House Calls

House Calls

Before & After | Design advice to help you make over your space.

Creating a soothing space, with room for a dog

Illustration By JULIUS Goyanko For The Washington Post

Updated furnishings and a calming blue color add life to a Vienna split-level home.

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Every week, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss.

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Creating a soothing space, with room for a dog

Creating a soothing space, with room for a dog

Updated furnishings and a calming blue color add life to a Vienna split-level home.

How to refresh a tired kitchen without a budget-blowing renovation

How to refresh a tired kitchen without a budget-blowing renovation

Paint and add funky hardware to cabinets while upgrading furniture to breathe life into a dated space.

A living/dining area that can stand up to kids and pets

A living/dining area that can stand up to kids and pets

Durable fabrics, a soft floor covering and plenty of storage transform an Alexandria living room.

An on-trend nursery that stands the test of time

An on-trend nursery that stands the test of time

Parents-to-be in Alexandria want to redo a room for their baby on the way.

How to make a mid-century modern shine

How to make a mid-century modern shine

Choosing the right furniture and accessories to complement the architecture of a Silver Spring home.

How to incorporate a large television, without it taking over your living room

How to incorporate a large television, without it taking over your living room

A moveable easel keeps the flatscreen television from taking center stage in a Mount Pleasant row house.

Making room for books, and reading

Making room for books, and reading

Comfortable seating turns Mount Airy library into a cozy place to curl up with a book.

Creating a brighter, more inviting living room

Creating a brighter, more inviting living room

Tone down the paint color and add comfortable furniture to create a family-friendly retreat

Creating a serene coastal-themed basement retreat

Creating a serene coastal-themed basement retreat

Texture and color combine to impart a coastal cottage vibe in an Ellicott City basement.

How to create a soothing retreat in a rental

How to create a soothing retreat in a rental

Designer adds storage and style to a small bedroom.

How to break up a long, narrow room

How to break up a long, narrow room

Better furniture arrangement and high-quality accessories create a cozy space for entertaining and relaxing.

Tips for creating an inviting outdoor space

Tips for creating an inviting outdoor space

Versatile seating and colorful accessories bring a renovated patio to life.

Making sense of a disjointed living area

Making sense of a disjointed living area

Creating distinct areas for reading, watching television and working will make a room feel calm and cohesive.

Making room for nature in a small space

Making room for nature in a small space

Furniture arrangement proves difficult in a tight living room/dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Frequently asked questions about House Calls

Frequently asked questions about House Calls

Information about how rooms are chosen and how the designers come up with their plans.

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