Married couple Kari Heebink and Chris Kavanaugh have thier sunroom photographed for a redesign in Falls Church, VA. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

The 7-by-16-foot sunroom in Kari Heebink and Chris Kavanagh’s Falls Church home isn’t original to the house and feels disjointed, Heebink wrote. “We have no idea what to do with it.”


Designer Sarah Wessel uses fresh paint and simple furnishings to turn this very narrow blank slate into a charming mudroom and the perfect place to enjoy coffee in the morning.

A storage bench is a must-have for a mudroom. Use the bench to take off shoes and the storage to keep dog leashes handy.

Keep the paint color neutral to distract from the different heights of the windows and doors: White Dove by Benjamin Moore.

A durable sisal rug defines the seating area and adds texture and warmth to the space.

Update the ceiling fan with a more modern style. Paint the ceiling blue: Pavilion Blue by Farrow & Ball.

A tiered metal stand adds height to the room and inhabits an empty corner. Fill it with citrus plants, such as kumquat or Meyer lemon.

Bring in layers of texture for visual interest: a table with a wooden top, woven shades, a mirror fashioned from twigs.

Hang Roman shades from the ceiling to conceal the different heights of the windows.

Sarah Wessel Designs (202-337-1910, is based in the District.


Furniture: Key West wicker chairs in moss ($400 for the pair,; Chelsea storage bench in white ($400,

Lighting: Iron twig floor lamp ($300,

Accessories: Tiered metal stand ($180,; twig mirror ($170,; heathered chenille jute rug, 5-by-8 feet ($300, www.potterybarn.
); Waterfall woven wood shades in Montauk-4 (priced according to size,

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