March 26, 2010 13:34 ET

CSN Stores and Angelo Surmelis Rescue America's Most Recession-Ravaged Living Room

Leading Retailer and Celebrity Designer Join Forces to Make a Ramshackle Room Remarkable

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) -  Crystal Kerr, 28, of Coraopolis, Penn., has a brand new living room that she says marks a fresh start, on the one-year anniversary of her father's death. Kerr received the $6,000 makeover as the grand prize for CSN Stores' Living Room Search and Rescue, which attracted over 6,000 entries describing the recession's negative effects on living rooms nationwide.

CSN Stores, the No. 3 e-retailer of home goods in the U.S., teamed up with TV Star Angelo Surmelis to create a stunning new room for Kerr. CSN's Room Rescue Crew painted the room and integrated decor hand-selected and arranged by Surmelis. The new room included Surmelis' new angelo:HOME line, Couristan rugs, SEI accents and a pet bed for Kerr's 15-year-old dog, Merlin, who once called a broken ottoman home.

Kerr yelled and clapped as the refurbished room was revealed. "I love it so much," she said. "It looks like a fancy hotel. I just wish my Dad could be here to see it."

Kerr's entry, submitted by her mother, detailed her struggles with her "60-year-old, money trap of a home." She chronicled how Kerr replaced everything from windows to bathrooms. To make ends meet, Kerr worked three jobs, while caring for her father before he passed away. The entry concluded with her mother pleading for a "living room makeover that reflects the warmth" of her daughter's "loving heart."

"We saw thousands of truly heart-wrenching entries and were blown away by the effect that the recession had on American living rooms," said Surmelis. "But Crystal's living room really cried out for a rescue."

Fortunately for contest-savvy e-shoppers, this rescue signals just the beginning of more rewarding contests at, including CSN Stores' Big Bad Bedroom Break-Up, which features Celebrity Designer Michael Payne and a $10,000 grand prize. Just for entering, consumers receive a 20% discount off of Michael Payne's line and another 10% off of a subsequent CSN purchase. To enter, go to: by April 15.

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