Monday, January 23, 2012

Thinking About...

Double duty work spaces, specifically for children and families.

My sister-in-law is going to be redoing their playroom to double as a play area and a work area for their two boys.  This room is also adjacent to the family room where they just got a new TV, so I've been thinking about how they can make it functional for the boys but also a space that they can all use and enjoy.

Creating work areas with ample cabinetry, storage, and proper lighting...

Source: houzz.com via Holly on Pinterest


Comfortable seating for family plus guests...

Source: 79ideas.org via Holly on Pinterest


Maybe some built-ins or open shelving...



And of course, plenty of room to display art to personalize the space...



And perhaps a fabric like one of these to start the color story...


Both fabrics from Lewis & Sheron


I'll get to see my SIL this weekend so I'm sure we'll discuss this even just for a little while.

Do you have common areas that work double duty? What features are important to you when it comes to planning a work/play/gather area?

13 comments:

  1. You have some great inspiration pics! How cute are those three desks? Since I work on a table in my family room (definitely not an ideal situation), I would say STORAGE is a must, someplace to tuck those files and office supplies when not in use. Open shelving in pretty, but I would definitely include some enclosed cabinets, or even baskets, etc., where things can be tucked away.

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    1. Yes, I agree with you Suzy, there definitely needs to be enough cabinetry or drawers to stash stuff away. I like the mix of drawers and shelves in the one photo. And always the option for baskets or containers to be stored on the shelves too.

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  2. hi Holly-

    Love love that second photo. I love all those windows with no window treatments. Maybe in my next house :)

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  3. You've definitely found some great inspiration. You sister-in-law is lucky to have you. Hope you have a great visit!

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  4. Storage, storage, storage! My office is currently located in the same room as our play room and workout area. It can get really crazy in there, but if everything has a place, it's easier. I love that first fabric by the way!

    Have a great day!

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  5. I used to have a common area but the kids now have their playroom in the basement. I like the idea of an upholstered ottoman with storage/soft seating option and comfortable seating for all. Faux suede is an option for seating that I recommend for clients when doing a family room. Spill are easy to clean yet it looks inviting for adults. I also use metallic wire and wooden clothes pegs like in your picture to display interchangeable artwork my kids work on.

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  6. Enclosed storage that includes easy storage pieces for the kiddos to keep things organized themselves.:) They're not the best at putting things back in lots of little containers, I think they're better at larger bins and baskets (boys, anyway!) Have fun, Holly!

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  7. I want a room that combines that gorgeous living room with those amazing shelves/desks. Wouldn't that make an amazing office space? I love how light and bright everything is.

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  8. Love those desks, I have oogled over them more than once. Have fun brainstorming with your SIL on this project!
    Cathy

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  9. My hubby and I share our office, so it feels like it's doing double duty to meet both of our needs. As much as I like being in the office, I also like to be in the main area of our home. So right now I'm on the hunt for a writing desk that I can make over and set up in front of a set of corner windows in our family room area. The house is open concept, so in order to pull this off I have to make it pretty, and make it fit with the rest of what's going on! And the intended use for this is a space to write my blog... my office space will then be where I pay bills and do all that other not-so-fun stuff!

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  10. This sounds like a really fun project. It is just Chris and I, so we really don't have a need for a double-duty room, but I can appreciate the challenge. Hope you share what you come up with!

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  11. This post is really helpful! I have a playroom that I would like to double as a work area so these are some great tips! I'm excited to hear what you come up with!

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  12. I have an office/craft room that everyone uses and I couldn't be more in love with the space!
    ♡ Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

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