As you may already know from this post, we moved into the guesthouse on our property while the main house gets remodeled. Why? Because it will take about two years to complete and we decided to skip breathing paint fumes and dust in the meantime:D Although we’ve had to give up much to fit into our current square footage (from 4,500 to 750!) I feel good about the choices we’ve made in how we use this place.
For example, instead of maintaining the original kitchen layout, we chose to maximize counter space and create a good flow of our kitchen/dining room. And instead of bringing in our smaller round kitchen table for four, we chose to work with the shape of the dining nook and got a long rectangular table (for eight) which allows us to entertain but still leaves plenty of room for our toddler to frolick and play.
Another choice we made was to skip cramming in a full living room, and just to add a sofa, coffee table, and chair to our bedroom. Voila! The studio style bedroom/living room combo was born, and I have to say we are loving how spacious it feels and the fact that everything is on one floor.
You see, we could have set up a living room downstairs in place of an old darkroom (story for later), but when we considered how much time we really spend lounging on sofas, it didn’t make sense. What did make sense is well organized shoe/outerwear storage so we could leave our soaked coats and boots downstairs nine months out of the year (thanks Oregon weather!). So in the end we came up with this upstairs:
Which used to look like this delight:
The room is fairly large, 15 ft x 22 ft, but the sloped ceiling (or is it walls?) on two sides made furniture placement tricky. After considering our closet space needs, we decided to close off the side of the room with the bigger slope, which took care of the sofa position, and the rest fell into place. Since we prefer to store our clothes on hangers, things worked out well and the two large closets behind sliding doors now hold majority of our clothes.
For items that couldn’t be hung, we built his/hers shelf cabinets flanking the bed, and smaller things like socks are stored in soft bins. I didn’t document a step by step tutorial for this, but you can see the simple structure from the image below:
We used ¾ inch plywood and added mirrors to the outside of the doors to reflect surroundings and shift focus from that side of the room. There’s built-in cubbies for task lamps and our phones with hidden holes drilled for cords. All of the dimensions were tailored to our low profile king bed in the middle, so I’m pretty sure it’ll stay here once we move to the main house. But we’ll take our engagement photoshoot prints that hang above the bed:)
The plaid rug adds just the right amount of energy and masculinity (is that a word?) to this space, while the drapery and lucite chandelier soften and glam up the look. The chandelier is a vintage piece we scored off eBay, but this online store has a similar one if you are interested.
This rug…you guys – this rug is AWESOME! Emily from Style By Emily Henderson turned me onto it during her guest room update and I can’t get enough of it since.
It’s perfection. Strikes just the right balance between bold and classic, and livens up the room. I tried several of my other favorites in here, but didn’t love any in this set up. It needed to be quite large, and fairly busy to hide toddler-related stains. So when Dash & Albert had their Christmas sale, I snatched this bad boy up quick. It is a flat weave, so requires a pad (we use basic, not plush), but even on hardwood floors it feels good underfoot; not exactly like walking through a Turkish palace, but still good. And it looks so chic!!!
The drapes are custom made by a local seamstress, and it’s basically hemmed fabric that I clipped on using these rings and rod from Crate and Barrel.
Sigh. I feel like I’m finally mastering the art of drapery. If you want more than mass-produced panels in limited fabric weight and colors, but don’t have thousands to shell out, you’re pretty much left floundering on your own. While recreating that luscious, hi-end look from magazines isn’t cheap, it is doable. We’ll talk about this more in detail soon and I’ll share my tips and tricks.
The hanging chair is the same one we had in our daughter’s nursery at the previous house, and is perfect for cuddles while we read to her. We got ours from Serena & Lily and it looks like it’s still available. We just added this large sheepskin and a pillow for cushion. I may have said this before but I am not a fan of traditional rockers and gliders. There are some really stylish nursery chairs on the market these days, but I tend to shy away from tradition and prefer the unexpected, so this hanging chair is right up my alley:D We have been using it for over two years and prefer it over all of our other seating, including the vintage channel tufted sofa (similar here). The live edge coffee table is another vintage piece, but World Market has one for a great price.
The opposite wall serves as command center for all toddler-related activity: book shelves, toy basket, lego bin, and vintage rocking horse. I was stumped by the book shelf for a while as it needed to be really shallow, until I realized picture ledges are the perfect depth! The lego bin is a Target storage ottoman which is no longer available, but here’s a similar one.
The reason we didn’t put all of this in our daughter’s new room is…secret:) Which we will share with you next week, along with our bathroom and hallway reveals.
NOW I’M CURIOUS ABOUT YOU…
Have you ever lived in a tiny apartment? What did you sacrifice in order to fit into tiny square footage? Let me know in the comments below – I love to read them! I thought having only one bathroom for three would be an issue, but turns out it’s not. But then again, we have a toddler, not a teenager, LOL.