Today I’m revealing the new look for our guest quarters which is a studio apartment.
Before I get to the guest quarters, you can listen to today’s podcast on dealing with open concept spaces below.
Now that’s start with how I had the room last time I showed it to you. I had converted the space into a warehouse for my online shop which I am closing on Monday. I have just a few things left, CLICK HERE. This one corner had a bed in it for overnight guests. We don’t have a lot of overnight guests, but I wanted to keep a bed in here, just in case.
The other end was the ‘business end.’ I had products staked on the shelves. The metal table is where we pack boxes for shipping. The TV is used when my daughter has a sleepover. The cabinet below the TV is where I keep my sewing machine.
The bathtub was full of peanuts, and the closet was full boxes. The space was messy a lot of the time, since it was a working warehouse. Below you can see where we wrapped items with paper.
So it was so exciting to clean up the space for another purpose. Below is where I record my podcast! You can see the microphone and the pop filter. There are two chairs there, but when I record, I am here by myself. Yvonne is in Pennsylvania, and Kelly is in California. The chairs were at the farm. I do this musical chairs thing a lot. You can see the chairs at the farm HERE, and you can see the chairs in the study HERE. The wicker basket was moved from the foot of the bed to the chairs, so now it’s more of a coffee table. That’s a versatile piece of furniture!
As for the bed area, I rotated the bed so that it’s no longer angled in the corner. I changed out the bedding. Note how the shorter bedspread makes the bed area look more open. Moving the orientation of the bed also helped open up the area. I added a lamp on the side table and moved the ladder with grainsacks over to this side of the room.
It’s really cozy in person.
Here you can see the paper is gone, and in it’s place I have my paint brushes. I hope to be doing some painting in here. Yes those are stir sticks and paint brushes in a silver water pitcher. Why not?
This kitchen looks much as it did. But I had my postal scale and label printer over here.
Here is the area by the entry door.
I still have the metal table in here (not shown) because I plan to use it for sewing and for painting. If I don’t end up using it much, I’ll find a new home for it. Below is my shelf. I removed one already. I did have my paints here, but it looked so messy, I moved them to the cabinet. I’ll be replacing this shelving with something prettier. I’m looking at options right now.
I saw this gorgeous piece at Heights Antiques on Yale, but alas it’s too big. It’s heavy and we’d have to get it up the stairs.
I’ll let you know what I end up doing. Right now I’m having fun shopping.
To see more photos of how this room has transitioned over time, CLICK HERE.