Using a room’s full potential

Do you use your rooms to their fullest potential?  By that, I mean do you stick with a room’s original purpose or are you willing to switch it up to suit your lifestyle.

I am currently working on a home office for a client.  It was originally  a living room but since there is a large cosy family room just down the hall, this room was looking pretty, but was rarely used.  Since both my client and her husband work from home, they decided to make better use of this prime and sunny location.

Some minor renovations were done first by my client, to ensure a successful transition –

1. Closing in the stair wall that runs beside the room, so that french doors could be added so that the office can be closed off from the rest of the house;

2. changing the half wall, that divides the space from the entry way, into a full wall.  The addition of long thin frosted windows ensures that light will pass through and keep the entry way feeling bright.

Here’s what we have so far for this feminine and practical home office.

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My client found this beautiful ceiling fan with beautiful crystals that make the most spectacular reflections on the ceiling.  Definitely a great find.galant-storage-combination-with-drawers__0148968_PE307332_S4 chair My Home


There will be a small sitting area with a television so this comfy chair and a half fit the bill perfectly.

We need to live in our homes and having barely used rooms is really a waste of space, so much better to change it up for your family’s needs.  So have you or would you change a room’s function to suit your lifestyle?

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  1. Sounds like it’s going to be a much more functional space. Thinking outside the box can make a big difference in how your home works for you!

  2. Great design plan! I love the color of the furniture !! Bling on ceiling fans?? Love it!

    • Me too! The bling on the fan is so great. I’m desperate to find something pretty for a ceiling fan so I can’t wait to see how great this looks in the final room. Great work Lisa!

  3. Looking forward to seeing the finished space! That desk is wonderful!!

  4. I’m looking forward to see some feminine elements in the space! The glass added to the half-wall sounds pretty.

  5. it’s my dream to have an office with french doors! Sounds lovely so far.

  6. A smart approach to design! Sounds like it’s going to be lovely!

  7. This is such a great reminder to think outside of the box, and to maximize your real estate! Awesome post!!!

  8. I’m trying to work up the energy to widen the doorway from my living room into my dining room… but it’s just not happening! Lovely choices and great ideas.

  9. Sounds like they will love the room when it’s done. And those furniture picks are gorgeous!


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