All grown up in East Meadow
After 15 years of marriage, Carl and Debra Wrynn decided that enough was enough. They'd lived for too long with the furniture from their newlywed days and were ready to trade up.
Debra and Carl Wrynn enjoy their redecorated living room in East Meadow with their children, Kyle, 10, left, and Cosette, 8. Total cost: $16,807.
Etagere, $750, a Pulaski Furniture piece, was purchased from Franchise Furniture. Debra Wynn says it's a tossup between this and the chest as to her favorite thing.
Storage is at a premium, so Debra Wrynn said the best thing is that the family can throw everything in this new chest -- which serves as a coffee table -- when unexpected company is on the way. Chest, $760, from Pottery Barn.
Carl Wrynn wisely put multiple cable outlets in the living room. Entertainment center, $2,300, from C&V Furniture. Flat-screen television, $2,700, from P.C. Richard & Son.
While most might have chosen a sofa with sharp angles, designer Lori Miller helped to maximize the 11.5-by-16-foot space with this curved sofa, $1,675, from C&V Furniture in Ridgewood. Accessories, $615, including accent pillows and picture frames, came from Kohl's and Crate and Barrel.
Carl Wrynn chose to refinish the wood frames of the windows. Designer Lori Miller picked these treatments ($2,300, from V2K Window Treatments) to avoid hiding his efforts. In addition, he also changed the hardware on the windows to complement the paint job. The almost unisex pattern of the chairs ($1,650 for the pair, from C&V Furniture in Ridgewood) and the accent pillows add classic design without being "too girlie" for Debra Wrynn's taste. Carl and Debra agreed they might have considered the lamp if they were shopping on their own, but once added to the whole package, it is perfect. "The thing is, Lori has such a good eye for putting things together," Carl said. (Lamp and accent table, $1,200, from Elements Lighting and Home in Carle Place.)
A real surprise. Under the carpet put down by the previous owner, the Wrynns found hardwood floors throughout the house. All these only needed refinishing. Hardwood floors, $700. The texture and color of the wool area rug ($785, from Scott Carpet in Bellmore) pulled all elements of the room together. In addition, it is durable enough to stand up to Kyle, 10, and Cosette, 8.
A vaulted ceiling (part of an earlier renovation) enhances the impression of a larger space. The ceiling fan, $268, is from Home Depot's Design Expo. Varying shades of gold paint, $150, from Benjamin Moore, were used to allow the eye to comfortably transition from room to room in this midsized house.
Carl and Debra Wrynn hired designer Lori Miller, of Lori-Girl Creations of Bellmore, to help them tackle the makeover of their East Meadow living room, which had been painted in shades of coral.