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After: Living Room Vignettes

Separate areas like a seating nook and piano corner make the most of floor space.

H&H style editor Michael Penney placed a pair of occasional chairs by the window for even more seating, in addition to two bergere chairs to the left and a sofa to the right. He also layered the coffee table with books and collectibles for added interest in the centre of the room. Behind the sofa, a vintage piano is topped with another thrift-store lamp, framed bird art, fan coral and more books for a casual and eclectic look. Read more about decorating his main floor.

Read all about Michael's new house — including before shots and DIY projects — in his blog, tour through each floor on Online TV, see the full story in our June 2011 issue, and browse all before and after photos in the online gallery.

Plus, get more Budget Decorating Ideas.

  • Photographer: Donna Griffith
  • Source: House & Home June 2011 issue
  • Products: Lee Jofa drape fabric, pillow fabric, Kravet Canada (to the trade); coffee table, Ikea; kraft-paper lampshade, Aristocrat Lamps and Lighting; sofa slipcover sewing, Pat Walker (by appointment), Toronto (416) 766-6272 or email; chair fabric, upholstery, InVu Drapery; piano, vintage; coral, vintage; map, vintage.
  • Designer: Michael Penney

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