House Calls

Redecorating a bedroom

(Illustration By Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post; "Before" And Homeowner Photos By Leah L. Jones For The Washington Post)
By Emily Langer
Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Problem

A Silver Spring condo owner would like to turn her 12 1/2 -by-19 1/2 -foot bedroom, a "hodgepodge of cheap furniture, odds and ends, and clutter," into a more attractive and organized space.

Homeowner: Nancy McGuire

The Solution

Select furniture that will maximize storage and create an interesting and comfortable environment.

Designer: Miriam Dillon of Custom Design Concepts Architecture & Interiors in McLean, 703-749-9040, and

Now What

-- Select warm tones and natural materials with accent colors from the Southwest.

-- Create interesting displays for plants and jewelry.

-- Hang plants, especially succulents, on decorative shutters using pothooks. (Look for affordable shutters at the eBay store Capitol Salvage.)

-- Add salvaged wood to the base of the rectangular end table for style as well as an additional shelf.

How to get the look


Washed Herringbone quilt and shams in color steel ($129 for full quilt, $24 per standard sham,


Woven Rust hanging lamp ($230,


Andover cabinets placed side by side ($1,299 for a set of two,

More Ideas

-- Jute Diamond rug, 8 by 10 feet ($229,

-- Slim rectangular end table on one side of the bed ($169,

-- Slim round end table on the other side ($189,

-- Fluted-glass table lamps in antique gold ($298 for a set of two,

-- Humboldt chair in cinnabar ($549,

-- Relaxed Roman fabric shades in color 4355, ambience/latte (priced according to size,

-- Golden Mist paint color for wall behind bed, Lenox Tan for all other walls. Both from Benjamin Moore.

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