After moving to a house in Springfield from a townhouse in Alexandria, Alisa Goetz faced an unexpected issue: too much space. The large sunroom should be the spot where her daughters, Amelia, 7 and Vivian, 4, can do crafts and homework. It should include a TV, but not as the focus.
By adding hidden storage and movable seating, designer Jessica Granda Bonness creates a room that satisfies a variety of needs for the family.
Designate a crafts area to keep projects from taking over the room. A table on wheels can be moved for grown-up gatherings.
Keep storage simple and out of sight. A wooden bench with bins tucked underneath keeps the space organized.
Create a reading corner where children can display their favorite books. Bright poufs make for fun seating.
Safeguard against spills and fingerprints. Choose neutral-colored, durable fabrics for furniture in less formal rooms.
Shop in unexpected places. This coffee table, with built-in cubbies, is from Restoration Hardware’s kids’ line.
Let the TV blend into the background. Mount a flat screen on the wall next to artwork.
Bonness, of JGB Interiors (202-
997-6203, www.jgbinteriors.com), is based in the District.
Furniture: Klein sofa in gray ($1,700, www.roomandboard.com); Club two-tone chairs ($800 each, www.cb2.com);
Mason activity table ($500, www.rhbabyandchild.com); Vintage Schoolhouse small play table ($380, www.rhbabyandchild.com); White Little Felix chairs ($70 each, www.landofnod.com).
Lighting: Dexter floor lamp ($330, www.crateandbarrel.com).
Accessories: “Letterpress” print of weathered beach numbers ($17, www.society6.com); “Sunset Breaks” print ($15, www.society6.com); Zigzag floor pouf ($249, www.westelm.com); Straight and Narrow book ledges in white ($20 each, www.landofnod.com); Tree Ring paintings by Focus Line Art ($192 for six, www.etsy.com); Velvet Grommet window panel in ivory ($60-$100, www.westelm.com).
Bathurst media console ($1,700, www.betterlivingthroughdesign.com).
Salvaged wood bench ($995, www.serenaandlily.com).
Chippendale Ring knotted rug in beige by Thomas O’Brien ($4,960 for 8-by-10, www.laylagrayce.com).
Saga Credenza ($600, www.cb2.com).
Rolling storage ($300, www.westelm.com).
Chunky wool and natural jute rug ($549 for 8-by-10, www.potterybarn.com).
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