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House Calls: A sunroom sanctuary in the District


Homira Nassery wants to decorate the 14-by-6-foot sunroom in her D.C. apartment. She wants a happy, tropical look: “Jamaica meets New Orleans.” She has tested a few paint colors but hasn’t loved anything. “Let’s just say the room needs help,” she said.


By adding a wicker swing chair and floral stick-on mural, designer Lena Kroupnik turns the space into a private paradise.

Kroupnik (240-505-6783) is based in Rockville.

To evoke feelings of serenity, start with the walls. A nature-themed stick-on mural brings the room to life.

Spice up the space with an orange settee. Match the cushions to the swing chair for continuity.

Homira Nassery (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Let a little sun in with Roman shades. Keep them casual with linen fabric.

Carpet tiles by Flor are a breeze to install and maintain. A subtle tone-on-tone pattern adds visual interest.

A swing chair invites relaxation. The wicker and rattan materials give the room a coastal vibe.

Go green. Plants, such as these potted fishtail palms, are a must-have for any sunroom.

Keep storage open and airy to make the room feel larger.


Furniture: Portico ottoman with casters in Cayenne ($499,; Parisian Cornice bookcase in brown drifted oak ($1,195,; Flor carpet tiles in Soft Spoken Flax ($14 per tile,

Lighting: LED fairy light strands in Amber ($11 each,; Holtkoetter Torchiere floor lamp in bronze ($1,398,

Accessories: Antique garden stool ($760,; Komaki pillow in white ($175,; Lulie Wallace Flowers for Phoebe wall mural ($129,; Diane textured bronze wood blades ceiling fan ($434 each,


Astrid settee ($2,498,

Talya wicker swing chair ($465,

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Edie velvet chaise ($649,

Marrakech Swing Chair ($179,

See past room makeovers by local designers.

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