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The love seat's endtable is a round wood (Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

The love seat's endtable is a round wood Scandinavian import that cost $35. It holds a marble box and matching ashtray, $22 for both. The grand total for the bedroom makeover: $1,116.

Softening 'ultra-minimalist'

Who says "upscale contemporary" and "thrift-shop affordable" can't coexist? Certainly not interior designer Wendy Seewagen, who pulled off a pin-money makeover in the master bedroom of her 10,000-square-foot Sag Harbor house. -- By Jan Tyler

The love seat's endtable is a round wood
(Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

The love seat's endtable is a round wood Scandinavian import that cost $35. It holds a marble box and matching ashtray, $22 for both. The grand total for the bedroom makeover: $1,116.

This abstract painting adorns one corner of the
(Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

This abstract painting adorns one corner of the room; it's a 1967 abstract by Dorothea Blum that cost $250.

A table and chair fill the space on
(Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

A table and chair fill the space on the left side of the bed. A leather chair, $65, has a bronze-finish metal frame. This 1970 parsons table, $100, with a drawer has a black lacquer finish. The table holds, from left: a ceramic bowl, $20; reproduction African figures, $25; a glass vase, $25; and art books, $27 (nine books at $3 each).

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A round ceramic vase, $25, sits atop a
(Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

A round ceramic vase, $25, sits atop a rosewood pedestal (not included in the renovation cost).

A framed intaglio composition, $9, rests at the
(Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

A framed intaglio composition, $9, rests at the foot of the bed.

The nightstand, $20, is a round, white-lacquered wood
(Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

The nightstand, $20, is a round, white-lacquered wood piece originally from Habitat; black architect's table lamp, $25; terra-cotta bust sculpture, an artist's original, $30.

Seewagen kept the existing bed, with its high,
(Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

Seewagen kept the existing bed, with its high, upholstered head and footboards, the rug and a rosewood pedestal (which are not included in the makeover costs) and the color scheme remains her signature black, white and neutrals. Black linen pillows, $45; bolster, $20 of taupe silk, behind pillows.

This coffee table, circa 1960, has a bronze-finish
(Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

This coffee table, circa 1960, has a bronze-finish metal frame with a milk glass top; it cost $95. The wood "boomerang" design bowl was $8; The cylindrical Lucite vases -- one black, one white -- were $50 for the pair.

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As an experiment in decorating, Seewagen used items
(Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

As an experiment in decorating, Seewagen used items from her favorite charity, ARF, the Animal Rescue Fund's thrift shops in Sagaponack and Water Mill, where Hamptonites -- including some high-profilers -- often drop off gently used donations. The chrome torchiere, circa 1970, cost $20; the loveseats (this is one of a pair) are covered in off-white polished linen ($200 for both).

Wendy Seewagen's two dogs, Chase and Schuyler, lounge
(Credit: Photo by Peter DiLauro)

Wendy Seewagen's two dogs, Chase and Schuyler, lounge in the master bedroom before its makeover.

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