After living with an outdated living room and a dining room that was less than ideal for the couple's love of entertaining, Candace and Fred Schiffer of Lindenhurst decided it was time to make a change. Instead of turning to a designer, they looked to a shopaholic friend. April Willi suggested nixing the dark colors for updated gray walls and neutral furniture in the living room. A table in the dining room can accommodate a dinner party but still allows Candace and Fred, a chef, to share an intimate dinner. TOTAL COST: About $15,600 -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN
PAINT, $1,650. Paint ($160 for four cans) is Benjamin Moore “Nimbus” in the living room and “Pebble Beach” for the dining room. Purchased from Bak & Vogel, Lindenhurst; applied by Sean Auer, Babylon.
CURTAINS, $28 (four panels). From Ikea, Hicksville.
SECTIONAL, $3,200. From Hildreth Home Goods, Southampton.
PLANT and HOLDER, $64. From Ikea.
LAMP, $29. From Marshall’s, West Babylon.
GLASS NESTING TABLES, $69. From Ikea. (May 8, 2013)
CIRCULAR COFFEE TABLE, a family heirloom.
In a previous life this was Schiffer’s grandfather’s dining room table. They cut the legs off and added the pedestal base. “I wanted a place for the grandchildren to be able to color and play that wasn’t glass,” Schiffer says.
ACCENT PILLOWS, $100 (for five). Fabric from Jo-Anne’s; fabrication by Schiffer’s sister. (May 8, 2013)
REUPHOLSTERED READING CHAIR, $1.
Discounted fabric ($1) is from Jo-Anne’s Fabrics and Crafts, West Babylon; all sewing done by Candace Schiffer’s sister.
TWIG COAT RACK, $104. West Elm outlet. (May 8, 2013)
COVER EXISTING RADIATOR, $1,000.
Designed and fabricated by Dave Myers Construction of upstate Utica.
RADIATOR CUSHIONS, $100. Fabric from Jo-Anne’s; fabrication by Schiffer’s sister. (May 8, 2013)
DINING TABLE and SIX CHAIRS, $900.
The table wouldn’t fit through the front door, so they had to remove the window in the dining room to get it into the house. Table ($500) from Zimmerman’s Home, Lindenhurst; chairs ($400) from Massapequa Dinette.
CURTAINS, $30. From Ikea. (May 8, 2013)
SHELVING and RADIATOR COVER, $3,000.
Fabrication and construction by Dave Myers Construction.
WINDOW SEAT CUSHION, $100. Fabric from Jo-Anne’s; fabrication by Candace Schiffer’s sister. (May 8, 2013)
AREA RUG, $139. From West Elm outlet, Riverhead. (May 8, 2013)
CHANDELIER, $500. From westelm.com. (May 8, 2013)
Includes blackboard ($24) from Marshalls; sea urchin wall art ($59) from HomeGoods, Bay Shore; side table ($25) from HomeGoods; fork and spoon wall hangings, ($36) from HomeGoods; artwork, existing.
SHEETROCK, $1,700. Materials and installation by Dave Myers Construction.
ELECTRICAL, $1,575. Supplies and work by Steve Padurno, Hauppauge. (May 8, 2013)