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House Calls: A less cluttered family room


With no mudroom, Suzan Charlton’s Arlington family room is often overwhelmed with coats, backpacks and shoes. She wants a solution to the clutter, more seating for guests and a space for her children to do homework. She’d also like to incorporate her Turkish heritage into the design.

(Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Paul Corrie addresses each function the room needs to serve, with a multi-use homework table and mudroom-like storage pieces stylish enough for a living space. Paul Corrie, of Paul Corrie Interiors (202-234-0653, www., is based in the District.

(Julius Goyanko for The Washington Post)

A metal-frame hall tree and locker cabinet add a rustic, industrial style while hiding backpacks, coats and more.

Metal pieces, such as the homework nook chairs, pair with wood finishes to keep the room from feeling dated.

New woven storage baskets can be tucked under the hall tree to maximize floor space and eliminate clutter.

The existing rug, paired with exotic wooden chairs, gives the room the global feel the homeowner desires.

Off-white walls help the dark furniture stand out. Try Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee.


Furniture: Paloma II square dining table ($1,499,; Tanner rectangular coffee table ($399) and Arden locker ($699), both from; Louis metal side table ($485) and console ($849), both from; oversize wood and metal laptop table ($80) and hall tree bench ($175), both from; hand-carved Maharaja chair in walnut ($279 each,

Accessories: Vintage carpet pillow ($98,; Brady adjustable sconce ($75,; Stella trunks ($32 for extra large,; custom corded seat cushion in Palais ($49 each,


1934 dining chair in steel ($248, www.sundance

Margot sofa in Fargo Midnight fabric ($1,099, www.crate

1934 dining chair in steel, $248. (Tolix)

Margot sofa in Fargo Midnight fabric, $1,099. (Crate & Barrel)
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Marcel armchair in Gunmetal ($129, www.restoration

Karlstad sofa in Sivik dark gray ($499,

Marcel armchair in Gunmetal, $129. (Restoration Hardware)

Karlstad sofa in Sivik dark gray, $499. (Ikea)

See past room makeovers by local designers at

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



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