Modern Cottage

How do you fit a living room, office, and music space into one small cottage space? Learn how to rearrange furniture to make the most of every corner.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe two-tone yellow and red walls are a bit harsh for this small cottage, and the furnishings are sparse.
Emily Camaren and Abe Nesbitt would like a space that is conducive to both their lifestyles, especially since her successful new business as a pet sitter has altered their needs in their undersized cottage. With his music and her business, they both need more storage in their living room. The Design on a Dime team sets out to give them a modern cottage makeover for just $1,000.

The Dilemma
The living room already has cottage elements, such as painted paneling, lots of windows, open beams and a fireplace, but the couple wants to modernize it. They need more storage and seating for guests. The existing work area is packed and doesn't have any actual workspace.