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Simple-Chic Living Room

White paint, open shelves and neutral furniture work wonders in this space.

"We painted the fireplace and added a dining area to transform an unused, formal room into a multi-functional and open living and dining room," says Sherry Petersik, co-author of the popular blog, Young House Love. "Widening the formerly small doorway that led to the kitchen and adding some simple crown moulding completed the transformation for an updated and almost unrecognizable effect."

See the "before" photo, plus the entire home makeover gallery.

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