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House Calls: A playroom makeover

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“It’s time to update my daughter’s old playroom,” wrote Donna Monacci of Fairfax. The Monaccis want quarters fit for a teen queen, with a place for table tennis, darts and cozy conversation. The hitch? Breaking up the 21-by-19 space.


By adding family cheering stations and a cork wall for darts, designer Shanon Munn breathes new life into a dull basement.

Freshen a dull basement with color. Green paint, pink drapes and white wall flowers make the room feel like an outdoor playground.

Build a functional game room. Flor tiles create a dart-throwing lane and pub tables and chairs form a section for family cheering.

Stop damage ahead of time. Protect the dart board’s wall with cork. Then, cover it with patterned wallpaper to disguise the holes.

Give furniture new purpose. A stool can be reinvented as an end table.

Use accessories to tie together patterns and colors. A round throw pillow, patterned stool and colorful dart board keep the decor consistent.

Think outside the box and invest in a transitional statement piece. This chair’s modern design will last through future renovations.

Dress up even small windows. Adding a

mirror will create the illusion of light and depth.

Munn, of Ambi Design Studio (703-597-8401,,

is based in McLean.


Furniture: Director’s chairs in latte ($50)

with plum covers (no longer available) (; Cafe table ($98,; Monarch Butterfly console table ($289,; Cushy Lounge sectional ($1,250 total with base,

Accessories: Parallel Reality Flor carpet tiles in burgundy ($11.99 per tile,; Coco stool in pink ($88,; Dream Wish Forever organic pillow cover ($29,; Nolan 20-inch pillow in jade ($25,; crewel striped pillow ($38,; Eclipse Kids’ twill thermaweave black-out panel ($20-$30,

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