House Calls: Small apartment makeover


With only 550 square feet, Jennifer Riddell is looking to maximize every inch of her Adams Morgan condo. Riddell would like help with storage solutions and seating for the unit’s open living room and dining area. (Leah L. Jones for The Washington Post)
April 17, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

With only 550 square feet, Jennifer Riddell is looking to maximize every inch of her Adams Morgan condo. Riddell would like help with storage solutions and seating for the unit’s open living room and dining area.

THE SOLUTION

By rearranging furniture, including the wall of bookcases, and adding a rug, designer Charles Almonte helps distinguish the living area from the dining area. Additional bookcases, tables and a floating shelf offer more space for storage and accessories.

Charles Almonte (202-492-8494, www.charlesalmonte.com) is based in Silver Spring.

Maximize space on the credenza by mounting the television on the wall.


Jennifer Riddell. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Repurposing a rolling ottoman as a coffee table saves money and can still offer additional seating.

A versatile pull-up table is small but provides ample space for a drink or book.

A rug in warm, neutral colors defines the living space.

Console tables in the dining area can be used to set up a buffet or small bar when entertaining.

Paint the walls a warm white and the ceiling a cool tan. Almonte used Stoneware and Greenwich Gate, both by Benjamin Moore.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Fritz polished stainless pull-up table ($348, www.theroomstore.com); Era console table ($449 each, www.crateandbarrel.com).

Lighting: Grundtal cabinet lights in stainless steel ($19 each, www.ikea.com).

Accessories: Loomed brown Madison Square wool rug ($770 for 8-by-10-foot rug, www.overstock.com); short Sapien bookcase in white ($198, www.dwr.com); Ekby Jarpen/Bjarnum shelf in white and aluminum ($25, www.ikea.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Bantam studio sofa in Heather and walnut ($2,100, www.dwr.com )

Diane’s Conversation Chair ($1,325, www.mgbwhome.com)

. . . OR SAVE

Crosby sofa in Toast ($1,199, www.west
elm.com
)

Tullsta chair in Robust Off-White ($199, www.ikea.com)

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

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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