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The Challenge

The main entrance in Kate Finamore's Alexandria home leads into a 14-by-15-foot room with four doors and limited wall space for furniture. She would like it to be a mudroom and homework area. The wood bench must stay, but everything else, including the wood paneling and fireplace, can go.

The Solution

» With color, window treatments and a new furniture arrangement, designers Jennifer Mangum and Suzan Meredith turn an awkward room into a sophisticated, family-friendly space.

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