(The Washington Post)

Gayle Herbert’s son, Teddy, is a freshman in college, and she wants to give him a more grown-up space to hang out in when he comes home to Arlington. His 11-by-15-foot room has not been updated much since he was a toddler. Because Teddy is still a big baseball fan, she wants to incorporate that into the design, but she would like a space where he can work and lounge and that would be suitable for guests at some point. She is struggling to find a good furniture arrangement around all of the windows and doors. Teddy is tall, so a queen-size bed is a must. Herbert wants a ceiling fan and room-darkening shades.

(Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Shawna Underwood keeps the existing headboard and area rug to leave money in the budget for high-quality pieces. She goes with a neutral foundation for the space, which can be easily updated with accessories over time, and brings in the baseball theme with more sophisticated pieces.

ho-housecalls19 (Interior rendering by Rodney Co/3D Storm Studio /for The Washington Post)

Freshen the space with a warm neutral, such as Sherwin-Williams’s Eider White. Natural wood and bronze finishes give the space a cozy, masculine feel. A desk and chair with a small footprint are perfect for a college student. The open base accommodates the only air vent in the room. A satin nickel ceiling fan will update the room while still providing the desired air circulation. Choose a basic, neutral duvet cover for versatility, and dress up the bed with throw pillows. They bring in pattern and color but can be easily changed. Blue drapery panels with bronze hardware mounted close to the ceiling add height and color to the space. A saddle leather chair and ottoman are the perfect place to relax and read a book or work on a laptop.

(Photo and floor plan Courtesy of Shawna Underwood)

Underwood, with Shawna Underwood Interior Design (sunderwooddesign. com, 240-338-2247), is based in the District.


(West Elm; CB2)

SPLURGE: Hemming leather swivel armchair and ottoman in saddle ($1,498, westelm.com), left. SAVE: 1938 tobacco leather butterfly chair($399) and leather pouf ($199), both from cb2.com.

(Restoration Hardware; CB2)

SPLURGE: Gramercy 26-inch open nightstand ($825, restoration hardware.com), left. SAVE: Proof nightstand ($199, cb2.com).


Furniture: Palmer two-over-four-drawer dresser in natural oak ($1,999, arhaus.com); slim desk in graphite ($399 for 36-inch desk) and Pike side chair in black with chrome base ($129), both from roomandboard.com; 1930s martini side table in bronze ($250 for 10-inch, restorationhardware.com).

Accessories: PB Essential duvet cover in white ($79 for full/queen) and PB Essential 14-inch bed skirt in white ($69 for queen), both from potterybarn.com; Gaios table lamp in Volcanic Verdi with linen shade ($525, circalighting.com); Barrett task lamp in white ($99, westelm.com); 42-inch Antron three-blade ceiling fan with remote, in satin nickel with silver blades ($213, allmodern.com); Hoof in Slate 20-inch pillow ($149, madeofcloth. com); Emerald mohair pillow ($175 for 13-inch pillow, jaysonhome. com); flat inside-mount Roman shades in Grassweave Snow with blackout lining (prices vary by size, theshadestore.com); Ocean linen/cotton drapery panels ($119 for 84-inch panel), ­30-inch round metal-framed mirror in oil-rubbed bronze ($299), large gray and natural cablelock wool basket ($129), and Toledo alarm clock in cream ($69), all from rejuvenation.com; Topps 1955 Baseball Box 12-by-16-inch poster ($13, allposters.com); Columbia Cargo print ($240, schoolhouseelectric.com); Baseball Field Diagram framed graphic art in black ($224, wayfair.com).

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