I’ve always believed that your living spaces should align with your lifestyle, values, and priorities.
As much as we love hosting the occasional friend or family member, it had become evident that our family really needed a functional work, reading, and workout space, over a pretty guest room. (Sorry guests!)
Since our home is on the smaller side, we decided to transform our guest room into a multifunctional space to include: a workspace for two, a cozy reading nook, and a spot for my new Pelaton bike (yes, I love it and use it!).
Our house was going to be photographed for a book on living well in small spaces, so I challenged myself to overhaul the space within 10 days – Eek! Here was the room before the transformation. Since the room was only about 100 square feet, the bed took up almost the entire space.
The first step was to clear out the room so we could start with a clean slate. I started by ditching our file cabinet and consolidating all of our files into this super streamlined file box by CB2. We gave the bed, and bedding, to a friend who needed one (and they treated us to an epic dinner in exchange).
This is what the room looked like as we sorted and started to clear things out (it has to get worse before it gets better!).
My initial idea was to have a custom desk built, but when we got the estimate, I quickly shifted gears. Friend and designer, Kelsey Tu, helped me source a stylish, but affordable loveseat and a set of two budget-friendly desks which would achieve the look I was going for, but fit our space-challenged room and leave a spot for the bike.
We also already owned this mid-century sconce from France and Son, so I ordered another one to go over the loveseat for reading.
We’re thrilled with how the new space turned out, and we love having a quiet place to work, read, and relax. Mission accomplished!
I love how a small shift in how you set up your home can really impact all areas of your life. It’s only been a few weeks, but I already feel more productive, and the kids love reading on the loveseat and using the space as a retreat when they need a little space from each other (I couldn’t get a great picture of the Pelaton bike, but, rest assured, we snuck it in along the back windows).
Do you have a space in your home you could reinvent to better suit your needs and lifestyle? What simple shifts could make a big impact?
Image Credit: Vivian Johnson Photography