Thursday, August 7, 2008
Room for Improvement: Guest/Office Room
A spare bedroom can be a big design challenge, you want it to look nice when you have company, but you also want to use it for your family. Tonight, our makeover maestro Martin Amado is helping one women create a perfect balance.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "On today's Room for Improvement, we're giving a multipurpose room a bit more style so that it functions better as a home office plus a guest bedroom. Let's go meet the homeowner."
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement. Good morning, Sabrina."
Sabrina: "Hi, Martin."
Martin Amado: "So nice to meet you."
Sabrina: "Nice to meet you too, come on in."
Martin Amado: "Let's go see the space."
Martin Amado: "OK, Sabrina, so tell me about the space and of how you use it right now?"
Sabrina: "Well, right now, it's mostly an office space. It's very small, there's nothing I can do, and I can't even bring my family over."
Martin Amado: "So, you want it to be a multi-purpose room for you?"
Sabrina: "Correct, yeah."
Martin Amado: "So, serve as a home office and also kind of like a guest bedroom as well. All right, so I think I'm going to get to work, and I'm going to surprise you at the end."
Martin Amado: "Sabrina has a passion for photography, and she also likes to collect old cameras, so I want to showcase them as a focal point on this wall behind me. I also want to give her additional work surface, so she's not constantly working in that little tight space in the closet. That and some other decorative elements will change the entire look of the room, so let's get to work."
Martin Amado: "Little baby camera."
By arranging her antique cameras on these display ledges around her existing black and white prints, we created a gallery wall and a more dramatic focal point when you walk into the room.
If you don't want to spend too much money furnishing a guest bedroom, I can totally understand, so a good option for end tables is to use a stool.
Martin Amado: "There we go, with a lamp on top, you'd never guess this is a stool."
Martin Amado: "Sabrina is using this closet as a mini office, which is a great idea if you have a small space, but I do want to give her a second option for her to work at as well."
Martin Amado: "I'm using a textured placemat as a background to display some of her additional 8 by 10 prints, and I'm holding them in place by using a simple upholstery tact."
Martin Amado: "The finishing touch is to use the same window treatments I used on the sliding glass doors. This way we can actually close the office area up when company sleeps over. We're done."
Martin Amado: "This morning, Sabrina had the basics for the room to function as an office and guest bedroom, but it was lacking a unified look. By creating a gallery wall to display her camera collection and adding some additional furniture pieces, we made it all come together for under $1,000."
Martin Amado: "One, two, three. Go ahead and open your eyes."
Sabrina: "Wow. Oh, my God, it's beautiful. It's everything I wanted and more."
Martin Amado: "So the perfect multipurpose room. Are you happy?"
Sabrina: "Yes, very happy. Thank you."
Martin Amado: "Well, thank you so much for letting me do this for you. To all the viewers, thank you so much for watching, and we'll see you next time on another Room for Improvement."