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Personal retreat: Sigala's design tips

Shop for old textiles and slipcovers: You can get "lots of yardage for next to nothing,” says Sigala, who made the mattress cover on the daybed and most of the pillows from two old canvas blankets. Flea markets are her favorite fabric source.

Move a favorite indoor piece out: Then build on it. Sigala’s iron daybed (previous page) sets the mood.

Be clever with storage space: A sturdy canvas tool carrier can be used to stow away novels and magazines. Wooden crates used to ship tea make great cachepots for large plants.

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