Stuart and Nicole Grant with daughters Caroline and Caitlyn. (Leah L. Jones/LEAH L. JONES)

Stuart and Nicole Grant of Silver Spring (shown with daughters Caroline and Caitlyn) want to redo their 11-by-25-foot family room. They’d like the space to be comfortable, functional and traditional, with space for an upright piano.


By carving out space for a piano and introducing a new color palette, designer Ginger Rodriguez creates a comfy and sophisticated family space.

Hang a flat-screen TV on the wall so it doesn’t take up valuable floor space. Place the fish tank on a new console underneath.

Paint the walls a gray-blue to complement the adjacent room and the needlepoint artwork: Smoke by Benjamin Moore.

Create a designated children’s area with a storage bench (with baskets for toys), a soft, round rug and cushy beanbag chair.

Install Roman shades for privacy and warmth. Choose shades with blackout lining to better control the light.

Pull out the piano bench
to use as a coffee table when needed.

Keep the needlepoint artwork between the two windows as a focal point. Use the colors to establish the room’s color palette.

Place lamps on either side of the sofa for ambient lighting.

Rodriguez, of West Bay Interiors (703-943-7400,, is based in Alexandria.


Furniture: Bennet chair in Gibson mineral ($1,991), available at Theodore’s Furniture; wooden entranceway bench with storage bins ($170) and junior lounger foam beanbag chair ($130) from; Linnarp TV unit ($270,; end side table with drawer ($104,

Accessories: Solid insulated blackout
tie up shade in beige ($37 each,; white polar bear round rug ($125,; indigo embroidered pillow ($95,

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American Leather Bennet sofa in Milo charcoal, grade 10 ($2,663), available at Theodore’s Furniture.

Bloom table lamp ($170, www.crate

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Distressed yellow ceramic table lamp ($96, www.overstock.