House Calls: Accentuate garden views


Rockville resident Leonora Nyawata wants to remake her 16-by-20-foot living room as a formal space for guests that can also serve as a comfortable escape from the television for her family. She’d like to highlight the view out to her garden and needs furniture that accommodates an allergy-prone son. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
October 2, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Rockville resident Leonora Nyawata wants to remake her 16-by-20-foot living room as a formal space for guests that can also serve as a comfortable escape from the television for her family. She’d like to highlight the view out to her garden and needs furniture that accommodates an allergy-prone son.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas chooses soft colors and sophisticated accessories to create a space that works for both formal and day-to-day use.

Red ottomans and side tables with red accents add a bit of color and pair well with an earth-toned palette.

Choose a new couch with polyester fabric, which collects less dust and repels allergens.

Make the view out to the garden the focal point by positioning the sofa to face the window.


Leonora Nywata. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Streamline the transition into the space by placing a console table behind the couch.

Paint the walls a warm beige, which adds warmth and complements the darker furniture. Try Sherwin-Williams Pavillion Beige.

3Rojas, of Interiors by Design (301-933-7723, interiorsbydesignmd.com), is based in Silver Spring.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Davian sofa in fabric No. 2010-000 ($1,699, www.belfortfurniture.com); Vermilion table ($349, www.belfortfurniture.com); three-drawer chest ($485) and Tivoli coffee table ($581), both from www.wayfair.com; Jameson wing chair in Basketweave Oatmeal fabric and black finish ($1,017, www.ballarddesign.com); Echelon console table ($499, www.crateandbarrel.com).

Accessories: Cecily table lamp ($316, www.mgbwhome.com); Courbe ottoman in Queens Velvet Pumpkin with brass nailheads ($334) and Fiorentine rug ($999 for 8-by-11-foot rug), both from www.ballarddesigns.com; sculptural spheres in gold ($29-$39) and Mongolian lamb pillow cover in platinum ($139 for 24-inch pillow cover), both from www.westelm.com; beaded ombre pillow cover in cool and warm ($44.50 each), decorative metal disc ($199), paned glass wall candle sconce ($99), studio wall easel (prices vary by combination), Dupioni silk pole pocket drape in Sahara ($60 for 50-by-63-inch drape) and silver beaded floor mirror ($599), all from www.potterybarn.com.

SPLURGE . . .

Ventura side table ($544, www.mgbwhome.com).

Antique bronze Buddha hand ($1,070, thetravelerscollection.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Tivoli chairside table ($321,www.wayfair.com).

Thai Buddha head statue in faux bronze patina ($25, www.wayfair.com).

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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