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FAUX TIGER RUG, $450. From La Strada, Montreal. (Credit: Photo by Jessica Rotkiewicz)

FAUX TIGER RUG, $450. From La Strada, Montreal.
LEATHER OTTOMAN, existing.
WINGBACK CHAIR, $485. Purchased from some men driving around the neighborhood selling furniture from the back of a truck. “It isn’t the highest-quality piece in the room,” Garfield says with a laugh. “But it does the job temporarily. The price was right, and it looked good. I’m not recommending anyone buy furniture that way. It was more of an impulse purchase.”
OVERSIZE PLANTATION SHUTTERS, $3,500 (for 14 pairs). From blinds.com.
CROWN MOLDING and WINDOW and FLOOR TRIM, $5,000. Materials ($1,500) from The Home Depot in Freeport, installed by a designer-only source.
LEATHER COUCH and SIX LEATHER ACCENT PILLOWS, existing.
TABLETOP ACCESSORIES, $30. Includes decorative box ($30, Target in Westbury) and candelabra, existing).
COFFEE TABLE, $1,200. From La Strada, Merrick.
AREA RUG, $300. From eBay.com.
ARTWORK, existing.
ROUND DRUM SIDE TABLE, $2,800. From La Strada, Merrick.
ZEBRA-STRIPE CHAIRS, $2,120 (for two). From La Strada, Merrick.
THROW, $15. From HomeGoods, Merrick.
HARDWOOD FLOORS, $4,500. Materials ($1,000) supplied through and installed by a designer-only source. (November 2010)

Turning a sunroom into a year-round haven

Designer Wendy Garfield says she fell in love with her Merrick home because of its quirks. "It has a lot of unique charm," says Garfield, who owns La Strada -- Meuble Objet, Décor in Merrick. She shares the home with her attorney husband, Neal Stern, two children and their Norfolk terrier. The house, she says, "just needed a lot of love and care." Garfield and Stern have been heaping love onto their house, built in 1927. Transforming the home's enclosed porch into a year-round family room was an eight-year process. "Every year, we did a little bit," says Garfield. "When we started in 2002, it was so cold in there in the winter, you had to wear a jacket. At sundown, we'd just close the doors, and no one went in there." Not any more. With new windows and well-insulated walls, the 13-by-16-foot room is comfy-cozy. Here's how the designer turned a sometimes room into a year-round family haven. Total: $26,205 (Garfield's fee for a room makeover this extensive would start at $750) -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN

BEFORE.
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BEFORE.

BEFORE.
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BEFORE.

FAUX TIGER RUG, $450. From La Strada, Montreal.
(Credit: Photo by Jessica Rotkiewicz)

FAUX TIGER RUG, $450. From La Strada, Montreal.
LEATHER OTTOMAN, existing.
WINGBACK CHAIR, $485. Purchased from some men driving around the neighborhood selling furniture from the back of a truck. “It isn’t the highest-quality piece in the room,” Garfield says with a laugh. “But it does the job temporarily. The price was right, and it looked good. I’m not recommending anyone buy furniture that way. It was more of an impulse purchase.”
OVERSIZE PLANTATION SHUTTERS, $3,500 (for 14 pairs). From blinds.com.
CROWN MOLDING and WINDOW and FLOOR TRIM, $5,000. Materials ($1,500) from The Home Depot in Freeport, installed by a designer-only source.
LEATHER COUCH and SIX LEATHER ACCENT PILLOWS, existing.
TABLETOP ACCESSORIES, $30. Includes decorative box ($30, Target in Westbury) and candelabra, existing).
COFFEE TABLE, $1,200. From La Strada, Merrick.
AREA RUG, $300. From eBay.com.
ARTWORK, existing.
ROUND DRUM SIDE TABLE, $2,800. From La Strada, Merrick.
ZEBRA-STRIPE CHAIRS, $2,120 (for two). From La Strada, Merrick.
THROW, $15. From HomeGoods, Merrick.
HARDWOOD FLOORS, $4,500. Materials ($1,000) supplied through and installed by a designer-only source. (November 2010)

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FLAT-SCREEN TV, $500. From Costco, Westbury. CREDENZA, $3,300.
(Credit: Photo by Jessica Rotkiewicz)

FLAT-SCREEN TV, $500. From Costco, Westbury.
CREDENZA, $3,300. From La Strada, Merrick. (November 2010)

OVERSIZE PLANTATION SHUTTERS, $3,500 (for 14 pairs). From
(Credit: Photo by Jessica Rotkiewicz)

OVERSIZE PLANTATION SHUTTERS, $3,500 (for 14 pairs). From blinds.com.
To save money, Garfield purchased the shutters unfinished and stained them herself. She estimates that the staining took her more than 60 hours to complete. It would have cost an additional $7,000 if she had bought them pre-stained. “Shutters are very expensive, and now I know why,” Garfield says with a laugh as she remembers all the work she did. “I think they’re even nicer than if I’d bought them prefinished.” (November 2010)

DRUM LAMP, $625. From La Strada, Merrick. (November
(Credit: Photo by Jessica Rotkiewicz)


DRUM LAMP, $625. From La Strada, Merrick. (November 2010)

END TABLE, $150. From Pier 1 Imports, Freeport.
(Credit: Photo by Jessica Rotkiewicz)

END TABLE, $150. From Pier 1 Imports, Freeport.

DECORATIVE VASE and ORNAMENTAL GRASS, $30. From HomeGoods.
(Credit: Photo by Jessica Rotkiewicz)

DECORATIVE VASE and ORNAMENTAL GRASS, $30. From HomeGoods. (November 2010)

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BOOKCASE, $700. From La Strada, Merrick. ANTIQUE-LOOK BIRD
(Credit: Photo by Jessica Rotkiewicz)

BOOKCASE, $700. From La Strada, Merrick.
ANTIQUE-LOOK BIRD HOUSE, $50. (November 2010)

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