House Calls: Connecting a living room and a sunroom


Sherry Witt moved with her family to Falls Church last year, but she’s stuck on how to design around a major feature in the living room: the glass doors that lead to the sunroom. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
March 27, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Sherry Witt moved with her family to Falls Church last year, but she’s stuck on how to design around a major feature in the living room: the glass doors that lead to the sunroom. She’d like a comfortable place where she can relax, and her girls, Sylvia and Evelyn, can play.

THE SOLUTION

Designer April Force Pardoe creates a smart and functional space plan to encourage traffic flow between the two rooms, with spaces for adults and kids.

Pardoe, of AFP Interiors (410-446-6340), is based in Elkridge.

Pull the furniture away from the walls to improve traffic flow and encourage conversation.


Sherry Witt wants a comfortable place where she can relax, and her girls, Sylvia and Evelyn, can play. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

A storage ottoman gives Witt a place to put her feet up and hide the girls’ toys.

Combine store-bought art with kids’ creations. Hang a large piece over the fireplace and use the kids’ art for a gallery wall.

Curtains on each side of the sunroom entrance soften the look of the doors and frame the view. Hang them at the ceiling to give the room height.

If bold styles make you nervous, use neutral colors on large furniture and accessorize with colorful smaller items.

Organize each room into two areas, one for adults to read and chat, and another for kids to play.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Tribal carved wood accent table ($150, www.worldmarket.com); Braswell bonded leather storage ottoman ($200, www.costco.com); Possibilities track-arm sofa in Pumice Geo fabric ($800, www.jcpenney.com); Westport storage console table ($567, www.wayfair.com); Tiburon Serenity armchair ($280, www.overstock.com).

Accessories: Martina aged mirror table lamp base ($50) and off-white cotton-linen shade ($20), both from www.worldmarket.com; Koba cotton canvas printed window panel ($44 per 96-inch panel, www.westelm.com); Cote D’Ivoire floor lamp ($159, www.ballarddesigns.com); Crawford pillow in green ($35, www.crateandbarrelcom); Pattern in Agave Cactus print, matted with Soho pewter frame ($240, www.art.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Metropolitan rug in blue-gray ($4,848 for 9-by-13-foot rug, www.rugs-direct.com).

Loring chaise in Holtz ivory with mocha feet ($1,499, www.room
andboard.com
).

. . . OR SAVE

Encore Jaku rug in blue ($459 for 9-by-12-foot rug, www.rugs-direct.com).

Kanta chaise ($220, www.worldmarket.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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