Ellen Rice and Dan Fisher’s living room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Ellen Rice and Dan Fisher of Bethesda want their family room to be a comfortable hub for both relaxing and entertaining, but they are struggling with how to use the cavernous space. They need finishes that will stand up to their two children, ages 5 and 8, and pets.

(Julius Goyanko/For The Washington Post)

Designer Kayla Weiner chooses bamboo flooring and microfiber furniture to create a sophisticated space for adult guests that will be durable enough for kids and pets.

Weiner, of Design Exchange (703-691-1200, www.designexchangeinc.com), is based in Fairfax.


Furniture: Henry 76-inch sofa ($899) and loveseat ($799) in heather gray marled microfiber, both from www.westelm.com; Carmela end table in walnut veneer ($179; www.allmodern.com ); Ferris bench in walnut ($729, w w w.roomandboard.com); Seguro Caffe 68-inch media console ($1,999, www.crateandbarrel.com); ladder bookshelf in white lacquer ($399, www.westelm.com); Pi coffee table in walnut ($479, www.2modern.com).

Accessories: Cornhusk baskets ($38 for three, www.allmodern.com); faceted table lamp in burgundy ($221) and Milan curtain panels in burgundy ($53 each), both from www.hayneedle.com; Tebo Marzari rattan wood wall art ($158) and black arched single-panel mission fireplace screen ($129), both from www.bellacor.com; Supra ceiling fan in white ($139, www.wayfair.com); Dusty area rug ($599 for 10-by-13-foot rug, www.homedecorators.com).

Flooring: Moonlight Fossilized bamboo (prices vary, www.calibamboo.com).