Hey guys, I’m Alexandra, a decor expert. Welcome to my series, Make My Space Work, where I am helping entrepreneurs make over their office spaces. These are people who are in desperate need of a change.
So I am here to help all the while sticking to a very tight budget. Today I’m helping Edo, who is a full time student and also somehow building a business. She’s like a super woman and I’m so excited that I get to make over her space.
And the craziest part of this makeover is that I just have one day to pull it off. Hey Alexandra! My name’s Edo. I’m a third year nursing student in university, and I’m also an entrepreneur. I’m the founder of NAIJ Hair Company, which is an online human hair extensions brand.
Managing clinicals and nursing school, with all the papers and tests as well as my business – which is growing – um, it can get, it can get pretty hectic! Sometimes I’ll be working hard for like three weeks on end and I’ll burn out for, like, four days.
And burnout looks like me being in my bed, like, can’t do anything, like, can’t move. My room is basically everything. It’s where I work on my business. It’s where I also sleep. It’s where I meditate.
It’s where I do yoga flows. It’s where I work on my schoolwork. It’s where I kind of coordinate everything that’s going on in my life. So it’s really the central space, and I love how it’s super functional for me.
Um, but there’s some rooms for improvement. Definitely. So that is my desk. This beautiful, beautiful, expensive piece of furniture was purchased on the side of the road. Here’s my bed. Unfortunately, I do work on here sometimes, even though I know that I’m not supposed to, but I just like the idea of being cozy.
So basically what I would like to see in here is probably more of a separation between working and resting. And also just keeping the whole minimalistic kind of vibe. Please make my space work for me.
Can I just say that I can’t even believe how much Edo has on the go? I thought my life was busy. She’s, like, basically plotting to take over the world and she gets it done all in this tiny bedroom. So I really want to create a space that has division, that has a sleeping area, a lounge area, and also a workspace.
Fingers crossed. This is going to be a challenge. It is day one and the only day of Edo’s makeover. Usually we have a prep day…oh, hello Lottie. Usually we have a prep day but for Edo’s we’re doing this makeover in all one day.
I, I know we can do it. I was gonna say: “I think we can do it.” I know we can do it. I’m so excited. Unlike Edo I have a separate place to sleep and my bedroom is really a tranquil place for me. So I totally understand how Edo’s feeling, ummm, in the sense that she’s, like, “I can never separate work and life.
” We have a budget of $900, which is kind of nuts because I am buying her all new furniture. Nothing in that bedroom is staying except her bed. So wish me luck. Ready Lottie? Just kidding! You’re not coming.
First things first, we got to get everything out of this space. The thing about Edo’s bedroom is that I feel like a lot of people are going to think: “Oh! Put up a physical divider in her room so that it really does separate her bed from her workspace.
” But I’m working with such a tight space that I don’t think a divider makes sense. So instead I’m going to try and create moments in her space and I feel like this is a great tip for you guys at home.
If you are struggling with the layout of your space, take everything out of your room and then bring it back in. You’ll have a new perspective. Your whole room will be empty. You’ll look at corners differently.
This is something I love to do when I’m starting a new project. Before this desk leaves Edo’s room I think we all need to just take a moment to thank it for the time it has served. She found this on the side of the road.
She’s literally built her business and done all of her nursing school work sitting at this desk, but it’s got to go. Yeah, it’s just got to go. Okay, glad we had that moment. Now it’s going back on the side of the road.
Okay, I said this is going back on the side of the road. Um, it’s going in the garbage. You guys missed that, but the whole thing just, like, collapsed, like, it’s done. It’s…the day, the day has come.
Now that everything is out of her room, I am looking at this bed and thinking: “This needs to move.” Just pivoting this bed a little already makes this room feel so different. It doesn’t feel that much bigger, so I have a tight space to work with.
It already feels like this is the sleeping corner. One side is for work and the other side is for relaxing and unwinding, and it’s going to allow me to kind of create like an invisible line down the middle of her bedroom.
So because Edo doesn’t have a ton of space to work with, and because she wants to keep things minimal, I thought: “Why not put her nightstand on the wall?” So I found this beautiful, beautiful floating shelf.
I love the texture in the leather. This oak is amazing. And now we’re not taking up any floor space, which is such a great tip for you guys at home who live in small spaces. It’s kind of like, think outside the box when you buy your furniture.
Instead of getting your traditional night table, get something a little different. So next step, I have to find a place to put all of Edo’s clothes now that we’ve gotten rid of that hutch. I’m actually thinking of taking a risk, doing something that seems very not minimal, and putting all of her clothes on display.
I’ve wanted to use one of these for so long. Okay, let’s see. This looks so, so good. So this open closet is going to, not only be functional, but it’s also going to be decorative. I’m saving budget. I’m not buying her a whole new wardrobe system or trying to find a solution that’s going to hide her clothes.
I’m just putting them on display and spending just over $100 on a beautiful wardrobe solution. Okay, next step is to bring a dresser in this space. Well, I’ve got a dresser alternative. She’s going to hang all her clothes here, but then Edo needs somewhere to put her socks, her shoes, you know, all of that stuff, um, tucked away.
