Livonia couple wins ‘Room for Improvement’

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

One reader may have best summed up the response to our “Room for Improvement” contest in a single sentence.

“I need help!” wrote one couple in all capital letters.

More than 80 readers from all over Michigan entered the contest, a joint effort between Homestyle and this weekend’s Novi Home Improvement Show. Readers sent pictures of living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens – pleading for ways bring them into the 21st century. One reader even wrote a poem to the tune of “I Will Survive.”

But we could only pick one winner: Deanna and Neil Cervenan of Livonia.

In their entry, the couple said they moved into their home 16 years ago but still can’t figure what to do with their family room.

“The room is dated and needs a fresh update but is very intimidating to tackle,” they wrote.

Linda Shears of Linda Shears Design, a member of the Michigan chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, said the Cervenans’ room is dated, but has a lot of potential.

“The room has good bones, size and natural daylight,” says Shears. The three judges “felt we could easily bring new life to this room and started tossing potential ideas back-and-forth just by staring at the one photo they submitted.”

The Cervenans will win a free two-hour consultation with an interior designer and architect, paint and supplies from Sherwin-Williams to paint the room, and a $300 gift card from retailer At Home.

The Novi Home Improvement Show runs today through Sunday at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Go to

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