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House Calls makeover: D.C. living room

Earthy green walls add warmth to the room and pair well with the exsiting art. Moselle by Duron.

A bookshelf at the far wall draws the eye inward and makes the room appear shorter.

A light-color area rug adds a subtle pattern and grounds the dark sofas.

Placing two sofas perpendicular to the fireplace also visually shortens the room.

A console behind the sofa creates a visual break before entering the room.

A side chair and
two stools
allow the room to accomodate up to eight people.

Roman shades soften windows and add another layer of warmth.


D.C. homeowners Diane and Andrew Schiff need a better floor plan for their 12-by-23-foot living room. Right now they have lots of empty space and no defined entryway. They’d also like more seating and lighting.


By disguising the length of the room with stragetically placed furniture, designer Nancye Lewis-Overstreet makes the best use of this narrow space.

3Lewis-Overstreet, of Rabbit Runn Designs (703-615-4058,,
is based in Alexandria.


Furniture. Loring sofa in wheat
Modern outlook sofa console table
($499,; Fairfield small lounge chair in dark olive chenille ($799) and ottoman in “spice” trellis fabric ($400) available through the Chair Shop in Alexandria (703-750-3351,

Lighting. Baalon table lamp ($246,; colorful flowers lamp ($213,

Accessories. Loloi Yakima collection YA04 gold rug ($1,631,;
relaxed Roman linen shade in basil (priced according to size,


Horizons studio transom etagere ($899, www.ethan

Collector’s classics nesting coffee table ($1,799, www.ethan

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Expedit shelving unit ($99,

Durham bunching tables (two for $358, www.ballarddesigns.

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