get used because I have no where to put it!) and a laundry room! I presently do laundry in my dank, dark, mouldy basement…and my over 50 back is not so fabulous as to haul the loads up 3 flights anymore! I want a VivCAVE! I am totally convinced that, with PROPER design and very little expense, this large room could be all that I need…and more! A fun and inviting place to hang out! It would be ideal to serve as a multi-purpose room for all of my chores and interests! I am seeing it..storage cabinets…dowels for wrapping paper rolls and ribbons…a great work table, shelves for my beloved books, bright paint and voila…winter would not have to be so dull and I would be a better steward of the space I have! My elderly parents dwell in a cottage behind our home, but can’t climb steps, so the easy access would make pop-in-visits fun for them, too! A VivCAVE would be this MamaBear’s wintertime dream come true..but I would not pass the days snoozing if I had a sunny spot to enjoy!!

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  42. nanci says:

    I would re-invent our living room area such that it really is a living room that is inviting and comforting to be around. Now that our children are on their on or in college – I find we rarely use that area any more – cause we end up going to our offices in the house to work at night – rather than spend time cozying up with each other.

    So, that is what I would like – a more intimate, inviting space for my husband and myself!

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  43. Archer75 says:

    Ooooooh! I would reinvent my family room and it would be much more inviting for the entire family to spend time there!

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  44. Debra E. says:

    I would reinvent my kitchen/dining area. It has not been touched since we put an addition on the house in 1986. It is done in a Victorian style and is sooooo outdated. I have redone the living room in all IKEA products, even the floor and love the simplicity of it. It certainly does not go with the kitchen/dining area. I also burned a hole in the middle of the island in the kitchen with a candle that was left burning, so that needs to be replaced, but I can’t really afford to do all the counter tops to match, so a centerpiece sits over the burn hole. Black and tan flowered wallpaper and antique bronze fluted light fixtures are not my style any more, and since we are now empty nesters and my husband has retired with a disability we are trying to simplify and streamline our home and our lives. This promotion is a great idea. Love this website and love IKEA! We do road trips there with a whole car load of women as often as we can. We are 2 hours away from our nearest IKEA store. I even have a board I’ve put together for all the IKEA products I want to buy to use in my kitchen. Thanks for doing this!

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  45. Melanie Phistner says:

    I would re-invent my entire apartment. My husband is a disabled retired deputy sheriff and because of the cost of medical expenses had to downsize from a 3 bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment. We need STORAGE, STORAGE, and some more STORAGE. With your help we could learn to utilize every space and still live comfortably. Ikea is one of our favorite stores to shop at and we do have some items, but once again, money is not always easily obtained. Winning this certificate would help us tremendously to enjoy each other and our new environment. Thank you for your consideration, Melanie

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  46. Mary says:

    I need a room with lots of light and storage area. I work on my crafts in the basement and we have been wanting to create and “area” for storage of all my beads, paints, florals, etc. However, I still want to see the T.V. as I work, like I used to be able to.

    We had to move here to Upper Michigan to take care of my father-in-law who has Altzheimers. We had just completed our home in Wisconsin,on a small lake, after 22 years of remodeling! Now I am here, with my mother-in-laws “ghost”. We can’t get rid of anything, can’t move anything because of his condition. I miss all my stuff! Even had to fight to get MY BED into the bedroom, still have the same old crappy, falling apart dresser, chest and nightstands. I need a place of my own to hide in! A few walls would be nice! (Kidding?)
    I really need walls for shelves, and for the tables I do have. I initially had a space set up, but my husband, who can do anything, decided we needed closet space. (This is true.) All of my projects were moved to the center of basement, as closet went where I had been. (I apologize for the rant, here…I probably need a lot more space than I think I do!) Just to get organized and be comfortable in my own surroundings again would be nice!

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  47. Heidi Hurley says:

    Oh, how much I have dreamed of this! At this very moment I am sitting at my computer surrounded by one of the most confusing and unorganized rooms in my house. What started out as the “computer room” has turned into the: Linen storage, computer storage, Nordic Track cross country work out area, bill collecting area, and just plain old catch all room. It’s a tiny, tiny room.. (I think it was a nursery before we moved in 8 years ago!) and the cross country machine has taken over, the papers are piling up, and there seems to be no where to put anything! Nothing matches and it just SCREAMS confusion. I dream of this room becoming a haven, of sorts… a place to sit and read the paper, work on the computer and relax in a nice uncluttered spot. You have no idea of how many sketches I have of WHAT I would do to change this room, it just keeps getting put on the back burner, as other “more important” things get priority. Our family spends most of the time in this room! Between emails, homework, and checking on the weather we all spend a good hour or so each, ignoring the space. The measurment of the room is tiny.. but the potential is great. Thanks so much for the opportunity, I hope I painted a wonderful visual for you all! HELP!

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  48. Natalie J. Vandenberghe says:

    I’m not sure what room I would want made over–however, I’m pretty sure that what I need is a new chair, so that I’ll be comfortable (whether in the living room just sitting or upstairs [in my bedroom] using the computer). Thanks for the giveaway.

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  49. Joan J says:

    I would definitely re-invent my family room. We have lived in this house for 23 years, and I have never, ever been pleased with the lay out, the ambiance or the lack of versatility in the room. My furniture isn’t bad, but I just can’t get that homey, comfy, cozy feeling I want or that my family deserves. This would make my life better because I’d stop spending money TRYING to find the right mix only to have one more thing not work – and make my family’s life better because we will have a warm, welcoming place to come together as a family, finally. I could definitely use some help!

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  50. Donna says:

    I would use it to rehab our living room which is in desperate need of some wall decor and new rugs. It’s a wonder what a coat of paint and some accents will do to a room! Love IKEA!

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  51. Janet Brennan Croft says:

    I would reinvent my sewing room/office. It’s where I do all my crafting AND all the work I bring home from work (I’m a college professor) AND all my household business. I have a piece I love — an old library card catalog I use as a cutting table — and a nice set of IKEA Ivar shelves I painted black, but the rest is a mishmash of old, beat-up desks and filing cabinets. I need something where I can set up my various sewing machines, but quickly get them out of the way when I need to spread out reference books and write or pay bills and plan menus. AND it has to tidy away completely when I have a party, because that’s the food room!

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  52. KT says:

    I’d like to reinvent my single-room dining, living, and office space. We have sort of separated the living spaces through color and furniture but it is a mismash of styles. We also need to figure out a way to manage all the clutter.

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  53. Robin Buschner says:

    If I won the promotion, I would reinvent the bedroom. Since we spend so much time there, I would like to turn it into more of a retreat. It’s a small room, so we need to come up with some creative solutions for storage, reading, etc.

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  54. Carolyn says:

    I would reinvent out “closet” room. It’s basically a bedroom that’s used as a big closet and is quite convenient. It would be nice to have some fancy storage and wardrobe items to spruce it up and make it more like a little den to sit in.

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  55. Janet Ma'ly says:

    My house, where I live alone, has two halves, the before addition and the after addition halves. The addition occurred sometime before we bought the house in 2003. The small bathroom in the front (old) part of the house was downright ugly with mint and forest green plastic tiles on the walls. My 15 year old godson came to stay for some months and, needing a project to tackle, I let him paint the tiles a nice shade of light beige. He did a 15 year old job meaning no prep of the surface, drips and painting over residue from mounting tape and, well, you get the idea. From afar the light color looks so much better but close up one can see all the defects and mistakes in painting. There is also a storage area set into the wall at one end of the tub but the louvered unfinished wood door on it doesn’t stay closed. There is also a window in the tub area, the woodwork of which is getting to look drab because of water hitting it all the time. On top of that, or should I say “bottom”, the floor is covered with an old piece of linoleum. I found some nice beige tiles on Freecycle but haven’t found anyone who knows how to install them. For a tiny bathroom, this one has a myriad of problems. Help!

