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Before and after: 15 lessons for redecorating your living room

Samantha Sacks
Photography by
Angus Fergusson

Toronto designer Samantha Sacks deconstructs her client’s living room with 15 takeaway lessons.

Every great design story begins with a great client, and the owner of this 2,200-square-foot tract house in suburban Toronto is no exception. Though the family room was filled with builder-basic finishes, from flimsy bookshelves to a dated brass fireplace box, and washedout chenille sofas, my client knew what she liked- decorating with animal prints. With a few deft edits and loads of fashionable fabrics and accessories, we created a safari-chic space that’s high on design while remaining kickback-cool for this family of four. Here are 15 ideas that helped us get there.

15-ways-before-pg1.jpgClick on the image to see how this living room was transformed.


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