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8 secrets to designing a camera-ready room

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Wish your home looked more like the ones you see on TV?

From those cool backdrops on hot, prime-time dramas to the jaw-dropping "afters" on do-it-yourself design shows, wouldn't it be great if you could give your own home that camera-ready treatment?

Whether you're staging for a sale or just want to enjoy the space you have, you can raise your design game without spending big bucks.

Here are eight tips from those masters of home magic -- decorators and set designers who style everything from Hollywood sets to design-show fixer-uppers -- to get your home ready for its close-up.


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