BEFORE & AFTER: Three Home Makeovers by Designer Claire Staszak

A living room redesign can be stressful — but not in the hands of Chicago-based interior designer Claire Staszak, whose work has been featured in Elle Décor, Rue Magazine, and Domino. A former yoga and meditation instructor, Staszak gently guides her clients through the process of creating a home that feels like a true sanctuary. It’s no wonder that she’s given her firm the name Centered by Design.

Part of Staszak’s zen-like process is partnering with vendors who she can rely on for unique products and a seamless experience. Interior Define has become a go-to (and Staszak has become an I/D Trade Ambassador). “I/D fills a gap in the market for designers,” she says. “Customizable sofas with quality fabrics and construction at affordable prices, plus a dedicated trade rep and easy-to-use website — what’s not to love?”

To illustrate, Staszak shared before-and-after photos and tips from three homes where she used I/D products (for more of her living room design ideas, check out her blog).

Challenge #1: Create an updated family-friendly great room for movie nights and lounging.

The I/D Piece: Sloan Corner Sectional in Plush Sateen Ocean with Oiled Walnut Tapered legs.

Pro Tip: If your budget won’t allow for a complete gut of the space, you can still update dated elements like wood paneling or a brick fireplace with a fresh coat of paint. White almost always works.

Challenge #2: Take a new construction home and give it personality and style for a chic young couple.

The I/D Piece: Dueling Harper Sofas in Pebble Weave Linen.

Pro Tip: Playing with symmetry and asymmetry is always in a designer’s tool kit. In this project we used symmetry to create a pleasing seating arrangement. Every element mirrors each other.

Challenge #3: Give a condo living room with good bones a serious style update (and make it family friendly).

The I/D Piece: Caitlin Sofa in Heavy Cloth Coffee with Oiled Walnut Tapered legs.

Pro Tip: If you like neutrals, you can still create an interesting room. Here I used art and drapery to make the biggest statement, everything else creates a quiet backdrop.

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