A neutral palette and lots of natural textures are the foundation for this redesigned space for relaxing and entertaining.

Keep the red and blue but cut back on the patterns to give this living room a much-needed update.

Instead of several small seating areas, go big with one grouping anchored by a cozy sectional.


Graphic prints, a warm neutral color and pieces with clean lines revitalize a dated suburban space.

Updated neutral upholstery pairs with fun blue and yellow accents to brighten this dreary suburban space.

Bold upholstery, geometric furnishings and graphic wallpaper help create a fun but sophisticated design.

For a modern — but cozy — space, go for a variety of textures and plenty of lighting.

To make a tiny space fit your needs, start with versatile pieces.

Neutral colors and a variety of textures and finishes refresh a dated, busy design

Investing in quality pieces with clean, classic lines will help elevate this blank-slate space.

A fun light fixture and a pair of comfortable chairs transform a formal dining room into a nook for reading and conversation.

A shaded seating and dining area and an inviting fire pit form the basis for a deck/patio combination suitable for a quiet evening or hosting a crowd.

How to choose pieces that won’t be lost in a cavernous living/dining combination

To make the most of a small space, create separate zones for music and relaxing, and choose pieces that can serve two purposes.

A classic but modern space is easy to achieve with clean lines and neutral upholstery.

Painted brick and a sleek gunmetal mantel complement new furniture with clean, modern lines.

Use bold, colorful patterns and extra seating to create a room where friends will want to hang out.

How to transform a sun porch from storage space into a cozy space for relaxing and dining.

Creative furniture placement and pet-friendly upholstery create a space that is welcoming for friends both human and furry.

Warm walls and bold accent colors create a more inviting conversation area for a homeowner seeking an update.

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