Friday, July 25, 2008

Room makeover, a before & after: Taking back a spare room

Do you have one of these rooms in your house? Nearly everyone does. It's a guest room/storage room/retired furniture room/good place to hide to eat the last piece of birthday cake room.

I thought I'd show you a re-design of a room like that in a client's house. The homeowner used this room as a guest room for her mom. But there was also a wine cooler in there and a mish-mash of furniture that didn't quite fit anywhere else. (The fourth wall you don't see is a wall of closet doors.)

The homeowner wanted her mother to feel more comfortable when she stayed. So, we moved the wine cooler into the closet, and the wicker settee into another space to create a reading nook.

I moved the daybed to make it the focal point of the room and used the homeowner's blue and white bedding for a fresh look.

I grabbed a bookcase, coffee table and accessories from elsewhere in the house. (Take a little bit from here, a little from there and you really don't harm the look of the other rooms.)

I even brought in a patio chair. It's a placeholder until the homeowner gets a more comfy chair for the room, but it serves the purpose for now.

The blue and white in the accessories help pull the room together and the lamps make the room cozy.

Who wouldn't want to stay here... especially now that you know there's wine in the closet?

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mollyandmarshal said...

Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I checked out your post on armoires, and I couldn't agree more. Just because TV's aren't kept in them as much as they were before, doesn't mean you still can't use them for other things! In fact, the one I show on my blog has cork board and chalk board on the insides of the doors, as well as 5 drawers in it - plenty of space and good use for an office or for children.

I love your room re-do's - you're so talented!


Melissa said...


I just came by and visited your blog. Wow, I love your creative style.

I am going to add you to my favorites.

Have a wonderful weekend.


My Thrifty Victorian said...

Another great redo! Just love your blog, I check you everyday (ooh, that wasn't supposed to sound bad)!!!

angie said...

Wow. What a transformation. I love the "view" of your blog!

I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog when I was featured on SITS. I look forward to many more visits. Off to read more.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Looks great! I love what you did in there. A few well chosen changes make such a difference.


Amanda @ Morning Glory Cottage said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your very kind comments. I enjoyed reading your blog. You've got some great ideas.

Kathi said...

Very nice! You have great ideas.

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday.
Happy Friday! :)

Caren said...

Looks great and SO true about the wine in the closet. Don't forget to add a little wine key to go along with those bottles!

Handmade Housewife... said...

Wow, Mary, what a difference! It doesn't even look like the same room. The furniture placement is so much more appealing and functional now. Way more inviting. It looks great!


Brenda said...

I always love how you re-do a room using what the homeowner already has. The room is so much warmer and more inviting now!

new every morning said...

I love the 'place where you hide to eat the last piece of cake' phrase. Made me laugh!

Priscilla said...

It looks really great! I would love to have a room like this. What's a guest room? LOL! I don't have a guest room. All space is taken up by children.