Hello folks! I thought I would jump in with a quick post before the baby comes! Lord willing, I will be holding a little one in a few weeks and can’t wait to see if a boy or girl has been hanging out in my belly for the last nine months!

With this post, I hope to help you rethink your unused rooms. Do you have one? A formal parlor? An extra bedroom? Or in this case, an unused dining room? This room is from the same home as my last post. And since it is right by the front door, we couldn’t ignore its need for a facelift.

Initially my client considered using it as a dining room, but with a large kitchen eating area just steps away, this space begged to be used in a different way. With young children, it made sense to have a space for crafts and hanging out while reading and creating.

But before I get ahead of myself…here is what the room looked like when we started.


The room was full of pieces that my client had collected over the years but no longer loved. A hodge podge of sorts. The first step was to sell these pieces and invest in furniture that worked with the design vision for the home and sparked joy (hello Marie Kondo). For my client that was modern lines with touches of warm woods and soft textures.

Let’s get to the afters.

Modern office with pine bureau and IKEA Linnmon white desk and sheep skin rug

A fun update, right? When you walk in the front door you immediately see this gallery wall. A mix of original art, prints, and even my client’s kids’ art.

The collage personalizes the space and adds much needed color and drama. The desk is a great space for crafts, writing, and of course extra storage.

Office gallery wall with IKEA Linnmon white desk and acrylic chairs

We also added warmth to the room with a pine bureau. More great storage. The upholstered chairs are from Room & Board and swivel! A place to sit and read or share coffee with friends. That far right corner will some day house a plant…greenery in every room!

Pine bureau in a modern office with sheep skin rug.

The curtains add texture (and of course privacy) to the room. They have a shimmery gold texture that is just beautiful.

modern office with room and board otis chair sheep skin rug

And here is the entrance. A bright spot off of this new craft area. Hello Anne in the mirror!

entrance hall with round mirror and vintage wool rug

Finally, not my best picture (iphone and um….delivery truck!) but this is the table in the kitchen area. It can seat ten and what a fun chandelier! Through that door on the left is the new craft room.

beaded Anthropologie chandelier dining room

So there you have it! An example of how to rethink a room that just isn’t working!

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