Leslie and Mark Happ’s sunroom before. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Leslie and Mark Happ have a tiny, octagonal sunroom off the kitchen of their Mount Airy, Md., home that sits empty and unused much of the year. They plan to add insulation, flooring and better windows to make it a three-season room. They need help creating a cozy place to read and relax, as well as a secondary dining area.


Designer Shannon Bieter’s proposed solution. (Julius Goyanko/For The Washington Post)

Designer Shannon Bieter adds a comfortable loveseat and a bistro table and chairs, and softens the space with fabric.

Bieter (202-904-1037, is based in the District.

Decorative drapery panels help break up the wood.

The proposed redesign for Leslie and Mark Happ’s sunroom. (Julius Goyanko/For The Washington Post)

A mixture of metals and fabrics gives the room a modern, mountain-chic look.

A large metal light fixture improves lighting and adds visual interest.

A bistro table has a small footprint in the 13-by-11 room but provides space for dining.

A patterned area rug and light-colored fabrics add texture and brighten the room.

An outdoor loveseat with cushions is a comfortable place to curl up with a book.


Furniture: Brooks Island wood patio loveseat in pistachio ($319,; X-brace iron side table ($450 for 20-by-20-by-18-inch table,; Bordeaux side chair with cushion in horizon bamboo ($299 each,; Pardini 20-by-20 end table in oil bronze ($98,

Accessories: Metal strap globe lantern ($129 for small,; small Ventana teak lantern in weathered finish ($149,; Nordic abstract stretch canvas 24-by-35-inch prints ($189 each) and Tricia trellis 5-by-8-foot indoor/outdoor rug in mineral ($99) and indoor/outdoor sheer 84-inch panels in sand ($129), all from; fillable canister lamp ($159,



Wise Egg planter in small ($448,


French kitchen round bistro table ($899,

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Two-tiered metal wire planter stand ($57,


Glass-top textured brown square patio bistro table ($36,

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