A Clarksville room where the kids can hang and dad can rock


(Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
October 31, 2012
THE CHALLENGE

Debbie and Terry Stambaugh of Clarksville want to make over their 20-by-20-foot sunroom. It has been their kids’ game room for years, but now they’d like to turn it into a music room for Terry’s band. Their wish list includes plenty of seating, an area rug and storage for the guitars and wires.

THE SOLUTION

By adding built-in cabinets and a sophisticated lounge area, Kiera Kushlan and Jessica Centella created a space where guests can hang and Dad can rock.

Kushlan and Centella, of Residents Understood (202-630-6184), are based in the District.

Paint the walls a cloudy gray. Give the room a touch of drama with Graytint by Benjamin Moore.

Custom built-in cabinets help organize the clutter. Use them to display instruments and stow away wires.

Debbie and Terry Stambaugh. (The Washington Post/The Washington Post)

Create a lounge where guests can sit. Arrange the sofa and chairs in the center of the space for a cozy, intimate feel.

Anchor the furniture on an area rug. This will define the seating area and could potentially improve the room’s acoustics.

Swap the tiny ceiling light for a large, industrial chandelier. This better fits the scale and function of the space.

Create an accent wall with colorful wallpaper. It’s a creative alternative to traditional artwork displays.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Souk rug ($1,299 for 9-by-12-foot rug, www.westelm.com); Conner 90-inch sofa in Steel gray velvet ($2,245, www.mgbwhome.com); Tivoli console table in artisanal black stain ($599, www.potterybarn.com); Skye Indigo rectangular coffee table ($249, www.crateandbarrel.com); custom cabinets (prices vary according to size, www.heartwoodhome.com).

Lighting: Atelier chandelier by Sonneman in black ($711 for six lights, www.lumens.com).

Accessories: Zebra kelly green pillows ($80 each, www.dwellstudio.com); Mumbai pillows ($60 each, www.shopfurbish.com); Dryden wallpaper in green ($177 per square foot, www.osborneandlittle.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Nola ceramic table lamp by Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams in Flax ($535, www.bloomingdales.com).

Sorensen leather chairs in Old Saddle Chestnut and classic depth ($1,495 each, www.restorationhardware.com).

. . . OR SAVE

White drum shade double gourd lamp in slate gray ($130, www.lampsplus.com).

Everett leather chairs in coffee ($699 each, www.westelm.com).

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