MULTIPURPOSE ROOM DESIGN
A young girl with no roommates or live-ins and an extra bedroom all for herself, can transform that room into any purpose or function. For me it would be a library and art studio complete with a rolling ladder. A previous version of myself turned an extra room into a closet and dressing room. Similarly my recent client found herself in this happy predicament and chose to accomplish three specific functions in her spare room...a dressing area, guest bedroom, and lounge/meditation room.
The shell for this multipurpose room is a typical bland apartment, beige walls, dull carpet, and oddly configured doors. I love that she was willing to make this space her own even though she is currently renting. I see lots of people wait around for their perfect home before they put time, effort, and money into their space. Why wouldn’t you want to live in a comfortable home right now? So what if it’s only temporary. The truth is we often stay in temporary and transitional homes a lot longer than intended. Instead make your years renting as pleasant as possible by investing in your current living situation. You won’t regret it.
Anywho, back to this design. This project was completed through Laurel & Wolf, an online service to connect designers with clients to create quick affordable spaces. The entire project -drawings, correspondence, and furniture sources- was completed online. The client armed me with photos of the room, existing furniture to reuse, basic room dimensions, and a single inspiration image. Along with a few brief words on her needs and lifestyle. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a Lenny Kravitz for her room, too pricey.
I gave her a space that was young and stylish, and attended to all of her needs. She wanted a neutral palette with cozy textures. The contemporary day bed is perfect for lounging, reading, and naps. It also opens to accommodate two overnight guests. The bed is set against a wall of curtains to soften up the room. In addition to the drum table, I’ve placed an oversized nightstand adjacent to the bed to give the owner a little more concealed storage.
I’m a fan of giving your guest bedroom more than one purpose. It’s a space that goes unused most of the time so why not pair it with another function. In this case she needed an organized space to get ready. The vanity was an existing piece so I topped it with a small brass lamp, bins for hair tools, and metal wall hooks for jewelry storage. I love these small bins from Serena & Lily, and use them often in projects. The silver stripe and black edging makes me happy. Also, the Ikea acrylic chair is a favorite of mine and rather comfortable. It’s perfect for small spaces, because it adds another finish without taking up much visual space. The marble shelves can serve as additional book storage or for holding makeup and perfume bottles, and brings another luxe element into play.
It’s not often that I design a room devoid of color (especially blue), but I must say I’m quite fond of this space. The client is currently in the furniture purchasing stage, and I’ll be nagging her for completed photos in the upcoming months. Taking final styled photos of a completed design is difficult and the downside to working remotely. Maybe I can take a little trip to style and photograph this one.