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  56. Randi says:

    Our bedroom needs help as I do. My allergies are getting worse and badly need to make it easier to keep it dust/clutter free. I am Danish and would LOVE to have Scandinavian design in my bedroom to wake up to every morning. It would be like being in Denmark again.

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  57. Shawn says:

    I would re-invent my 1957 kitchen. I need a new stove top, one burner just doesn’t work too well when trying to cook anything. New counter top would be a lot easier to keep clean, and if I could fit in a dishwasher… wow.

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  58. Charlotte Joseph says:

    I would reinvent my dining room to make it a place where my teenage daughter and all of her friends could have a wonderful time playing games, talking and eating.

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  59. Loree Mayer says:

    I would reinvent our living room/family room. We have twin toddlers and just moved into a new home. There is a pellet stove that is taking up too much room in the house. We want to rip down the wall between the living room and family room but really need help with organizing and storage as this one big room will house our media/books/tv/fire as well as the kids play space. I can’t even imagine how much better we would feel when everything has it’s place!

    Thanks!

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  60. Anastasia Pianezzola says:

    I’d change my bedroom because I live with roommates and it’s my own private space where I don’t have to worry about others trashing it. Because it’s my only “personal” space in the house it’s the one place where I can go relax and unwind. Currently it is just a space that is livable with a few personal touches, but it isn’t really a place that expresses who I am and where I can be relaxed and calm. If it was changed to better suit my needs and personality I think it would be a real pick me up in my life.

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  61. vicki says:

    My bedroom gives new meaning to the term “out of the closet.” All my clothes are out of my closet! The bedroom closet is approximately the size of the typical guest closet by the front door. We have a good sized bedroom but really, where do I put my clothes???

    Storage is not the only problem with our bedroom. I call it my combo room: combination sleep, workout and office room. I have a treadmill and a desk with a computer for our at-home business. Our bedroom is not a place of rest or relaxation. It’s a hodgepod of unorganized activity!

    Help IKEA! I hate going into my bedroom. I take great pains to block it off if we have any guests over. It is the one place in the house that I avoid. I need to reorganize our bedroom so I can feel good again.

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  62. Meg M. says:

    I would reinvent our home office. We are sadly lacking in storage solutions, and we inevitably end up with piles of clutter. My husband and I are both college teachers who do a lot of work at home, so our office gets lots of use. It would be wonderful to finally get things organized!

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  63. April Hamelink says:

    I’d reinvent my living room! Right now its all chairs out of my pre-divorce house, and it needs a chaise and some softening up.

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  64. Ivy says:

    I would totally redo my bedroom since it is my ultimate comfort retreat. As organized as I am I want it to feel more cozy and spacious – the small space that it is. It would reflect me totally rather than sixty percentage, making me feel like it is a true oasis.

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  65. Dottie Legatos says:

    I need to re-invent my master bedroom. It is in a time warp. Our furniture was handed down from my husband’s parents which makes it over 65 years old. It would be nice after 23 years of marriage to finally have something of my own.

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  66. hofken says:

    My son has just graduated from college and is leaving for the military in March. I would like to reinvent his bedroom as a small and cozy “library”. It would give me such peace and harmony that my life would be greatly improved (and maybe I’d miss my son less)

    Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

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  67. Rene says:

    My husband and I just recently moved into an apartment that we are using the second bedroom for our office/craft room. We also use this room for two of our granddaughters when we get the opportunity to have them for a weekend at Gramma and Grandpa’s about once a month!

    I really need some organizational tools for the closet and for my scrapbooking supplies. In order for it to be the functional room of my dreams I could sure use the help, both with the $250 and the decorator.

    It would mean so much to us as we have been through some very difficult times and are struggling to rebuild our lives again (in our middle 50’s!!)

    Thank you for this opportunity!

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  68. Jane says:

    We have a loft-style room on the third floor of our townhouse that we like to refer to as “the room where things go to die.” Once we put things up there, we have a hard time finding them again! We need some great organizational pieces. My husband and I both have computers up there but we have to step over a LOT of things to even get to them (including a treadmill!). It would be great to get that room organized so that it could be functional and livable and most of all comfortable.

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  69. Tammy says:

    I must say that when my husband & I bought this house I didn’t notice that the builder didn’t even build a pantry in our kitchen and we have very few cabinets nor counter space. When we turn on the garbage disposal the cabinets shake. The builder also put this huge picture window in our small kitchen. They could have put more cabinets instead! My kitchen has no design sense! It is not functional for cooking or storing any of my cooking items, let alone if you want to have some food around. We had to buy a stand-up storage cabinet (particleboard) and the other one (non-matching) looks pretty bad also for food storage. I love cooking and entertaining but refuse to do it because my kitchen is embarrassing and unorganized because of these problems. Help, I don’t want to live with this any longer! It’s been 8 years already.

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  70. Ruthie B says:

    As an empty nester for a few years now I still have my son’s old bedroom set that he says he still wants but doesn’t have the room for just now. I would love to turn that room into a sewing/craft room one day & I guess we will just put his things in storage for him to get later.

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  71. Robyn says:

    I would like to re-invent my bathroom upstairs. It is quit
    boring, and I would love to turn it into a spa experience,
    where quiet and tranquil meet. I think a bathroom should
    be a relaxing experience and right now I do not get
    any.

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  72. Ronnie says:

    1st of all “I think this is a Wonderful Idea”! I’m sure that most of the furniture I have in my small 1 bedroom apartment is usable,its just the question of “How and where”? I could/would definitely ask for some help with my “everything” room. It is the main room of my apartment where when I open the door my life/living goes on here. It is a living, office, dining family room! Its always surprising to me that I am able to help family/friends with their problems but I can’t seem to figure out this room of my own! I’ve never had this living situation prior to moving here (i always had separate rooms for different purposes). As grateful as I am for having a place to live, there weren’t many choices and I still think I chose the best! I live in a ground/1st floor apt. due to disabilities and seeing as far as my wish for 2011 is to make my life simpler! Let me tell you its no easy task its alot of work getting there but I know the end result will be worth it. The Greatest accessory I could receive would be the Help of your sweepstakes to put things all together!
    Thank you in advance for the opportunity to try and win this Wonderful sweepstakes! I’ll continue to pray and hope that I win, the bottom line is If it was meant to be for me, then that’s what will happen! I wish all of Our FOF Community Good Luck!
    Warm Regards,
    Ronnie

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  73. Chie says:

    love to change my ktichen to more modern look or give a new look in the bathroom. pretty much all the room need some new touch.

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  74. Rebecca Hansen says:

    I would remodel my kitchen. it is dated and needs some help.my kitchen is small so the remodel would help me function better in my kitchen.

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  75. Karen says:

    I would like to do my bedroom one day.
    I like fall spring summer Im not sure .
    I like my hudben to like it also.

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  76. Karen says:

    Bedroom I wood love to have it feel like springtime.
    I never had my bedroom done I like to do that one day.
    We have been in our house 10 years.

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  77. Kay Weldy says:

    My family room would love a makeover to make the space more functional. We spend a major portion of our time in this room. I want it to be a warm, relaxed ,comfortable, user friendly & beautiful place to enjoy. Your giveaway sounds perfect to help accomplish this vision. Thank you.

