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Ondine Karady's Eight Ways to Turn a Cookie-Cutter, Apartment Into Home

Designer Ondine Karady in her Logan Circle condo with her blue chow, Little Bear.
Designer Ondine Karady in her Logan Circle condo with her blue chow, Little Bear. (Mark Finkenstaedt - Mark Finkenstaedt)
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

1 "Get rid of those Home Depot-generic overhead lights that the developer put in on the cheap. Instead, hang a vintage chandelier to add personality. Interesting overhead lighting draws your eyes up, making your space seem bigger."

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2 "Wallpaper is a quick, inexpensive way to completely transform an otherwise generic room."

3 "Have a shade company make fabric shades to cover up your boring sconces."

4 "Floor-to-ceiling drapes highlight ceiling heights, soften the room and are a great way to add pattern and color."

5 "In a loft setting, area rugs help to define spaces."

6 "When choosing table lamps, avoid generic styles from huge consumer stores. A thrift store find can look just right with a new linen drum shade."

7 "No blank walls! Artwork is important. Your kids' doodles could look like a Picasso in the right frame."

8 "Clustering small frames together is a good way of making plain walls come to life."


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