Colleen Joyce is having a hard time arranging the furniture in the 12-by-14-foot family room of her Greenbelt home. “I’m looking for a room that is comfortable, inviting and not fussy,” she wrote to House Calls.
By playing up the fireplace and calling attention to the view outside, designer Margery Wedderburn devises a cozy plan for this small space.
— A cabinet under the window can house a DVD player. Wiring should be hidden within the walls.
— Paint the fireplace white and the walls a blue-green: Bird’s Egg by Benjamin Moore.
— Striped wall-to-wall carpeting stretches the room and makes it seem bigger.
— Install Roman shades (above the doors) for privacy; hang curtain panels for softness.
— Colorful pillows and a throw freshen up the existing sofa; large artwork above adds personality.
— A mirror draws the eye up and adds sparkle to the space.
— The existing retro-style arc floor lamp provides a dramatic focal point for the large wall.
Margery Wedderburn Interiors (703-757-5001, www.margerywedderburninteriors.com) is based in Vienna.
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Stray Dog side table ($149, www.westelm.com);
Alanna club chair in basil ($200, www.grandinroad.com);
Union coffee table ($300, www.crateandbarrel.com);
Solsta Pallbo footstools with Ransta natural cover ($15, www.ikea.com)
Mint opaque glass lamp ($50, www.pier1.com)
Basket weave linen panels in white ($219 per panel, www.restorationhardware.com);
Bamboo Roman shades in tivon almond (priced according to size, www.selectblinds.com)
Fireplace screen ($46, www.amazon.com);
Bellesol mirror, small ($39, www.ballarddesigns.com);
Design Material Intuition stripe wool carpet, available through Farsh Carpets in Alexandria ($5.55 per square foot, 703-548-8884)