A sophisticated retreat


Carol and Joel Itskowitz of Potomac are stuck on the layout of their small master bedroom, which they want to feel more spacious, airy and welcoming. The couple also needs more storage space. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
May 8, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Carol and Joel Itskowitz of Potomac are stuck on the layout of their small master bedroom, which they want to feel more spacious, airy and welcoming. The couple also needs more storage space.

THE SOLUTION

By relocating the bed and adding a colorful bench for storage, designer Caroline McCandlish creates a welcoming, functional space.

McCandlish, of McCandlish Design (703-689-3481, www.mccandlishdesign.com), is based in Reston.

Add a bench for storage and seating, and reupholster the cushions for added color.

Move the bed between the windows to create space; the layout even leaves enough room for a small chair by the dresser (not shown).

Revamp the headboard by painting it a neutral brown, such as Annie Sloan’s French Linen.

The homeowners’ TV can be mounted above the dresser.

A mix of stained and painted furniture gives the room a creative but casual feel.

Paint the walls a light blue, such as Benjamin Moore's Silvery Moon.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Abbott Place dresser ($1,498) and bench ($498) in Warm Cherry, from www.cymax.com. Robert Allen bench fabric in Bluebell ($55 a yard, www.calicocorners.com).

Bedding: Pintuck duvet cover ($139) and sham ($29) in Natural, from www.westelm.
com
; Grand embroidered bed skirt in Tuscan Blue ($79, www.potterybarn.com); Maine-Made blanket in Sunlight ($109, www.llbean.com).

Accessories: Cameron drape in ivory ($38 per 96-inch panel, www.potterybarn.com); Becket adjustable drapery rod and bracket (price varies) and rope trim finials ($29), in antique brass from www.countrycurtains.com; That’sMyPillow navy throw pillow cover ($36, www.etsy.com); door knob curtain tie-back in antique brass ($16, www.urbanoutfitters.com); Oology IX ($60) and Oology V ($60) prints, both from www.art.com.

SPLURGE . . .

Maggie nightstand in Seaside ($1,450, www.laylagrayce.com).

Sawyer table lamp in Midnight blue porcelain ($378, www.circalighting.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Three-drawer petite chest ($349, www.wisteria.com).

Audrey lamp in navy ($238, www.luluandgeorgia.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.

Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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