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BEFORE (Photo/Leah L. Jones - For The Washington Post)

In today’s Washington Post I contributed to the House Calls article which pairs a local homeowner-in-need with a local designer. The challenge is to provide the homeowner with a new design for their space using products that are accessible to the general public so that the homeowner, and other Post readers, can then purchase the items themselves.

Today’s homeowners are the Butlers, a retired couple who recently down-sized to a new home in a retirement community. They brought all of their existing furniture into their new home, and they weren’t sure how to make their dining room more inviting. It is open to the entry, kitchen, and living areas, and the homeowners must walk through the dining room to access the bedroom area. The Butlers have traditional taste, and they wanted the dining room colors to coordinate with the adjacent living room furnishings. They also wanted to keep their existing dining table and chairs to be economical.


(Photos: Chandelier - Restoration Hardware, Mirror - ZGallery, Artwork - art.com, Orchid - Teleflora, Runner - Pottery Barn, Rug - Pottery Barn, Lamps - Overstock.com, Buffet - Home Decorators Collection)

See the Washington Post’s article for information on the specific items that I suggest. I sought to make the space more intimate and appealing, adding color, texture, and warmth with a new area rug, mirrors and art, and new lighting. I also introduced some storage so that the Butlers would have somewhere to stash table linens or serving pieces. The selections are traditional to suit the homeowners’ taste, but they are updated so that the room doesn’t look stuffy; the abstract art helps to keep the space looking fresh. The redesign ties the room together to create a room with personality and presence.

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