Problem rooms: Designers offer ideas to fix challenging spaces [Pictures]
When The Baltimore Sun asked readers to submit pictures of their problem spaces, we received dozens of responses. We turned to members of the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for help.
Margaret Nelson of Nelson Dorsey Interiors, Lisa Bagbey of Lisa Bagbey Interiors and Debbie McHale of Interior Transformations selected three rooms submitted by readers - a sunroom, a master bedroom and a living room - and offered tips and a glimpse of how they would envision the space for a makeover.
ASID designers will be on hand at the Maryland Home and Garden Show this weekend and next at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium at the "Ask a Designer" booth. Homeowners can bring pictures, floor plans and swatches from their design challenges and get 20 minutes of free advice on a first-come basis.
--Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun
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Sunroom problems: Dark paneling, odd size, privacy
Submitted by: Jean DuBose, Baltimore
A sunroom can be so inviting, but decorating it can be a challenge: like trying to dress up a wind tunnel. Jean DuBose's sunroom, attached to her 1920s-era home in Guilford, is 27 feet long and 10 feet wide and presents just such a problem.
"It seems like I am just lining all the furniture up in a row," she said.
DuBose also wanted some advice on window treatments - something that would show off the gorgeous old windows while giving the family some privacy.
"The sunroom is from the 1950s and the wood paneling is ugly and dark, even if it is a sunroom," said DuBose, who has been in the house about a year.