Let's talk about guest rooms...
Lots of folks are reclaiming their home offices, these days, as they move from bulky desktop computers to laptops and tablets. Are you?
In many cases, the former home office can easily and inexpensively be repurposed as a guest room by using a little imagination and perhaps some furnishings and decorator items you already own.
How to make a GREAT Guest Room:
Your likely guest(s). A guest room for adults will probably look very different from a room prepared for your grandchildren to sleep over several times a month. Start by identifying your likely guest(s) because that will influence everything from your room color to your choice of furnishings and accessories.
An empty room. Empty the room and closet of clutter and existing furniture so you can clean thoroughly and update as needed: fresh paint, new (or at least cleaned) carpet or flooring, new (or freshly cleaned) windows and window coverings, adequate lighting, etc.
Furnishings and home decor - Repurpose existing furniture and/or accessories to minimize the expense of creating a guest room in your home. Furniture in the guest room pictured above was previously used in the master bedroom but a few new decorator touches reflect the local area, which is just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Dedicated bedding and towels. Go ahead and splurge by purchasing new bed and bath linens for the exclusive use of your guests. While you're at it, get some basic toiletries to have on hand for your guests: toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, soap, mouth wash, sun screen and anything else you think they may need while staying at your home.
Details, details, details. Your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness if you make room for a comfy chair in the guest room and pay attention to other details such as good lighting, coasters on the bedside tables, alarm clock, an iHome or charger for electronic devices, a trash can, coat hangers and hanging space in the closet, even reading material and bottled water.
If you no longer use your home office, imagine how nice it would be convert that space into to a guest room.
It just might be an ideal place for you to hide out with that new laptop or tablet to work in a clean, uncluttered quiet space!