Making space for two


Katherine and Michael Godesky of Arlington want to turn their crammed office from a catchall for clutter into a comfortable working space for two. The couple wants simple, modern and gender-neutral decor and plenty of storage. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
May 15, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Katherine and Michael Godesky of Arlington want to turn their crammed office from a catchall for clutter into a comfortable working space for two. The couple wants simple, modern and gender-neutral decor and plenty of storage.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Liza Jones suggests a custom desk and built-in shelving to maximize space, and brings in just the right amount of color with decorative accessories.

When space is tight, invest in a good wall unit. This custom desk and shelving system offers storage and space for both people to work.

Paint the walls, shelves and desk white to reflect light, making the room appear bigger. Try Sherwin Williams’s High Reflective White.

All-white accessories, mixed with green and yellow accents such as yellow office chairs, keep the room looking crisp and neat.


Katherine Godesky of Arlington, Va. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

A bright accent wall behind the shelves, in Sherwin Williams Direct Green, plays off the red wall color of the adjacent kitchen.

A modern overhead light gives off a soft glow, while smaller fixtures offer additional task lighting.

A zigzag runner in black, white and red adds to the room’s modern feel and contrasts with the floor, which is given an ebony stain.

Jones, of Liza JaneInteriors (703-966-1554, www.lizajaneinteriors.com), is based in Sterling and Virginia Beach.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Dandy chair in yellow ($99, www.brickellcollection.com)

Accessories: Small Faceted vase in white ($15, www.dwellstudio.com); ceramic Buddha head statue in white ($35, www.allmodern.com); porcelain bird ($10 for set of two) and Ming box ($50 for set of two), both from www.zgallerie.com; wood gallery single opening frames in white ($14-$56 each, www.potterybarn.com); Circle framed print ($1,095), and Square framed print ($1,095) both from www.dwellstudio.com; classic Stockholm document box in white ($13, www.containerstore.com); Zigzag runner in iron, ivory and red ($149, www.westelm.com).

Window treatments: Thompson roller shade in Snow ($128 for 29-by-54-inch shade, www.theshadestore.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Logico mini quad nested ceiling mount in white ($1,935, www.lightology.com).

Bernie square chrome desk lamp ($859, www.lampsplus.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Quattro ceiling flush mount in white ($298, www.lightology.com).

Z-Bar mini LED desk lamp in white ($284, www.allmodern.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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