While Vicki Moyer’s first floor is under renovation, the Columbia resident and mother of two is dreaming of a new look for her living room, which has turned into a “dumping ground” for backpacks and jackets. The family needs storage, seating and additional lighting.

Vicki Moyer’s living room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Suzanne Manlove adds storage to handle the overflow from the entry hallway and a homework nook.Manlove, of Arlington Home Interiors (703-589-8488,, is based in Arlington.

The solution. (Illustration By Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post)

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A bookcase with a combination of open shelving and bins can display family photos and books while hiding clutter.

A faux grasscloth wallpaper on the TV wall gives the room a focal point and added color behind the open bookshelf.

Lidded, woven basket trunks are perfect for an unused corner. The trunks add warmth, style and additional storage.

The Moyers want to keep their existing couch. Simply adding colorful pillows can update the look.

A second seating area with a table and chairs can be used for homework, games or reading.

Soft blue walls provide a calming, neutral backdrop. Try Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue.


Furniture: Driftwood side table ($399,; Printmaker’s media console in Black Pine finish ($1,295 for 81-inch console,; wide Pipe bookcase ($799,; Barley Twist coffee table ($1,199,

Accessories: Orissa rug ($1,299 for 9-by-12-foot rug) and Dalton table lamp ($179), both from; wire urn mini chandelier in rust ($320,; Morgan drapes with Simply Taupe twill border (prices vary by size,; embroidered chevron lattice pillow cover in Light Pool ($30), solid silk pillow cover in Light Pool ($44) and scalloped crewel pillow cover in Mocha ($34), all from; starburst mirror ($40, not pictured) and set of two seagrass chests ($186), both from; set of two “Nordic Abstract” prints by Joshua Schicker ($549,; “Remember When” print by Sugarboo Designs ($280,, not pictured); contemporary sidewall wallpaper ($28 per roll,


Morengo Pedestal Table. (Crate & Barrel)

Xentique Amelie Slipper Chair in Aubergine. (Candelabra)

Marengo pedestal table ($699,

Amelie slipper chair in aubergine ($662.50,

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Pedestal Dining Table. (Target)

Bennett Chair in brown leather. (World Market)

Pedestal dining table in black ($254,

Bennett chair ($230,