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  78. Patricia Assanowicz says:

    The room I would choose would be where my Mom used to sit and do her reading and crosswords, she passed and I had to throw away her table, it was old and she did not want to replace it. I have never had a dining room with a dining room table. The room has 9 windows, original from when the house was built in 1930. When the family is over we eat pretty much where we are, standing, sitting in the living room, etc. To be able to have the family around and in the dining room, saying things like pass the potatoes, how was your day, get your feet off the chair, would be awesome. I picked up a good size table from a yard sale last year and it still sits in the garage, how this would improve my life is to be able to look in each others eyes while we are talking about anything, it would also improve my families lives. Reinventing this room has been a dream for awhile. I love this room and I know finally how it would feel to actually talk to each other face to face instead of conversing through walls. Winning this and I will be honest is almost like this contest was put here for me because of my dream of just eating as a family, conversations flow and we learn alot more about each others lives, thank you for this chance, I am so ready to get down and dirty.

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  79. goldengrammie says:

    What fun to daydream about getting my office/guest room organized and looking nice! It’s a small room packed with genealogy research, my computer station, and a roll away bed. I’ve tried over the years to do this myself with book shelves, various filing boxes and organizers, etc., but I’m permanently disabled and just can’t make it all work on my own. The theme of the room is pretty much Native American reflecting my Poppa’s heritage. I’ve window-shopped at Ikea and found great products that would help and work well with the theme – and an office chair instead of my antique uncomfortable one would be great! Plus I’ve re-purposed many things, so would love to have Lauri’s expert advice on how to do more or differently. Thanks so much for the daydream and the chance to make it a reality!

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  80. Laura McLendon says:

    I have a bedroom and den that I spent almost 24/7 in due to chronic health issues. My bedroom is a combination bedroom, entertainment, office room and eat-in area and my den is a den/entertainment/office and eat-in area as well. It would greatly improve my life on a day to day basis as I do not have the strength, energy or talent to do it myself. I’ve been here about 6 1/2 years already and there isn’t even a picture on the wall.

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  81. Carol says:

    My office/gym room needs some real help, it’s just plain ugly!

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  82. Shelia says:

    After rising 4 children, I finally had a room for a home office, then I ending up having my 8 year old grandson to raise. I gave up my office for him a room, so I would like to fix an office in the corner of my living room. I am the chairperson for an annual fundraiser for the area Habitat for Humanity & I need a place to work.

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  83. Sheila Brennan says:

    My Master Bath and bedroom really need to be updated. I think it is easier to change other parts of one’s house and leave the place you spend the most time for later…then later never comes. Sigh!

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  84. Brenda says:

    I would remodel my master bedroom. It’s exactly the same as it was before my divorce …15 years ago. I want the most intimate room in my house to reflect the many changes in me and my new life …and the peace and happiness now present in what was once a dark and painful place. It’s much-needed & long overdue!

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  85. Carol Segal says:

    I would reinvent my family room. It is a place where we spend a lot of our time. I would reinvent it to make it better coordinated and give it a warmer, cozier feeling.

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  86. KT HESS says:

    I have lots of rooms that need help!! Kitchen update with a new sliding patio door that would lead to a screened porch would be way cool. Maybe a room I have for storage changed into a library/guest room, I have a dream of a closet behind a hiden wall of books. And all my bedrooms need help!

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  87. judy Frederick says:

    I would like to redo my living room. I got married to Terry a year & half ago & moved up to Everett from Anaheim, Ca. The furniture is to big for the living room & I would like to redo the living room to make it easier to move around in.
    Have a fantastic day.

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  88. karen s says:

    I’d love to reinvent my living room because I have a futon that is over 15 years old sitting there. It is way too small for the room. I’d love to have a nice place for guests to sit.

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  89. Myrna Marks says:

    Definitely the family room. It needs updating and a spark of “new life.”

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  90. angela says:

    I would love to remodel my living room / dining room. I would like to learn how to place the furniture in a feng shui way. I have had a hard time with the arrangement.

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  91. Carol Catto says:

    I would remodle my bedroom. I would paint it. I would also buy new new shades, window treatment and a bedspread. It really needs to be redone. What would it do, make a much better place to sleep and wake up:)

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  92. Faith says:

    Definitely the living room. It is dark and looks like a retro 80’s room with the old shag carpet and beigey colored walls. Yuk!

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  93. Red says:

    I used to work out of a home office and now could convert it to a combination library/home office/TV space. It’s a 12×12′ room, and I have a mahogany Queen Anne leg table to use. I’m thinking some comfy seating and a place for a TV? I’m sure Lauri could come up with more than I ever could! What a great idea!

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  94. Cynthia S says:

    I would reinvent my computer room. It is such an un-managable disaster. So much clutter with cables everywhere and peripherals, very hard to clean.

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  95. angela says:

    I would change my living room / dining room. I would love to follow a feng shui layout to improve the flow. It has been hard to arrange the furniture.

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  96. jigreen says:

    I would redo our bathrooms and have them tiled. We bought the house with carpet in the bathrooms. This makes no sense because the water is absorbed in the carpet.

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  97. Barbara Burns says:

    I would re-invent my office space into a crafts room and move the office needs to an unsed space in the entry area.

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  98. ann bourget says:

    I would like to redmodel my kitchen if given the opportunity to do so. It needs a diswasher and all new tile. The tile is starting to come loose and it is getting to be an unsag=fe situation and I truly need a new dining room table and chairs–they are old and worn out. It would certainly make life better for me.

    Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.

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  99. carol y l says:

    It would be my daughter’s. She died at 21 and right now I do not know how to make it over, or if I even want to, but it has hardly anything in it.
    I would like to make it into what she would have liked.

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  100. Kai W. says:

    I would really love to remodel the kitchen. That is where everybody hangs out but has no place to sit.

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  101. Pat says:

    I just got rid of a pool table and now have this big open living room space to fill.

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  102. Maryellen says:

    My ‘office’ – once my son’s bedroom – now mostly filled with papers, piles, and ‘gonna-do’ projects as it awaits $ and energy for its transformation. Trying to make it into my computer and crafts space, with workspace space and storage for the bills and the gonna-dos. Doing this will rescue the dining room table and several other flat spaces in the house doing temp duty as ad hoc ‘office’ and ‘project’ areas. Thanks all for this opportunity, and good luck to us all as we try to remake our lives and spaces into fab ones.

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  103. Rennie says:

    I would love to redo my kitchen/living room. It’s one big room but totally dysfunctional. If it were presentable my life would change as I would have dinner parties and fun!

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  104. Valarie says:

    I only have a small living room- no family room. I need to freshen up this room. It has great 85 year old wood floors, but an area rug and several pillows and updated window treatments would be spectacular.

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  105. Marsha Curry says:

    I would reinvent my small office into an office and guest room…I cannot seem to get it right. I need help.

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  106. Shelia Bett says:

    I would like to reinvent my big formal living room into a comfortable everyday living space for my husband and I.

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  107. Beth Lowe says:

    My spare bedroom would be an ideal place to relax, read or do some painting> would love to have a chaise by the window.

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  108. B. Stewart says:

    I have been sick a lot lately and I think it is time for me
    to come out of my shell, so to speak, changing my bedroom would be a great change for me. I really
    believe it is time for a change.

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  109. Marcia Mason says:

    We have a guest room above our workshop that started out 10 yrs. ago being a meeting room, but no one ever met in it. Then it turned into a temporary efficiency apartment, but started falling apart after 2.5 yrs. Now occasionally folks stopping by stay overnight in it sleeping on the sofa. I want a better kitchenette, refinished flooring, and functional furniture in this room. Then we could have more folks stay and actually come back. Since the ranch is miles from any hotel, and folks come from all over the US to visit, it’s pretty important they get treated right. Nothing glamorous, just functional and comfortable to give them a good night’s rest.

