A MULTI USE SPACE DESIGN UPDATE

A few weeks ago, I posted my design plans for a multi use space and today I’m back with an update! Julie has been busy pulling the room together and over the weekend, she send me some updated progress photos. I can’t tell you  how excited I am to see it all coming together! The walls are painted,  the majority of the furniture pieces have arrived, and the Hygge and West wallpaper has been installed! Julie told me she finds herself going into the room just to look at it, which, I must say, is music to my ears!

As a reminder, here’s a look at the design plans we started with:

design plans for a multi use space

design plans for a multi use space

design plans for a multi use space

Julie snapped me this picture of the installed paper and I nearly squealed! I’m loving how it’s turning this little dormer space into something really special!

wallpaper

She’s still waiting for her desk chair to arrive, but in the meantime, she pulled the rest of the nook pieces into the space, and as soon as the wallpaper is fully cured, the artwork will be going up!

desk nook update

We’re still waiting on the sofa to arrive, but I’m loving the way the new paint, rug, and window treatments are working together!

room update

Not to mention how perfectly the new media console fits in the space between the entry and closet doors!

tv console

We’re officially in the homestretch of this multi use space makeover and I couldn’t be happier! Julie and her family are already loving their new space, and as soon as the last few elements arrive, they’ll be able to enjoy it to the fullest! I can’t wait to see the completed space and, as always, I’ll keep you posted!

Is your home begging for a little design refresh? Use the code MAGGIES when you sign up here to receive $20 off of your full room design fee! You’ll get the chance to work with me or any of our other amazing Havenly designs to create a stylish and functional space of your own! Happy designing!

DESIGN PLANS FOR A FAMILY FRIENDLY LIVING SPACE

When Shannon came to me looking for help with designs for her family room space, I was excited to tackle a project that would help improve day-to-day functionality for her and her family. She was looking for a fun and functional family room that everyone, including her young children, could enjoy but that would still include pieces that would last for years to come.

Shannon and her family use this space for watching TV, relaxing, entertaining and as a space for the kids to play, so while she wanted the room to remain kid-friendly, she also wanted it to be a space that appealed to people of all ages. With that, I got to work on my design plans for a family friendly living space.

Here’s where we started:

design plans for a family friendly living space

design plans for a family friendly living space

Tired of her hand-me-down furniture, Shannon was hoping for a big cozy sofa or sectional perfect for lounging around and additional seating options for friends and family.

design plans for a family friendly living space

While toys would no doubt still remain in this family friendly living space, concealed storage would be helpful in quick tidying and a more pulled together space. Form and function is the name of the game!

design plans for a family friendly living space

These corners in particular needed special attention to add more function in the space. Toy storage is at a premium in Shannon’s house, and a spot for a desk where the kids can do homework or work on crafts would be a bonus.

With all of these elements in mind, I got to work on 3 preliminary moodboards for Shannon to get an idea of which direction we wanted to go with this family friendly space.

Moodboard #1 included streamlined shapes with some more traditional accents and a daybed for additional seating. Bold pattern brings a playful touch to the space.

design plans for a family friendly living space

Moodboard #2 went a bit more contemporary and playful. Main elements remain neutral while bold pops of turquoise and geometric patterns feel really fun and playful.

design plans for a family friendly living space

 

Moodboard #3 leans a bit more rustic with natural wood and iron finishes, but contemporary shapes in the main furniture pieces create a combination that feels really warm and cozy.

design plans for a family friendly living space

 

After looking them over, Shannon connected most with moodboards #1 and #2, so I used those as a jumping off point as I got into her complete design concepts below:

Design Concept #1

I replaced the sofa and daybed with a big, cozy sectional, and added design elements to create a concept that feels casual and inviting with wood tones, neutral elements, and pale blue accents.

design plans for a family friendly living space

 

Design Concept #2

Building off of the initial moodboard, I added additional storage pieces and design accents that feel really fun, contemporary, and perfect for all ages.

design plans for a family friendly living space

In the end, Shannon fell for concept #2 with its turquoise accents, playful patterns, and overall family friendly feel!

After making a few minor adjustments and additions, in order to give Shannon an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within her space, I put together a few renderings.

In order to give Julie an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within the space, I put together a few renderings.

I swapped out the original coffee table for an ottoman that’s perfect putting up your feet and adds more seating when necessary, and brought in some some yellow accents for some additional pops of color.

In order to give Julie an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within the space, I put together a few renderings.

I created a playful gallery wall to surround the media cabinet that combined family photos with playful prints that really pulls the entire design together.

In order to give Julie an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within the space, I put together a few renderings.

And, I made use of those formerly empty corners by creating a desk area for the kids to do homework, as well as an additional storage piece to stash away toys while still performing high in the design department.

Shannon snapped me a few photos as pieces have begun to arrive and I’m SO exciting about the progress. Wait for it…wait for it….

design plans for a family friendly living space

I’ll keep you all up to date on the progress of the room as it happens. This family friendly space is really starting to come together!

Is your home begging for a little design refresh? Use the code MAGGIES when you sign up here to receive $20 off of your full room design fee! You’ll get the chance to choose to work with me or any of our other amazing designs to create a stylish and functional space of your own! Happy designing!

