Watch Designer Riche Holmes Grant Help a Couple Turn 100 Square Feet Into a Multipurpose Office and Guest Room

In this episode of Home Upgrade, designer Riche Holmes Grant helps a couple turn a small spare room into a chic yet functional workspace and guest room.

Can 100 square feet become the perfect office-slash-guest-room? That was the hope of homeowners Seong and Jeremy, who needed their second bedroom to serve as Jeremy's office most of the time, but be available as a guest room when people come to visit.

Designer Riche Holmes Grant found ways to make the small room work for them with clever furniture that serves double duty—and tucks away easily when the room needs to shift from workspace to sleeping space.

Using color in unconventional ways—such as painting a bold blue ceiling with white walls—helps the room feel fresh, and makes the all-white lighting fixture pop. Clear acrylic furnishings and accessories give Seong and Jeremy the storage they need, without giving the room a cluttered feel.


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Dark Cobalt Blue Matte Interior Paint

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A bold blue ceiling was the centerpiece of the room—and a real conversation starter during Jeremy's Zoom calls.

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#52 White Flat Low Odor Interior Paint

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Using white on the walls helps the tucked-away Murphy bed and desk blend into the background.


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MOJNA - Pendant lamp shade

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This sleek, modern light fixture from IKEA is made of recycled plastic and renewable viscose—and stands out against the blue ceiling.


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Orange and yellow polygonal geometric pattern Rug

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Simple artwork in a bold hue makes a statement without making the room feel too "busy."

Desk Wall

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Modern Home Office Swivel Arm Accent Chair with Wood Legs

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The bold-hued office desk chair has a cozy, comfy feel that makes a great guest room chair, too.

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White Dylan-Mackie Floating Desk

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A floating desk makes it easy to fold away the workspace when the work day is done.

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Acrylic Floating Shelf

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Clear floating shelves organize books and work materials—and "disappear" into the background.

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Wall Hanging Glass Planter Bud Vase in Wood Stand

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Pretty wall planters let you add plants or flowers to the room for a bit of nature—without taking up valuable real estate.

Bed Wall

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White Gwendolene Murphy Bed

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Murphy beds are ideal for multi-use spare rooms. This takes up less than 15 inches of space when it's folded up onto the wall.

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Padova Abstract Stripes Outline 3-piece Duvet Cover Set

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The bold pattern on this ultra-soft bedding helps it fit in with the rest of the room's design.

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Floating Wall Shelf

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A floating wall shelf with a built-in light is a perfect addition above the desk, providing a spot to stash work materials along with a recessed task light.

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PAX Wardrobe Frame

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Courtesy of Ikea

No closet? No problem! A sleek wardrobe has plenty of room for your guest's belongings, plus space to stash extra bedding, work files, or other essentials.

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Photo of a FARDAL Door
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High-gloss white doors help hide clutter in the wardrobe without detracting from the rest of the design.

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KOMPLEMENT Soft closing hinge

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Use soft-closing hinges to give your wardrobe the feel of a high-end built-in.

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Photo of BILLSBRO Handles installed on a cabinet
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Curved handles make it easier to open drawers.

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KOMPLEMENT Clothes rod

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Keep a few empty hangers on the clothes rod for your guests to hang their clothing.

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Photo of a KOMPLEMENT Drawer
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Sleek drawers can help keep work or home essentials organized and stowed away in your room.

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Acrylic Flower Vase

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This sleek vase makes a great home for a floral arrangement—or turn it into a container for pens and pencils, brushes, or other essential items.

Window Wall

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Caylee Wheel End Table

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Courtesy of Wayfair

A rolling end table made of clear acrylic "disappears" to reduce clutter in your space—and has plenty of shelves to hold your essentials.

Door Wall

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Eugene 37.52'' Console Table

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Keep your furnishings in the same clear acrylic family with a simple console table.

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Wireless Battery Operated LED Picture Light with Remote

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Avoid worrying about cord management with a battery operated lamp that can be placed over the desk or on the bedside.

The light can be directed where you want it, and the included remote lets you dim the lights and program them to go on and off.

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