1.09.2014

sources for a home office/guest room on a budget


Many of us are working from home and need a space dedicated toward work.  And by work, I mean motherhood, paying bills, meal planning, blogging, high finance, wedding planning, writing--whatever it is that you call work.  We need a place to keep ourselves organized.  The home office has turned standard in house hunting.  But with many downsizing and McMansions becoming a thing of the 90's, your office may also need to occasionally function as a guest bedroom.  

Here is a home office design on a budget that is still very stylish and welcoming for your guests, based on a 10x12 room.

Start with great lighting.  I almost always start there.

Then select a fabric that fits your budget but makes your heart sing.  Tonic Living has many fabrics available to the public, will ship you samples, and they'll also sew any pillows or window treatments you need.  I chose this beautiful floral watercolor fabric for this coastal room.

Then pull two coordinating fabrics.  I picked a solid teal and a 
geometric lattice print.

By using inexpensive white linen drapes from Ikea, you can customize them with your teal fabric.  I've used these drapes numerous times for clients and they hang beautifully.  Especially for the price.  Just hem them to fit your space.

I believe it's important to have a space that's not too theme-like.  Not everything needs to fit in the same design category.  This daybed is beautiful in person, and doesn't exactly match the modern vibe of the rest of the space.  That's what makes it interesting.  And really, who could beat the price.  You could easily customize the cover on the mattress down the road.  By adding large, comfy pillows to the back of the daybed, you're making it suitable for every day lounging or reading in your home office.  I'd add this stool  to function as a nightstand or footstool near the daybed.


This bold blue filing cabinet would make me happy every time I looked at it.  Thank you Container Store.  :-)  Plus, it fits perfectly underneath the parsons desk.  

To give you that added storage and space for your printer, I love the look and practicality of this storage piece from Martha Stewart.  Place a textured tray on top to wrangle all your papers and office supplies.  I'd even add a small bowl on the tray for your guests to put their earrings, keys, or anything else.


A comfortable chair is a must.  This desk chair has a streamlined look, a high back, and would be easy to wipe clean. Plus, with the wheels on the base you could roll right over to your pinboard made from the floral fabric!

Finally, a pretty calendar never hurts. 

When you put all the pieces of the design puzzle together, you have a stylish yet functional home office and guestroom on a budget.  

What do you think?  Is this a home office that would help you be more productive?  
I would love to continue the conversation! Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com, or connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.



If you would like to work together creating a home you absolutely love, 
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Abby M. Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby M. Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com

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