Alexandria, VA - April 14: Stephanie Waldrop has her room photographed for a redesign on April 14, 2012 in Alexandria, VA. (Photo by Leah L. Jones/For the Washington Post) (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Stephanie Waldrop of Alexandria wants to turn her den into an office and library. She bought a desk and chair from Pottery Barn but is struggling with the rest of the space. She needs more places for people to sit and shelves to display her collectibles. “And I really don’t want to face a wall while I work,” she told us.


Designer Pierre Jean-Baptiste chose blue walls and accessories to turn the den into a sophisticated and comfortable office.

When it comes to color, coordinate the walls and accessories. Walls are Kentucky Haze by Benjamin Moore.

Bring life into the room with two topiaries. A pair of outdoor planters lift them off the floor.

Stephanie Waldrop. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Face the desk toward the window. Hang a cluster of small mirrors on the back wall to reflect the natural light.

Make the most of the room’s height with tall bookcases. Vases help fill the gap on top.

A bench breaks up a long wall and adds extra seating for guests.

Create a spot by the window for reading. Use an area rug to define the space.

Jean-Baptise Interiors (703-992-3118, is based in Arlington.


Furniture: Carson five-shelf bookcases in espresso ($110 each,; Avenue Six curves bench in chocolate velvet ($250,

Lighting: faux wood Resin table lamp base ($40) and barrel lamp shade in cream (not available online), both from

Accessories: two-piece striped mirrors (not available online) and Milan Groove rug in sand-teal ($280), both from; lacquered ceramic vases in deep teal blue ($210 for set of three,; Allen and Roth metal planters ($40 each,; pair of ceramic Foo dogs ($40,; urban-inspired blue abstract flower vase by CC Home Furnishings ($43,


Claudia leather living room chairs in pearl ($600,

Oversized sunburst mirror ($475,

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Wildon Home Santa Rosa chairs in light floral ($150 each,

Kona mirror in natural rustic ($290,

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