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  110. Chris Golliver says:

    OK, so I thought I was clever, turning the standard den “wet bar” into an entertainment center, complete with TV, stereo and electronic media gadgets. Then, along came flat screen TV’s, and my “open floor plan” home doesn’t have any available walls where U can hang one! – And I’m not willing to sacrifice any of my antiques to make room. Help!

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  111. Anne says:

    My sunroom… it could be used for a home office and I need that type of space rather than another sitting room.

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  112. Ginger says:

    Wow! I would love to convert my spare bedroom into a long-awaited scrapbook room of my dreams. The funny thing is that I have looked into a “Use what you have Interiors” decorator and the IKEA shelving systems but neither are in my area. This would truly be a dream come true for me!

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  113. Ogden Kruger says:

    My dining room is a mess. Totally covered and cluttered. Square table which should probably be round, we never eat there! I want to, I miss that space and don’t know how I messed it up!

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  114. Dee S says:

    My living room! I would love for it to be more relaxing and inviting!

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  115. Lisa Kissner says:

    I woud like to redo an extra bedroom into a game/media room.

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  116. Edie says:

    thanks for a chance in such a wonderful opportunity. my kitchen is very small and square with no dishwasher. i have not been able to do any renovations, and now since i have become very sick and disabled, a dishwasher would be so helpful, and to utilize the cabinets in better ways with IKEA, would help me and my son who is partially taking care of me. (daughter sometimes too on school breaks). my cabinets are white and i always dreamed of a golden oak, and my counter is awful. this is the same kitchen i moved in to almost seven years ago, and it would be a dream come true for me to have my kitchen decorated by a professional with IKEA and to help my chronically disabled life. thank you again for the chance.

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  117. Alice says:

    Talk about the 70’s! I look at old pictures of the fireplace and shelves in my family room – and they haven’t changed a bit! The walls may be covered with different wall paper, and the furniture may have changed, but I am totally stuck in the past. I would love to have advise on how to update this room – arranging the furniture, and turning it into a comfortable “country French” room for friends and family to enjoy.

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  118. barbara wicklund says:

    My family room is just not functional and is difficult to place furniture. (TV, desk, sofa) Help!

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  119. Jane cavalli says:

    I live and own a 3 br home with a lr and family room and I use 3 rooms, my bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The other space is usable but I’ve never had the money to put it together. I thought the living room was fine. i invited a new man over for dinner and he walked out saving he expected a 57 year old woman to have nice furniture. I thought mine was. Clearly the living space needs to be reworked. I was mortified if perhaps a bit relieved he left.

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  120. Nana says:

    I would remodel my laundry room for functionality purposes.. Paint, install some cabinetry, sink…etc, tings to make my FOF life better for me!

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  121. Barb says:

    I would choose the kitchen. I love to cook and would like the kitchen to be the center of my home, with space for a table and an island to give me additional counter space. New, more modern appliances would be a necessity!

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  122. Marcia Robinson says:

    What’s tired and uninspiring? My living room which desperately needs a makeover. However, there are a few pieces that I wouldn’t want to part with.

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  123. Kathleen says:

    my redo room would be my extra bedroom.Turn it into a media/relaxation/let creativity run wild room!!

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  124. Ginger McLendon says:

    I’d reinvent my sunroom which serves as a home office and ‘catch all.

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  125. Mary W says:

    My kitchen needs a small closet converted into a workable pantry with Ikea shelf units. Extra storage and organization would make a huge difference to this avid cook.

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  126. Leslie W says:

    What room would you reinvent and how would it improve your life? I need a chic, relaxing re-do in my office/guest room. Too much clutter, not enough storage.

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  127. Val says:

    Would you believe I’d reinvent my garage? I’m a gardener so that explains why my garage needs a makeover. I have no place to repot plants or even wash dirt etc. off without bringing it into my kitchen. A tub, good shelves or cabinets would also be useful. A light above the tub and working shelves would be great too. Help organizing my tools would be appreciated. Let’s see what else could I use in the garage. Oh yes, stops for the cars so I don’t hit the wall.

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  128. Jina says:

    Most of our kids have moved out – now our family room built for a family of 6 usually host only my husband and me. It feels cold and big. We need to do something to make it feel more intimate and warm.

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  129. Mara Kaplan says:

    I would redo the attic so that it was a nicer guest room but also an office for me to do my consulting.

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  130. Robin Johnson says:

    I would re-invent my master bedroom. While we were remodeling our home 5 years ago, I was able to design the layouts and changes for all the rooms except the master bedroom.

    I wanted a place that we could retreat from the world either at night or when we needed to. What ended up happening was it became the room that has absolutely no style or cohesiveness. I really ran out of ideas. I have moved everything around multiple times but still can’t make it work.

    I need to relax or I will explode and this is really where I want to do it.

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  131. Denise says:

    I just moved after 35 years.I love the house but I need help with some ideas.I’m burned out!One room is the living and dining area,not sure what to do.And also the family room right off the kitchen,the kitchen I love,even though it’s about 12 years old.I do have an IKEA kitchen.!!!12 years old and it looks like new.

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  132. Barbara DeCraene says:

    I would reinvent my living room because I want it to be a comfortable and welcoming room for my family and friends. It would improve my life because I could have people over my home without feeling embarrased of old and dingy furniture.

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  133. mell says:

    I need a small bedroom repurposed so it can be a bedroom/office without looking cluttered.

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  134. Phyllis Neubauer says:

    I would like to reinvent my bedroom. It is a small bedroom, I love my queen bed, but it seems to need
    rearranging and removal of bulky accessories. I am sure that I would be able to sleep better if my bedroom was more comfortable.

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  135. Spaced Out says:

    A typical NYC apt does not offer the luxury of space. I feel as though my apt is getting smaller. Only 2 rooms to work with, but I’d like to create a comfortable, functional and calming environment in the larger of the 2 (living room)

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  136. Pamela Wood says:

    My family room is the room I would like to change. Two of our three children are grown and moved out. The third child our daughter is 17 and heading off to college this year. For the last twenty years that room was for our children and their friends. I would love to turn it into an office/den for my husband and I. I would like my computer area to be functional for me and my school work and my husband and his business needs. We have already painted the walls, refinished the wood floors and updated our huge fireplace. Our problem is we don’t know how to decorate a space without kids in mind.

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  137. lalexoff says:

    Our bedroom! which has been neglected for too long, because “company” does not get to see it, it hasn’t been a priority.

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  138. mary wiley says:

    I would turn one of the empty nest former child’s bedrooms into a study/office for myself. My husband “owns” our home office, leaving no room for me and my laptop, so I have taken up residence at the kitchen table. I’d love my own office!

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  139. Leslie Carcaise says:

    My 19 yr. old son’s room is so outdated and mismatched. He needs storage and has little room to work with. We have more fights over this when I tell him to clean up his room his answer is, “Where do I put anything?” which I have no answer. We need help…..

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  140. ann says:

    I need desperately to change my breakfast room into a classy office space for my husband and me. That means space for computers, printers, camera, and LOTS of storage space.

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  141. Stuart says:

    I live in a studio apartment and therefore have a combined bedroom/living room. I need to make better use of this space and also make it more home-y.

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  142. kim upright says:

    I need a serious makeover for my living room. The cats have ruined the recliner and sofa,even a cover wont help,dont get me started on the carpeting. I love my babies but am dying for new living room furniture.!!

