Housecalls 9/15/11 (Leah L Jones)

“My bedroom is a Spartan mishmash of cheap furniture,” Jodi Winship of Arlington wrote about her 11-by-12-foot space. “I’m ready to invest in a grown-up bedroom.” She’d like to keep her current paint color: Gray Cashmere by Benjamin Moore.


By establishing a dramatic focal point, refreshing the floor and adding storage, designer Sarah Fretwell turns an unfinished space into a sophisticated retreat.

Keep existing wall color; paint radiator to match. Consider a gray-blue color for the ceiling to mimic the sky and give the room height.

Mix it up with a variety of styles and finishes for the furniture and lighting. Bedside tables and lamps do not have to match.

Silver-tone fandolier ($475, Jonathan Adler crystal teardrop lamp with black shade ($477, (Splurge)

A small accent chair complements the existing wall hanging, which has been relocated to a different wall.

Replace existing bed with something more dramatic to create a focal point and detract from the bump-outs along the wall.

Dress the windows in linen Roman shades for a softer, more tailored look and to provide privacy and light control.

Stain the floors in a dark walnut finish to give the room a fresh look and to better complement the wall color.

An armoire does double duty in a small space: it stores clothing or blankets and a TV.

SJF Interiors, (866-753-4683,, is based in Frederick.


Furniture: Francesco four-poster bed in distressed black ($1,500,; Global views spokes side table ($573,; Flare end table ($329) and Calvin armoire in maple gray stain ($1,900) from; Oliver chair in Ikat feather gray ($500,

Lighting: Stacked crystals table lamp ($235,

Accessories: Flat Roman fabric shades with banding (priced according to size,; silk organza sheer drapes in white (starts at $59 per panel) and Italian hotel satin stitch white bedding in stone (pillow covers start at $79 each; duvet starts at $209) from

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