Futon: It’s ON!

As we’ve mentioned previously, we’ve been trying to re-invent the Office, Formerly Known as “Office.” We’ve been working a bit to convert the office into more of a guest room and we have finally finished the job.

A few months back we painted the office and totally zenned out the place with a soft grayish, greenish, blue hue and some dark brown bamboo blinds. From there, we started the process of changing the office to a guest space by booting the desk setup to the living room and moving our old love seat that gets no love into the Office, Formerly Known as Office. You can follow the picture progression below for reference:deskoffice desklivingroom Couch in Spare RoomAt that point, the room was destined to be dubbed, “Guest Room.” But there was one missing piece; a place for guests to sleep! We knew we wanted to get a futon so we could achieve the day-to-night look and functionality that we need, we were just waiting for the perfect one to come along and it finally did!

Black futon for guest roomMeet the newest addition to our “fresh nest.” This versatile guy folds down into a bed in a snap and we’ve already had 2 sets of guests give it a whirl. When the mattress itself arrived, it was so tightly shrink wrapped, I got a little nervous as to whether or not it would hold up to the “6” coil spring futon mattress” description I saw online when purchasing. However, with just one cut to the plastic wrap, this thing went from about 1″ to 6″ in about 6 seconds – pretty amazing shipping method if you ask me.

We purchased the futon frame with mattress from Wal-Mart.com for under $250. I think that’s quite a steal since most futons can run you upwards of $1,000.00 depending on how much you’re willing to spend. I, of course, was not looking to drop that amount of cash, so this was the perfect option. And it’s well worth every penny. This thing actually has coils, unlike most futons that are stuffed with who-knows-what.

I think this will last quite some time and will be versatile in this house and future houses for years to come!


The Re-Arranger Part 2

If anyone remembers, a year or so back I woke up one morning and had an epiphany about rearranging our living room furniture. That same thing happened again, but this time with the office formerly known as “office.” That’s right, the office is no longer an office! It is on it’s way to becoming a guest room (in addition to be Andrew’s wardrobe/dressing closet/storage unit). 🙂

It’s been bugging me for awhile now that we can’t comfortably accommodate guests. With only one spare bedroom that we had been using as a home office, there was obviously no room for any type of bed situation. I work from home once in a blue moon and Andrew’s job requires him to be at the office so why on earth were we so set on having a home office? Our needs a few years ago were clearly way different than our needs today; Enter epiphany #2.

Let’s face it, the love seat in the living room get’s no action. Aside from being a place for people to crash after one of our world-famous “McBaker” parties (which only happen about twice a year) and a spot for the occasional let-me-toss-my-crap-here, the love seat gets no love.

Love Seat in Living Room

Thus, it’s time to say goodbye. This is step one of the transition. In order to move the desk setup out of the office formerly known as “office”, we made the love seat and the desk switch places. Brilliant, right? but wait, there’s more!

Couch in Spare Room Desk in Living Room

Now that the love seat has relocated, step two is to list it on Craigslist…which we did…right here. The idea is to temporarily keep the love seat in the office formerly known as “office” so that the desk can get situated in it’s new space in the living room. Once we get rid of the love seat, we plan on adding a futon. My hope is that the futon will be a lot more compact than this bulky love seat with it’s bulky arms and huge body. I think a futon will have slimmer, cleaner lines and fit much better in the room. AND it will create that guest space we really want. Win, win.

In short, the office is now on its way to becoming a guest room and the desk is living in the living room. I think this works…how about you?

Dressed to Kill…or to Be Really Organized

We have officially stepped up our organizational/storage game. Last weekend, we were traveling to Jersey City for a friend’s birthday and we couldn’t resist a “quick” pit stop at good old IKEA in Elizabeth, NJ (the closest IKEA to us). As I mentioned in my last post, (which you can read here), we devised a plan for moving our dressers around + purchasing a new one to create more storage space. Here’s a quick re-cap:

We had 1 dresser in our office dedicated to a lot of Andrew’s clothes.
Office IKEA Malm Dresser

We had another dresser in our bedroom, which was for my clothes:
Bedroom IKEA Malm Dresser

The idea was to move the dresser in the bedroom, into the office, and place the 2 IKEA Malm dressers on one of the larger walls in our office, pictured here with the keyboard, pre-move:
Office wall

We purchased 1 new, 4-drawer IKEA Malm dresser for the bedroom. So I have gained 1 drawer and Andrew has technically gained 3! Wall space in our bedroom is limited, so we figured if we can’t go out, go up! The 4-drawer IKEA Malm dresser was just the right height to fit right under our wall-mounted TV, so we didn’t have to move that at all (whew)! Here’s what the bedroom dresser setup looks like now:

IKEA Malm 4-Drawer Dresser

Is it me, or does the room somehow look bigger?? You probably can’t really tell from this picture, but for some reason, this dresser makes things feel a bit roomier. Maybe because it’s taller than the previous it’s drawing my eyes up, creating the illusion of more space? Or maybe I’m just lost in space, who knows…either way, I love it! My things are at a better level and, of course, I gained an extra drawer. Now I can stop over-stuffing drawers and lay my clothes neatly…at least until I go on another shopping spree.

As for the office, the new setup looks like this, ‘music nook’ and dressers on the inside wall, respectively:

Office music nook Office with IKEA Malm dressers

This I really love! We have definitely lost some floor space in this scenario, but this just makes more sense to me. I think this wall was meant to have these dressers spanning the greater part of it. In addition to gaining 3 more drawers in this room, we have also gained some more surfaces. I can’t wait to spice this space up with a little more decor. We’ve got some great plans for the surface of the dressers, as well as the wall space above them. As of right now, we’re thinking of definitely adding a table runner across the width of the dressers. Then maybe some new framed artwork and some other decorative finds. For the wall, we’re definitely thinking of finding a cheap/old mirror to gussy up and eventually hang above, maybe with some other accents around?? We’re not quite sure yet, but we’re pretty excited about this new take on the office.

Stick with us as we make more DIY and design decisions in our Fresh Nest! Andrew’s got a great post coming up about a project he tackled recently. In the meantime, follow me on Pinterest to see what’s inspiring me lately AND ‘Like’ us on Facebook to see some “behind the scenes” photos from our life.