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  143. Sharon Hilton says:

    I have moved from a large home into a condo with my old furniture (Since being widowed and retired a smaller space seemed appropriate). My new bedroom is a good size, but my old furniture takes up most of the space and I really need help in weeding out the excess and pulling a look together. I would love to be chosen for a reinvention!

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  144. LT says:

    I would love to redo my bedroom to make it a cozy and restful haven.

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  145. Carol says:

    I have no sense of decorating although I would love for my house, expecially my living room, to be decorated. I did hire a decorator but definitely wasn’t crazy about the idea of having gardenia print everywhere so we parted ways. When people come to my home, they see a plain room with no pictures and I mean no pictures on the walls. I am single so it is the first room a date sees. I am very outgoing and friendly, but the room would make you think I am a wallflower and doesn’t fit my personality at all. I need help!!

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  146. Rosalie Seemann says:

    My living/family/dining room has large windows with , a wonderful lake view, cathedral ceiling, a gas/wood burning fireplace and is a disaster beyond that. With only an entertainment wall, occasional tables, an aging sofa and an oversized chair with ottoman, it is in need of professional assistance. Thank goodness the outside view is a distraction in all seasons. Please help!

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  147. Kris P says:

    I need to makeover an extra bedroom into an office with room for workout as well.

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  148. stephanie says:

    Since we just moved and our place is a mixmatch of random, I would love to re-do our living room. We really need to make the most out of the space, including an entry way, living area and dining area.
    It would really transform my life, as we have a very small place (522 sq ft) and just moved in together. I want to make it feel like a home.

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  149. Margarida says:

    I would reinvent our game room. It would improve our lives by using wasted space more productively.

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  150. Carrie Cabral says:

    I would redo my bedroom. It’s a disaster of Victorian floral wallpaper (UGH) over horrible paneling. It was in style when I did it about ten years ago… but now it’s just sad. 🙁

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  151. Eugenie says:

    I need to makeover the kitchen to have more storage and counter space.

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  152. sherie says:

    i would love to have my home office reinvented! its a nice size for me, but it needs some help. i don’t really have a desk just a make shift from 2 draws put on their sides and a board over the top! i have book- cases and a file. the paint needs to be changed and it needs some personality! you thank you could help me make it into a real office?!

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  153. Victoria Salti says:

    My kitchen is a mess & redoing it would improve my life because I could actually use it. However, with all of the disasters and remodeling of the bedrooms, the great room has really suffered. I could actually sit in the room and enjoy it for the first time in years.

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  154. cindy says:

    I would love to reinvent my bedroom. This would improve my life dramatically by making the room more relaxing and clutter-free for better nights’ sleep and better health.

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  155. Mary Clarkin says:

    I need my bedroom remodeled and decorated. It is cluttered and cramped with a very small closet. It needs new furniture also. Thank you

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  156. Linda Lockhart says:

    I want to redo my living room. It is the first room guests see when they enter my home, and the furnishing are a miss-matched collection of inexpensive items gathered over the years from modest furniture stores, garage sales and hand-me-downs. Help!

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  157. LisaS says:

    My bedroom needs a reinvention. I would keep a folding table, some lamps and my fabulous wardrobes (Pax from IKEA – I’m a big fan) but change to a new mattress and headboard and all new linens. I am dreaming of it already!

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  158. cindy w says:

    I would reinvent my bedroom which would greatly improve the lives of my husband and myself. We need to make it more serene and clutter-free so we can improve our sleep habits and improve our overall health!

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  159. Mary Clarkin says:

    I would like to redecorate my bedroom because it is so crowded and needs a new closet. I feel that it needs a major makeover.New paint or wallpaper, furniture, and a closet makeover since the closet is small. Thank you.

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  160. kelly says:

    What I really need is a whole house makeover but I would settle for one room right now.

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  161. Jana says:

    Our computer room/office is a disaster. We are looking for a way to convert it to an artist’s studio. My husband and I are begining to paint and draw more and want a dedicated room to store our reference books and all our easels and art “stuff.”

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  162. Annette Riggs says:

    Our living room definitely needs help. Long and narrow, it feels like sitting in a hallway. Big sofa and big recliners make rearranging virtually impossible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  163. m m anderson says:

    My bonus room–which has turned into a junk room for my husband. TV, couches, computers, books, etc. etc. I would love to wave a wand and totally redo this room so it could be used for relaxation, TV viewing, and a warm, inviting comfortably neat room for family and friends–and our dogs! 🙂

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  164. Jill Moran says:

    I would improve my kitchen. I love to cook and entertain and I have about 3 feet of counter space, poor cupboard arrangement and too much empty standing room in my kitchen. Oh how I lust for IKEA drawers in my kitchen!

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  165. Susan Siceloff says:

    We have had the same bedroom set for 28 years!! The only thing that has changed is the bedding!! Our four girls have had numerous bedroom redesigns, and we figure it’s our time!!

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  166. Denise Medvid says:

    My family room has been a challenge to furnish for a decade. (Since I bought the house). There are various issues with the room as it is oddly shaped, has a fireplace, patio doors and windows to work around and also has to be pet-friendly as my 3 kitties are there most of the day. Can you PLEASE help?

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  167. Deborah Shirley says:

    I would reinvent the second bedroom in my apartment. I have a dream of making that room an inspirational and organized office where I can escape to write and read.

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  168. Tracie Trump says:

    I would love to redo my home office so that I can lauch my home business! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  169. Harriet Brand says:

    We need to renovate our bed and breakfast room. It’s a real challenge because it’s small and narrow and we need to make it look larger and very comfy. We had been operating bed and breakfast apartments but because of the economy we had to downsize and all we have left is this one unit we call our efficiency….It’s in a great location, inexpensive to rent, but a challenge to redecorate. If you want a dramatic before and after, I have the space…please give it a beautiful new face.

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  170. Georgia says:

    I would like to reconvert what is supposed to be my downstairs den area — into a real den, study and studio… right now it is serving as a storage area… i have a big laundry room that could hold storage items but need help…

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  171. marge says:

    need a small spare bedroom/office redone to be functional and attractive.

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  172. Louise De Sina says:

    The kitchen in a small NYC apartment. We do a lot of entertaining and it would be great to welcome people into the hearth.

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  173. Darlene says:

    I would love to convert an extra bedroom into a walkin closet. Closet space in in short supply for us.

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  174. Marilyn McAlister says:

    I would like to makeover the dining room portion of my great room. My current table and chairs are 32+ years old. I need to breathe new life into that space. Slipcovers alone are no longer doing the job!

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  175. Cassi Jensen says:

    I’d like to re-invent my kitchen; it’s actually a kitchenette, in our 30 year old condo. It has a great layout, and just needs updating. I dream of sea glass backsplashes and lattice work cabinets; poured concrete to replace the tired laminate countertops and new lighting fixtures.

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  176. Terri Martin says:

    I have a “real” living room that never gets used and I would really like it to be a comfortable reading room with some really cushy chairs and ottomans that would be the big draw! mmmmmmmmmmmmm – dream on, eh?

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  177. Karin says:

    I’d probably reinvent my living room. It’s the main focus of the house and since we’ve only just moved here in the past 3 months, we really don’t know how to best utilize the space. Besides that, I need all the help I can get when it comes to decorating!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think it would improve my life only in the sense that I would feel more at home in my new home.

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  178. Linda Baggetta says:

    Now that I am once again a student at 54 years of age (working on a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy), I would love to have a tranquil space of my own to study. I would like to reinvent the guest bedroom in my home to a soothing office/study that would be conducive to reading and doing assignments. A room with furnishings, accessories and colors according to Feng Shui (an uncluttered space) would definitely help me to unclutter my mind and focus on the tasks at hand.

