The "Seriously Uninspiring to Creatively Convertible" Makeover

The "Seriously Uninspiring to Creatively Convertible" Makeover

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Janel Laban
Nov 4, 2014
(Image credit: Submitted by Heather)

Project by: Heather
Location: Denver

Our third bedroom is used as a home office/guest room and was in desperate need of a face-lift. It had beige walls, an IKEA desk, a leftover kitchen chair and a butchers rack—a seriously uninspiring space for a home-based creative professional.

(Image credit: Submitted by Heather)

As with most decorating projects, there were some design challenges to overcome:

• This room has two functions—office and guest room. It’s primary use will be as an office, but we frequently (6+times/year) have overnight guests, and I DON’T want them to feel like they’re sleeping in an office.

• Second, this is a rental property with strict restrictions around painting and holes in the walls, which doesn’t leave a lot of freedom when it comes to decor.

• The last big requirement for my office, is that it has to have a space for my girls. As a work-from-home parent, I need to have a child-safe area in my office where my little ones can play, while I finish up my work.

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The rug and the large, framed wall art add much needed color to the room, without the use of paint. All other elements in the room are neutral, and easily transition from office to guest room.

The butchers rack plays a critical role in my office, by providing an enormous of amount of concealed and open storage. This keeps the desktop clear of clutter, and makes the transformation to guest room, effortless!

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The desk legs twist off, and the desk top and legs store easily in the walk-in closet. Then it’s just a matter of unplugging and storing the computers, moving the kids’ toys downstairs to the play room, and moving the kids’ desk to the opposite wall, under the window.

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My office is now an inspiring place to work, with room for my little ones. And, when needed, it's a space I'm proud to offer our out-of-town guests!

Read more about the project on Heather's blog: The Caterpillar Years

Thanks, Heather!

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