AFTER. A new gas fireplace is the centerpiece (Credit: Photo by David Pokress)

AFTER. A new gas fireplace is the centerpiece of the room. “We wanted to be able to put our feet up and watch the fire or curl up in a comfy chair to read and sip a cup of tea,” says Arlene.
FIREPLACE and MANTEL, $3,500. Fireplace ($1,700), with Italian glass tiles, by Jetmore Fireplace Center of Wantagh, with custom mantel ($1,800) by Frank J. & Sons Inc. in Oceanside. (April 2010)

A new fireplace and a crisp new look

When Arlene Dubs suggested to her husband that they redo the living room of their Oceanside home, Joe Dubs said no way he’d agree unless they hired a designer. Rose Ott, owner of Rose Ott Interior Design of Merrick, has since redone nearly the entire Dubs house. “She really listens to us and tries to work with what we have,” says Arlene, 67, a secretary. Her husband, 75, is a jazz musician. “The house was traditional. We wanted a more contemporary look, a fresher look.” Ott said, “We wanted to give the room a sophisticated but livable feel.” She also incorporated additional lighting that highlights artwork and reading areas. Here’s how Ott turned their dream living room into reality. TOTAL: About $20,000. (Price includes $1,500 designer fee from Ott and $3,000 in construction fees and materials from Frank J. and Sons Inc. in Oceanside.) — SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN

BEFORE. Joe and Arlene Dubs brought in Rose
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BEFORE. Joe and Arlene Dubs brought in Rose Ott, owner of Rose Ott Interior Design of Merrick, to help them achieve a more contemporary look.

AFTER. A new gas fireplace is the centerpiece
(Credit: Photo by David Pokress)

AFTER. A new gas fireplace is the centerpiece of the room. “We wanted to be able to put our feet up and watch the fire or curl up in a comfy chair to read and sip a cup of tea,” says Arlene.
FIREPLACE and MANTEL, $3,500. Fireplace ($1,700), with Italian glass tiles, by Jetmore Fireplace Center of Wantagh, with custom mantel ($1,800) by Frank J. & Sons Inc. in Oceanside. (April 2010)

ARTWORK, $525. Ott had this existing piece reframed
(Credit: Photo by David Pokress)

ARTWORK, $525. Ott had this existing piece reframed and moved to the living room. Framing by Art A la Carte in Plainview.
WALL SCONCES, $1,200 (for two). From a designer-only source.
PAINT, $975. Paint is Abdington Putty (two cans) by Benjamin Moore, paint supplied and work done by Frank J. and Sons. (April 2010)

STAIRCASE, $2,300. The original staircase was iron. Arlene
(Credit: Photo by David Pokress)

STAIRCASE, $2,300. The original staircase was iron. Arlene wanted a classic look and Ott suggested decorative insets to give the new wood staircase a more classic look. Work done by Frank J. and Sons, Oceanside.
CHAIRS, $1,800 (for two). These are the favored spots for Arlene and Joe, both avid readers. Custom fabricated by Albert Vitiello Decorators of Wantagh.
DANCING COUPLE ARTWORK, existing. They finally have an attractive display area for a favorite piece. (April 2010)

OTTOMANS, $1,500 (for two). Custom fabricated by Albert
(Credit: Photo by David Pokress)

OTTOMANS, $1,500 (for two). Custom fabricated by Albert Vitiello Decorators.
COUCH, $1,500. Custom fabricated by Albert Vitiello Decorators.
GLASS and METAL TABLE, $12. From HomeGoods in Merrick.
AREA RUG, $900. From a designer-only source. (April 2010)

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TABLE LAMP, $385. Arlene and Ott liked this
(Credit: Photo by David Pokress)

TABLE LAMP, $385. Arlene and Ott liked this clear lamp long before it became popular. From a designer-only source. (April 2010)

SIDE TABLE, $50. From HomeGoods. TABLE LAMP, $400.
(Credit: Photo by David Pokress)

SIDE TABLE, $50. From HomeGoods.
TABLE LAMP, $400. From a designer-only source. (April 2010)