I was recently asked to design a new space for a client that had a combo living room/home office/guest bedroom. She already had beautiful curtains (in a safari print – how fun!) that she wanted to stay in the room. Because these curtains were taste specific, I based my design specifically around these curtains.
Trying to maximize this space to serve the needs of three specific rooms was my biggest hurdle, as the room would need to achieve the following:
– Not “look” like an office and disguise not one, not two, but three printers (one of which was extremely large…as in almost 3 feet tall) and a
partridge in a pear tree fax machine
– Incorporate a stylish and comfortable sleeper sofa, that wouldn’t require much furniture moving and wrangling when it was time to pull the mattress out
– Feel like a living room and serve as additional entertaining space
Here is what I came up with:
And, here is the floor plan:
While I know a picture is always worth 1,000 words, I feel like a few more words might help in understanding how this room will all come together. What can I say, I’m wordy. As the floor plan shows, the sofa bed will be against a window-less wall, with a vintage-style coffee table (on wheels) for easy transport out of the mattress’s way when guests are staying over.
The other window-less wall will house all of the unsightly “office-y” supplies. Placed in the center of the wall is a dark walnut buffet with cabinet doors for stowing away printer paper, the fax machine, etc. Flanking each side of the buffet are file cabinets. Sitting on top of each cabinet are the two larger printers. In front of the printer/file cabinets are the most beautiful linen/nail-head trimmed screens. They are on wheels, too, for easy access to the printer as needed.
The desk is situated in front of three windows, providing a nice view when day dreaming calls. To the left of the desk is a tall bookcase, and the last of the three darned printers (which also happens to be the tiniest) sits on the bottom shelf. Slightly in front of the bookshelf and next to the window is a black wing chair and small end table.
All in all, both the client and I are thrilled with how this room turned out! It provides a welcoming space for overnight guests, an efficient home office space for the client’s husband who works long hours from home, and lastly, the room looks and feels like a living room. Seeing it all come together has been thrilling!
If you are in need of design services and would like to receive a customized design board, floor plan, and a detailed source/shopping list within your budget send me an email – I’d love to help out!