Functional family room for flourishing family


Kelly Spencer of Clifton isn’t satisfied with the design or layout of her family room. Spencer wants more comfortable seating and extra storage for her five children, including Hayden, 7, and to incorporate her family’s collection of black-and-white photographs. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
July 31, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Kelly Spencer of Clifton isn’t satisfied with the design or layout of her family room. Spencer wants more comfortable seating and extra storage for her five children, including Hayden, 7, and to incorporate her family’s collection of black-and-white photographs.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Suzanne Price selects functional pieces with a cozy color scheme to meet the Spencers’ needs.

Price, of Suzanne Price Design (301-963-8736, www.suzannepricedesign.com), is based in Rockville.

Floor-to-ceiling drapery panels add color and important vertical lines, which draw the eye upward.

A small sectional sofa provides more seating without breaking up the flow of the home’s open floor plan.


Clifton, VA - June 26: Kelley Spencer with one of her children Hayden Spencer, 7, have their living room photographed for a re-design on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in Clifton, VA. (Photo by Leah L. Jones/For the Washington Post) (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

The new coffee table on casters can be easily moved and has storage for games, puzzles and books.

Mount the television on the wall so it can be rotated for easy viewing.

Floor pillows offer fun, flexible seating in front of the TV or by the coffee table for family games.

Selecting four of the homeowner’s black-and-white photographsto enlarge and hang will unify and organize the display.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Davis chair in Ocean Darius fabric ($799, www.crateandbarrel.com); Meyers side table ($150, www.pier1.com); Nox full-leather cube ottoman ($50, www.leatherfurniture.com); Lawson round cocktail table ($354, www.overstock.com); Tanner console table ($399, www.potterybarn.com).

Accessories: Cerva Pumpkin throw pillow ($40), aqua and lime chevron pillow ($33) and Nairobi denim printed curtains ($85 per 96-inch panel), all from www.overstock.com; Potter’s Collection urn in Poppy ($55), Potter’s Collection gourd vase in Poppy ($71) and distressed European wall clock ($59), all from www.wisteria.com; Zig Zag Chenille hemp rug in blue ($499 for 10-by-13 foot rug, www.homedecorators.com); reclaimed elm and iron leaner shelving in zinc ($595 for medium, www.restorationhardware.com); Canarm ceiling fan in Cherry ($110, www.lightinguniverse.com).

Lighting: Bronze Downbridge lamp with burlap shade ($75) and gourd lamp in orange ($28), both from www.target.com; Fangio metal table lamp in Sienna bronze and black ($135, www.bellacor.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Recycled rag rug pouf ($249, www.westelm.com).

Hampton three-piece sectional in camel twill ($3,529, www.potterybarn.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Tufted corduroy floor pillow in red ($29, www.urbanoutfitters.com).

Buchanan curved three-piece small sectional in camel twill ($1,849, www.potterybarn.com).

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

Have a children’s room or nursery in need of a makeover?

Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

Margaret Ely is a producer and reporter for Local Living and Weekend. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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