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Designing for Your Second Half: Converting Kids Rooms to Guest Bedrooms

The second half brings up so many questions about your home and how you’ll live in it. The biggest one is whether you’ll stay in your home forever. For many, the answer is “we’re not going anywhere yet but we might move one day…” So how can you give your home a refresh that’s perfect for now? How can you make it more accommodating for your emerging lifestyle?

Perhaps the scenario below resonates with you. It comes from one of my clients.

“We used to have kids at home but now they live on their own. I see my sister often since we both have more time now and sometimes she stays over for the weekend. I want to convert the kids’ rooms to guest bedrooms and I've figured out a budget. I just don’t know where to start.”

That’s how our collaboration began. Because my client didn’t want to spend money on furniture, paint, or window coverings that she might end up hating, she asked for my help.

The first thing we did was talk about what she had budgeted for each bedroom as we looked at each space and talked about what needed to be done. We added up everything item by item. 

Some items were optional. Those are the hard ones for homeowners to think about. Should we replace the carpet even though it’s not really worn? Should we rip out the built-in desk and bookshelf to make the bedroom feel more spacious?

I find there are many ways to refresh a room and some may be more costly but ultimately, these changes may make you happier. Remember, you are after a new look. Sometimes if you don’t make the investment, you won’t feel as if you got what you were after.

One upgrade often causes another to be necessary. This is especially true of floor coverings. You change carpeting and suddenly the closet doors won’t open. They need to be trimmed. Sadly, you just had them painted. Now you’ll need to have a carpenter trim the doors and have the painter back. Are you seeing the wasted dollars? An experienced designer will help you think through the proper order of repairs and things to think about in advance.

That’s how our collaboration began. Because my client didn’t want to spend money on furniture, paint, or window coverings that she might end up hating, she asked for my help.

The first thing we did was talk about what she had budgeted for each bedroom as we looked at each space and talked about what needed to be done. We added up everything item by item. 

I love to collaborate with my clients on the colors, patterns, and styles for each space because then I know they will be happy for years. Not all designers work this way. In fact, the most well-known designers have a signature look that is very consistent from project to project. Make sure you get the look you want.

When you’re working with a professional, you can sit back and have them do everything for you or not. Some clients want to use their own resources, including purchasing over the internet. I work in both scenarios based on client preferences.

So what happens when you make the changes to your home that you wanted? This homeowner was thrilled with the outcome. Her grown children loved the results. They said that staying the weekend feels like a mini vacation in the beautiful new guest bedrooms.

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Pulling a room together is like knowing the right spices in the right amounts to make a memorable meal.

What parent wouldn’t want their grown children to say they like to come back home because it feels like a vacation?

​​​​​​​The proof of any designer is in the testimonials of clients and the before and after photos showing amazing transformations. Call me if you want to talk about your project.

Wishing you a lifestyle you love,

 ~ Nancy
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