From a Messy Office to a Guest Room with Benefits

While working on a renovation of her master bedroom and decorating several of the other rooms of her home, my client began talking about updating her messy home office.

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She even hired professional organizers to get the messy stuff in order. It turns out, they were able to consolidate all the necessary office supplies and paperwork into the room’s two closets, leaving little need for more than a desk for my client’s laptop. That’s when she decided she’d rather have a nice guest room with a smaller scale desk that she would enjoy working in and using it as a flex space for hosting guests.

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before

 

She got rid of her existing office furniture, and we basically started from scratch!  We decided on fabrics and wall color for the room first. I suggested this gorgeous quilted coverlet in white and these lovely patterned curtains to brighten up the room.

fabrics

 

We didn’t want to do a matching bedroom suite (heaven forbid!), but I did want the bed and desk to relate. So we found a bed and desk in a mid-century style with a similar wood finish.

mid century desk

chair from West Elm, desk lamp from HomeGoods

We were able to move in the large armoire from the hallway where it only served to hold a pile of shoes and extra towels and simply overwhelmed the space. Happily, the tall family piece is perfect for between the closets – and the large mirror bounces light around the room and makes the space appear larger.

With all the medium-toned wood in the room, I thought a soft black round side table would be ideal. The beautiful sunburst from HomeGoods repeats the roundness of the side table and adds a bit of sparkle, picking up on the silvery thread in the curtains and accent pillow. When we couldn’t find the right lamp we were hoping for, we ordered one in a custom color from Lamps Plus Color+Plus collection. They offer custom colors and styles of bases, as well as lampshades so that you can get the exact lamp you want!

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The two Eastlake chairs (more family pieces) look right at home in the room, too. We were even able to integrate a favorite piece of art created by my client’s daughter by framing it unexpectedly in a slightly rustic frame.

folk art

 

 

I love it when a bed sits perfectly centered between two windows, don’t you? Perfectly perfect:

coral curtains

 

 

Let’s take a look at a few before and afters:

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I tried to carefully balance the warm tones (the gold hardware, light fixture, the orange woodtones) with the cool tones (the light gray paint color and desk chair, the whites in the fabric and lampshade, the silver of the mirror, drapery poles, and thread in the curtains). Even her dog fits right in to the scheme!

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after

The formerly frustrating office:

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before

Is now an oasis of calm for my client to pay bills and check emails, and for pampering her out-of-town guests.  Her daughter was recently home from college, and even she wanted to sleep in the new guest room instead of in her own room!

white bedding

after

It’s hard to believe it’s the same room, right? And wait until you see her master bedroom . . .

 

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kathleen barry
kathleen barry
5 years ago

……how sweet it is…..

Lynne
Lynne
5 years ago

So beautiful! It feels so welcoming and homey. I love it!

Alyce
Alyce
5 years ago

I love this. This white coverlet is so beautiful. Where was that purchased? Thank you.

carol
carol
5 years ago

The room is gorgeous. Can you please share the wall color? So pretty.

Cindy
Cindy
5 years ago

The transformation is amazing and beautiful!

Jo Galbraith
5 years ago

Very nicely done Kristie! I love a multi-purpose room.

Elizabeth Scruggs
5 years ago

Oh my- How beautiful! What an amazing transformation….I love the mix of tones which work perfectly together. The coverlet and drapery panels are simply elegant. Who wouldn’t want to spend time in here? I bet your client even looks forward to paying bills now!

Beth
Beth
5 years ago

Lovely!

LaPriel
LaPriel
5 years ago

Lovely ,

Teri
Teri
5 years ago

I was wondering where you got the white coverlet? I am sick of duvet covers.

Mel
Mel
5 years ago

I love this room, and how calm it is! And I enjoy hearing how and why you chose the pieces!

Kelly
5 years ago

So pretty! What a big difference.

Jennifer
Jennifer
5 years ago

My family is about to move into a home with lots of orange wood tones (cabinets, floors, etc.) and this wall color would be fantastic! Would you mind sharing the color? Beautiful guest room!!

Paula Van Hoogen
Paula Van Hoogen
5 years ago

So BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jacquie
5 years ago

Kristie, Job well done! It is beautiful!

Sophia
Sophia
5 years ago

Kalimera (good morning) from Athens, Greece!

This room feels like the cool air in my face this morning !

Sophia

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