guest bedroom with white beadboard built-in nightstands and day bed
Photo: Mark Lohman

After: A Newly Usable Bedroom

A bedroom without a closet is bad enough. But when it also falls short on workspace and creature comforts, you've got issues. Just ask Larry and Dona Burns, whose home, in Oceanside, California, had a guest room with plenty of potential but not enough function. "We wanted to have a space where Dona could work on her sewing projects, and visitors could relax and watch TV," says Larry. Plus, they needed storage because the one closet had been annexed by an adjacent bath.

Shown: Beadboard-backed built-ins have an inviting cottage vibe, along with drawers for clothing and linens, and open shelves for books and keepsakes.
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