living room makeover

Photo: Daniel Hennessy

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Banish Blah Blinds

Even if you don't need curtains to keep out light, they can make a room feel more pulled together. Henderson scored some patterned turquoise silk in a fabric store's fashion section—where, she says, you can often find more interesting prints at better prices than in the upholstery department. Then she sewed four-inch hems on the panels and hung the curtain rods six inches below the ceiling molding and a foot wider than the windows, making them look bigger.

Get Real (Plants)

An indoor tree adds life—literally—to any room, breaking up sharp lines and filling empty corners. This fiddle-leaf fig also thrives in the bright sunlight that Hilton is lucky to get all afternoon. (Visit your local nursery to determine which type of tree will thrive in your space.)