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Susan Manrao


Interior Design Tips to Help Make Your House into a Home After the Matrimonial Split

Posted: 05/03/12 12:30 PM ET

Divorce takes a toll on everyone involved and can often make you feel like a stranger in your own home. My clients tell me how the constant reminders of an ex-partner around every corner -- those honeymoon photos, or the blank spaces on the wall where those photos used to be -- can make your home feel like a shrine to the past, serving as a subconscious psychological roadblock that prevents you from moving forward. Whether you're looking to refresh your current space or are starting with an empty house in a new location, here are my top "interior remedies" to help you create a restorative, hopeful space that allows you to move forward after a split:

Reconnect With Your Personal Style
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Fill your space with things you love, or old hobbies you abandoned. Now is the time to do what you've always wanted to do: curate your collections for everyone to see. Maybe your ex-husband hated the pile of decorative pillows on your bed -- now is the time to express your individual style and make your bedroom as feminine as you desire.

Susan Manrao is a Los Angeles-based interior designer who specializes in creating and redefining spaces for newly divorced clients. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, InStyle Magazine, Style Network and more. For more information, visit