Hillary Danner recently replaced the living room's dark red velvet draperies with a DIY curtain that combined an altered Ikea window panel and sections of a patterned bed skirt. "This house is dark by nature, and I've been trying to bring more light inside," she says. The armchair, mirror and lamp base came from her grandmother. "Whenever anyone in the family has something old, they say: 'Oh, give it to Hillary. She'll take it.' "
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