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  179. Susan Bradley says:

    My fathers bedroom is large and sparse..a bed, night stands and a dresser…he deserves a warm and welcoming sanctuary to rest.

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  180. Tricia owen says:

    the what the hell is that room which is between the living room and my bedroom, right now it is full of everything we can’t find a home for so it looks like a yard sale, I want it to be a nice, a place for my clothes and also a room for guests. HELP

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  181. MK says:

    My house has a large front space still unused after 5 years! I’ve some ideas but no notion how to execute them so really need help.

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  182. janet says:

    the kids bedroom, two girls sharing–lots of cloths and not enough storage–they’re usually at each others throats.

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  183. katie says:

    Either my bedroom or our office.More than likely my room i need an oasis.

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  184. Ellen Falkenberry says:

    I would reinvent my bedroom.
    Since November, I have moved out of a living situation with a significant other after nursing him through cancer surgeries/chemo/radiation. I have just accepted an executive position at work and am recreating my life, rising from the ashes. I want my bedroom to be a place of efficient storage that doesn’t conflict with my need for nightly restoration.

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  185. Christian says:

    My walk-in closet! I live in a tiny studio apartment, but my walk-in closet is huge. It’s definitely under-utilized!

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  186. Lisa Olson says:

    Now that my last son is off to college and has his own apartment, I finally get to have an office/craft room of my own–first time ever! Would love help in developing a room that inspires my creativity, and helps me efficiently store all my hobby supplies so they are easy to access & use . My hobbies include quilting, scrapping, stamping, & photography. I have lots of supplies for each hobby but don’t have efficient ways to store them. By the way, this room also needs to double as a guestroom! Making over my son’s bedroom to achieve this would allow me to start and actually finish all those scrapbooks and quilts I’ve been promising my family members!

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  187. Susan Goldstein says:

    I would have to choose to re-do my eldest’s room…now that he is about to leave for law school, we need to convert this into a guest room where he would still feel comfortable about returning home. I’m not quite at that “Change the Locks…you are not moving home” stage yet! LOL JUST KIDDING!!! or am I?

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  188. Joni says:

    We’ve been in our house for over 20 year now. Our bedroom is so uninviting and unromantic. The furniture we are using is the same furniture I had when I was a little girl – yes, it’s very old and ugly. We also have tiny closets that are crammed so much we can’t close the doors. Oh and we also have a lovely ironing board in our bedroom which is piled with my husband’s clothes and socks. And of course there’s a TV hanging off the wall on a bracket which sits over my dresser. So, I would give anything to have this room made over into a sanctuary of sorts that invites you in, ooozes warmth and romance. Even new bedding would be great – we’ve had the same comforter and sheets for 20 years too. Would love to get rid of the ironing board too, but we have nowhere to put it. That brings to mind the laundry room……that room also needs a makeover very badly. We have lint flying through the house because the dryer vent isn’t big enough, not to mention no place to put anything. Ugh……HELP!!!!!! I would love to win the makeover for either room!!!

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  189. Ashley H says:

    I would reinvent my bedroom so I would have somewhere beautiful and relaxing to retreat to.

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  190. RarnChild says:

    I’m dying to enlarge my ‘Devils Den’ – a basement room where I display all of my New Jersey Devils hockey club memorabilia. I have the room to double its size – and I’m going to need it soon. I especially need more wall space to creatively show off all my posters and photos.

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  191. Sally says:

    My sewing room desparately needs help. It has become a reposit of unfinished projects that have no other place to land. It is also the office for my business but I have no place to work except for standing at my cutting table doing bookwork amid the fabric and patterns.
    The room is also our guest bedroom. In order to make this work my cutting table is folded down, everything on it and under it is piled high in a corner so the Ikea futon can be unfolded. My bookwork and office supplies are stuffed into our bedroom closet. When guests leave and everything can resurface it gets mored confusing then it was. This continues and has created a serious problem.
    The sewing room has always been my creative salvation, relaxation, centering space in every house I have lived in.
    I am a new step-mom of two great daughters, 16 & 14, their room is directly across from sewing room and the wafting odor of all the perfume, lotions, etc. is the opposite of pleasant to me.
    Organization of this room would be a blessing to all of us.

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  192. Sharon says:

    My great room with a cathedral ceiling is not cozy enough for me. It breaks into a dining/living room, but it doesn’t invite me to either want to sit down with friends or have a romantic meal for two. I can use all the help I can get to make my main living area a space I’d like to invite my friends to visit.

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  193. bren says:

    My sons bed room he moved out 6 years ago. It would become a office. Full blooded swede here.

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  194. maureen davin says:

    I would re-invent the bonus room turning it into an art studio/office.
    I would like it to be comfortable efficient and attractive.

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  195. suzanne says:

    I would love to reinvent our apartment in Burbank – there must be a way to make it appear “roomier”, being more functional at the same time. And, of course, we want it to look HAPPY!!!

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  196. Eliza says:

    We’d love to transform a spare bedroom into a combination office / music room for my husband! In addition to being devoid of furniture – it has lots of disorganized music paraphernalia and instruments. Help!

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  197. Susan says:

    My dining room and the chairs that are falling apart could really use some help!

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  198. DawnMarie Helin says:

    I would definately reinvent my living room. It has a two-sided fireplace (kitchen and living room) in grey stone that I just can’t seem to design around, and rectangular room shape…….HELP

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  199. Kathy says:

    My sons grew up and went off to college, now one is
    married with twin infant boys. I would like one of the
    boys’ rooms remodeled to accomadate the oldest son
    and family when he returns home. An adult room with
    a pull out bed and some kind of sleeping accomadation
    for the twins. Several of our rooms have not changed in
    20 years and I have grown up with the clutter. I don’t
    know what to do with them but I know the rooms could
    look better.

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  200. Faith says:

    I really would love to do our extra bedroom & 1 small little room attatched to be a master with walk in closet. My far away dream.

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  201. Betj says:

    We’ve just bought a 32 year old home. I need help updating the family room to 2011! It’s stuck in 1978. HELP!

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  202. Nancy says:

    My home office/rabbit rescue room–it was a former porch and could definitely use a makeover to integrate the two functions and de-clutter.

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  203. Cindy says:

    I would love to reinvent the entry way/foyer? which now has a jumble of coat stand, shoe cubby, desk, etc. Since this is what we pass so often with all our coming & goings it would be such a lift to my spirits to have it more organized and beautiful whether I am arriving home or starting my day!

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  204. Marcie says:

    My family room is in great need of a redesign. It is a multi-purpose room in which we play video games, read and watch TV. It is the one room in the house that has a fireplace, yet we still haven’t tiled it (very indecisive). It also has a desk and computer. A little rearranging would probably work wonders.

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  205. Noreen Braman says:

    The nest is empty and I finally have not only my own bedroom, but an office and a tiny room to use as a dressing room/walk in closet! Right now, all I have are some great shoe storage cabinets from IKEA and a rickety garment rack, an old entertainment unit and lots of boxes. I could really use some help setting up and organizing this room and finally get my clothes out of storage bins and bursting dresser drawers. My life would be so much easier if I didn’t have to hunt all over the house for clothes, shoes and accessories everyday! (I’d be on time to work more often too!)

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  206. beth w says:

    i have a bedroom that my 25 year old son is now temporarily using…i would love to move him out…all the way out…of the house…and reinvent the room into MY room. i make fused glass art and jewery. i have had all my supplies in my dining room, but had to move it out at Thanksgiving. i moved it into a corner of my husband’s office. i want my own work space…no work room!

