August 29, 2008

Remove clutter, reveal character

The space: A formal living room in a west Bloomington home.
August 15, 2008
Before: Unflattering wall color and too much clutter

Kitchen wall color, wood grains get aid

The space: A kitchen in a Bloomington twin home.
July 31, 2008
Before: The room was dark and had awkward furniture placement.

Brightening the living room in a duplex

The room: A living room on the main floor of a Bloomington duplex
Home & Garden
July 22, 2008
Before: A recliner blocked the entrance to the room and there were too many knick-knacks.

Redoing a casual room in a duplex

A new look for a lower-level room in a Bloomington duplex.
July 3, 2008
The room had too many dark pieces of furniture and it was dark.

Less is more in this Chaska living room

The living room needed fewer furnishings and more light.
June 19, 2008
Before: Too much yellow and too much clutter

Walls just a little too sunny

Experts advise home sellers to declutter by packing up anything smaller than a football, including small hanging artwork.
May 30, 2008
The sun porch had a bland furniture arrangement and lack of color.

Bringing summer indoors

The project: A sunroom in Eden Prairie.
May 15, 2008
Before: There was just too much furniture.

Lightening furniture plays up space

The lower-level family room of this Chaska home offered wall-to-wall carpet, a brick fireplace and sliding glass doors leading directly to a back-yard patio and pond, but heavy furnishings were a distraction from the home's positive features.
April 25, 2008
The paneling was painted a sandstone color to lighten the room.

Lightening the family room plays up features

The dark paneling and low-beamed ceilings made the space feel dark and somber compared to the rest of the house.
April 11, 2008
Before: Excess clutter and odd placement of furniture.

Spacious loft becomes a peaceful owner's retreat

The spacious second-floor expansion space in this 1 1/2-story Minneapolis house was being used as a child's room. Even with three main-floor bedrooms, all of them much smaller, turning this space into a large owner's retreat was a better option for selling.

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