Owning a home that doesn’t feel like home is the pits. TV shows spotlight dream homes created on high-end budgets, just by changing out furniture and fixtures – oh, and knocking out a few walls, too. Just because you might not have thousands upon thousands to spend on a home renovation doesn’t mean you can’t carve out a place in your home designed just for you.
Think Outside the Beans
If you’re a coffee or tea connoisseur, finding a place to stash all of your goodies in the kitchen can be difficult, especially if you’re cramped on cupboard space. You’re proud of your coffee and tea collection, so display it with pride by setting up your very own coffee station.
Repurposed narrow hutches are ideal, especially if they have a glass-front cabinet. This coffee bar setup doesn’t have to go in your kitchen. Either. A dining room or even living room can serve as your own personal coffee shop. Put your mugs, coffee and teas, and all of your gadgets in one place for quick and easy caffeine service any time of the day.
From Host to Guest
Owning a two- or three-bedroom home is ideal if you have guests pop over and crash for the night fairly often. Don’t underestimate the power of enjoying the comforts of your own home right from your very own home, though!
Sometimes, it’s necessary to feel like you’re treating yourself to a getaway, even if your wallet won’t allow for it. Take that extra bedroom and make it your spa retreat. From cozy throws, decadent candles and a comfortable bed, you can escape the daily grind just by closing the door. Use this room for mediation, reading or just a nap space when you need some quiet time.
Look to the Nooks and Niches
Just because you don’t have an entire room to yourself doesn’t mean you can’t make a space worthy of a queen. First, think about your hobbies: Are you more of a reader, or do you enjoy scrapbooking or painting? Is exercise your fancy, or are you more of a Netflix and popcorn girl? Think about what you love to do the most in your home and why it’s difficult to do now. Then get creative.
Many times, changing a piece or two of furniture to make for more functional space is the way to go. Ditch that old chair that you never seem to use and replace it with an oversized lounger, perfect for reading. Even if you’re into crafts, taking one corner of your living space and dedicating it to your hobby with clever storage is never a bad idea.
Organizational tools like cubbies and storage cubes will help keep the space looking tidy. Focus on what you truly love to do – if you exercise/scrapbook/knit/etc. on a frequent basis, then you deserve a space for your hobby.
Gone, Gone, Garage
So long, garage – hello, new playground! When you truly are maxed out on space but need to squeeze another hundred or so square feet out of your home, repurposing the garage or part of the garage may sound drastic, but boy, does it pay off.
With some finishing touches, paint and a warm carpet to dress up the space, you now have that yoga/meditation room you’ve always dreamed of, an office space where you can grow your small business or a unique home entertainment room. If you can dream it, you can do it by redesigning your garage. Don’t forget to dress up the garage door while you’re at it for a finished look – try a new one on for size before you splurge!
The Great Outdoors
Never underestimate the power of the wilderness, even on your own postage stamp of a lot. Having a space where you can get away from the hustle and bustle is so important in today’s world where we are constantly bombarded with screen time and messages.
Buy a few pavers or cinderblocks at a home improvement store, along with some plants to create an oasis for your morning coffee or after-work retreat. Even if you only own a small patch of land, you can still create privacy for yourself with lattice and plants. If you have enough room in your backyard, design an al fresco dining area if you love to cook for family and friends. It will double as an entertainment area and a space just for you when you want your alone time.
Whether you’re creating a corner just for yourself or are adding on an entire room, always remember function and form should be the two primary areas to focus, in that order. For you to be happy in your new space, functionality is crucial. Once you determine how you’ll make your space practical, then you can start adding in fun forms.
Finding a piece that has dual function and form – such as a table, chair or storage space – is a win-win. Adding in artwork or sentimental pieces will take the room from a neutral zone to a you zone.