Family Room Redo: From Cluttered to Multifunctional
Elisabeth Butterfield's tiny 12- by 9-foot New York studio is crammed to capacity with clutter. See how professional organizer Gianfranco DiLuzio turns her cluttered room into a multifunctional, attractive space.
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Gianfranco DiLuzio makes room for a living space, guest room, home office and Elizabeth's dog, Misa Bella, in one little New York apartment. Read on and learn how he did it.
A breakdown of products used in this project is shown with the last photo.
The first step is to sort through all the mess, categorizing and purging items in the process. Replacing the oversize furniture with smaller, multifunctional pieces is also key and will help establish each zone in the room.
Replacing the futon is a sofa that folds out into a guest bed and has a storage area underneath. A new, smaller coffee table has built-in wedge ottomans that can also be used for additional seating.
Dozens of sticky notes, which serve as both personal reminders and business cards, fill in any gaps left uncovered.
A less cumbersome laptop and wireless keyboard and magnetic dry-erase boards save a lot of visible space.
The hutch in the entertainment area houses the TV, fax machine, clothing and anything else that lands there.
Files from the office get stored in the drawers instead of clothes.
Sherwin-Williams paint colors
Gleeful, SW 6709, eggshell finish
Ceiling White, SW 6128, flat paint
The Container Store
mesh letter tray
mesh letter holder
mesh Super Sorter
mesh pencil cup
mesh paper clip/pad holder
small, clear storage case
large, clear storage case
artwork of Misa Bella
Centro Office lateral file
Centro Office desk
Centro Office chair
Stacks and Stacks
Medusa ceiling lamp
jewelry box with pyramid doors
plastic storage boxes
three-tier desk shelf
stackable letter tray
Smith & Noble
The clutter in this family room is calmed with a casual, contemporary design.