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Design Solutions

A roomy cabinet beneath the TV can store toys and supplies for crafts and sewing.

A well-lit work area can be used for doing crafts or eating lunch.

A seating area with a soft rug provides an open space for kids to play in.

Walls in Bluebell and ceiling in Gleeful (Sherwin-Williams) add an element of surprise.

- Kelly Porter, Designer

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The Challenge

Kathryn Jacques of Edgewater in Anne Arundel County wants to turn her 23-by-9-foot laundry space into a multi-functional room where she and her husband, Donald, can relax, do crafts and spend time with their grandchildren.

The Solution

Designer Kelly Porter uses bright colors and family-friendly furniture to transform the space into a fun place to hang out.

- Porter House Designs (410-382-4357, www.porterhousedesigns.com) is based in Ellicott City.

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