Great Spaces: A Room of Many Uses
A tired den is transformed to offer greater functionality—and style.
Mia and John DeWitt knew they wanted to transform the den in their townhouse-style condo in McLean into something else—particularly given its position in the floor plan. Measuring 228 square feet, it was tucked between the breezeway from the garage and the home’s main entry, just across from the kitchen. “She wanted a multipurpose room,” designer Bonnie Ammon says, with emphasis on the multi.
The converted space now features a 7-foot-long table, built-in cabinetry and a deep window seat overlooking wooded grounds that lead to the Potomac River. Its function morphs from mudroom (with storage lockers for bags, shoes and jackets) to home office (with a closet for the printer and supplies) to crafting area and reading retreat. Prior to Covid-19, the table also doubled as a spot for additional buffet service during parties.
The decor plays to the style Ammon invoked for a whole-house renovation she helmed for the couple last year, when she replaced the 50-year-old condo’s traditional design with a sleeker aesthetic featuring glossy surfaces, bold patterns and metal accents. “They have a lot of pattern and color—high contrast throughout the house,” says the Leesburg-based designer. “It’s drama and bling.”