Designer Lindsay Speace creates distinct seating areas for conversation and relaxing in front of the television, and uses natural textures to impart the coastal-cottage vibe the homeowner wants. Speace (508-237-3311, www. lindsayspeace. com ) is based in the District. Balance the corner column by placing large-scale (not shown) art and a tripod floor lamp at the other end of the room. Create two distinct seating areas , anchored by the sofa and an area rug, to break up the space. Upholstered poufs serve as ottomans and as additional seating that can be moved around as needed. Three club chairs around the coffee table provide an unexpected arrangement that is perfect for casual conversation. Round coffee tables encourage easy circulation and traffic flow. A clean-lined Parsons desk doubles as a bar during parties, or a spot to work that still has a view of the television. Bring in texture and visual interest with a sisal rug and a banana-leaf mirror. Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Eileen Alfieri and Robert Pennington don’t have much wall space in their Fort Washington living/dining room because of a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. They use the room for relaxing and dining but aren’t sure how to arrange the furniture or place art. They want to incorporate their love of the outdoors in the design, and they’ll move the large plants outside during warmer weather. Designer Trystin Kier uses colors that reflect the homeowners’ love of nature and moves some existing furniture elsewhere to avoid overwhelming the small space. Kier, of Trystin Kier Co. ( www. trystinkier. com , 323-639-0015), is based in the District. Walls painted a deep gray, such as Behr’s Gray Timber Wolf, make the room feel larger. Earth tones blended with ocean hues reflect the homeowners’ love of nature and are gentle enough for a small space. A wooden dining table adds texture and anchors the dining area of the room. Custom artwork creates a focal point and complements the design concept. A bright sofa with clean, modern lines adds color to the room without being overwhelming. Source: www.washingtonpost.com
Designer Nancy West makes the puppets a focal point and arranges seating to create a cozy space for reading and conversation. West, of Noble-West Design (540-687-3357, www. noblewestdesign. com ), is based in Middleburg. [ Tell us about your own design challenge here ]. Warm gray paint, such as Benjamin Moore’s Collingwood, provides a neutral backdrop. Paint the fireplace surround and hearth black to balance the black piano (not shown. Display the puppet collection on louvred doors. A table and doors get a bright coat of paint ( Sherwin-Williams’s Glisten Yellow and Loch Blue ) to bring in some color. Floor-to-ceiling drapes add height to the room. Add a Parsons desk between wing chairs to create a place to work on jigsaw puzzles or do other activities. Bring the outdoors inside with large plants , such as a fiddle leaf fig or yucca. Source: www.washingtonpost.com
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Furniture: Ektorp Tullsta chairs in natural/Blekinge white ($129 each, www.ikea.com); Durham console table ($349, www.ballardesigns.com); Parsons desk with drawers in white ($399, www.westelm.com); tribal carved coffee table ($300, Savannah ikat
Furniture: Metal and wood French bistro accent table ($130) and Elliott wingback chair in Pacific blue ($330), both from www.worldmarket.com; Conrad dining table ($499, www.homedecorators.com); Stockholm chair in walnut veneer ($139, www.ikea.com).
Furniture: Cumberland Grove loveseat ($620, www.wayfair.com); Billy bookcase in white ($60, www.ikea.com); Barrie stool ($59) and industrial Mansard end table ($149), both from www.homedecorators.com. Accessories: Sarah Campbell mosaic triangles
Furniture: Duffield swivel chair in olive Pebble Weave ($799) and crisscross wire side table in black ($149), both from www.westelm.com; Marin console table ($799) and Yukon small coffee table-bench ($599), both from www.crateandbarrel.com. ($50
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