How Shavonda Made This Small Guest Room/Office Functional, Beautiful, And BRIGHT

Hello everybody! It’s been a short while since I used to be final right here with the EH neighborhood and I’m SO EXCITED to share this challenge with you all. I used to be honored to take over the reins as VELUX Model Ambassador and host of the Brighten Up Any Room Giveaway and I’m thrilled with how the area got here collectively. So let’s meet our winner and try the area they nominated for the makeover.

BUT FIRST! Holy wow! We had SO MANY wonderful entries and it was actually, actually troublesome to determine on only one. Ultimately, we selected Viet because the winner! Viet lives in Los Angeles along with her husband, David, and child, Ocean. How cool is Ocean’s title, proper!? He’s additionally the good little toddler, however I digress. Viet and David bought their first residence and gave beginning to their first baby across the similar time in the course of the pandemic and shortly realized the room Viet was utilizing as a work-from-home area additionally wanted to operate as a visitor area as effectively. Shortly after shifting in they found the room was possible the unique major bed room and so they additionally unearthed some fairly wonderful unique hardwood flooring hidden underneath the carpet. We love an outdated home unique element discovery! Whereas the flooring have been an incredible discover, the room itself is fairly tiny coming in at proper round 100 sq ft. After returning to work from maternity go away, Viet needed to depend on the area a bit ahead of she thought and was at a loss for what to do with it. They painted it a sunny marigold yellow colour and he or she envisioned a “female cozy library vibe” but it surely fell simply in need of her imaginative and prescient. My job was to get her nearer to that objective, but in addition make it a workspace AND a visitor sleeping area. Problem Accepted.

A VELUX skylight installer did a web site go to to find out if the area was structurally candidate for skylights and with their inexperienced mild, myself and the VELUX crew headed to L.A. As somebody who’s enthusiastic about small-space dwelling and designing daring color-filled small areas, I used to be so excited to see this room nominated. I LOVED that they embraced its small dimension and wished to maximise its potential to be a workhorse for his or her household. I additionally LOVED that Viet and David love colourful and daring areas! So typically I’m attempting to persuade of us to be daring and lean into colour, however Viet’s residence is filled with colour and playful patterns from the second you step within the entrance door. This was already shaping as much as be a little bit of a dream challenge for me! Okay so now that we’ve a little bit of the again story let’s take a look on the area we’re working with.

The room wasn’t unhealthy, but it surely might be higher. 1. It relied closely on synthetic mild as the 2 home windows within the area are on the smaller aspect and one them confronted a fence so it didn’t get probably the most ultimate mild streaming in. 2. Viet’s guide storage wasn’t fairly giving off these cozy library vibes. 3. The trundle mattress didn’t precisely scream “hello friends, I hope you have got night time’s sleep”. 4. Her work space (hiya wonderful mid-century desk!) may use a bit higher storage and streamlined group.  

The one factor all of us liked concerning the area was the wall colour! Viet was open to something we wished to do with the room and stated we may both hold the colour or go together with one thing totally different, however there was no method I used to be eliminating this colour! I truly had a plan to actually lean into it, and if me you already know that meant taking all of it the way in which to the ceiling and on the trim too!

After visiting with Viet and getting a way of the area and her total wants I got here up with a plan to assist rework its small footprint into one thing dual-use, useful, and exquisite. Right here’s the way it turned out.

Skylights | Room Darkening Shades | Paint Shade

A lot to interrupt down right here, however let’s begin with the skylights, in fact! The VELUX Photo voltaic Powered Contemporary Air Skylights are the actual hero on this area! When the installer realized we may principally change a lot of the ceiling with them we stated, “Let’s do it”! And boy are we blissful they did!

They flood this room with much-needed pure mild and recent air, and supply such wonderful visible influence within the area. The room-darkening shades give Viet complete management over the sunshine focus and permits her to regulate them in line with how a lot (or little) pure mild she desires to expertise within the area, which is right for an workplace space with a number of screens. Viet actually loved having her desk positioned close by the window so we saved it in its current spot and with the restricted footprint it was the only option total.

Murphy Mattress | Artwork (left) | Artwork (proper) | Bedding | Orange Pillow (comparable) | Lumbar Pillow (comparable) | Rattan Wall Shelf

The important thing to actually maximizing this small area was bringing in a Murphy mattress with aspect cupboard storage that spanned the complete size of the again wall from just about ground to ceiling. It allowed us to herald a queen dimension mattress for friends, storage for all of her books, and a brand new place for her work recordsdata to tuck away. Murphy beds actually are the key weapon in a tiny area that additionally must operate as a sleep space. I wished this piece to really feel like a fantastic piece of built-in furnishings so we chosen a fairly walnut end that enhances her classic desk and different midcentury items they’ve all through their residence.

Gold Desk Equipment | Desk Calendar | Desk (classic)

Rug | Baksets

On the wall that used to have the bookcases, we created a mini gallery wall of a few of their household photographs and beloved artwork items, and introduced in a few small benches that function each a spot to sit down when the area is getting used because the workplace and a spot to for a bag or personals when it’s getting used because the visitor room.

To finish the room we introduced in some artwork from Minted to enrich her current items, lovely bedding from Brooklinen, the attractive rug from Jungalow, the benches, pillows, and equipment are from Residence Items, baskets and planters from West Elm, the arched rattan wall shelf is from World Market, and naturally, a number of vegetation. I all the time attempt to infuse as a lot of a shopper’s personal issues right into a newly designed area and Viet’s attractive textile, which I used as a mattress scarf, was an enormous inspiration for different total design and colour story of the area.  

The important thing to getting a very small area proper is having a really clear understanding of the way it must serve you. By fine-tuning all of her wants we have been in a position to create an area for Viet that delivers on each operate and wonder. This room feels as stylish as a boutique resort room, and it additionally looks like place to be productive for work. The most effective half about is Viet and David LOVE it and that’s actually all that issues in the long run! 

*Design by Shavonda Gardner
**After Pictures by Rusty Williams Photograph
***Sponsored by VELUX

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