When Sophie was born and our spare room was transformed into her nursery, we lost our 'dumping spot' - somewhere to pop things to be 'dealt with' and where I could hide things. I remember when I was planning Sophie's nursery, I thought a lot about how we could somehow fit a spare bed into one of our rooms but there just didn't seem to be the space and so instead, we made do with a folder bed borrowed from my Mum for a few months. Paul spent many a night on that folder bed in order to get a decent sleep in the early days when Sophie was a newborn and I was feeding three hourly through the night. That folder bed served its purpose but has since been returned and we've now decided we need a spare bed. Not so much for sleeping on, more so that I can have that 'spot' again where I can dump things out of sight.
So, we've thought long and hard about the only remaining room that could possibly accommodate such a piece... our study. We've decided that slowly over time, we'll transform this room into a combined home office and guest room. Much of this room is currently wasted. A chair in the corner of the room has never been sat in. Our filing cabinet is too big for what we need. Our cupboard holds endless books and other items we no longer want or need. The built in robe in this room with its single hanging rail and overhead shelf is 'dead space'. We've decided we need to make better use of what we have available.
For years, I've kept inspiration folders, including ones for home offices and guest rooms, often wondering why I did so when our study was already furnished and a guest room was something we would probably not see in our household for some time to come. But now? Now I can plan. I can allow myself to imagine a new space with new furniture and a new colour scheme. I can picture new handy with neatly organised craft supplies (I'm taking inspiration from Jane for this one). I can dream of the inspiration board I will create with pretty pictures and quotes.
Here are a few images that are inspiring me so far...
To start with, we're decluttering this room. We're selling furniture. We're donating old books to charity. We're freeing up space. It's going to take time though... there's a lot of 'stuff' in this room.
Do you have a home office? A guest room? Are you happy with your space or if you had the chance, is there something you'd change?
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