House Calls: A sunroom sanctuary in the District


(Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
November 28, 2012
THE CHALLENGE

Homira Nassery wants to decorate the 14-by-6-foot sunroom in her D.C. apartment. She wants a happy, tropical look: “Jamaica meets New Orleans.” She has tested a few paint colors but hasn’t loved anything. “Let’s just say the room needs help,” she said.

THE SOLUTION

By adding a wicker swing chair and floral stick-on mural, designer Lena Kroupnik turns the space into a private paradise.

Kroupnik (240-505-6783) is based in Rockville.

To evoke feelings of serenity, start with the walls. A nature-themed stick-on mural brings the room to life.

Spice up the space with an orange settee. Match the cushions to the swing chair for continuity.


Homira Nassery (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Let a little sun in with Roman shades. Keep them casual with linen fabric.

Carpet tiles by Flor are a breeze to install and maintain. A subtle tone-on-tone pattern adds visual interest.

A swing chair invites relaxation. The wicker and rattan materials give the room a coastal vibe.

Go green. Plants, such as these potted fishtail palms, are a must-have for any sunroom.

Keep storage open and airy to make the room feel larger.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Portico ottoman with casters in Cayenne ($499, www.crateandbarrel.com); Parisian Cornice bookcase in brown drifted oak ($1,195, www.restorationhardware.com); Flor carpet tiles in Soft Spoken Flax ($14 per tile, www.flor.com).

Lighting: LED fairy light strands in Amber ($11 each, www.lightsforalloccasions.com); Holtkoetter Torchiere floor lamp in bronze ($1,398, www.annapolislighting.com).

Accessories: Antique garden stool ($760, www.horchow.com); Komaki pillow in white ($175, www.homedesignwarehouse.com); Lulie Wallace Flowers for Phoebe wall mural ($129, www.urbanoutfitters.com); Diane textured bronze wood blades ceiling fan ($434 each, www.lampsplus.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Astrid settee ($2,498, www.anthropologie.com).

Talya wicker swing chair ($465, www.bathroomvanitiescity.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Edie velvet chaise ($649, www.urbanoutfitters.com).

Marrakech Swing Chair ($179, www.urbanoutfitters.com).

See past room makeovers by local designers.

Tell us about your design challenge.

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

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