By extending the hardwood and adding a table with three benches and eight chairs, designer Annette Phillips gets this home holiday-ready.
Phillips, of Your Style Inspired (703-819-1071), is based in Vienna.
Rooms with open floor plans should look cohesive. Define the individual areas with rugs or a table and chairs.
Paint the walls a buttery neutral color. Walls are Toasted Pine Nut by Sherwin-Williams.
Designate a seating area across from the piano. Two benches double as a coffee table.
Drapes should highlight the view, not distract from it. Swap the dated curtains with subtle, sheer panels.
A long, rectangular table offers plenty of room for guests. The piano bench can be dragged over as emergency seating.
A mirror above the piano makes the room look larger. Flank it with two hurricane candle holders for additional light.
Furniture: Large Avery extension table ($1,629, www.ethanallen.com); cottage benches in black ($79 each) and Coventry armless chair (no longer available in bittersweet), both from www.target.com.
Orland pharmacy floor lamp ($270) and Henderson Glass Dale Tiffany lamp ($151), both from www.lampsplus.com.
Elena Palampore linen sheer drape ($67 each), hurricane candle holders ($99 each), color-bound sea grass rug in cardinal red ($299 for 8-by-10-foot rug), all from www.potterybarn.com; Shirley Fintz stoneware lion ($129) and chevron crewel pillow cover in red ($39), both from www.westelm.com; Harmonie mirror ($164), Season’s Frenzy I and II wall prints ($239 each) and Prairie I area rug in red ($119 for 3-by-5-foot rug), all from www.homedecorators.com.