THE PROPOSED SOLUTION
Designer Carrie Miller uses the homeowners’ jukebox as an inspiration, recommending furniture and accessories in a fun, mid-century style from the same period. Bold, geometric art is another nod to the era and adds visual interest.
Update the room by painting the walls, brick and paneling a warm neutral color. Try Mindful Gray from Sherwin-Williams. Carpet tiles add personality to the design and can be replaced easily if one gets damaged. A large sectional sofa provides ample seating or space for lounging. Add a daybed to highlight the fireplace (not shown) without blocking it and create a place for overnight guests. A versatile desk doesn’t take up much visual space and can be expanded to create a larger work area when needed. A bold, oversized painting draws attention away from the television over the fireplace (not shown). A pair of comfortable chairs and a modern floor lamp create the perfect spot for knitting or reading.
Miller, with Lapis Ray Interior Design (703-819-2887, lapisray.com), is based in Vienna, Va.
SPLURGE OR SAVE
Furniture: Piazza four-piece modular sectional sofa in dark gray ($4,196, cb2.com); Viv swivel chairs in white luxe boucle ($599 each, westelm.com); Althea L-shape desk ($93.99, wayfair.com); weave chair in black ($149, polyandbark.com); Channing nesting coffee table with brass base, Carrara brass top on the large table and black top on the small table ($1,499, frontgate.com).
Accessories: Minimalist globe three-light ceiling fixture in old bronze ($286) and adjustable Angela floor lamp ($214), both from shadesoflight.com; mid-century etched grid 84-inch cotton canvas curtains in slate ($69 for two, westelm.com); Tweed Indeed carpet tiles in Peat ($14 each, flor.com).
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