And so I’m thinking that it’s gonna go right under here. I love the texture of this piece and it’s gonna actually help warm up the room a little bit. Even though Edo likes things super clean, super white, and super minimal, I just didn’t want it to feel too stark.
And a really great way to avoid this is to bring in texture and some neutral colors. If you can believe it, I fit everything that was in that hutch in this tiny dresser system and the clothing rail, and I’m so happy about it.
Next up is adding a light to this beautiful high ceiling. I wanted to hang a pendant up here to draw the eye upwards. I am obsessed with this light. I’ve used it many times. But the texture is perfect for this room.
The color is perfect. It’s very, like, Scandinavian inspired. If I was to marry a piece of decor, it would be this light. We’ve spent so much time together. We’ve been, like, so many places together. I understand it and it understands me.
So this table looks very similar to Edo’s old table but pros to this: it has a drawer. She asked specifically for a drawer. And it’s not going to fall apart…like the other one literally crumbled into pieces.
This one is sturdy, it’s beautiful, and still very, very minimal. And then to complete this little set up we have this lovely velvet, pink chair. I feel like a lot of people think that your office chair needs to be one of those, like, rolly chairs with the back support and, like, that’s great and wonderful, but you can totally think outside the box.
So I actually got Edo a dining chair. Um, this is velvet, so it’s really comfortable. It’s warm, it’s cozy. It’s still a very neutral color. Um, but it’s, it’s super comfortable and it looks really pretty as well.
On second thought, this is where Edo had her desk before, but I’m thinking I might slide it over a little bit so she can see out the window, cause she has this beautiful natural light coming through. That feels so much better! Also, my goal in this space was really to create a divide between her bed and her work area, and there’s so much more space than there was before.
Like, before her bed was practically touching her desk and now there’s all this space and it just feels really, really separate. Edo needs storage, and this is particularly important in any space, but especially when you’re working with kind of a minimal space: you need a place to tuck all of those things away that you need.
For Edo’s business she has lots of hair tools. She has lots of cords and camera equipment. But not really anywhere to store them. They were kind of all on this side under her old desk or on her old desk.
So my plan is to use these simple white storage boxes and tuck everything away. So now Edo has all of this storage that is functional, but also decorative for under $75: it’s a win. Because Edo has this big blank wall above her bed, I knew that I had to put some art up here.
The thing is, when I was looking online, big art pieces that are framed are so expensive, and framing is super expensive. So a budget solution for framing is to get these magnetic wooden hangers. They’re really minimal.
They hang super nicely and they’re under $20 each, and they hold a poster size, which is amazing. Okay, I’m gonna take a step back. See what that looks like. That is so cute. Accent chairs can get pricey.
Sometimes they, like, cost basically the same as a new couch. I’m not sure why, I guess because they’re just really beautiful. If you guys don’t want to splurge on like a $700 arm chair, I get it. Who would want to do that? Just go and get a simple chair and then dress it up at home yourself to make it feel more cozy and inviting.
So what I’m doing here is just wrapping a faux sheepskin on the seat cushion and I’m adding a really beautiful decorative and textured cushion. This adds comfort and coziness to this corner, but it also makes the chair just look that much more elevated.
Because this is such a small room I am hanging a mirror here to bounce the light off from the window, make the space feel so much bigger, and obviously it’s functional. It’s by Edo’s clothing. She can check out her outfits before she leaves for the day.
Next, it’s the finishing touches. I cannot believe we pulled this off in a day. I need to make sure that I’ve stayed within budget. Final budget counter? $999.69. Ahhh okay. That’s, that’s very close.
I am 31 cents under budget, which I have to say is an accomplishment considering the fact that I got rid of all of Edo’s furniture and replaced it with new items: a desk, a desk chair, a wardrobe system, open shelving.
So it’s kind of a miracle that I didn’t go over $1000, to be honest. Okay. It’s time to bring in Edo. So I want you to picture what your room looked like before. You needed some serious division of your space.
You needed a hangout area. Yes I know what I needed! A desk area. A bed area. Okay, are you ready? Yes. On the count of three. Okay? One. Two. Three. Oh, no freaking way. What in the world?! This is so cute! Oh my God.
This is actually, I love this so much. Yay, I’m so glad! Wow. Thank you so much. This is like a whole – . Did you see the light? No, I didn’t even…that’s so cute! This is genuinely my reaction, like I’m so flabbergasted.
Are you shocked? Yes! Good! And I can read in that chair. So my idea was just by turning your bed now you’re not looking at your desk. Yeah. You’re looking at your beautiful clothes. Yeah. Which, I love the colors of your clothes, by the way.
They’re like, perfectly minimal. I’m like shaking. Thank you so much. One more hug. Sure! Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, oh my gosh. Thank you guys so much for watching. I really hope that you enjoyed this episode and got some tips for your own home, whether it’s your office or your bedroom.
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