Make room for creativity


Shejal Desai and her husband, Joshua Carpenter, want to turn their small second bedroom into a functional multipurpose room for art projects, reading and and playing music. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
May 22, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Shejal Desai and her husband, Joshua Carpenter, want to turn their small second bedroom into a functional multipurpose room for art projects, reading and and playing music.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Jennifer Snowden added a new desk and dual-purpose seating to maximize space, while a mix of textures, media and patterns in the furniture and art set a creative mood.

Pouf ottomans allow for additional seating and can be put under the coffee table to save space.

Paint an accent wall with gray chevrons to serve as the room’s focal point. Try Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl.

A mixture of wall decor, including prints and hanging sculptures, adds visual interest and color.

Patterned chairs help to balance the busy accent wall.

Use hanging wall files and containers to save floor space.

Keep the curtain panels open to give the illusion of having larger windows.

Jennifer Snowden, of Studio I.D. (202-506-1045, www.studioidonline.com ), is based in Washington and Los Angeles.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Cotton slipper chair in Sun Gold ($274) and cable knit pouf ottoman in Rust ($160), both from www.wayfair.com; Bel-Air pedestal table ($329, www.crateandbarrel.com); Portica cocktail table in clear glass ($399 for 48-by-24 inch table, www.roomandboard.com); Wright desk ($799, www.highfashionhome.com); Wrap office chair in white ($199, www.westelm.com).

Accessories: Love birds pillow cover ($39, www.westelm.com); Birds of Flight wall art ($79, www.grandinroad.com); double wall file in white ($25, www.cb2.com); Yellow Print by Sheila Golden ($160 for set of four, www.wayfair.com); large chevron wall stencil ($42, www.alltowallstencils.com); cowhide rug in beige ($229, www.ecowhides.com).

Window treatments: Rusty faux cotton Cotenza curtain panel ($54 for each 84-inch panel, www.overstock.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Elton bookcase in solid walnut and stainless steel ($2,099, www.roomandboard.com).

Drew lamp ($335, www.straydogdesig
.com
).

. . . OR SAVE

Helix white oak wall-mounted bookcase ($199, www.cb2.com).

Clarity smoke table lamp ($50, www.crateandbarrel.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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