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  207. Trisha says:

    Moved from New England to Florida. Could really use some help with the living room I have some old (dark wood) pieces I brought with me, and bought new couches in a light color, but can’t get it to have the look I want. I’ve changed the window treatments 4 times, and still can’t get it right. Any help would be great.

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  208. Margaret Osburn says:

    my computer room needs HELP
    too much stuff– too many wires

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  209. Charlotte says:

    I’ve begun a small business and need to create an office space in a spare bedroom using items we already own. The problem is we gave most of the spare furniture to the son who moved out of the house. The ceiling houses air ducts and places light in exactly the wrong place. I’m not sure where I should start… so far there is a file cabinet, a bookcase, and a blue chair.

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  210. sharon910 says:

    My front room needs some help. It is the everything room. TV room ect it is very worn and needs help.

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  211. Susan Lummis says:

    My living room needs professional help. I just bought this house. My last house had all built ins, which I obviously could not take, so my current living room has a TV on a box, DVDs in boxes, and two old broken couches. I painted the walls but have nothing to put on them. It is a small house and the living room is the only room to hang out in and I would love to call it cozy. Thank you.

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  212. Susan P. says:

    I need to reinvent my kitchen/work room/office. It is getting crowded and needs organizing.

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  213. Shari says:

    I would have to choose our second bedroom. Nearly every inch is filled with storage – and I don’t mean nicely put-away! Our 1940’s cottage has very little closet space and I should utilize this room for some of that reason. Also it could be an office/craft type area. All the while the room would still need to have quiet and darkness in the evening for our pet parrot. Quite a bill to fill.

    My “business” life which includes creative endeavors would be greatly enhanced by having a space to work in. Who knows what inspiration might come with beauty and a desk at the ready!

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  214. Mary Bouchard says:

    I have a house built in the 1890’s, with a big entry room inside the front door, the purpose of which is not entirely clear. I’d like help giving the room definition and purpose – perhaps as a welcoming space for guests.

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  215. Debbie Sorg says:

    I have a beautifully decorated home, except for my 3rd bedroom, which is being used as an office. Just never got back into the decorating mode, but really need to fix this room and make it flow with the rest of the home.

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  216. Deborah Mahoney says:

    I would reinvent the kids bathroom. Its dull and dungy and I would feel better abou them using it.

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  217. Sue says:

    Two of the tables in our living room were ‘salvaged’ from trash piles. Our plants are on pieces of plywood. One footstool is torn. Our curtains are quite horribly hung, despite the fact I’ve rehung them three times. I’ve just finished repainting the walls and ceiling and it really makes the ‘rest of the stuff’ in the room look even shabbier! Woe is us! Somebody help!

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  218. Kim says:

    My bedroom definitely needs help. It is the leftover spot in the entire house, somehow there is never enough money or time to bring it up to date. Currently it’s the catch spot for everything that has no other place to go in the house.

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  219. Gloria Monroe says:

    I would like to re-invent the bedroom I am using for a computer room, it has no shelves and I really could use a real computer desk! God Bless!

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  220. Arleen Lothian says:

    I have an open loft that I use for office space, but it’s not organized or layed out so that my husband and I can work in it at the same time. HELP!

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  221. Sherry says:

    Our den/computer room is frighteningly awful – cluttered, too many cables and wires going every which way, and unmatching computer desks and bookcases! This room probably needs to be napalmed and completely redone!

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  222. Lynne Tharan says:

    Most definitely, our living room. Our home is small, but very cozy, and to combine comfort and style in our living room has been an ongoing challenge. It’s been a piece-meal project since we bought the house. HELP!!!

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  223. Dolores says:

    I have a guest room I would love to update. Ikea furniture is the touch the room needs

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  224. Pauline Morales says:

    My family room needs so much help do not know were to begin.

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  225. Susan Lockwood says:

    What a giveaway!!!
    I’d like so much to re-do an upstairs bedroom – actually our former bedroom before we added a master suite on the ground level. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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  226. JoAnn says:

    I have the most amazing sun room with lots of windows and a beautiful tile floor, however I have been unable to furnish it because of the size and shape. I definitely need some ideas to help us use the room for its potential. Currently it is being used as a storage area– what a waste!

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  227. Kathy P says:

    I would reinvent our family room…the furniture just isn’t comfortable any more.

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  228. JanBergthun says:

    Last Saturday I bought a car load of items from Ikea in Elizabeth New Jersey and now I am at some what of a loss as to how to use what I purchaed properly and then step two would be what else do I need to buy even it’s it’s over your 250 gift card so that I can finish off my Living Room/Home Office – Work area properly —- I need help with this as I have some mental ideas but need that specail touch only a designer can offer that will take to where I want to be ORGANIZED and then I can invite all my friends & family even clients over finially to see my end result — and how – FOB – My Designer & IKEA helped me to achieve this -J

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  229. Erika says:

    I would love to reinvent my basement/rec room into something that is not completely monopolized by my 16 yr. old son and his friends.(yes, I had a baby at 45) At 61, I have been Belly Dancing for 3 years and nothing would make me happier than to dedicate a portion of my basement to practice space.
    Thank you!

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  230. Karrie says:

    My whole house really needs help, but the room I choose is the living room.

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  231. Joann May says:

    I would love to reimagine my living room…it is one giant room including kitchen and eating nook! I live in a condo, so size is definitely something I have to consider! While I love the openness of the area, furniture placement is a challenge! Help!

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  232. Ellen says:

    I would make over my living room. I just purchased the home 6 months ago and need to make this room the core of the home for when my family and friends visit. I want to make it comfortable, chic, relaxing and me. It would make all the difference in the world to my time at home.

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  233. Jackie A Flaherty says:

    My office/craftroom needs to be defined and organized. would love some help and ideas!

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  234. mclarkin says:

    I have a small kitchen that was obviously designed by someone whom has never used one. It is not user friendly for one and for 2 in the room, it is initiates a hypertensive crisis.

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  235. jana says:

    my bedroom is in desperate need of some proffesional help. if it doesn’t get it, i may have to seek professional help for myself:) it is not condusive to anything….sleep, reading, even romance:( it is horrible. please help!!!!!!!!!!!

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  236. Judi says:

    I live in an apartment above the animal hospital where I work. I would like to walk in my front door and sigh with pleasure but my small living room is so plain and dull. It just needs some oomph!

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  237. Arlene says:

    I would love to reinvent our formal living room. We dont need it anymore. When our kids were living at home, our finished basement was a wonderful TV/gathering space because it is so large. Now that its just the 2 of us, and often friends and family, I’d like to make the living room more informal, and use that space more often. HELP, please!

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  238. Marcie says:

    I’d like to reorganize my dining room to allow for larger furniture that will seat our ever growing family. Right now, family dinners are spread across several rooms of our house, so organizing the dining room with efficient and comfortable seating would certainly solve that problem!

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  239. BGCSOCAL says:

    I would love to make over my bedroom. I’m decorating-challenged at best and I never spend time in the bedroom because it looks so bad. I could use the decorator’s help in a major way.

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  240. Carol says:

    I’d reinvent my bedroom to create a sanctuary for my husband and I.

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  241. joe deater says:

    I would reinvent our basement tv room. It would be more comfortable for my wife. Then she would come down and spend more time with me. Watching movies and relaxing. Right now it is half finished and dark I like it dark but she wants more light in it. We had it ducted for heat but it is still chilly on the count we don’t have any florr down except cement.

