(Leah L Jones/For the Washington Post)


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.

Alisa Goetz and her daughters, Amelia, 7, and Vivian, 4. (Leah L Jones/For the Washington Post)

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.

Balance bright and neutral paint colors. Stripes are Princeton Gold, walls are Horizon Gray, both by Benjamin Moore.

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).

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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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