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Couple downsizes in space but not storage


Sherri Kohr and her husband recently downsized to a two-bedroom condo in Arlington. Though they got rid of a lot of things during their move, they still need more storage in their asymmetrical master bedroom. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
THE CHALLENGE

Sherri Kohr and her husband recently downsized to a two-bedroom condo in Arlington. Though they got rid of a lot of things during their move, they still need more storage in their asymmetrical master bedroom.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Rachel James chooses furniture pieces with storage for the Kohrs’ shoes, clothing and more, while using blue and brown tones that keep with the color palette of the home.

Swap the bed for one with storage drawers underneath and a tall headboard, which emphasizes the height of the room.

Paint an accent wall behind the bed, making it the room’s focal point. Try Benjamin Moore’s Nova Scotia Blue.

Incorporate more shades of blue in the bedding to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Sherrie Kohr. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Replace the heavy blinds with fabric Roman shades, which add visual interest and softness to the room.

Add a storage ottoman by the entrance for easy access to exercise gear on the way out the door.

James, of Rachel James Interiors (703-848-9255,www.rjinteriors.com), is based in Vienna.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Claremont dual storage queen bed ($1,699, www.macys.com); Calvin armoire in charcoal stain with natural steel knobs (opposite sliding doors, not shown, $1,999, www.roomandboard.com); Harlow II chest ($1,099, www.crateandbarrel.com); Courbe storage ottoman in paisley matelasséfabric ($403, www.ballarddesigns.com).

Accessories: Stacked Cubes crystal table lamp ($80, www.lampsplus.com); Nyttja picture frame (price varies by size, www.ikea.com); soft Roman fabric shades in Newgate/Platinum pattern (price varies by size, www.smithandnoble.com).

Bedding: Dot, Dot, Dot Percale pillow covers in aqua (no longer available), sham in aqua ($24) and Legends Savoy duvet cover in cream ($299 for queen), all from www.thecompanystore.com.

SPLURGE . . .

Shilo mirrored side table ($929, www.horchow.com).

All Seasons single chest in Espresso ($1,049, www.rosenberryrooms.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Concerto nightstand ($399, www.zgallerie.com).

Narrow leg dresser in Chocolate ($549, www.westelm.com).

See past room makeovers by local designers at washingtonpost.com/housecalls .

Have a children’s room or nursery in need of a makeover?

Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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