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Doubling the size (and style) of a girl's room

Things weren't just a little tight in 11-year-old Claire Baker's bedroom in her family's house in Albertson. It was so cramped, she could fit only two pieces of her bedroom furniture -- the bed and a dresser -- in the 8-by-11-foot room. The rest -- nightstand, hutch, mirror and chest -- had been stored for years. No more. Designer-mom Nanette Baker, owner of Interiors by Nanette in Albertson, took on Claire as a client. "We were adding onto the house," says Baker, who also has a 9-year-old son, Miles. Changes included doubling the size of Claire's room (to 16 feet by 11 feet), remodeling a bathroom and adding a shared office for Nanette, 52, and Robert, 53, who is international finance controller at Systemax in Port Washington. "For Claire, we started by bringing home 15 cloth samples for the window treatments." That was whittled down to a striped fabric, and the rest of the room evolved from it. TOTAL: About $19,000 (Baker's usual fee for a makeover of this type would be $1,000, additional $250 to shop for furniture). -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN

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