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House Calls: Redecorating a foyer in Burke


Lynn Vandermey moved into her Burke townhouse last year and has never been in love with the 7-by-9-foot foyer. “It takes a special vision, and I don’t have it!” she wrote. She needs a place for coats and hats as well as a washable rug, because muddy boots can be a problem. But she does not want the space to look like a mud room.


By painting the walls a bold blue and adding texture through a green and white area rug, designer Ebonee Bachman gave the dull entryway new life.

Bachman (202-617-6209, Moonlight Interiors) is based in the District.

Replace the ceiling light with something more elegant, such as this white silk drum shade with a metal overlay.

Bring the outdoors in. Paint the walls Benjamin Moore’s Crisp Morning Air to make the entryway fresh and inviting.

Lynn Vandermey. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Use art to tie the color scheme together. This print of a Vincent van Gogh painting uses blue, green and white.

Storage is key. This hanging coat rack also provides a place for hats, mittens and bags.

Don’t be afraid to dress up the windows. Hang wood blinds or splurge on fabric Roman shades in a soft, floral print.

Rugs can be durable and beautiful. This indoor-outdoor rug provides a nice complement to the blue walls and is easy to clean.


Furniture: Chelmsford shoe bench ($309,

Lighting: Josslyn Collection wide ceiling light in brushed nickel ($281,

Accessories: “Wheatfield Under a Cloudy Sky” print ($200,; Dalyn Terrace area rug in lime ($269 for 5-by-7-foot rug,


Samantha entryway shelf in Mahogany stain ($279,

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Shaker Cottage coat hooks with storage ($125,

See past room makeovers by local designers.

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