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House Calls: Arlington couple seeks design help with master bedroom

Kristin Gillig of Arlington with husband, Jeff, and children Kaia and Sage. (Leah L Jones)

“We’ve been at a loss with how to decorate our bedroom, so we haven’t done much,” wrote Kristin Gillig of Arlington (shown with husband, Jeff, and children Kaia and Sage). The only thing that needs to stay in the 11-by-13 foot space is the bedspread.


With a color scheme to complement the bedspread and new storage pieces, designer Meg Tawes helps this small space live large.

Hang curtains along the wall. Keep them partially closed to create the illusion that the bed is centered beneath the window.

Flank the bed with small-scale dressers for extra storage and more table space for reading materials and personal accessories.

Move the bed to the opposite wall to create a focal point when entering the room and to free up the long wall for more storage.

Fold the bedspread at the foot of the bed and use a light-color matelasse as the main bedcovering.

FLOR carpet tiles are an affordable, attractive solution, especially in homes with children.

Paint the walls a gray beige to complement the colors in the bedspread: Bennington Gray by Benjamin Moore.

Place a storage cabinet and a reading chair along the wall where the bed used to be.

Tawes, of Wentworth Studio (240-395-0705, ext. 110;, is based in Chevy Chase.


Furniture: Pivot storage bed frame (starts at $800) and low wooden cut-out headboard in barley (starts at $250) from;

Blake grey wash two-door cabinet ($1,200,; Stratton dresser in antique white ($600,;

Lighting: Mother of pearl table lamp ($250,

Accessories: Matelasse coverlet in cream (no longer available,; Chic Decor Pillows throw pillow ($70, FLOR carpet tiles in lacebark moonstone ($10.99 per tile,; Cindy Crawford Draperies, Sonoma solid panels in Sullivan khaki (starts at $60 per panel,; Bali natural bamboo Roman shade, 36 by 54 ($28.50,; potted wheatgrass ($39 for a set of six,

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