Home Upgrade: Designer Riche Holmes Grant Helps a Family DIY Their 'Clutter Room' Into a Bright, Organized Space

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Do you have a room in your home that doesn't quite work for you? That was the dilemma that faced the Guarneri family of Southern California and their not-quite-right family room, which they deemed the "clutter room."

They turned to designer Riche Holmes Grant for some solutions for taming the toy clutter and turning the family room into a space that works for both parents and kids—and will grow with the kids in the future.

Holmes Grant opted to create designated spaces for different activities—a colorful reading nook with cute poufs where the kids can sit and enjoy a good read, and a more adult area, where Joyce and her husband could unwind on the sectional. With a simple desk, shelving, and peel-and-stick wallpaper, Holmes Grant transformed a closet into a functional (and fun!) mini office, homework, and craft spot.

To hide the toys, Holmes Grant suggested using a system of baskets and crates to maintain a more streamlined and relaxing look for the space. And as a finishing touch, she created a black-and-white photo wall of family photos as a highlight of the adult space.

Watch the family room transformation come to life in our new series, Home Upgrade, then shop the products below to create your own hangout space.

Reading Nook Wall

Yellow Velvet Flat Pouf

These cozy poufs are perfect for creating a reading nook for kids.

Product of a Yellow Velvet Flat Pouf
Product of a Yellow Velvet Flat Pouf

Birds in Harmony Mobile

Holmes Grant added this artful mobile over the reading nook to add a bright bit of color.

Photo of a Birds in Harmony Mobile
Photo of a Birds in Harmony Mobile

Acrylic Invisible Floating Bookshelf

These clear floating shelves can help keep kids' books corralled—and within easy reach.

Photo of a Acrylic Invisible Floating Bookshelf
Photo of a Acrylic Invisible Floating Bookshelf

Custom Wooden Monogram Signs

Colorful name plaques help set aside spaces for each child.

Photo of a Custom Wooden Monogram Signs
Photo of a Custom Wooden Monogram Signs

Multi Color Throw with Tufted Dots & Tassles

Add in a colorful throw to make it even more enticing to cozy up with a good book.

Photo of a Multi Color Throw with Tufted Dots & Tassles
Photo of a Multi Color Throw with Tufted Dots & Tassles

Sloan Toy Chest - White

This sleek toy chest can keep a generous helping of toys under wraps.

Photo of a Sloan Toy Chest - White
Photo of a Sloan Toy Chest - White

Ziggy Multicolor Rug

This colorful rug from Ruggable is the perfect marriage of bright, kid-friendly colors with a more grown-up pattern. Bonus: the rug cover comes off of the pad and can easily be thrown in the washing machine when the inevitable spills happen.

Photo of a Ziggy Multicolor Rug
Photo of a Ziggy Multicolor Rug

Converted Closet Space

LAGKAPTEN/ADILS Desk

This simple desk is the perfect spot for the kids (or adults) to take on craft projects or homework.

Photo of a LAGKAPTEN/ADILS Desk
Photo of a LAGKAPTEN/ADILS Desk

White Task Chairs

A pair of rolling chairs makes it easy to gather for crafting time.

Photo of a White Task Chair
Photo of a White Task Chair

TROXHULT Wall Shelf

Add a shelf to store crafting materials and other desk essentials, to help you keep the desk space clear for activities.

Photo of a TROXHULT Wall Shelf
Photo of a TROXHULT Wall Shelf

Sky Blue Mod Chevron Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Skip the mess of wallpaper glue with a stylish peel-and-stick option to highlight a specific part of the room.

Photo of a sample of Sky Blue Mod Chevron Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Photo of a sample of Sky Blue Mod Chevron Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Wire Curtain Hanging System With Clips

All you need for a gallery wall is this wire and hook setup—you can keep changing out the artwork as your child creates new masterpieces.

Photo of a Wire Curtain Hanging System With Clips
Photo of a Wire Curtain Hanging System With Clips

Blue Wall (Couch)

Valspar Enchanted Navy

A sophisticated navy blue makes the perfect accent wall for the "adult" side of the room, while still working beautifully with the color scheme.

Photo of a color sample of Valspar Enchanted Navy
Photo of a color sample of Valspar Enchanted Navy

Contemporary, 12 x 12 Inch White Picture Frame

Using a uniform set of simple frames makes your artwork or sentimental photos the star of the show.

Photo of Contemporary, 12 x 12 Inch White Picture Frames
Photo of Contemporary, 12 x 12 Inch White Picture Frames

Pearl Gray Lush Velvet Pillow Covers

A soothing soft gray pillow adds a sophisticated (and cozy) touch to the sofa.

Photo of a Pearl Gray Lush Velvet Pillow Cover
Photo of a Pearl Gray Lush Velvet Pillow Cover

20" Estela Gray and White Pillow

Add pillows of different textures but a similar color scheme for a relaxing (but still interesting) vibe.

Photo of a 20" Estela Gray and White Pillow
Photo of a 20" Estela Gray and White Pillow

Yellow Wall (TV)

Valspar Gold Abundance

This bright gold color adds a sunny touch to the more kid-friendly side of the room.

Photo of a color sample of Valspar Gold Abundance
Photo of a color sample of Valspar Gold Abundance

Six Cube Shelf

This storage solution makes it easy for kids to access (and put away) their toys—you can use the open shelving, or opt for bins to help hide away the clutter.

Photo of a Six Cube Shelf
Photo of a Six Cube Shelf

Large White Crates

These large white crates fit perfectly in the shelving unit, and store plenty of toys.

Photo of a Large White Crate
Photo of a Large White Crate

Small Aqua Crates

Use these colorful smaller crates to make the toys easier for smaller kids to manage.

Photo of a Small Aqua Crate
Photo of a Small Aqua Crate

Savannah Handwoven Seagrass Tote Baskets

A pretty seagrass basket is the perfect place to stash stuffed animals and other larger toys.

Photo of Savannah Handwoven Seagrass Tote Baskets
Photo of Savannah Handwoven Seagrass Tote Baskets

Matisse Art Print 1

The colors in this "Wildlife" art print from Henri Matisse perfectly match the reading nook's rug.

Photo of a Wildlife Cutouts by Henri Matisse Art Print
Photo of a Wildlife Cutouts by Henri Matisse Art Print

Matisse Art Print 2

Matisse art prints pull together the room's color scheme—and are stylish enough to suit both parents and kids alike.

Photo of Henri Matisse - Leaves - Blue Art Print
Photo of Henri Matisse - Leaves - Blue Art Print

Matisse Art Print 3

These bold colors and simple lines will still look stylish in the family room long after the kids are grown.

Photo of a Matisse - Papiers Découpés (Cut Out Papers) 1952 Artwork Art Print
Photo of a Matisse - Papiers Découpés (Cut Out Papers) 1952 Artwork Art Print
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