Carole and John Pescatore. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Avid readers Carole and John Pescatore of Ashton want to spend more time enjoying books in their rarely used living room. The couple would like to incorporate colors from a tan, rust and blue quilt hanging outside the room’s entrance, and they’ll need a place to store all those books.


The Pescatore living room soltuion. (Illustration by Julius Goyanko for The Washington Post)

Designer Kelly Porter gives the Pescatores a reading room with a more contemporary look while sticking to their wish list. Porter, of Porter House Designs (410-382-4357,, is based in Baltimore.

The wall color picks up on a blue hue from the Pescatores’ existing quilt. Try Sherwin-Williams’s Gentian.

An ottoman plays many roles, serving as a coffee table, foot rest or extra seating for guests.

New bookcases, illuminated by cabinet lighting, serve as the room’s focal point. Mix in accessories among the books.

Canvas art with a primarily yellow color scheme complements the new blue walls.

New wingback chairs, with high backs and plush upholstery, offer comfortable seating for reading.


Furniture: Rockford sofa in slate blue velvet ($799,; Thurston wing chair in chevron stripe gray fabric and cognac finish ($973, www.ballarddesigns
); Kelby end table in light gray ($220,; Hemnes bookcase ($149), Hemnes glass-door cabinet ($320) and Grundtal cabinet light in white ($20), all from

Accessories: Gradient chevron throw pillow in blue and white ($67 for 20-by-20-inch pillow, ); Candice Olson Silky Circles rug in gray ($875 for 5-by-8-foot rug, ); Pamela triple gourd lamp ($187 for two, ); Paradise Courtyard garden stool in white ($119, ); “Autumn Aspen, Yankee Boy Basin, Colorado, USA” canvas print ($200 for 30-by-40-inch canvas , ); hanging-leaning floor mirror ($299, ); Ellipse grommet-top sheer window panel s in cool white (prices vary by size, ).


Colonette tufted ottoman in Patton White ($1,020,

Modern bamboo-inspired chandelier in brushed nickel ($1,374,

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Frenchy tufted ottoman ($199,

Omega chandelier ($519,

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