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Dare to combine bold colours.

H&H style editor Michael Penney decided to keep the apple green silk slub drapes left behind by the previous owners. He chose a fresh aqua wall colour that shakes up the traditional fabric of the wing chair — picked up in Maine for $95 as is. The colour palette is unexpected — the paint goes, but doesn't quite match the chair, which is the contrast Michael was going for. His inspiration board (right), is a convenient spot to pin up magazine cutouts, fabric samples and inspiration photos. (Learn how to dress up your own bulletin board with paint and ribbon.) The dresser was another affordable find from Maine. Read more on decorating his second 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.

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