Our spare room is a bit of a no-mans lands in term of decorating. Does anyone else have this problem? Our living/dining area is very much coming together, our new kitchen is being installed in May, we have a vision for how we want our bedroom so the spare room has kind of been ignored. It’s become a dumping ground for stuff we don’t have storage for, or the boxes from the move that we (still?!) haven’t unpacked or re-homed.
The major focus of the room is the huge 8ft desk that I built (more on that in a future post). Because we both sometimes work from home and I like having a dedicated space to craft and write this huge double desk was a must. The spare room was always intended to be a dual purpose study/guest bedroom so in terms of décor it’s more practical over pretty. We both need a pinboard and some elements of inspiring art for each of us to reference when working.
When we put the sofabed in here and turn it into a functioning guest room we may need to rethink the current plan so that the room is more cohesive but our current solution is the very diplomatic method of having a wall each. Above is mine, as you can see it’s a gallery wall of inspiring quotes and images, including pictures of women I admire and funny postcards. It’s on the wall above my Kallax which holds my printer, sewing machine, paints, sketchbooks and notebooks, and my gorgeous blue Raskog which holds more craft supplies. More on how I keep that organised in the future.
It may sound crazy to you that we have 2 different decor styles in one room, but this room is really long, so our individual spaces are far away enough and on opposite walls so that you don’t notice they are completely differently decorated.
Tom’s has his pinboard, with some inspiration images on, a cool architectural blueprint and his huge wooden Thai fishing boat model on a shelf. He also stored his weights and press up handles over here.
My wall, is much more for inspiration and a place to store my cameras.
This all adds up to a neat, organised craft corner for me which is so pretty! I love looking at this wall whenever I’m sat at my desk, and thankfully it’s not so girly that it takes over the room. Yay to finding a compromise to his and hers decorating!
I think as far as decorating a multi-use space goes this solution is pretty great. It may need to be changed in the future to make it more cohesive, but at the moment it fits what we use this room for, even if it looks a little strange all together. At the end of the day your home is for you to live in, not just for Instagram photos so as long as it functions in a way that makes sense to you then that’s all that matters.
The ‘Bitches build empires’ artwork is from Babe Vibes and the frames Marble print is one of the papers from my Messy Box in a simple Ikea frame. The other postcards are picked up from various shops, and the Mac not Crack one is from an amazing Mac’n cheese stall I found at a festival. Perfect for an Apple addict like myself!
How about you guys? Do you have any of those weird multi/no purpose rooms?
Full room tour of this space will be coming as soon as we get a sofa bed in there.
Love, Sarah x