A room with a view


Designer Shannon Lyle creates a multifunctional space while avoiding clutter. The style also reflects the homeowners’ love of nature, with a casual and rustic feel. (Julius Goyanko for The Washington Post)
July 3, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Dennis and Emalie Baker’s waterfront living room in Lusby has beautiful views, but the Bakers want a more functional and coordinated area inside. They want to use the space for bird-watching, entertaining, TV-watching and exercising. They also need space for a dog crate.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Shannon Lyle creates a multifunctional space while avoiding clutter. The style also reflects the homeowners’ love of nature, with a casual and rustic feel.

3Lyle, of Design Defined (703-980-0069, www.design-defined.com), is based in Herndon.

Existing ottomans are grouped together for additional seating.


Dennis and Emalie Baker. (Courtesy Photo)

The elliptical machine can be placed by the sliding glass door for a view of the water.

A dog crate doesn’t have to stick out; the right style can be incorporated into the design as a sofa table.

For a streamlined space, group side chairs for a conversation area, and use a love seat by the TV instead of more chairs.

Coordinating area rugs and pillows in earth tones, blue and maroon complement the waterfront view.

Swivel chairs will let the Bakers watch the birds from multiple windows.

If privacy’s not an issue, skip window treatments to let a great view take center stage.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Ektorp sofa ($499) and loveseat ($479), both in Idemo beige, from www.ikea.com; rustic storage side table ($249, www.westelm.com); pet cage with crate cover ($204 for large, www.dog.com).

Accessories: Angelique rug ($200 for 5-by-7-foot rug) and pillow ($20), both from www.pier1.com; Chunky Stripe Kilim wool rug ($290 for 5-by-8-foot rug) and Woodlands floor lamp ($120), both from www.worldmarket.com; Imperial square-cut-corner lamp shade in Creme ($50, www.lampplus.com); jute braid pillow covers in Blue Smoke and Tumbleweed ($39 each, www.potterybarn.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Larkin swivel glider in Arden Spa fabric ($915, www.ballarddesigns.com).

Farrow corner media console ($499, www.crateandbarrel.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Isaac swivel chair in teal ($400, www.pier1.com).

Benno TV unit in medium brown ($99, www.ikea.com).

See past room makeovers by local designers at washingtonpost.com/housecalls .

Tell us about your design challenge. Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Lifestyle