How to furnish an open-plan room

Last year, Eliza Blank, founder and CEO of the popular houseplant retailer The Sill, her husband Steve, and their two-year-old daughter Faye gave up their New York City apartment and moved upstate full-time, working remotely. They decided to redo the dilapidated old barn on their property to create a guesthouse for visiting family and workspace for themselves.

As a busy CEO, Eliza didn’t have much time to devote to the project and wasn’t sure how best to arrange the open-plan room. Enter DWR design expert Barry Snowbarger, from our NYC store. He met with Eliza virtually, in the store, and at home. Barry designed a floor plan to organize the open space, which is often challenging for people to figure out. He then helped Eliza furnish it start to finish, taking into account her needs for the guesthouse.

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