Living room after one weekend

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With a whole weekend to redesign Elizabeth's apartment, Boyd brings in new paint and furniture to really change the space:

Double Duty: In a smaller space, pieces like the pair of Jonathan Adler benches Boyd introduced into the apartment are ideal because they work both as extra seating and as occasional tables.

X Marks the Spot: Boyd added furniture thematically linked to the design of Elizabeth's credenza. The X motif—echoed in the two new benches and the cocktail tables—makes the distinct pieces feel cohesive.

Bold Move: Rather than overwhelm the room, "a patterned rug [from the Rug Company] grounds it," Boyd says. Beneath Elizabeth's solid-color couch, the new rug is equivalent to bold jewelry worn with a simple dress—the contrast makes both come alive.

Lighten Up: In addition to replacing the heavy chest with a pair of spindle-legged cocktail tables from Duane Antiques, Boyd gave Elizabeth's sofa a brighter look with a Bemz slipcover.

United Front: "I wanted the living and dining rooms to feel more like a suite, and color was a great way to unify them," says Boyd, who painted the living room the same shade as the kitchen.