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AFTER. The women's mentor, designer Kelly Dall, said, (Credit: Johnny Milano)

AFTER. The women's mentor, designer Kelly Dall, said, “I told them I wanted it serene and calm, with pops of color.” She also told them to "shop" through the rest of her home for pieces that could be repurposed for the project. (Aug. 20, 2013)

A guest room makeover for about $1,000

Interior design interns Jessica Claudio and Marlene Pereira had reason to be excited when asked to redo a guest room this summer. They also had cause for trepidation, because the makeover was in the Greenlawn home of mentor and employer Kelly Dall of Kelly Dall Interior Design. Dall wanted the room to be a calming retreat. Total: $1,055. -- Sylvia E. King-Cohen

Interior design interns Jessica Claudio and Marlene Pereira
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Interior design interns Jessica Claudio and Marlene Pereira decorated their mentor's guest room. (Aug. 20, 2013)

BEFORE.
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BEFORE.

AFTER. The women's mentor, designer Kelly Dall, said,
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AFTER. The women's mentor, designer Kelly Dall, said, “I told them I wanted it serene and calm, with pops of color.” She also told them to "shop" through the rest of her home for pieces that could be repurposed for the project. (Aug. 20, 2013)

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Midway into the redesign, Dall told the designers
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Midway into the redesign, Dall told the designers that she wanted to incorporate a "Ditch Plains" sign ($49 from Homeport in Montauk) — and its aqua color — into the project. (Aug. 20, 2013)

After deciding on one color for this table
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After deciding on one color for this table with shelves, they switched to aqua (paint: $40) to better tie in the Ditch Plains sign. (Aug. 20, 2013)

The designers constructed this headboard themselves for $49,
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The designers constructed this headboard themselves for $49, using plywood ($20, The Home Depot, Commack), batting ($19, The Fabric Mill, Plainview) and fabric ($10, Duralee fabric outlet, Bay Shore). They were so happy with the result that they are planning to start their own headboard business. (Aug. 20, 2013)

This side table, found elsewhere in the house,
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This side table, found elsewhere in the house, originally had a wooden top. Claudio and Pereira covered it with fabric left over from the headboard to make it more interesting. Fabric from Duralee fabrics, Bay Shore. (Aug. 20, 2013)

The bedding cost $99 at HomeGoods in Commack.
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The bedding cost $99 at HomeGoods in Commack. (Aug. 20, 2013)

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The curtains were a hand-me-down from a family
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The curtains were a hand-me-down from a family member. (Aug. 20, 2013)

Two bathrobes that Dall already owned are meant
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Two bathrobes that Dall already owned are meant to make visitors feel at home. (Aug. 20, 2013)

Of the pillows (from elsewhere in the house),
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Of the pillows (from elsewhere in the house), Claudio said, “We wanted to use cool colors like blue and green, but also added a pop of warmth with the red.” (Aug. 20, 2013)

The octopus artwork ($29) is from HomeGoods. (Aug.
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The octopus artwork ($29) is from HomeGoods. (Aug. 20, 2013)

The bedside lamps ($118 for two) are from
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The bedside lamps ($118 for two) are from HomeGoods. (Aug. 20, 2013)

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