Giving a living/dining room a budget-friendly update

December 10, 2015 - table lamp

Michelle Handleman-Seff and Andy Seff wish a living/dining room in their Bethesda home to offer mixed functions, on a parsimonious budget. The space needs to be a gentle family hangout and dining area, with a place to work and a play area with some fondle storage for their toddler.


Michelle Handleman-Seff and Andy Seff wish a living/dining room in their Bethesda home to offer mixed functions. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

The space needs to be a gentle family hangout. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Lisa Montague removes a railings between a vital and dining room to emanate one open space. She adds copiousness of fondle storage, seating and a list that can double as work space or a console list for entertaining. Montague, of Repose Interiors (reposeinteriors.com, 703-409-9894), is formed in Alexandria.


Designer Lisa Montague removes a railings between a vital and dining room to emanate one open space. (Julius Goyanko/ for The Washington Post)

Paint a walls a tawny off-white, such as Benjamin Moore’s Overcast , to give a room a light, ethereal backdrop.

The chair rail accentuates a low ceiling. Remove it to supplement tallness to a room.

Create a review area with a lounge and dual chairs. Define it with an area carpet so that it becomes a room within a room.

The elementary white Parsons list and pure chair will not block a perspective by a window.

Locate a play area (not shown) so it is not a focal point and embody copiousness of fondle storage, with options for baskets.

Choose equipment with a accumulation of textures, shapes and scale to supplement visible interest.

Give a candelabrum a budget-friendly update by portrayal it white and adding cloth shades.


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Furniture: Hampton coffee list ($150, target.com); Everett chair in solid Ikat moonstone ($699, westelm.com); Louis pure spook armchair ($95, roveconcepts.com); set of dual yellow linen Lydia dining chairs ($320, worldmarket.com)

Accessories: Jute carpet with chenille limit in Maui ($400 for 8-by-10-foot rug, pier1.com); embroidered Medina screen panels in blue ($88-$148) and small handpainted earthenware list flare garb in indigo ($298), both from anthropologie.com; Ranarp creamy work flare ($40, ikea.com); Anemone wall art “Petals” and “Stem” ($199 each, wisteria.com); “Blue and Gold Abstract” board wall art by Liz Jardine ($100, worldmarket.com); Ombre velvet sham covers in gold ($39 each), raffia trays ($34-$44) and pure white ceramic vases ($10-$39), all from westelm.com.


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Cylinder side list ($329, wisteria.com).


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Parsons list in white ($399,westelm.com).


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Threshold turn steel wood-top accent list ($70, target.com).


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Linnmon/Godvin list in white ($60, ikea.com).

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source ⦿ https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/giving-a-livingdining-room-a-budget-friendly-update/2015/12/08/926e5f90-9204-11e5-8aa0-5d0946560a97_story.html

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