Bonus Room: Before and After

April 7, 2011 at 7:39 AM 10 comments

I offer a consulting service that is the perfect fit for clients who want larger concepts that they can run with on their own.  I recently worked with the most wonderful clients on a space that they had above their garage.  It was a large room that they requested would sleep six and work as a casual place for kids to hang out and watch TV.  It needed to be comfy, kid friendly and not give off the appearance of having beds everywhere.

This is the space they showed me….

This is a room that is only used once a year or so when they have their extended family over.  Since it isn’t used very often, we wanted to transform the space on a budget.

These were my suggestions:

A. I asked if they used the sink and the area intended for an extra kitchen and they said it was never used.  I suggested they turn this into the bedroom nook and close it off with curtains as an easy fix.

Here is how they transformed the kitchen space before, an unused portion of the room…

And after…

Now, they have a comfy full bed that sleeps two and has the necessary privacy of curtains.  I suggested curtains instead of doors because the area would have felt to closed off with doors and it would have added a lot to the cost.

B: When you first walk up the stairs to the room, this is what you used to see…

While the small couches that folded out into single beds were practical, they didn’t have the style factor.

I suggested putting a daybed with a little table and lamp as a sort of reading nook during the day and a sleeping area at night.  They luckily already owned a trundle bed and so they spruced it up with new bedding.  Now what you see when you walk into the room…

I love what they did with the bedding!  I sent them over to trusty Ballard Designs for the bedding and my client found the perfect pillows to match. Since this is a trundle bed, it sleeps two.

C. We still needed the TV/hang out area and so I suggested the main part of the room be turned into just that.  The set up before wasn’t quite meeting their vision…

We took furniture pieces that they already owned from around their home and used it for the living space.  Everything was shuffled around to here for a very cute sitting area…

I love the way how it all turned out!!  And the couch is a pull out queen sized couch so that will sleep another two.  There you have it, sleeping for six and a comfy place to hang out.  I think the clients did an amazing job pulling the room together and I loved helping them out along the way when they had questions or were looking for suggestions on certain pieces. The room looks fabulous!!

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. debby manning  |  April 7, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    kate, of course this is the worthing’s upstairs/over the garage space and it looks fabulous! that they can sleep 6 is quite amazing and it is so ‘pulled together’ and quite lovely; bravo!!

    • 2. katecollinsinteriors  |  April 7, 2011 at 8:13 AM

      You guessed it! Thank you!! I really love how it came out. Welcome back to California!! I think a visit is in order to see the changes to their home. 🙂

  • 3. Katy  |  April 7, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    It looks familiar and AWESOME!! What a welcome change! Great job Kate, it looks so pulled together!

  • 4. Jill  |  April 7, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    So perfect Kate! I’m seeing some sleepovers in our future!

  • 5. Lacey  |  April 7, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Great job! I can’t wait to see it in person!

  • 6. consciouscloset  |  April 7, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Nice work, Kate!

  • 7. Glynnis  |  April 7, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    It looks more than fabulous. Well done Kate.

  • 8. Shannon  |  April 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Looks great!!

  • 9. The Zhush  |  April 9, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    Great job! Looks so cozy and inviting!

  • 10. Brittany  |  April 11, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Really fantastic job, Kate! Nice work!!


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