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  242. Marne Rogers says:

    We have the reverse to accomplish: turn closet size spaces into livable rooms. I like the make do with what you have zeitgeist. I enjoy what I have accomplished so far, but with a little tweaking it might become superb. I’m a quick study.

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  243. Kathleen Gohr says:

    Our House was built in 1990 & has never had a carpet change…due to me keeping everyones shoes off for 21 years, but of course there has been many accidents with common wear. We have no pets, no smoking inside..just family & Grandkids 🙂 I am so TIRED of looking at this dull, drabbed-out, matted down, creased carpet, which was cheap stuff to begin with that the Builder stuck in here…Help!!! Would like to have a “NEW Look”~ Many Blessings, Kathleen

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  244. dede croissant says:

    My room that I live in at college is really mish-mash with absolutely no place to study or even set my computer down. I live in an old house that is charming, but not functional. pick me please!

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  245. GinaParker says:

    I would definitely pick our master bedroom. I moved in with my fiancé and it’s the only room we’ve yet to re-do. It is decorated in a bachelor “Asian” theme, with Japanese screens, a couple of fans, even a panda statue (currently being used as a hat holder in the closet!) my favorite part of the room is the wall where he had hung giant gold Chinese symbols…which he says means “love”, “happiness”, and health”…..but, let’s face it, we don’t speak Chinese…so I like to tease him that they really say “cheese”, “puppy”, and “urine”…and that’s why they were 75% off!

    He has said that I can re-do anything I’d like, I really just don’t know how I would re-do. I bought a new comforter set and that’s about it. At the end of the day though, it doesn’t matter what the room looks like, or where we are, or what writing is on the wall because the house is full of love. And that panda statue.

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  246. Sherry Golden says:

    I have two options: a walk in closet or a 2nd bathroon that has had the fixtures removed. Both of these areas are being used for storage but could be so much more organized and effective. I jokingly say the score is Stuff 87 / Sherry 13. I am losing the battle and definitely need help!

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  247. Madeline says:

    I would love to reinvent my 3rd bedroom, turned office for my husband. It is a mess with a lot of junk and clutter. I would like to also put a small sofa bed in there for when my older son and his wife (and 2 kids) come to visit from out of town. I just don’t know how to make all of this work. I really could use some help!!!

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  248. Kim Lencsak says:

    It would definately be my litchen. It’s one of the warmest rooms with lots of light and I love to just sit either by myself with coffee or with friends and family, but it is 16 yers old and needs a facelift! With a daughter going to college in two years, it’s not my priority..

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  249. Nikki says:

    I would choose my living area in my 847 sf apartment.
    Entertaining is somewhat difficult in this small space and I love to have friends and family over for small scale events. I feel my furniture is somewhat oversized ( it was gifted by a generous girlfriend helping me get back on my feet after divorce). A fresh look would be fabulous!

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  250. Pamela Ray says:

    I love this idea of reinventing with what I already have. Money is tight so this idea hits home.

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  251. Nina says:

    I’d re-invent my dining room – right now it’s my craft room as well, and I really need to make a separation there!

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  252. Helen says:

    We are retired and recently bought a getaway home in Myrtle Beach, SC. We were under the impression that the seller was leaving the furniture but at the last minute she changed her mind. I would love to be able to furnish the living/dining room.

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  253. Judith Iseman says:

    I have a dressing room that I would love to convert to an office. It has 2 closets and 2 built-in drawers – no windows. Would love to move my computer out of my living room. I have a 650 sq. foot apartment.

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  254. Carol Harrity says:

    My home office has become a general storage area and I can’t find anything! It is a small room in a small apartment, but I believe it could be better utilized with a little help.

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  255. Jane Giambrone says:

    What a great idea. I have always had a problem decoration our small TV room. The furniture we have does not fit and because of the cable outlet we are limited the room outlay.

    I would to have some help with this room.

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  256. Darlene says:

    I have a very small home and find it very challenging to find the right placement of the furniture, TV, computer and lighting in my living room…I would like this room to reinvented! It would change my life because I spend sooooo much time in this room it would be great to have a new look…Thanks

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  257. Gigi says:

    I would love to reinvent my second bedroom what has become a junk room filled with boxes of shoes, bags and gifts. I need some structure to organize my life.

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  258. Diane says:

    Our dining room is small and extends off of the kitchen. It has served us well as our children have grown up — we have catered many parties and dinners. I would love to have some expertise to help redesign the area now that our children are adults and we will be entertaining couples, rather than huge parties. Thanks for considering renovating our dining room area!

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  259. Cathy G says:

    My tiny second bedroom needs to be redone/repurposed. An office with extra storage would be very nice.

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  260. Pinkerbelle says:

    Reinventing our ‘Miami Vice’ bedroom would provide my husband and me with a calming, restful luxury hotel-style retreat for celebrating each new day of our 30th year together. Aaaahhhh….

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  261. sunny27 says:

    i LOVE to cook, but live in a small ranch with limited kitchen counter and storage space. this doesn’t prevent my efforts, but definitely hinders them. there’s just not enough room for preparation – and, the furniture is too large for the room!!! help!!!!!

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  262. Linda Kish says:

    My whole house needs help but I would start with the den. It is so small and cluttered. Makes me crazy. At least now with my netbook, I don’t spend much time in there.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  263. Hewitt Hulse says:

    Well, every room in my house needs help – – I collect dust bunnies, I don’t get rid of them! I also collect THINGS – – and right now, my back bedroom is stored with so much STUFF I can hardly get in there! This was supposed to be my relaxation room – – I have pieces and parts all over, but I do not have the ability to clean it out and use it! Help, help, help!!

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  264. Shari Vail says:

    My living room really needs help. We moved in in 1987 and have large furniture. I need some ideas on how to rearrange and decluttter. We spend a lot of time there, It adjoins to the kitchen and an area that I have my plants in. Lots of windows. Help!

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  265. Emmie says:

    My family room has been left in the 80’s! I could sure use some help!

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  266. Sandra Lawton says:

    My 17-year-old daughter leaves for college this August and I need to convert her makeshift den/teen-hangout room into a nice guest room! I live in Florida — I always have guests and nowhere to put them!

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  267. Tiffany D. says:

    My living room is in serious need of a makeover. Everything from our futon couch to my collapsing bookcases! It would be such a relief to have a place to sit with the hubby and kids where we could all be comfortable and not fighting for seating space!

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  268. Theresa Loftman says:

    I would like to reinvent my son’s room. He has gone off to college and still has his teenager room. He comes home on breaks, but it would be great to update it for him, but also to have it substitute when he is not there as a office / sitting area. I live in a three bedroom apartment with my older son, his wife and 2 year old daughter and things are very, very cramped. I could use all the help I can get.

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  269. Donna Watson says:

    I would like to reinvent my den. I live in a small condo, and the den is next to my bedroom separated with French doors. It has a stackable washer/dryer in the closet, and right now I am using it for storage. I have some boxes of things I’d like to get rid of, and I’d like to put my futon in there for guests. I’d have an old desk in there, but I’d like to get a new one and use it as a personal office as well.

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  270. Bette E Butcher says:

    Moved in with my boyfriend and our bedroom really needs redone. He was using the windows as a headboard. No drapes but vertical blinds. We finally got a new mattress. His old mattress had a deep gully in it and I had to hold on to the side so I would not fall into his gully. He has no sense of design. This offer is really needed at our house.

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  271. jenny hebert says:

    I have a family room that is too small for the whole family to enjoy
    The furniture needs rearrangement and it could some more lighting
    Would love to win this.

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  272. Sara says:

    My kitchen needs help!

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