A chalkboard, a converted dresser, and an island with a generous work surface transforms this ho-hum living area into a full-fledged DIY center. Turning the old sliding door into a window keeps the light and sidesteps an awkward traffic pattern that would intrude on the work space.
7 Unconventional Ways to Redo a Living RoomPlay It Again, Kids
A comfy couch for quiet moments, an armoire that holds toys and media, and an entire wall covered with chalkboard paint ($15-$20/gal.) to capture creative urges. Lots of room for romping and playing, too. Designer Jill Seider says the room now gets “more usage than most people’s living rooms ever do!”
7 Unconventional Ways to Redo a Living RoomCool School
When Felicea Rameriz decided to start a low-cost preschool in her hometown of Menifree, Calif., she trimmed overhead by using her own living room as the classroom. Kid-size furniture and colorful posters helped Rameriz transform her living space into a vibrant, friendly environment. When it comes to learning those ABCs, her kids are right at home.
7 Unconventional Ways to Redo a Living RoomRoom to Vasisthasana
Sure, that’s easy for you to say. Know what else is easy? Converting your seldom-used living room into a yoga studio. Remove the furniture, add some soothing paint colors, and you’ll have made space for your favorite poses quicker than you can say Bhujapidasana!
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7 Unconventional Ways to Redo a Living RoomWelcome Home, Shopper
Got an entrepreneurial spirit but lack the retail space your dream needs? Kitty Jensen, owner of The Secret Shop, turned her living room into a display area for the vintage clothing she sells. Open by appointment only, Jensen’s popular shop is tucked into her Los Angeles apartment — giving her a good reason to love her small home.
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7 Unconventional Ways to Redo a Living RoomA Return to Living
When a California couple bought this small, four-room bungalow in San Clemente, they knew exactly what to do with the old pool room — turn it into a living room. Vanquishing the game table, oversized lighting fixture, and dated rug, they added a comfy couch, TV, furniture, and returned the wood flooring to its original glory. Sometimes, a living room is simply a living room!