This month has been the month of rooms with multiple purposes. Not only for clients but in my own home. As I have mentioned before (here), our home has some awkward spaces to decorate. It was built in the 1930-somethings and was renovated before we moved in but a lot of the initial floor plan remains. That means we are lacking some rooms that I would love: laundry room, pantry, a formal living room/office, and a foyer. I bet you never thought twice about your foyer! Oh what I would do for one!
It has been becoming more and more evident that I need some work space around here. I mean I like eating at the table while surrounded by pillows, fabric, and a lamp here and there but getting hot glue gun burns while reaching for the salt…not cool. So I have been brainstorming on where and how I can make this happen. Eventually my sons will share a room which would open up space for a potential office but thats a couple of years off. As I mentioned, my dining room table is usually my spot to spread out and thats because I have an old farm style table that is perfect for doing projects or laying out ideas. There really wouldn’t be a desk that I would like more so this weekend I decided to make the call and started converting our dining room to partially accommodate a work area.
Sounds pretty tame, right? W-R-O-N-G! Oh my gosh, I don’t even know where to begin. I have moved furniture in and out of three different rooms. Correction- my husband has moved furniture in and out of three different rooms. Every time I moved one piece the room would be all “off” so I would have to move something else and it just snowballed from there. What started out as “rearranging” one room has ended up effecting almost every room in my house. No joke.
So here are some pros:
1. My bedroom has gained some extra space
2. I will have an area to work and store all of my supplies when this is all said and done
3. Our family room got a mini facelift that I am really liking
4. This project has forced me to clean out our “junk closet” (yes I said closet, not drawer!)
5. I have yet to spend a dime on this project
6. My husband’s books are all together, which he loves
And here are the cons:
1. My dining room table is unrecognizable right now. I am not even sure it is under there anymore!
2. I lost a seat in the family room (moved a chair out)
3. I am going to need MAJOR storage, matching storage for all my crafty stuff
4. I have some selling to do on Craigslist, eBay, and/or local consignment
5. I have to clean out my junk closet
6. I am not sure I am even happy with the new arrangements yet (I am too scared to ask my husband to move something again!!)
7. I am still up at close to midnight writing this and wired from all the thinking from today!
I am no where near ready to share pictures yet so I will leave you with some inspiration if you are trying to design multipurpose rooms in your house…