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Home Tour: A Modern Colonial
A busy mom brought her eclectic style to every room in her family's home -- except one. Martha Stewart Living home editor, Stephen Earle, came in to help her redecorate her bedroom.
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Laura Harrigan, freelance art director, lives in a traditional home filled with some not-so-traditional furniture along with her husband and three children. A flea-market scavenger, Laura pairs modern with old, eccentric with staid. Around the corner from the butterfly stool in the entryway, chartreuse walls and a curvaceous lamp brighten up the breakfast room.
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Instead of spending a lot on kitchen cabinetry, the couple chose open shelving and splurged on appliances and limestone
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The living room mantle are ever changing; favorites from Laura's apothecary-glass collection are currently on view.
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The Living Room
In the living room, Philippe Starck chairs sit next to a weathered celadon cabinet. The pale-orange walls unite this unexpected pair.
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The chandelier was the first thing Harrigan bought for the space, so she built the room around it. The chandelier which drips with colorful glass fruits is certainly a focal point of the room.
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The Master Bedroom Before
Stephen focused on enhancing what was already in the room, and removing any unnecessary pieces. His person mantra was, ''You don't have to throw out what you have. Think: what already works? The make a few additions''. Within a few days-- and without spending more than $1,000-- he had given Harrigan's bedroom a sleek new style.
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The Dresser Before
One of the greatest problems Harrigan faced with her bedroom was the cluttered dressers. She admits that her husband, Paul, often throws everything on top of the dresser in a messy pile.
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The Master Bedroom After
Sometimes the smallest decision can have the biggest effect. In this case, moving the bed a bit to the right freed up the porch door and opened up space for a new wicker arm chair. All together, Stephen's additions gave the master bedroom and intimate and warm feel.
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Master Bedroom Details
For the odds and ends that had been collecting on Paul's dresser, Stephen painted a side table the same gray-brown as the walls so that it would blend in, and then hung a vintage wire organizers for holding bills and papers.