THE PROPOSED SOLUTION
Designer Stuart Nordin suggests replacing the large desk with a smaller console-style table, creating room for a sleeper sofa that will give Negroni a place to read, or to house overnight guests.
A clear waterfall table is a great desk option for occasional work, and doesn’t weigh down the small room. An economical and sleek sleeper sofa can be pulled out to accommodate overnight guests. A storage ottoman on wheels can house files and papers, and can be moved in front of the sofa as a footrest. Replace the track lighting (not shown) with floor and table lamps to update the look. A large red cabinet provides lots of storage and, with the lamps and pillows, is a nod to the homeowner’s love of chinoiserie. Move the Burmese tapestry to the larger wall over the sofa and use a mirror between the windows to reflect light and make the room seem larger. Full-length drapery panels frame the window and soften the space.
Nordin, with Stuart Nordin Home & Design (stuartnordin.com, 703-303-7040), is based in Alexandria, Va.
SPLURGE OR SAVE
Furniture: Armless Chinese Chippendale chair in red ($549, wisteria.com); Peekaboo acrylic 56-inch console table ($699, cb2.com); Aldine two-drawer oval wood accent table in charcoal black ($167.99, overstock.com); Preston 30-inch file bench in Dodie red ($519) and Kowloon cabinet in red ($1,499), both from ballarddesigns.com.
Accessories: Aria embroidered 96-inch drapery panels in black ($109 each, ballarddesigns.com); Safavieh natural fiber 9-by-12-foot area rug ($303.97) and Amelia 63-inch metal floor lamp in brass ($94.99) both from houzz.com; floral 20-inch rectangular porcelain jar accent table lamp ($202, lampsplus.com); infinity 24-by-36-inch wall mirror in brass ($149, cb2.com); Enchanted Forest chinoiserie 20-by-20-inch outdoor fabric throw pillow covers and inserts ($41.99 each, society6.com).
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