By Laura Serino

Published on March 22, 2015

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Photography by NA

Those not-so-easy instructions were well worth these sophisticated looks. Prepare to get inspired by these transformations. 

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Photography by DAVID TSAY FOR AMERICAN BABY MAGAZINE

work like a charm

Every workspace needs a “wow” factor and for this cozy home office , it’s the desk. The lacquer slab top and streamlined filing cabinets were given an elevated update with custom legs and drawer pulls.

Photo from Emily Henderson

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Photography by THE NEW DESIGN PROJECT

emerald city

This urban loft is filled with imaginative touches and highbrow art, but the true pièce de résistance? The bold bursts of green Stockholm Swivel Chairs that brighten the living space.

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Photography by APARTMENT THERAPY

shine on

Every home deserves an element of surprise, so ditch the overhead light and create your own ceiling fixture with these geometric mirror decals . Use them sparingly for some sparkle or extend them all over the ceiling for major shine.

Photo from Apartment Therapy

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Photography by CUP OF JO

blank canvas

There’s a reason why Scandinavian homes use a lot of white – it makes the long winters easier to endure when you’re in a light-filled space. The white walls, chairs , and accessories in this dining area feel anything but stark when surrounded by stacks of books and a fresh floral centerpiece.

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Photography by APARTMENT THERAPY

cabin fever

Rustic charm isn’t the first adjective we use to describe wares from the Swedish superstore, but the occasional unexpected find is what makes those cringe-worthy instructions worth it. Here, Mermaid art prints strike a kitschy, playful tone above the fireplace of a log cabin.

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Photography by DESIGNSPONGE

warming trends

If you want to add instant sophistication with one item, try sheepskin on for size. Whether it’s draped across the bed or used to warm up a chair, it’s an easy way to bring texture and comfort to any space.

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