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Nate's Save Money Makeovers
Nate Berkus' latest assignment is a doozy. Step 1: Throw a neighborhood swap meet. Step 2: Redecorate four rooms with only $500 per home and some used furniture. Step 3: Watch as creativity comes to life.
Ndu and Mary Ann's house before
Before Nate got his hands on it, Ndu and Mary Ann's bungalow looked disjointed with its mismatched living and dining rooms. 

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Ndu and Mary Ann's house after
A perfect-fit cabinet (inherited from a neighbor), an outdoor rug and a DIY paint job of warm beige with coral stenciling and hunter green for the fireplace transforms the disparate rooms into a cohesive space for relaxing and entertaining. 

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Judy and Stephen's home before
Judy and Stephen started remodeling their home three years ago, but the recession has made completing the job impossible. As a result, their living room feels bland and unfinished. 

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Judy and Stephen's home after
A few small additions—an old Tibetan table that once held a neighbor's TV, a re-stained side table from Ndu and Mary Ann and craft paper behind the bookshelves for accent color—give the once ho-hum living room a jolt of personality. An inexpensive stretch couch cover ("Spanx for furniture," Nate says.) breathes new life into an old sleeper sofa. 

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Sarah and Jim's house before
Sarah's scattered office is littered with leftover fabric and supplies from her defunct sewing business.

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Sarah and Jim's house after
Sarah's new streamlined study has space for everything, and a Velcro drapery panel turns open shelving into closed storage. Nate refreshed the tired room, originally intended to foster creativity, with paisley drapes, burnt caramel paint and a glass-door chest from neighbor Judy.

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Chelsea and Shawn's house before
Chelsea and Shawn's cottage home is small on space and short on style. Their beautiful furniture is generally too big for their tight quarters. 

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Chelsea and Shawn's house after
Showcasing Chelsea's flea market finds in unexpected ways—a vintage camera on the fireplace, an old-school suitcase propped between two tables—meant Nate didn't need to add much by way of accessories. The family room gets a facelift with the addition of outdoor garden tables and a vintage velvet love seat—the most coveted item at the swap meet. 

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