DESIGN PLANS FOR A MULTI USE SPACE

Design plans for a multi use space can sometimes be tricky. It can be difficult to balance the requirements of a room that needs to function in different ways but still look and act like one cohesive space. When Julie came to me looking for help with her kids’ homework room/hangout space/guest room, I knew it would be a challenge to find a way to incorporate all of the different functional necessities within the confines of a relatively small and irregularly shaped space. But, after seeing the room, I immediately saw potential and was ready to take it on!

Here’s where we started:

design plans for a multi use space

design plans for a multi use space

Julie’s main objectives for this multi use room were to provide a space for her kids to do homework, create a comfortable place to hang out and watch TV, and also to act as a guest room (where adults would be comfortable) when she had company visiting. She was tired of pulling together a hodgepodge of existing pieces in the space and wanted something that felt comfortable and contemporary while still looking pulled together and well designed, something I think we can all relate to. That should be easy enough, right?! Here’s the kicker, we needed all of that to fit within approximately 140 square feet. Challenge accepted.

We both agreed that a functional (yet stylish) sleeper sofa was the way to go in order to satisfy those guest room needs in this small space. I also proposed taking advantage of the dormer space/desk nook and going bold within that small space in order to make a big statement in the room. Often times, people are afraid to do something bold in a small space in fear that it will make it feel smaller, but in the right setting, going bold in a small space can help to draw the eye up and trick you into thinking it’s larger! Julie was on board, so I put together 3 preliminary inspirational moodboards for her to take a look at.

Moodboard #1 included contemporary shapes mixed with some more traditional elements to create a sense of warmth and comfort in the space. I proposed focusing on the dormer desk nook and really making it feel like it’s own entity.

design plans for a multi use space

Moodboard #2 went a bit more mid century modern with bold pops of navy and natural wood tones. I suggested a fun, geometric wallpaper for the dormer desk nook to make a bold statement.

design plans for a multi use space

Moodboard #3 embraced graphic black and white patterns and colorful graphic accents. This one felt fun and playful for a kids space but still contemporary enough for adults to enjoy.

design plans for a multi use space

After looking them over, Julie really liked elements in each of the moodboards so I put together a concept that incorporated all of the things she liked with additional elements to round out the room.

design plans for a multi use space

In order to give Julie an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within the space, I put together a few renderings.

I went with a cool, neutral gray on the walls throughout the space, and we settled on a bold geometric wallpaper for the desk nook. Julie found a photograph of the beach she visited as a child that we are having framed, and a corkboard adds function to the homework area and also creates a space for the kids to display their own artwork.

design plans for a multi use space

The other side of the room is a cozy and stylish spot to relax and watch a movie and the sleek, contemporary sleeper sofa will instantly turn the space into a guest room when company is in town. Hitting that design sweet spot with all that form and function ;)

design plans for a multi use space

design plans for a multi use space

At this point, orders have been placed and pieces are slowly arriving as the room starts to come together. Julie snapped me some pictures of paint going up on the walls this weekend and the draperies are being hung as we speak.

 

I’ll keep you all up to date on the progress of the room as it happens. Trust me, this before and after is going to be a good one!

Some of you may know that I also work as an interior designer over at Havenly. Is your home begging for a little design refresh? Use the code MAGGIES when you sign up here to receive $20 off of your full room design fee! You’ll get the chance to choose to work with me or any of our other amazing designs to create a stylish and functional space of your own! Happy designing!

 

THE ULTIMATE WOMAN CAVE WITH CHAIRISH

To be honest, I’ve always kind of scoffed at the idea of a “man cave.” Most if my disdain would come from watching episodes of House Hunters with practically every man expressing his desire for, nay, requirement of the obligatory basement or attic space in which to do whatever it is that these men do. A space of your own to do with whatever you like? pshh. A spot in your house to express your own sense of style? Whatever. Your own little escape from reality when you just need a break? Wait a second…maybe I’m starting to understand. What I don’t understand is why the boys get to have all of the fun!

So when Chairish, my go-to source for vintage furniture and decor, asked me how I would create my ultimate “Woman Cave,” I jumped at the opportunity…because we can’t let the boys have all of the fun ;)

woman cave

Now, my version of a “Woman Cave” is, mostly likely, a bit different from the sports bar/beer mecca of my male counterparts, but the idea is the same. It’s a space where I could go to unwind with my girlfriends, get away from the stresses of life, and do the things I want to do (which may or may not include sappy romantic comedies, trashy reality shows, and the occasional one too many drinks with my girls) that the others in my house aren’t so interested in.

I started with this pair of dreamy vintage barstools from Chairish (check out their full collection of amazing vintage barstools here). I wanted a really calm and comfortable design that would promote relaxation and settle my mind. I stuck with a really neutral base full of metal finishes, natural wood tones, and soft textiles and brought in a little color and contrast with muted artwork and a gorgeous vintage rug.

ultimate woman cave with chairish

reclaimed counter table // vintage barstools // pendant light // artwork // barware

ultimate woman cave with chairish

tufted bench // vintage rug // pillow // tray // napkins // chair

Well, men of House Hunters, I get it now. I’ll take it easier on you next time.

So tell me, what would your Ultimate Woman Cave look like??