House Calls: Reclaiming a grown child’s bedroom


Now that Katherine and Neal Davies’s youngest son has graduated college and left home, the Bethesda couple wants to reclaim his small bedroom as a study and guest room. Because the room has only one window, they’re particularly concerned about lighting. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
August 21, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Now that Katherine and Neal Davies’s youngest son has graduated college and left home, the Bethesda couple wants to reclaim his small bedroom as a study and guest room. Because the room has only one window, they’re particularly concerned about lighting.

THE SOLUTION

Designer duo Shannon Woodward and Danny Christmas and provides lighting and multipurpose seating to make a welcoming space for the couple and their guests.

Stools can be put together in place of a coffee table or moved for versatile seating.

A chandelier and a wall lamp free up floor space while adding much-needed lighting.

To create the illusion of a more spacious room, use a large carpet and hang drapes all the way from the ceiling to the floor.


Neal and Katherine Davies. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Hanging framed artwork above the bed creates a focal point for the room.

A clear acrylic desk adds a modern, upgraded feel to the room and provides a simple work space.

Woodward and Christmas, of Interior Magic (301-996-4657, www.interiormagicdesign.com), is based in Chevy Chase.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Lyon French Country cane-back linen dining armchair ($757, www.kathykuohome.com); Clover vanity stool ($89, www.hsn.com); Laurel side table in Antique White ($199) and Parker settee in creamy pintuck fabric and black finish ($1,469), both from www.ballarddesigns
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; traditional Genell side table ($273, www.lampsbeautiful.com); Wave headboard in Oatmeal Linen and Oyster Welt ($1,365, www.oomphonline.com).

Accessories: Gold Tortoise mini lamp ($190, www.horchow.com); Addison table lamp ($408) and Addison wall lamp in bronze ($161), both from www.lampsplus.com; Greek Key dhurrie rug in Sea Blue ($764 for 8-by-10-foot rug) and flower drum shade chandelier ($249), both from www.shadesoflight.com; Mosaic mirror ($495, www.neimanmarcus.com); Belgian linen French pleat drapes in Fog (price varies by size, www.restorationhardware.com); aqua border frame duvet ($180 for twin) and sham ($68 for standard size), both from www.serenaandlily.com; Suzanne Kasler Antique Egg art ($229 for set of two, www.ballarddesigns.com).

SPLURGE . . .

King George desk ($4,295, www.plexi-craft.com).

Chinese Chippendale chair in French Blue ($356, www.wisteria.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Peekaboo clear console ($379, www.cb2.com).

Macau armchair in Rubbed Black ($299, www.ballarddesigns.com).

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

Tell us about your design challenge.

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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