Room by Room~ A Multifunctional Living Space

A multifunctional living space the whole family can enjoy makes our living room our favorite spot in the house!

Hi, friends!  It's been a bit since you've heard from me.  We are back from vacation and I cannot wait to share all of our adventures with you!  It's going to take me a while to compile it all and process everything we saw while in Greece.

I will definitely share it with you, but in the meantime, I am excited to kick off a summer series called, Room by Room. In this series, you are going to have the opportunity to take a peek into different rooms in our home each week this summer.  While visiting those spaces, we hope to share some of our favorite projects already completed, what's on our to-do list for that space and give you tips to make the most of that room in your own home.  This is a team effort, so no matter what your style, there's a blogger for you to visit and gather inspiration from.  All their spaces are linked at the bottom, so be sure to scroll all the way down and visit their rooms.  If you want to look back on last year's Room by Room series, you can find all the rooms I covered in this Organized Office post.

A Multifunctional Living Space the Whole Family Can Enjoy!

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Our living room space was one of the primary reasons I was interested in our new home.  It is centrally located in the center of the home right off the foyer.  Our house is a U shape around the pool and courtyard.  Our living room has sliding doors which step out onto the patio and it gets tons of natural light.  In addition, it has a wall of bookcases and a fireplace which make it a cozy space to hang out.  My desk is located in there, so that's where I do most of my work.  I also love this space for reading a book or chatting with friends.

We started with a blank slate and painted the room Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. It's a beautiful soft gray that goes with everything.  The rug on the floor has a variety of colors and anchors the long and narrow space. This room came together with several antique pieces including two antique trunks which I use as a coffee and end table.  I also have a secretary desk which I plan to give a coat of paint to someday soon.  The desk was a makeover I did for my last office.  You can see the full post HERE.  The barrel chairs are both from Pier One (link) and the leather chair (link) and ottoman (link) are from Ballard Designs. My horse print is from Sincerely US Shop (link). 

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This post HERE gives all the details on the makeover of this Green Painted Dresser. 

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You can see more of my Simple & Fresh Spring Mantel HERE.

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Here are some of my tips for creating a multifunctional space:

  • Set up zones for different activities you want to accomplish in your space.  I have a reading chair by the bookcases and my desk is located by my printer and easy access to baskets for storage. Think about your use of space and furniture layout before arranging your room.
  • For a multifunctional space, make sure you have adequate storage to store away toys, paperwork, or other items that you don't want out all the time.  I have storage trunks, baskets on the bookcases, and a dresser with lots of extra storage to hide away anything unsightly.
  • Purge regularly!  Things get out of hand quickly in shared spaces, so be sure to purge through things monthly.
  • Add style to your space.  Because you will be using a space for a variety of things, it needs to be somewhere you want to be!

Looking for a similar look?  You can shop my room here.

Now, let's take a look at some other living spaces which are super inspiring!

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To life feeling like home!

XO,

  1. Alina Patric says:

    I liked the way you have organized your living room. Very excellent style and its so bright and cozy. I want to put a projector in my living room, do you think it would be a good idea?

  2. Rachel Mars says:

    I like the way you arrange all in your living room. My living room have don’t have much space. I was thinking about buying new sofas but I don’t know how to arrange it. Your perfect arrangement motivates me and give me ideas about some arrangement.

    Thank you Amy for sharing such a good blog with helpful pictures. 😉 😉

  3. jim says:

    Love the look and feel of that room. If I lived there, I know I’d spend a lot of time on that cushy brown chair with all those books 🙂

  4. […] clean mantelscape. This particular mantel is in our office/ library space.  You can see the full room, here (LINK). I started this refresh using two very special handwritten letters my grandfather wrote to my […]

  5. Rashel Ahmed says:

    Wonderful article, Very informative, Thank you so much

  6. […] can see a full tour of this room here (LINK) and a closer look at our Vintage Fall Mantel (here […]

  7. Ana T. Brown says:

    Hey Amy, Thanks for sharing this useful post, It looks so beautiful & it’s impressive also. I have a plan to decor home like this.

  8. BonBon says:

    Hi Amy – Love this multi-functional space. Looks comfortable, beautiful and functional. What a great room for all the family.

  9. Samantha says:

    Love seeing your new living room! It’s so bright and cozy! Thanks so much for hosting!!!

  10. Hey Amy – so glad you put this hop together! Love seeing your beautiful home – you have excellent style and taste! Thanks so much for all that you do!

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