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Design Solutions

Paint walls tan (Harmony) and the bricks a soft white (Mascarpone). Both Benjamin Moore AF.

Create a seating area with a sectional and an upholstered chair.

Define the space with a rug.

Remove the trim from the sides of the fireplace.

Install crown molding around the room.

Place cabinets on both sides of the fireplace for storage, display and the TV.

Hang a shelf over the fireplace for a mantel.

Replace the brass surround with a decorative screen.

Dress the windows with curtain panels for privacy and warmth.

Add a bookshelf for storing books and displaying accessories.

- Standen and Quinn, Designers

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The Challenge

Hannie and Alonso Gonzalez would like to refurnish the 13-by-20-foot family room in their Fairfax Station home. The TV needs to stay, but everything else can be replaced.

The Solution

Designers Denise Standen and Anne Quinn used warm colors and a new floor plan to create a comfortable gathering space for family and friends.

- Standen and Quinn, of Take 2 Interiors, are based in Potomac (202-596-1584, www.take2interiors.com).

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