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Design Solutions

Create a cozy corner with two chairs and an ottoman. Add a soft Roman shade on the window above.

Add symmetry with a pair of matching bedside tables and mini-crystal pendant lamps.

Conceal the flaws. Covering the off-center windows with curtains will add balance and warmth.

Create a focal point. Move the bed in front of the curtains, which now serve as a headboard.

Bring in storage. An upholstered bench can store linens and serve as extra seating.

Repaint and reuse. Paint the existing dresser the same white as the walls. Hang a mirror above.

Brighten the room. Paint the walls a creamy white: Sebring White by Benjamin Moore.

- Rachel James, Designer

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The Challenge

The master bedroom of Grace Ronan's Kensington home has been a challenge since she moved in more than 10 years ago. She'd like the 12-by-20-foot space to look more cohesive and to be a peaceful place to relax in.

The Solution

By using fabrics to add warmth and softness and rearranging the furniture to make the bed the focal point, designer Rachel James transforms this bland bedroom into a restful retreat.

- Rachel James, of Rachel James Interiors, is based in Vienna (703-848-9255 www.rjinteriors.com).

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