Multi-Purpose Room Before & After

I just finished a really fun room redesign for a family that wanted to transform a former "formal" living room into a casual multi-purpose room the entire family could enjoy.

If you live in the suburbs in a house of a certain age, you're probably familiar with the two rooms in the front of the house which are intended to be formal living and dining rooms. I don't know many "formal" people in the suburbs so these rooms often become catch-alls for mismatched furniture and office equipment or, go unused.  That's valuable space that can be put to much better use.  Here's how it looked before and how we made some simple changes for my client:

J wanted a fresh look without clutter or too much stuff.  The contractor and I got to work on a design for a wall of built-ins to house a new flat screen tv, lots of storage, shelves and a small computer desk. The walls were painted Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore and the french doors were painted black which suits J's New Orleans heritage perfectly.

Let's go in and take a look around...

Our goal was to keep this room fresh, casual and comfortable. We pretty much started from scratch and worked on this room over the past year as the budget allowed. J was willing to invest in a few important pieces and details, and we also shopped at West Elm, Pottery Barn, Target and HomeGoods.  J is mom to teen boys, who bring even more boys home to hang out in this room. Our first order of business was to find some comfortable recliners that fit into the "fresh" category. We found this pair locally and upgraded the fabric. 

The existing love seat was in great shape and the perfect size so it was updated with new fabric.

The wire basket was a find from HomeGoods and was formerly a laundry basket with a cotton liner which we removed. It helps corral the pillows and throws. 

The coffee table is from West Elm and the pretty metallic bowl from Target/Threshold.

Wouldn't it be great if we could *blink* and instantly have a new room. The truth is, renovations and sourcing takes time and lots of patience, even in a small room. J doesn't really like shopping so we did a lot of sourcing online which worked out great. When we did shop together we had a great time and it was painless (for me anyway) because she has a very clear idea of what she likes.  She has been a dream to work with and we're all very happy with how the room turned out.  All done!

Rooms With a New Purpose

It's so rewarding and fun to help a client figure out what to do with non-functioning rooms. The "formal" living room just isn't needed for our casual lives and most times neither is the formal dining room. Over time these rooms become catch-all's for work, home and school clutter or even worse go completely unused. That's valuable space! We want comfortable rooms to gather with family and friends, maybe watch the game or enjoy close friends and their kids, and be comfortable.

One client is excited by the idea of four chairs and an ottoman in her front room which adjoins her dining room. This set up is ideal for socializing or entertaining. Here are some images we're using for inspiration:



                                                       Source: via Curious Details on Pinterest

Isn't this a great  alternative to a sofa and loveseat? And an ottoman offers even more additional seating or serving opportunities.

Another client is creating a multi-purpose room for her family. So far we've added custom built-ins which include a computer desk, painted the walls with Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter, painted her french doors black and replaced her ceiling fan with a simple black fan. Black hardware will be added this week and then onto seating, a rug, a gallery wall and some pretty accessories.

From this:

 To this:

I love how it's coming together so far.
Do you have a room that's not working for you? If you'd like help making it pretty and functional I would love to help you find a new purpose for your room.