See This Awkward Guest Room Become the Ideal Multifunctional Space

While the idea of having a guest room is amazing in theory, the reality is the guest rooms tend to be a catch-all for random furniture, serve as storage, and sometimes double as an office. For this edition of Make It Over, we set to work transforming a guest room into a truly multi-purpose space — designed for everyday use as well as a being primo spot for hosting friends and family.

Anjelika Temple here, Brit + Co's Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer, mom to toddler Anokhi with another baby girl on the way, and recently minted homeowner with an actual guest room! While it feels pretty darn grown-up to even have such a room, the reality is that we need way more than a pretty space for all of our east coast family members to crash.

The room itself is fairly large but sort of a funky long shape. The creative challenge was to figure out how to transform it into a guest room, den, workspace, *and* hidden storage area in one. I definitely took a cue from my 24-year-old-self-living-in-a-studio-apartment days to create a space that felt open and flexible, while still making space for camping gear, craft supplies, toys, and, of course, lots of plants.

The key to making this room gel was curating a mix of convertible furniture, choosing (and sticking to!) a color palette, and, the pièce de résistance, installing a custom vanity and closet. Follow along to see how the room came together, including all the shoppable goodies that bring the multi-purpose dream to life.

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First, I decided on a palette and general vibe of the room. I wanted to add in a lot of color without crowding the space with tons of wall art or heavy textiles, so went with a striped statement wall and a few key blankets and pillows to tie it all together. It's definitely got a bright and bohemian Northern California feel, which is the perfect theme for welcoming out-of-town guests.

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Now, time for the biggest transformation moment in the room. Who knew that installing a nice-looking and space-saving closet could actually open up the entire space? I worked with the amazing team at California Closets and designer Corinne Cronin to come up with a totally unique take on utilizing the closet and nook to the left of it in a way that maximizes storage without crowding the room. Click through to check out what it looked like before, the install, and how we styled it up.

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Next up, the lounge and workspace area! We knew we wanted a low profile convertible couch that could double as a second guest bed, as well as a creative workspace for me to get my DIY on. Anokhi's room is located right next to the guest room, so it's nice to have a lounge space where she can play and where we can read books together before bedtime. It's the ultimate room for multi-tasking :)

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Everyone knows the key to being a productive crafter is finding hiding places for art supplies. Someday I'll have that dream greenhouse art studio of my dreams, but for now it's all about bins, buckets, and under-the-bed carts. What follows are scenes from a real-life craft supply hoarder, with a little camping gear mixed in as well.

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Finally, time to upgrade all things bedding. The goal here was to create a fluffy cloud-like place to crash, find low profile nightstands, and bring in colorful accents to complement the rest of the room.

And there you have it! A guest room, lounge, workspace, and storage area in one. Be sure to check out all of the amazing room makeovers in our Make It Over series.

Author: Anjelika Temple

Photography: Brittany Griffin

Production: Cassidy Miller and Kayla Haykin

Graphic Design: San Trieu

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