Arkansas' Best One-Room Makeover: Jerusalem Greer, North Little Rock

Styled By: 
Mandy Keener
Nancy Nolan
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The Goal: Create a family-friendly dining room in the cottage she shares with her husband, Nathan, and sons, Wylie and Miles, updating the space with minimal expense.


What she did:

Jerusalem’s makeover of the 180-square-foot dining room in her Park Hill neighborhood home began with a furniture trade. “A good friend and I traded dining tables,” she says. “I needed one that was long and narrow. She needed one that was slightly shorter and wider. Always thrift-minded, we hatched the perfect scheme, and opted to trade.”

While the size was right for the room, the table’s black color wasn’t, and Jerusalem remedied that with a fresh coat of aqua paint. She then created a relaxed gathering space by surrounding the newly painted table with distressed white vintage chairs in various shapes and sizes.

Jerusalem “upcycled” pieces she already owned to create accessories and accents. French tea towels became a table runner. A vintage lampshade frame, suspended above the table and topped with a curtain valance and pom-pom fringe, became a whimsical light fixture. Jerusalem reworked a patterned duvet cover into cheerful curtains and added a pair of vintage chests alongside the window.


The biggest challenge:

The red walls. Opting to keep the dramatic color as a contrast to the room’s white woodwork, Jerusalem found creative ways to brighten the room and add cheer.


Her favorite part:

Using items she already owned in new ways. “The makeover was very spontaneous and very personal,” Jerusalem explains, “which I really like.”


What the judges loved:

For Tobi Fairley, it was the mismatched collection of chairs and interesting combination of colors. Beth Davis was struck by Jerusalem’s successful interpretation of the cottage look. And Sandy Sutton envisions it as an ideal space for lively conversation. “It’s the kind of place where you could sit down, relax and talk for awhile,” Sandy says.

And perhaps eat a cupcake or two.

Design Resources

Interior design Jerusalem Greer

Accessories, duvet for window treatment Target, locations statewide

Dining table Hobby Lobby, locations statewide

Paint Walmart, locations statewide

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