The challenge. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Arlington resident Ryan Snow needs help arranging kid- and pet-friendly furniture in her 15-by-17-foot living room, which also serves as a walk-through space to other rooms. Another challenge? A screened-in porch and den were recently added to the back of the house, limiting the room’s natural light.


Designer Zoe Feldman suggests bright, durable and functional furniture for a look that is timeless but modern and fun. Feldman, of Zoe Feldman Design (202-719-8062, ), is based in the District.

Use indoor/outdoor fabrics on the sofa and chair to make the pieces more durable and kid-friendly.

Inexpensive plug-in wall sconces add light and have attractive cord covers that streamline the look.

Use garden stools and ottomans as additional seating options for guests.

Mirrors help reflect light and open up a small space.

For visual interest over the fireplace, consider hanging a black and white family photo or print.

Pale blue paint for the walls adds brightness to a space with low ceilings. Try Farrow and Ball’s Borrowed Light.


Furniture: Quinn sofa in Oat Birdie with no skirt ($1,275,; Lanae slipper chair in Sunbrella navy canvas ($550,; Metropolitan round coffee table in black ($299,; Carter striped cube ottoman ($109) and black console table ($154), both from; Privilege white ceramic garden stool ($109,

Accessories: Turquoise Apothecary table lamp with white shade ($100) and Aiden brass wall sconce ($198), both from; Abbie table lamp ($199,; Faith glossy red mirror ($298,; colorblock linen pillow in Emerald and Pool ($96) and Turkish toile green pillow ($96), both from; “Man o’ War Relaxing on His Farm” photo ($43.99 for 24-by-32-inch print,


Zanadoo small chandelier ($1,920,

Connor nesting tables ($1,680,

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Orbit chandelier ($299,

Monroe nesting tables ($230,

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