Once the initial excitement of finding out I was pregnant with my second child wore off, I came to the realization that I was going to have to repurpose my home gym into a multi-functional space. Why? Well, my guest bedroom was turning into a nursery for baby number two, but I still wanted a space for visitors to sleep! It was time to say goodbye to my workout room and hello to more SoulCycle sessions. ;)


To prep for this renovation, I pinned home decor ideas, created stacks of magazine tear-outs and binge-watched virtually every single HGTV show. Then I teamed up with California Closets, one of my favorite companies for creating functional and efficient storage in small spaces, to design the multi-purpose room of my dreams. What was I looking for? A room where everything could happen… one that could act as an office, a guest room and, most importantly, a space for crafting!


I met up with the folks at California Closets multiple times during my revamp to discuss my vision. I knew I wanted to pull in pops of color from a rug I bought in Morocco to make the room feel more complete, and I wanted to incorporate white cabinets to make the space feel lighter, brighter and bigger. I also gave the California Closets team a tour of the space in person so their decorating brains could get to work. Chloe, my designer, was a whiz at 3D modeling and was able to give me several options to pick from.


The result was the multi-use space of my dreams! The room is a great at-home office and a fun, colorful creative space. Plus, the addition of a pull-out Murphy Bed makes it perfect for overnight guests. (Who wants to visit!?)


The new room is SUPER functional, too. There are colorful drawer panels that are dry erase-friendly (allowing space for my kids to doodle), pop-out power outlets, a hidden ironing board, and many pull-out counter spaces for spreading out. Not only is this newly redesigned space smartly organized, it’s just plain smart. Oh, and did I mention there’s a whole wall of accessible craft supplies AND a wrapping paper drawer? Yep, this is a DIY paradise.


Check out the before and after of my home gym to multi-purpose room below! And for even more home decor inspiration, be sure to tune into Brit + Co’s newest video series, Tiny Spaces.

Do you have a room that serves multiple functions in your home? Let me know how you get the most out of a small space on Twitter, @brit. And make sure to follow @caclosets for more home storage and organization tips and hacks.