Today is a fantastic day because it is the reveal of the last and most important room for us at the Linden Project. If you haven’t seen the transformation of the other spaces, catch up and take a look at our kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom reveals. Let’s dive in!
Back in February, our team took a first tour of the Linden home to meet the family, assess their needs, and to understand what our possible limitations could be in the space. Remember that this home is less than 470 sq ft. in total and had to accommodate a family of five comfortably. While we hadn’t tackled a room this size with so many different functions, it measures 15 ft by 14 ft, we were excited by the possibility of transforming this space and genuinely changing the way the family spent time in their common area.
As we mentioned in our design post for the Linden Project living room, this room is the one that the children sleep in, where they complete their homework and unwind. It was important to us that it addressed those functions first. The room measurements meant that having traditional twin beds in this area would not be possible as Kyle Jr. and Jared (who live here full-time) also needed desks. Additionally, the room required seating for the family as well as a dining area. We got to work and found these Murphy beds to be the absolute best option. Although the units are tall and wide, they only protrude 18 Inches from the wall, which meant that we could fit two of them and still include living room seating for the family when the beds were not in use. These beds fit a Twin XL mattress and are perfect for growing young men.
To address the need for a third sleeping area, we purchased the Sabine convertible loveseat that pulls out into a twin size sleeping bed. When not in use as a bed, it folds into a small loveseat for two. To center the space, we added a large but light coffee table and two beautiful accent chairs, to provide additional seating for the family and their future guests!
Across from the seating area, we went with the IKEA MALM desks primarily because they offer a large surface area where the boys can do their homework and plan their future. The drawer and shelves provide plenty of storage for their school materials and books, and the rolling chairs can be moved to offer additional seating at the dining table. These desks are lovely and sturdy!
Tucked between the entrance to the home and the desks is the dining table that seats four to six people comfortably when pulled out of its nook. This pedestal table is substantial without looking bulky, and the rustic finish means that it will hide any possible nicks or scratches that may occur. The set comes with two types of dining chairs, an upholstered set in a durable and light beige fabric, and a set of wooden chairs with a cross-back style. They are beautiful, and we were so happy to see them in the room as this meant that the Janniere family could once again have regular meals at their dining table.
This family of readers has a lot of great books that they wanted to display, and we accommodated that by replacing their old shelves with white floating ones from Lowes and IKEA. Near the entrance to the home, we had an additional area for storage, so we added the BESTA unit with these pretty blue doors so that the family could store their games, other books, pictures, etc. To take this IKEA unit and make it feel more custom, we raised it by adding these beautiful legs from PrettyPegs. We also added two more floating shelves above for even more spaces to display books.
The renovation of the Linden Project home also included updating the entry closet so that it could accommodate clothes for the boys and the family’s outerwear. We updated their linen closet and added storage and furniture to their balcony to create yet another area where the family can gather, relax, and unwind.
We are so happy with the results and feel so lucky to have been a part of this renovation. We want to again thank Jeff Mena, Kenny Johnson, and the crew who tackled this entire project to help the Janniere family. Our sincerest thanks also go out to everyone who donated to this project, who shared our GoFundMe page to get the word out and who cheered us on as we worked on this transformation. Thank you!!
To the Janniere family, we thank you for opening your doors and home to our team, for letting us share your story with our readers and for your patience as we completely invaded your space! We thank you for letting us take this on!
Until next time!