Do you have a “catchall” space in your house? You know, a room filled with cast-off furniture and decorations, and stuff that doesn’t seem to have any other home?
Perhaps it’s your go-to spot for putting things in a “safe place” where you won’t forget about them (and yet you always do!). It could be a closet, basement, garage, home office, or spare room.
“Of all of Hogwarts’ vast and glorious quirks and mysteries, the Room of Requirement is one of the best. After all, it’s a room that can turn into anything you need it to. Anything. Well, it probably couldn’t turn into France – but anything other than that.”
Our spare bedroom functions a bit like Harry Potter’s Room of Requirement: It may be a craft room, home office, or guest bedroom depending on what’s happening in our lives.
Also, once something goes in there, it tends to disappear.
Here’s what the room looked like before we moved in. Very “elderly chic”.
We refinished the floors, installed a ceiling light, replaced the ugly flat-panel doors, and reduced the size of the closet to allow for a laundry room in the hallway.
Then, the room filled up with random crap.
This is the current disaster. The desk/crafting area is to the left, and bed is to the right. Unlike the previous owners, I chose not to center the bed in the room in order to create more separation between the sleeping and working areas.
It’s the room of cast-offs: bed from my old post-college apartment, bedside tables from my parents’ attic and husband’s bachelor pad… You get the idea.
The cream-colored drapes had to go (as much as I love them), so I popped a suzani valance from our old house on the clip rings just to test out the look (this was just a test – I dislike the whole “valance on clip rings” look). .
Across from the bed is the crafting area, with a DIY pegboard, IKEA desk, standard-issue file cabinet from my grandmother (perhaps the most practical birthday gift of all time), floor lamp from our old living room, and shelves left by the previous owners.
Oh, and no chair!
- Create a multi-purpose space that is functional for crafting and home office activities, that will also please occasional overnight guests.
- Create distinct working and sleeping areas that have a cohesive look.
- Develop organization systems that will ensure that only items related to the room’s intended purpose stay in the room.
- Make good use of items that I already own and love.
Plan of Attack
- Paint the room (Done! The pale yellow are now Nebulous White by Sherwin Williams.)
- Refinish the nightstands and top them with taller lamps
- Paint the file cabinet
- Purchase light for the desk area, large mirror, desk chair, and artwork
- Move the rug to a better spot in the room
Here’s a mood board that shows the overall eclectic look for the sleeping area:
The rug, which is from World Market but discontinued, will move over in front of the dresser. I love this rug and need to keep it for now, but it’s really too small for the space.
I’ll hang a large round mirror above the dresser to play off the circular shapes in the window treatments.
The dresser was an estate sale find, and although it’s more ornate than anything else in my house, it’s the perfect size for this room and holds loads of craft supplies.
Next week I’ll share a bit more about the process I used to come up with this initial design plan, and thOne Room Challengee challenges I’m facing so far. Hopefully in a few weeks we’ll have a proper multi-functional space and not just a “room of requirement.”
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