Safe Horizon's common area after Elaine Griffin's makeover magic.

Photo credit: Laura Moss

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Now when residents enter the common room, they're blown away. "An oasis," one resident says, sighing at the sight of the buttery walls and everyone's hands-down favorite, a pale celery-colored love seat by Liz Claiborne. Weekly meetings held here are critical for helping people talk about their lives. "It just takes one woman opening up," says program director Annie Bautista Ortiz. "Then they realize they're not alone."

Elaine Griffin chose Liz Claiborne Home's chairs, love seat, and ottoman, all arranged on an area rug from Home Decorators Collection. Throw pillows come from Butter and Eggs. On either side of the love seat stand Chinese tables from Antiques by Zaar and lamps from Robert Abbey; above it hang nine Oly mirrors. Crate & Barrel provided the tray and vase. The paint is Valspar's American Tradition. Hung in three rows above the love seat, nine round mirrors bring a subtle glamour to the room, while two Chinese antique carved end tables add just a touch of fancy.