The Catch All Room.

Do you have that one room in your house, that feels like a catch all? It somewhat has definition and purpose but at the same time, has none at all. I would bet that at some point in time, most people have one of these rooms. Maybe it didn't start out that way. And certainly, you didn't intend for it to end up that way. So, I am going to share with you some tips and tricks on how to redefine that space.

As mentioned in my first blog post, Tim and I purchased a 1940's bungalow. It might be adorable, but old homes were built differently than those today. Small closet's, tight hallways... the list goes on and on. But, this is what I call first class charm!

We have a 1350 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bungalow and one day hope to turn the 3rd bedroom into a master on-suite. Currently, its a giant walk in closet! Our other bedroom, is currently serving as the guest room, office, and dog room. The key to a mixed use room is to bring purpose to it.

Define it.
First, make sense of what this room truly will be used for. I'm not talking about in 5 years possibly being a baby room. I'm talking right now. For us, it serves the 3 purposes mentioned above.

Envision It.
Next, determine its layout - one that will work for your needs and for the space. For us, the bed is on the left, desk and work station on the right, and the dog crates are on the far wall. This layout worked the best for us because there was no furniture blocking the entry, and was a straight shot to the gorgeous large window at the front of the house. Personally, I like clean lines and NO CLUTTER!

Create it.
What does this room need to come alive and serve the purpose that you have determined? Paint, organization, influence. I had been staring at this room since we moved in last year, and seeing its not one that we use daily, it got pushed to the back burner. Finally, I was ready to tackle it. It took a few tries to select paint, lots of sketches for open shelving and desk space but its always worth it.

Live it.
Our guest room was a dark slate gray color and I painted it a sea mist gray. Even though we have that large window at the front of the house, the sun doesn't hit this room the right way. It needed to be brightened up but still fit the color palette to the rest of the house. Tim and I love the color. We have plans to install open, industrial shelving and I hope to build a custom desk too. Don't worry, I will share the photos once it's complete!

Here is a sneak peek of the industrial shelving in the making! #staytunedmyfriends!

Here is a sneak peek of the industrial shelving in the making! #staytunedmyfriends!

I completely understand how tough it can be to have a multi-purpose room but if you have an idea of what you'd like this room to be, stand solid with that decision and get to it! The hardest part is committing to it, and taking that first step but once you do you'll be so excited to see the transformation.

Questions | Comments | Concerns? Mention them below or shoot me an email! I'm happy to help! Also, feel free to share your photo transformations here on the blog or on Instagram with the #theapostropheco.

Can't wait to hear from you and see what you've come up with! 

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