When this client arrived in DC to take up a long-term temporary job assignment, he wanted a place to call home, even while he maintained a permanent home in another city and spent most weekends there.
To make the most of a small space, a Murphy bed was purchased and installed in the nook of the apartment. Bookcases were included on the sides of the bed for artifacts from home. A comfortable sleep sofa was placed in the bay window in direct sight line of the front door. This placement was purposefully done so that the idea of relaxation came immediately to mind upon return from work.
A small dining table and comfortable chairs were purchased, which allowed for flexible seating arrangements. A small desk was also purchased and tucked into a corner to keep work space separate from relaxation space.
The inspiration for the space came from the client’s favorite art piece, a rustic colorful urn from his South American background. The custom made curtains have a primitive rough woven pattern, providing both privacy and light as well as visual texture and interest. A Southwestern chair, Native American style carpet, wall hanging and fabric on throw pillows add to the ethnic and masculine feel of this space.
In keeping with a limited budget, larger items were purchased and self-assembled from stores such as IKEA and Target. The finishing touches came from thrift and consignment stores as well as the client’s native country.
Tip: A great idea for personalizing a “home away from home” is to bring a few small, packable items with you that remind you of home or hold a special meaning.