joanne’s guest room/office


a couple of weeks ago i gave you all a sneak peek of the fabrics i was using for a design i was working on.  you can see the earlier post here.  i was so excited to be able to use these fabrics.  i found them a few weeks before i met with my client but when i met her i knew they had to be used in her office.  she wanted an inspiring space that was fun and fresh but cozy at the same time.

i met with my client joanne last week to go over the whole design plan for her guest room/office, and she was so excited about everything.  this room is mainly going to function as a home office for joanne but will double as a guest room when she has guests in town.  the budget for this job is small so i decided to do most of my sourcing from ikea.  joanne loves ikea so she had no problem with most everything coming from the store. 

here’s the design board for her office.

Office Design Board_edited-1

since the room is very, very tiny (a little over 8.5’ x 9.5’) i had to get creative about the layout.  i ended up deciding to use the closet as her desk area to maximize the room’s space.  putting a workstation in the closet opened up a lot more space planning options. another major requirement was that the space be accessible since joanne uses a wheelchair.  having the workspace in the closet would allow her to have a straight path to the desk.  here’s a sketch of what the room will look like when it’s furnished.


here’s the breakdown of the items i’ve sourced for her office. 

hemnes daybed

i went with the hemnes daybed.  it’s great because it has 3 deep storage drawers as well as opens up into a full-size bed.  while joanne doesn’t have guests the bed will function more as a sofa. 

corova plum

we’ll be tucking crate & barrel’s corova plum quilt around the mattress so that the bed has a tailored look and looks more like a sofa instead of a bed.   right now the corova plum quilt is on sale.  $99 for the twin.

Garden Stool beside the bed i’ll put this garden stool from 

 billy bookcaseedit DSC05050

there will be 3 billy bookcases in the room.  1 will be beside the bed and two will be put together in the opposite corner (like is shown in the picture above) for more storage.  i’ll put the small tobias chair in front of the corner bookcase and add a throw pillow to it for a punch of color.

Tobias Chair

in the closet workstation area i’ll use the vika amon desk top from ikea.  it’s a little long so i’ll cut it down to the exact size i need to fit the closet area.  then i’ll use the vika kaj adjustable table legs so that i can adjust it to the perfect height for joanne.

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i found the three main fabrics at lewis & sheron textiles in atlanta.  since i have a tight budget to work with joanne, with help from a friend, is going to be making the pillows for the daybed and chair.  i’ll be making the roman shade and pelmet box for the window thanks to the DIY directions from jenny over at the little green notebook

the shade will be out of this amazing floral fabric,

the pelmet box out of this paisley fabric and they will both be used for the pillows along with the ikat fabric.

the walls will be painted sherwin williams macadamia.  it’s actually very close to the natural color in the floral fabric.


for the ceiling light fixture i’ll be hardwiring the $29 knappa plug-in pendant.  i’m going to consult an electrician on how to do this so i’ll make sure i post the “how-to” instructions once i get them.  for the wall lighting beside the window/above the bed i’ll be using the $17 arstid sconce.

knappa pendant lamp Arstid Wall Sconce

accessories and artwork will come from ikea as well.  they have a great canvas piece with the perfect plum-colored orchids.

floral art

i’ll be installing everything sometime after the first of the year so i’ll post pictures once it’s complete.


  1. awesome, Cristi, I've looked forward to seeing how you were going to pull these colors together! Can't wait to see AFTER snapshots!!

  2. Making a mini-office out of one of those shallow ranch-house closets is a great move. An architect friend of mine did that a few years back. He added two outlets (one low, one higher) and painted the interior of the closet chocolate brown before adding a lighter wood platform as the desk. (The rest of the room was a mid prussian blue with latte trim.) He put shelves up the left and right hand closet walls. The cherry on that cake would have been pocket doors, but he kept a single sliding door instead so he wouldn't lose wall or floor space to fold-out closet doors.

  3. Hello! Just came across your blog and love this design sneak peak. I can't seem to find the "after" of it. Can you direct me to that post? Thanks!


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