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Family-friendlier, eye-friendlier

Terri Sapienza
Thursday, March 10, 2011; T06

Hang a bookshelf and a floating shelf to add visual interest to the large wall.

Place the TV where it can be viewed from the family room and the adjacent kitchen.

Paint walls blue for instant sophistication: Amsterdam by Benjamin Moore Affinity.

L ayer an area rug over the wall-to-wall carpet to define the seating area.

Add a coffee table that can double as a work space, game table or serving area.

Use Roman shades to control light and privacy and make the windows appear symmetrical.

Use stain-resistant fabrics that are child- and pet-friendly.

THE CHALLENGE

The 14-by-17-foot family room in the Clifton home of Debbie and Sean Scott (shown with kids Rachel and Alex) has many quirks, including two-story windows and one wall for furniture. They'd like an adult space that can also stand up to children and pets.

THE SOLUTION

With color, window treatments and a new furniture arrangement, designer Gloria Borza turns an awkward room into a sophisticated, family-friendly space.

3Borza, of Trenzey Designs (703-943-9129, www.trenzey.com), is based in Oak Hill.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture. Cameron Place leather chair ($480) and ottoman ($210, www.jcpenney.com); lift-top coffee table in cherry ($296, www.cymaxstores.com); Merdian TV media stand in cherry ($711, www.clubfurniture.com); open double bookcase in cherry ($200, www.target.com).

Lighting. Robert Abbey Wonton Collection silver swing-arm lamp ($160) and Kichler cantilever brushed-nickel floor lamp ($219), both from www.lampsplus.com.

Accessories. Light-filtering Roman shades in champagne (priced according to size, www.selectblinds.com); floating wall shelf ($45, www.amazon.com); bolster pet bed in smoky blue ($99.50, www.frontgate.com); "Waikiki Beach" art print ($125, www.art.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Joe Ruggiero Tribeca sectional in trax cadet, available at the Nest Egg in Fairfax ($3,890, www.shopthenestegg.com).

Malika Persian-style rug ($649 for 8 feet by 10 feet, www.potterybarn.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Loft sectional ($1,199, www.jcpenney.com).

Hand-tufted Indo blue-beige rug ($350, www.overstock.com).

6See more photos of this project at washingtonpost.com/housecalls.

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