Make a major impact with modest alterations.
After devising a furniture plan, Catherine and Tom inventoried what she had that would work with the scheme. For example, with just a few tweaks, an old four-poster bed found a place in her bedroom. To give it a more modern look, Catherine had the bed painted black with a satin finish that matches the iron extensions and canopy frame Tom affixed to the posts. Now the canopy, made from old Indian bedspreads, reaches to the ceiling. Moral: Consider a face-lift for what you already have before writing it off.