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The Challenge

D.C. resident Rachel Walker Luersen is looking for advice on updating the 17-by-11-foot living room in her 1895 Victorian. Her budget is tight, and she needs the design to be dog-friendly.

The Solution

» By tweaking the color scheme and adding furniture and textures, designer Christopher Patrick lends a sophisticated charm to this small space.

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