Classic space gets cohesive makeover


Laurie Ballenger is having trouble pulling together the living room of her D.C. rowhouse because of its long floor plan and diagonal fireplace. She wants a more functional, cohesive design and, with a family of seven, extra seating and storage. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
June 19, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Laurie Ballenger is having trouble pulling together the living room of her D.C. rowhouse because of its long floor plan and diagonal fireplace. She wants a more functional, cohesive design and, with a family of seven, extra seating and storage.

THE SOLUTION

Joanne Fitzgerald infuses the classic space with updated, playful furniture and accessories that also accommodate the large young family.

Joanne Fitzgerald, of Gatega Interior Design (301-424-3834, www.gatega.com), is based in Rockville.

Substituted for a traditional coffee table, pouf ottomans can also offer extra seating.

Homeowner Laurie Ballenger. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Keep the existing rug, which has interesting colors, to complement more neutral furniture.

Paint the walls a warm gray to pair with the blue in the rug and create a calming space. Use Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus Gray.

A new sofa faces the fireplace, existing bookcase and TV, creating a focal point.

A narrow console table placed behind the sofa creates a more finished entry into the space.

Additional seating by the bay window takes advantage of the view and offers a place to read.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Klyne two-piece sectional in Delight fabric and Dolphin color ($1,798) and Lyle side chairs ($199), both from www.crateandbarrel.com; Sanna chair in denim-stripe Seton fabric and charcoal wood finish ($799, www.roomandboard.com); Rustic Acacia console ($349, www.westelm.com).

Accessories: Colorful wooden tray in Ocean Blue ($34, www.wisteria.com); Walker five-arm chandelier with drum shade ($362, www.lightology.com); Stilts floor lamp ($152, www.lampplus.com).

Window treatments: Crochet spliced curtain in white ($198 for 96-inch curtain, www.anthropologie.com); Bamboo Bay woven wood shades in Kukio Bleached ($127 for 40-by-72-inch shades, www.1.americanblinds.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Zuni pouf ($399, www.crateandbarrel.com).

Seabrook oval twig end table ($749, www.bassettfurniture.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Diamond pouf ($179, www.wisteria.com).

Dahlia accent table ($85, www.worldmarket.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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