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House Calls: Dine while you watch the play


Meg Campbell has finished decorating every room in her new Falls Church home except the dining room. Campbell would like a bold, stylish color scheme and a new dining table, as well as a nook where her two young sons can play. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
THE CHALLENGE

Meg Campbell has finished decorating every room in her new Falls Church home except the dining room. Campbell would like a bold, stylish color scheme and a new dining table, as well as a nook where her two young sons can play.

THE SOLUTION

Cathy Terranova and Melissa McLay combine Campbell’s love for color and contemporary design to create a warm, family-friendly space. Terranova and McLay, of Melissa McLay Interiors (410-262-6205, www.melissamclayinteriors.com), are based in Severna Park.

A modern, graphic area rug adds a fun pattern and grounds the seating area.

Paint the walls orange to complement the new rug. Try Benjamin Moore’s Orange Blossom.

A lacquered, round dining table improves flow in a space with multiple entries and is easy to clean.

Margaret Campbell with sons Max Elijah, 2 and Milo, 3 months. (Leah L. Jones/for The Washington Post)

A mix of wood and metal dining chairs adds texture and furthers the room’s contemporary style.

Using pieces with shiny surfaces, such as the child’s stool and crystal lamp, helps reflect light in a room with no windows.

A small table and stool create a child’s nook for artwork and play.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Oslo bar cabinet ($799) and Fiji side chair ($249), both from www.crateandbarrel.com; Reed zinc chair ($149, www.cb2.com); C24 Wishbone chair in yellow ($199, www.lexmod.com); Sundvik children’s table in gray-brown ($40, www.ikea.com); Drop stool in green ($178, www.rosenberryrooms.com); L-Beam wall shelf ($249, www.westelm.com).

Accessories: Paths 7 framed artwork ($90, www.zgallerie.com); chalkboard wall decal ($24, www.urbanoutfitters.com); Cutouts wool rug (price varies by size) and glass terrariums (price varies by size), both from www.westelm.com; walnut 13-inch wall clock ($40, www.crateandbarrel.com); George Kovacs polished nickel 27-inch table lamp ($311, www.lampplus.com); Cubby Cups organizer in white ($25, www.landofnod.com); natural woven flat fold shade (price varies by size, www.smithandnoble.com); wood gallery frames in modern white (price varies by size, www.potterybarn.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Kristalia Oops dining table with white fixed top and aluminum legs ($4,483, www.umodern.com).

Karma 12-light chandelier ($499, www.ylighting.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Wilco table ($621, www.modernfurniturewarehouse.com).

Haggas LED pendant lamp ($60, www.ikea.com).

See past room makeovers by local designers at washingtonpost.com/housecalls .

Tell us about your design challenge.

Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

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