House Calls

House Calls

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

Creating a serene coastal-themed basement retreat

Illustration By Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post

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

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    Home Front Chat

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    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.

    Bring life to a dated and dark family room

    Bring life to a dated and dark family room

    A Mechanicsville woman isn’t sure how to arrange furniture around a fireplace and sliding glass doors.

    Making room for hobbies in an Arlington living room

    Making room for hobbies in an Arlington living room

    How one designer helps highlight treasured folk art and puppets.

    Make room for overnight guests in a tiny home office

    Make room for overnight guests in a tiny home office

    A Bethesda couple want to create a space where grandkids can bunk.

    Reclaim a room originally designed to be ‘kid-friendly’

    Reclaim a room originally designed to be ‘kid-friendly’

    Now that the kids are older, it’s time to bring a dated family room into the modern era.

    Transform a blank-slate basement into a cozy retreat

    Transform a blank-slate basement into a cozy retreat

    A Bethesda family wants to upgrade from bachelor furniture in a recently renovated space.

    Create a cozy seating area in a pass-through room

    Create a cozy seating area in a pass-through room

    A Rockville home’s open floor plan is making it difficult to arrange furniture in the living room.

    Tips to create a bedroom that will grow with your daughter

    Tips to create a bedroom that will grow with your daughter

    House Calls answers a request for a sparkly princess bedroom, without letting it get cartoonish.

    Can’t replace ugly floor tiles? There are ways to minimize their visual impact.

    Can’t replace ugly floor tiles? There are ways to minimize their visual impact.

    House Calls has some short-term fixes for homeowners saving up for a future renovation.

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