Susan and Ken Sala’s living room. (Leah L. Jones/for The Washington Post)

A strong storm in 2012 brought a neighbor’s tree down onto Susan and Ken Sala’s roof. The Chevy Chase residents repaired and remodeled, and they are now ready for some design help that doesn’t break the bank for their rectangular, walk-through living room.


Designer Sandra Hambley picks metal and wood accents and comfortable, properly scaled furniture that gives the room a cohesive but eclectic style. Hambley, of Decor and You D.C. (703-599-0648,, is based in Herndon.

A mix of affordable, colorful carpet tiles helps keep costs down and grounds the space. A sectional couch creates a TV-watching area that doesn’t block the three entrances or walkway. A sofa the homeowners wanted to keep is reupholstered to match the neutral furniture palette. A large piece of art above the fireplace gives the room an interesting focal point. Floor lamps add needed task lighting. New curtain panels pair with the room’s turquoise accents, provide privacy and dress up the room.


Furniture: York right-arm sectional in Pebble Weave Oatmeal ($3,297, ); Bornova coffee table in brown ($499, ); Caprice copper table ($299, ).

Accessories: Plush curtain panel in Spruce (price varies by size,; carpet tile in Full Kilt Lake ($16 per square) and Rake Me Over in teal, Graphite and Bone ($20 per square), both from; Gramercy glass lamp in Ocean ($129,; Orb floor lamp ($249), Helene arc floor lamp in bronze ($549) and Herringbone Drift Sunbrella fabric for sofa ($32 per yard), all from; Jolie Pillow ($99,;

Susan and Ken Sala. (Leah L. Jones/for The Washington Post)

multicolor and pink floral pillow ($30, ); “Abstract Twist” canvas wall art ($400,


Nash console table ($599, www.

Golden branch sconce ($295,

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Reeve console table ($499, www.

Branch wall sconce ($130,