(The Washington Post)

Filiz and Frederic Roser want a more welcoming vibe in the 21-by-11-foot living room of their Oak Hill, Va., town home, but don’t know where to start. The goal is a comfortable, dog-friendly room where they can read, relax and gather with friends. They are moving the piano elsewhere to create more space, but plan to keep the curio cabinet and French-style chairs in the room. They also would like to replace the carpet, and need flooring suggestions.

(Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Wendy Danziger provides a more cohesive furniture layout that can seat six people comfortably. The design allows for conversation, reading and lounging. Danziger chooses pet-friendly fabrics on new pieces and for reupholstering the French chairs.

(Interior rendering by Richman Studios/for The Washington Post)

For an updated look and a neutral background, try a warm beige paint, such as Cedar Key by Benjamin Moore. Float the existing French chairs away from the wall, to make the room appear less rectangular. Opt for dog-friendly laminate flooring that looks like hardwood. Reupholster the chairs in a modern pattern that coordinates with new pieces. Add recessed lighting to brighten the room (not shown). Light-filtering shades will soften the look of the windows and provide light control and privacy when necessary. A chair and ottoman near the window create a comfortable area to drink coffee and read the newspaper in the morning.

(Courtesy of Wendy Danziger)

Danziger, with Danziger Design (danzigerdesign.com, 301-365-3300), is based in Bethesda.


(Bloomingdales; Wayfair)

SPLURGE: Coyle 9-by-12-foot area rug in ivory and blue ($8,711, bloomingdales.com), left. SAVE: Kenmare gray/blue 8-by-10-foot area rug ($239.99, wayfair.com).

(Crate and Barrel; Wisteia)

SPLURGE: Elke round marble coffee table with brass base ($999, crateandbarrel.com), left. SAVE: Chiseled-edge coffee table ($599, wisteria.com).


Furniture: Tallulah 84-inch upholstered sofa in ash basket-weave slub ($1,299, potterybarn.com); Wembley club chair in blue coco tweed with black finish ($1,144), Stratford ottoman in blue coco tweed with black finish ($404) and Sophie side table in black ($499), all from ballarddesigns.com; gilded brass side table ($299, westelm.com).

Accessories: 23-inch leisure copper pillow with feather-down insert ($39.95 each, cb2.com); Fargo azul blue and rust table lamp ($129.99, lampsplus.com); light-filtering Savannah ­
two-inch shadings in morning light (prices vary by size, nextdayblinds.com); sheer abstract glass 96-inch curtain panels in natural ($69 each, westelm.com); “Fall Riverside I” 30-by-30-inch premium giclee print with white and black mat and highland cream frame ($420.99, art.com); faux potted palace-style six-foot ficus tree ($179, potterybarn.com); Aris fringe throw in wine ($69.95, crateandbarrel.com).

Materials: Arya navy fabric to reupholster the homeowners’ two French chairs ($40/yard, ballarddesigns.com); reupholstery for the chairs, including four yards of fabric each ($495 each, oliversfurniture.com); harbor plank flooring in lighthouse gray (prices vary by retailer, southwindcarpet.com).

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