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Home Makeover, Not That Extreme

Quick improvements for the design lover, the ready-to-upgrade, and the just-starting-out.

  • Couch

  • High-End
  • $7,352
    B&B Italia’s Jean sofa is a luxe sprawl upheld by tiny, graceful legs.
    150 E. 58th St., nr. Third Ave.; 800-872-1697

  • Midrange
  • $3,550
    ABC Home’s squashy Inhale sofa is a classic shape made from sustainable materials.
    888 Broadway, at 19th St.; 212-473-3000

  • Deal
  • $899
    Crate & Barrel’s love seat doesn’t overwhelm small spaces.
    650 Madison Ave., nr. 60th St.; 212-308-0011

  • Coffee Table

  • High-End
  • $1,350
    Ligne Roset’s has both drama and storage.

    155 Wooster St., nr. Houston St.; 212-253-5629

  • Midrange
  • $299
    West Elm’s low-slung slab draws the focal point down.
    112 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-929-4464

  • Deal
  • $59.99
    Ikea’s glass-topped model brings some shine into a room.
    1 Beard St., nr. Otsego St., Red Hook; 718-246-4532

  • Lampshade

  • High-End
  • $98
    This Just Shades style is covered with rippling silk strings.

    21 Spring St., nr. Elizabeth St.; 212-966-2757

  • Midrange
  • $35
    Gracious Home’s black shade punctuates the room.
    1992 Broadway, nr. 67th St.; 212-231-7800

  • Deal
  • $17.99 Liberty of London for Target’s mod print transforms inexpensive lamps.
    139 Flatbush Ave., nr. Lafayette Ave., Ft. Greene; 718-290-1109

  • Chair

  • High-End
  • $1,200
    Moss’s laser chair is sculpture and furniture simultaneously.
    150 Greene St., nr. Houston St.; 212-204-7100

  • Midrange
  • $198
    Anthropologie’s folding chair shuttles between living room and dinner table.
    375 W. Broadway, nr. Broome St.; 212-343-7070

  • Deal
  • $79.95
    CB2’s lacquered bent-plywood chair is a lot of shape for the price.
    451 Broadway, nr. Grand St.; 212-219-1454

From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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