Monday, July 25, 2005
Room for Improvement: Office Space
If you have kids, you know your space can quickly become their space. But before your office turns into an oversized playpen, one room can serve both generations. Our makeover maestro Martin Amado shows us how optimize your office space in tonight's Room For Improvement.
WSVN--Imagine sharing one room with your kids that functions as an office and a playroom. Tough huh. Today's room for improvement, it's a battle between toys and desk space. Complete extremes but I'm sure we can make it work.
Martin Amado: "Room for Improvement. Hi Elain."
Martin Amado: "Why isn't the room working for you right now?"
Elain: "Well we have to split it between an office and their playroom and it's also the first room you see when you walk in the door. So it's very visable.
Martin Amado: "The problem with this room is that it's open to the rest of the home and the initial view isn't very attractive. The solution is to shift the focus of the room while coming up with more stylish storage for the toys so that we make a good first impresssion."
The first thing that we're going to do is move the furniture around. Why because when you first walk in, all you see are toys.
Now that we have the desk on that wall, I'm going to make this wall over here the toy section. I'm placing the toychest in the center. I'm not too crazy about the white so I'm going to paint it so it blends much better with the room.
Martin Amado: "It's going to definitely need two coats."
Martin Amado: "Now that it's painted it looks so much better. But, I'm going to take it one step further. I'm going to add some cushions to the top and turn it into a seating bench."
Martin Amado: "I found these storage towers, one for Olivia and one for Sophie. They're great because they can put art supplies in one, toys in another. Plus, once they grow up. It' still completely functional in the office space too."
The final touch is to add a curtain is to add a curtain panel to seperate the play room and add a more intimache touch to the dining room. The key is make sure they're aren't lined on the back, that way they're attractive on both sides.
This morning the room was lacking a defined sense of style and function. But now it's become a beautiful focal point in the home and a spce that both adults and kids will enjoy when working or playing. All it took was one day and a budget of less than $1,000.
Martin Amado: "Open your eyes."
Martin Amado: "Look at your toychest and your chairs."
Martin Amado: "The parents thought they lost control of the space to their daughters. But, we proved them wrong. The room is more organized and pleasing to the eye. And, whether it's used as an office or a playroom, you know what it looks great on it's own and it compliments the home's decor. Until next week, my job is done here."
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