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House Calls: A tricky family room in Chantilly


Maureen Davidson’s Chantilly home is the same model as many of her neighbors’. Several of them struggle with the family room, she said, which in her case connects to a blue-toned kitchen. The rooms should have a unifying color scheme and feel sophisticated yet comfortable for her daughter, Colleen, and her friends to use.


By painting the walls a nautical blue and providing hidden storage for toys and movies, designer Jessica Bonness creates a traditional yet lively family room.

Bonness, of JGB Interiors (202-997-6203), is based in the District.

Shift the TV closer to the kitchen so family members can watch it while cooking or having a snack.

Go bold and blue. A navy rug matches the walls, which are Van Deusen Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Maureen Davidson and her daughter Colleen. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Make the most of awkward corners. An armchair and floor lamp create a cozy reading nook.

A storage ottoman plays triple duty. Clear it off to use it as extra seating for guests.

Hang a mirror opposite the window to reflect light and to make the room feel larger.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match. The burlap ottoman, brick fireplace and chain-mail table lamp make the room feel fresh and current.

Consider every detail. A star-patterned pillow and striped throw are a subtle nod to the American flag.


Furniture: Chester tufted upholstered sofa in Pebbleweave Oatmeal ($839) and Bursa rug ($499 for 5-by-8-foot rug), both from; Devon Swivel media cabinet in cream ($399) and castered tufted storage ottoman in burlap ($479), both from; Echelon round side table ($399,

Lighting: Sasha floor lamp in bronze ($399,

Accessories: U.S. Union Jack flag pillow ($105,; Nest in Bamboo viscose stripe throw blanket in plum and cream ($140,; Conservatory arch mirror ($349,; Artemis bow mirrors ($228 each,; Aidan Gray ”Adrift” prints ($392 for two,


Arteriors Pierce Antique brass chain-mail glass lamp ($516,

Bamboo wingback chairs in black ($1,575 for a pair,

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Gourd table lamp in Luster ($149,

Storsele chair in black rattan ($119,

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