home tour

i noticed the other day that i haven’t really shared any photos of our guest bedroom on here yet, but the explanation is very simple. it’s our all-purpose room that not only houses our guests when they come visit from belgium – it also functions as a laundry room, storage room, tax filing room and whatever else room we might need on any given day. one corner is taken up by our stationary bike (while baby’s crib takes up its previous location in OUR BEDROOM), another is filled with juliet’s largest toys, bike and autoped, and the guest bed is flanked by a huge wardrobe on one side, and a desk table on the other. as you can imagine, it’s not the coziest room right now, and it is in desperate need of a makeover.

but the thing is – i have no clue yet what its main purpose will be over the next few years. will baby sleep in juliet’s room soon? will she need a separate space? do i move juliet to the big room then, or do i create a cozy nook there for the baby? where will our guests sleep? where will we put everything else? i certainly don’t want baby to sleep in a room that is dominated by a stationary bike, piles of laundry and a printer… soooo many questions, and very, very few answers. so the only thing i can do right now, is make the best of it and try to make the space a little more welcoming by adding some nice details.

we originally thought to create a home office in this room, but in the end i didn’t like spending my days isolated like that and we put the computer screen in the living room. but in order to keep that space uncluttered, we left the printer on the table in the guest room. it is now the table where paper work gathers, finished books and empty frames collect dust, and everything else that i want to get out of the way ends up in one big mess. needless to say, i had a different vision for this space, and i recently went to work to finally create it. i browsed the DESIGN ACCESSORIES section of my favorite design web shop for a while, in search of some small items that could possibly make a huge difference.

when i first laid eyes on the ORGANISE LARGE OFFICE SET, i knew this could be part of my solution. i love its sleek look – which is similar to the see-through frames i already own and love from MOEBE, and i figured it would be the perfect way to display some pretty office supply goodies, while simultaneously offering a place to put a cell phone, a pair of glasses or whatever our guests would love to keep safe and close during their stay. for now, it’s the perfect place to keep my collection of greeting cards that i found at LE CHAT NOIR. i love to surprise friends and family with a card from time to time, knowing how a pretty piece of snail mail can make someone’s day.

i still have a way to go to get this space ready for whatever its new purpose will be. i know it will involve some serious decluttering and repurposing of objects, furniture and wardrobe contents. part of me wants to get on with it as soon as possible (clearly nesting is taking over large parts of my brain), but the other part wants to wait and see what life will actually be like with another kid in the house (the sensible part of me that has learned nothing ever goes the way you plan it with a baby). i’m curious to know though – if you have more than one kid, how did you arrange for them to live in your home? do they share a room (don’t they wake each other up all the time?) or did you sacrifice a home office or guest bedroom to create another kids room? i’d love to hear your advice if you have any!

photos by stephanie duval • organise office set by STUDIO MOEBE • post in collaboration with MISTERDESIGN.BE


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