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Design Solutions

1. Paint the dark wood paneling the same color as the walls to brighten and update the space.

2. Pull furnishings away from the walls and create zones for specific functions.

3. Install custom shelving and cabinetry along one wall.

4. Update the fireplace with paint and a new mantel, echoing the clean lines of the ceiling beams.

- Meredith Ericksen and Laura Caccese, Designers
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The Homeowner

"The hub of our home is threadbare. The window treatments, lighting, carpet, sofa, desk need to be replaced, but I do like the beams."

Designer's Critique

"We took our cues from the wood ceiling beams and the clientÕs fondness of mid-century furniture."

- Designers: Meredith Ericksen and Laura Caccese of Tuscan Blue Design in Frederick, 301-620-0500

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