For the foreseeable future I know we won't be living in a home with two separate guest room and office spaces. In fact, when we're living in Manhattan we'd be lucky to have enough space for any sort of combined guest room and office!
I have always loved the warm and sunny, yet somehow neutral, colors of this guest room/office that was featured in a Sept 2004 issue of MS Living.
Looking beyond the great colors, the functionality of this room is pretty awesome. There are some really great ideas that I am definitely saving for later:
1. Removing the closet doors to create a desk space is an old trick, but adding curtains makes the desk space look less like a transformed closet and more like a custom nook.
These sheers from Pine Cone Hill are very similar to the featured curtains. It would also be really easy to whip up your own version with a pair of cheap IKEA sheers (you could tea-stain or dye them to get a similar color) and a few yards of ball trim. Looks like the Martha team put two rows of trim here in the inspiration room, which is a great, full look.
2. I love the thick shelves in the desk nook. Does anyone have an idea how to achieve this look without paying a carpenter to do it? Maybe doubling up some MDF and then caulking the seam?
3. Putting a nice table lamp on the desk really steps it up. Ebay is my favorite place to look for quality vintage lamps. I've noticed that pairs can be pricey, but single lamps are usually a steal. Don't forget to check out your local thrift stores for great lamps, too, just make sure to add a clean, new shade.
4. Hide all the office supplies and other junk in coordinating, labeled boxes. IKEA's are fine, but the Container Store's boxes are my favorite.
4. I think the best idea from this photo is to install double glass doors. The glass really opens up the small space, provides more light and helps the room to feel more like an office. If you added some DIY shades to the door windows, there would be plenty of privacy for your guests.
Do you combine your guest room and office spaces? What do you find works for you?