Living in an although relatively spacious cottage, has meant that we have had to be creative when it comes to our space and how it is used. We have two nicely sized bedrooms and with our living space downstairs already full there was nowhere to set up my home office on the ground floor.
Enter the second bedroom. The second room is actually larger than the room that we use as our master bedroom, but since it’s at the back of the house we feel the location is better as it looks over the garden. Our second room was originally set up as a guest room only, however we figured that there was plenty of space to squeeze in a desk too.
So here is how we have the room set up at the moment. There is plenty of room to fit my desk down the side of the double guest bed and on the other side of the bed is a wall of fitted wardrobes. In terms of decoration and interior design all of the walls are painted white in our house, making it a blank canvas.
I prefer a light and airy space provided by neutral colours with a pop of colour from accessories. This is one of my favourite rooms at the moment.
I dressed the bed pretty simply with plain white bed linen from TU at Sainsbury’s. I added a lovely soft throw in a mushroom/brown colour from TK Maxx and another bronze ruffle throw from House of Fraser on top. The scatter cushions are all from Dunelm and were such bargains. The chandelier is also from TK Maxx
On the opposite wall to the bed there is more storage in the form of a shelving unit. We use this to stand our massive mirror on too – it was actually painted gold, but we up-cycled it and gave it a distressed look with some Annie Sloan paint. The chimney breast houses a cool union jack dog, an ‘all you need is love sign‘ which sits behind my Beanie Babies.
We hung one of our wedding guest lists here too as it was the perfect size. In front of the bed is a lovely wicker picnic basket, which is also home to Alfie’s leather satchel. One of my favourite features of this room is the old shed door used to enter the room.
Now for my desk, or should I say second home as I spend so much time here. We picked up the large white desk from IKEA a while back, but it’ only recently that I’ve actually added some personality to it. The notice board hanging up contains various postcard and pictures, including our baby boys ultrasound shots to add more colour to the white walls.
Alongside the notice board hangs a calendar full of images from our wedding, everyday I’m reminded of that magical day and how lucky I am whilst I work.
Actually on the desk sits my iMac, the best thing EVER! Little colourful trinkets include my Rifle Paper Co notebooks, pink butterfly candle holder from Next, a painted floral summery glass tumbler masquerading as a pen holder.
Also, there are a stack of vintage inspired post-it notes with a silver bunny paper weight hiding behind them and a world map trinket box.
The desk is great as it contains so much storage. On the top shelf I added some recycled A4 folders along with some more colourful ones from Paperchase, these are being propped up by a pretty tea light holder. On the lower shelf are some books and an artistic anatomy calendar. There are more shelves at the back of these ones too.
Well that’s it for my guest room and work space room tour. We are going to keep it like this for the time being, but it may be all change again when our little man arrives.
He will be sleeping in our room in his moses basket for at least 6 months, but after that we would like to give him his own nursery and playroom. It’s going to be fun getting that all prepared for him and rearranging things.
I think a smaller bed frame would mean that my desk could still stay in the room, plus function as a nursery too. Fun times ahead guys!
Do you have a guest room in your house? Have you got a multifunctional room, what do you use it for?
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