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live at home Zander's Easy Like Pages From a Magazine We all do it: rip out pages from an interior design magazine, get lost in an HGTV spe- cial, make Pinterest board upon Pinterest board of the home we'd like to have. With its bright colors, perfectly paired pat- terns and uniquely kooky knickknacks, behind the worn-wood door to Zander's Interiors that perfect space is before you. Combining designer expertise with on- hand furniture and décor, Zander's offers everything those awe-inspiring photos do—attainably. After noticing an un-filled niche in the WINNER READERS' CHOICE INTERIOR DESIGNER Zander's Interiors Runners Up: Zander's Interiors creates eye-catching, livable spaces By Kelsey Bewick Rubin's Furniture Britt Interiors Room Re-do Re-imagining your space with items you already own WINNER READERS' CHOIC or building a home from the ground up (They've even helped clients select exterior finishes!), Zander's Interiors has the goods to transform your home into something worthy of a magazine cover. Whether you're swapping out curtains In short: A service-oriented combination interior design studio and retail space. Zander's strives to make the process of design painless and also "kind of fun," says Zander. market, Doug Zander, a 33-year interior design veteran, cultivated his interests into his company 26 years ago. Zander's has since evolved to incorporate a retail space. "It's difficult to look in a magazine and say, 'Oh, I really like that little dish.' It's nice to be able to see it and take it [home]," says Zander. But don't expect Zander's to adhere to Zander's favorites: "I've always been drawn to color and combinations of intense colors together," he says. No matter where he finds inspiration, Zander confidently incorporates color in his designs. any specific style. "We're very eclectic, we like putting a variety of different styles of furniture to- gether," he says. "Madison is very diverse… so [we] do a combination of things." 22 BRAVA Magazine November 2012 Why you'll love it: Regardless of your price point, Zander's has the expertise and merchandise to help. The ever-changing show room also helps you envision differ- ent spaces in your home. Where to go: 2503 Monroe St., Madison; (608) 231-0040 or Rearrange a room Rearrange with a goal in mind; shifting furniture can make the room look larger or more intimate. "Let's say you maybe had the furniture all pushed out and you used it in such a fashion that it was really open and airy," says Zander, "change it up and flank the sofa and two chairs next to a fireplace and really get a cozier affect." If your furniture is already comfy, Zander recommends pulling pieces apart and spacing them out, then adding a statement piece, like a coffee table, for guests to gather around. Rebirth a piece of furniture "A lot of times it's a matter of saying 'Oh, you know that chair that's in the bedroom could look great [in the living room] and I'll bring it downstairs,'" says Zander. Furniture can suddenly take on new life by simply moving it to a new location. By relocating furniture and incorporating a few accessories, like a great painting and a few lamps, you can create a completely new look without spending a dime. Repaint the walls Simply painting the walls a different color can make a huge difference in the space, says Zander, even when you keep all of your current furnishings the same. If you add green to a room that's been stuck in an off-white rut "all of a sudden the things you have just look different and that, a lot of times, is a quick, simple thing to do—and not expensive," Zander says. READERS' Photo by Shanna Wolf

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