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Affordable Living Room Update

Look to Craigslist for cheap and chic finds that can be transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces.

Craigslist chairs create a statement in this suburban living room. (Style editor Michael Penney reupholstered them in a ticking stripe running horizontally, instead of predictably vertical.) The two wooden chairs are also Craigslist gems, granted new life with rich velvet seats. A simple coat of black paint reinvented the once plum-coloured mantel. A sisal rug, Ikea drapes and coffee table are also signature Penney decorating staples, as well as black Ikea frames displaying a collection of ribbons, and the wallpaper sample doubling as art.

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