Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Room for Improvement: Home Office
Have a spare room and don't really know what to do with it? Why not turn it into some office space? Tonight, our makeover maestro Martin Amado makes it his business.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "On today's Room for Improvement we're taking a spare bedroom mainly used for storage right now and turning it into a functional, yet decorative home office all in one day, so let's go check it out."
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement. OK, Kim, so this is the space."
Kim: "It's a little embarrassing, but, unfortunately, this room has become more of a storage area, catch-all. You just throw everything in one room."
Martin Amado: "So the goal is to turn it into a home office for you?"
Kim: "Exactly, that would be wonderful."
Martin Amado: "When designing a home office, the goal is to make it match the rest of your home's decor, so, in this case, we are going to use the couch as our inspiration."
Martin Amado: "So now let's make the couch the focal point of the room, a cool modern piece and notice how the wood tone compliments the sofa legs."
When choosing artwork for a home office, you want it to reflect your personality instead of your typical nine to five workspace. So, of course, these shoe prints go perfect for Kim because we know she love's to shop.
Martin Amado: "This file cabinet will double as a stand for the printer."
So now, we have the desk area here for Kim, and we want to go ahead and complete the sitting room portion. We're dealing with a tight squeeze, so I'm using this pedestal lamp as lighting and, of course, a little end table because of the shelves.
When you're dealing with a small room, you don't want to cram up the space with heavy, bulky furniture. So this open bookcase is the perfect piece for the room.
Martin Amado: "So the finishing touch is this beautiful leather chair typically used around a dinning room table, but I think it works just as nicely here in this home office setting. I hope Kim likes it too."
Martin Amado: "This morning, the room's square footage was not being utilized for living, only storage. Now, we created a stylish den and office space that's a pleasure to be in, whether working or simply relaxing, all for a budget of under $1,000."
Martin Amado: "At the count of three, here we go, one, two, three, open your eyes.
Kim: "Oh, my gosh, Martin, this is beautiful. I'm so excited."
Martin: "Thank you, as well. This is another Room for Improvement, and we'll see you next time."
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