Attorneys Donna Stefans-Haber and Dave Haber put off redoing the master bedroom in their Melville home as they cared for their two young children and managed their busy careers. "We finally decided to do something when we had to buy a new dresser," says Donna, 39, an elder law attorney and financial planner with Stefans Associates in Woodbury. Dave Haber, 37, owns his own law firm in Woodbury. The two wanted a calming place to retreat to at the end of the day. They turned to designer Lisa Fero of Lisa Fero Interiors of Stratford, Conn. They knew her through her former career as a buyer for Fortunoff on Long Island. "The inspiration for the room was a mirror they'd purchased during a trip to Italy," says Fero of the room, which measures 15 feet by 12 feet. "Because the mirror is so striking, I wanted to give them a soothing color palette." Fero says that going monochromatic allows the eye to move easily around the room, giving the illusion of more space. Here's how Fero gave them a retreat without breaking the bank. Total: About $4,400 (includes Fero's fee of $1,000). -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN
BEFORE. The decor of the 15-by-12-foot bedroom was an afterthought.
BEDDING, $488. Prices reflect the use of a 20 percent discount coupon and includes a duvet ($240), two shams ($144) and bedskirt ($104) from the Hotel Collection Rings by Macy’s in Walt Whitman Mall, Melville.
CORAL REEF 5-FOOT by 8-FOOT RUG, $300. This is Donna’s favorite thing. “I make sure to step on it every morning. From Home Depot in Huntington.
ACCENT PILLOWS, $124. Again, Fero used a 20 percent discount coupon to purchase a decorative quilted square pillow ($56), a decorative kidney-shaped pillow ($56), both from Macy’s, and a blue throw pillow ($12) from Bed Bath & Beyond in Melville.
HAYWORTH MIRRORED NIGHT STANDS, $400 (for two). From Pier 1 Imports in Huntington Station.
WINDOW TREATMENT, $104. Includes two 84-inch sapphire Paris drapes ($56), Resolutions decorative drapery rod ($24), two Resolutions Bishop finials in pewter ($24), all from Bed Bath & Beyond.
PAINT, $350. Paint ($40) is Benjamin Moore Wales Gray, applied by Fred Stahl of Dix Hills. (September 2010)
HILLSDALE TIBURON TALL DRESSER, $679.
Because of the size of the space, Fero searched long and hard to get this 52-inche piece that fit the specific space requirements. From thebedroomspace.com.
FLAT-SCREEN TELEVISION and DVD PLAYER, $369. Fero says having a TV with a built-in DVD player enabled them to go with a smaller dresser. From P.C. Richard & Son, Plainview.
ESPRESSO BI-CAST LEATHER STORAGE BENCH, $200. With two children younger than 5, you always need a little extra storage. It also is a great place for the children to play. From overstock.com. (September 2010)
SERENA LAMPS, $250 (for two). From Pier 1 Imports, Huntington Station. (September 2010)
FRAMED TRAVEL ART, $73 (for three) These are photographs from their travels. The homeowners say having them helps to remind them of special moments from vacations. Sullivan frames from Bed Bath & Beyond. (September 2010)
MIRROR, existing. The handmade mirror is from a ceramics boutique on the cliffs of the Amalfi coast in Ravello. (September 2010)
EYELET JAR, $13. From HomeGoods in Syosset. (September 2010)