THE CHALLENGE

Meredith Campbell moved into her Oakton, Va., home a little more than a year ago, and the 14-by-10-foot office is the last space she needs to decorate. She would like to paint the bookcases to brighten the room and wants a cozy study where she can store books and curl up to read, as well as a place for a workstation. Campbell is looking for recommendations for an area rug, lighting, window treatments and how to blend the sitting area with a home office.


Oakton, VA - July 15: Meredith Campbell has her room photographed for a redesign on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Oakton, VA. (Leah L. Jones/ForTheWashingtonPost)
THE PROPOSED SOLUTION

Designer Sara Tuttle adds a love seat, club chair and coffee table under the window while using the built-in desk as a space to work and store office supplies. She keeps the paint and large pieces neutral and brings in color and pattern with pillows and a fun geometric area rug. She recommends painting the bookcases white to update the room and make it seem larger.


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TUTTLE'S SUGGESTIONS

Fill the bookcases with books and small objects, but break up the built-ins by hanging a large painting from one of the shelves. Paint the walls and the backs of the bookcases a warm neutral color to make the space feel cozy and inviting. Try Winter Gates by Benjamin Moore. Floor-to-ceiling drapery panels add warmth and richness to the room. Hang them just below the crown molding to emphasize the height of the space. Choose neutral colors for the walls, curtains and large pieces, then layer in colorful accents that can be changed out easily as tastes change. Add greenery, such as a bowl of moss and an orchid, to liven the room. Choose a stylish desk chair that can be easily incorporated as extra seating when needed. Eliminate visual clutter by paring down the workstation to include only the essentials, such as a computer, printer, lamp and a few desk accessories.


Tuttle, with Sara Tuttle Interiors ­(571-442-8687, saratuttle.com), is based in the District.

SPLURGE OR SAVE

SPLURGE: Bungalow 5 loop side chair in gray ($880, wellappointed house.com), left. SAVE: Midas gold dining chair ($299, cb2.com).


SPLURGE: "Front Yard" original art ($1,950, mecox.com), left. SAVE: "High Spirits" wall art ($698, anthropologie.com).

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Clifford swoop-arm love seat in hazy blue ($699.99, target.com); Carlo mid-century chair in granite twill ($599) and marble-topped pedestal coffee table in white marble and antique brass ($699), both from westelm.com; acrylic hexagon side table ($229, ballarddesigns.com). Accessories: Romero 8-by-10-foot indoor-outdoor area rug in sand ($999.95, zgallerie.com); 50-by-108-inch brushed cotton-twill grommet drapery panels in flax ($155 each, restorationhardware.com); one-inch bay window curtain rod set in antique gold ($79.95, countrycurtains.com); Ikat pillow covers in orchid ($29.50 each, alesouk.com); custom square throw pillow in Venice amethyst ($195, jonathanadler.com); Volpi 22-inch pillow in navy on tint ($275, well-made-home.myshopify.com); Stem floor lamp with white linen shade ($349, rejuvenation.com); Mister table lamp ($129, cb2.com).

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