Design duo Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke show Domino magazine how they gave a Brooklyn row house wacky-but-wonderful charm through clever renovating, bold decorating and easy shortcuts.

in the living room (after)

decorating fix Decked in a deft mix of florals and graphics, a cozy seating area lets visitors feel immediately at home. Less-than-perfect parquet floors were redone in playful stripes, introducing the fresh green that acts as a universal neutral.

time-saving tip Using a floor paint by Farrow & Ball, which contains polyurethane, meant that they didn't have to seal the surface afterward. It's also super-durable; as Nixon says, "You can spill wine and just mop it up."

SOLID SOFA FABRIC Cotton "Kanvastex" in Moss (body) and Lemon (welting) $16.99/yard, calicocorners.com FLORAL FABRIC "Hydrangea" in Greens (on sofa) and in Apricot (on armchairs) about $105/yard, and STOOL FABRIC "Granada" in Blue/Green about $118.50/yard, Schumacher (800) 523-1200 for information PILLOWS (on sofa) 18" grosgrain "Trellis" and "Animal" $375 each, johnloeckeinc.com for information SECRETARY (similar to shown) "Bradbury" $4,299 drexelheritage.com for stores STOOLS 17" "Bamboo" $3,318 each (excluding material), and HEXAGONAL TABLE "Marrakech" $1,106 bakerfurniture.com for stores SIDE CHAIR (similar to shown) "Tivoli" $139 and cushion $29.95 crateandbarrel.com END TABLE Michael Weiss Classics "Alba" $537 vanguardfurniture.com for stores WINDOWS 400 series "Spring Line" $1,199 each, andersenwindows.com for stores WALL PAINT French Silver #90BG 55/051, glidden.com for stores FLOOR PAINTS in All White and Folly Green, farrow-ball.com

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