A Room Redesign for a multifunctional room



The Room Redesign that Reclaiming Home just completed was for a music/computer/personal retreat room. So a room with multiple purposes. It is where my client’s heirloom piano lives. It’s also the room with the family computer and the space where my client wants to be able to have a quiet cup of coffee by herself or with a friend. My client is a woman after my own heart. She loves collecting interesting and vintage things that speak to her. The problem the room had before the redesign was that so many of her treasures weren’t showcased well and there were too many pieces of furniture in the room. So I went to work. First, we went through all the items and I made a pile of things she truly loved and another with things she was just okay with. Then I rearranged furniture, styled the room using her favourite things, and we spent an hour shopping to fill in the gaps of the room. Did you know that when I do a Room Redesign you have the option of going shopping with me during the day we transform the room? It is not always something that needs to happen, but today’s redesign had an hour of shopping at HomeSense, Value Village, and Home Depot. Let’s get into the before and after.

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So I started the redesign fully planning on using the green chair and another chair they had in a different corner of the room. My client told me what she really wanted was two matching chairs for this spot and she had been looking at swap pages for a deal but hadn’t found one yet. So I was going to use what she had until she could find the right chairs, but when we went on our quick shopping trip to HomeSense two women were returning these chairs! They were the perfect size and they were only $129 each. We also purchased the curtains from HomeSense and the rug from Home Depot. In total my client spent $450 on this room, which is not a free redesign but it made a really big impact on the room. The end table was already in this room and the lamp was from my client’s daughter’s room. Her daughter wasn’t using it and we spray painted in antique brass to tie in better with the room. This transformation happened in one work day.

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This is the wall you see when you walk into the room. By moving the piano to this wall you have a stunning view as soon as you walk into the room. The piano was my client’s grandfather’s, and it is so beautiful. Putting it on this wall really highlights it.

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This china cabinet held some of the treasures she had in the room but a lot of it was in random places. I took all of them and styled them in the cabinet. This picture of her parents and family was hidden before. Now she can see them every time she is in the room.  

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The computer area was styled using things my client already owned. We hung her favourite pieces and the shelf was in her storage room. I styled it using items she already owned. The only piece we bought is the desk lamp from Value Village for $8.  

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I love that music cabinet and we tried many different places for it, but it always made the room feel cramped or crowded. Sometimes a big part of making a room better is removing items that don’t work.  The gorgeous piece of art was inherited from an uncle.

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When we were finished for the day my client said, “It feels like I can breathe in this room now.” I love that we highlighted her favourite items and that it feels like a special retreat for her. This room was transformed in a single day. What room in your house would you like to transform in one day?







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