My Temporary Bedroom in the Office {Reveal!}

by Marina Ingrit

I finally cleaned up my bedroom in the office well enough to photograph it! Before we added our bed to the mix, this room already was hard to keep tidy since it was multi-functional. It was our mudroom, storage room, and my home office. Now we can add bedroom to the mix….. at least temporarily.


I need to rewind a bit and explain why we moved our bedroom upstairs to the office space for those of you who may have missed it in a previous post. We used to have the boys all in one big bedroom. We decided that since the boys were getting older, we would have two kid bedrooms. The plan was to finish the unfinished part of the basement, turn it into a new bedroom for Shane and I, and then separate the boys. I got really excited about designing kid spaces and jumped the gun. I moved the kids into our old room before the basement was even started. So Shane and I were camping in the unfinished part of the basement.

Two things prompted the move to the office. A.) I hated it down there. There isn’t a ceiling with insulation yet. We heard every single sound above us. There are also no windows so the only light was coming from the bathroom next door. I felt like a vampire. B.) I do not have a workshop so the basement has been my workshop during the winter. Our garage is tiny and is full of things in storage. We moved the bed upstairs so I could again work on things like my sister’s kitchen cabinets.

Soooo…. I have come to the conclusion that we can’t do the basement until I get a shed. Then I can move the stuff in the garage to the shed and use the garage as a workshop. Then that frees up the basement to be a bedroom. Whew! All that just to show you these photos of my clean (temporary) bedroom ๐Ÿ™‚


My Bedroom in the Office!



I’ve been crushing on moody shades of green like sage and olive green for a long time and knew I wanted to add more to my home. This was the perfect space to do that!




I knew it was going to feel weird having a large piece of furniture sticking out where nothing was previously so I wanted the bedding to be light and bright. Something dark would have been too heavy. This bedding was perfect! (affiliate link) The green pillow is from H&M Home and the gray pillows are from IKEA.



The cabinets are painted in Global Green by Behr.


I painted the previously white cabinet olive green and I LOVE it! Shane (as usual) was a little hesitant for the change. As soon as the room was all put together and styled, he said liked it better than before.

There is only a couple of feet of empty space on either side of the bed. A bit tight! So we added wheels to the bed so if we need more room on one side, we can easily slide it over.





I love the light in this space! It is west facing which means the morning light is soft and subtle and then by mid day it is sunny clear until sundown.




The shelves will forever be one of my favorite things I have built. Made from old fence pickets, they are also drawers! I store paperwork in them and photos that need to be filed or scrapbooked. It is fun to change up the decor too. This room has gone from turquoise, to more neutral, to green!




The rug in this space was not intended for this room. It was just an extra that I threw in here when we moved our bed up so that our feet would have something warm to touch when we woke up. I don’t love it, but it works okay for now. When we install new flooring next month, I will get a new rug.




I almost didn’t share this post because it isn’t a finished room. I also hate having to give a long explanation of why we are sleeping in here. Shane and I feel a bit like we are living in an apartment all over again.ย  But I thought that maybe those of you who have downsized, those of you renting, those of you who’s living arrangements may have changed, or those ofย  you who might want to add a guest bedroom to your office, might find value in this post. We lived with just a mattress on the floor for a month and I finally said “I know this is temporary, but I need this space to be cute and actually feel like a bedroom!” Just because a situation is temporary, doesn’t mean you can’t make it feel like “home”.ย  I still think it is worth putting forth effort to make it your own space. Shane and I may be in here for another 6 month or even longer. I wanted to love my room ๐Ÿ™‚


P.S. The other wall of this room still looks the same as before. I need to paint some of the boxes or bins green and restyle them so they fit this new space better. I will share when I get it done!


So what do you think? Have you found yourself in a similar situation? I love to hear about it! Please share in the comments.

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