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Transform living room into multipurpose room

If you live in a house built before 2000, chances are you have a small room near the front of the house originally designated as a formal living room or sitting room.

As most lifestyles have become more casual and oriented around technology, the formal living room has become a thing of the past for many. So how can you reinvent that space to create a room more relevant to how you live?

Gayle Cook of Waller, Texas, the winner of our Moccato functional living room table in the recent Hooker Furniture contest, has happily reinvented her former sitting room into a multipurpose room that she describes as “my favorite room of the house.”

“I find the room very inviting and functional,” Gayle said. “In the room I have my computer and exercise equipment, watch TV and entertain comfortably, all in a cozy, small space. It is my personal room,” she said.

We were delighted to learn that almost all of the furniture in the room is from Hooker Furniture…including a round, scalloped edge accent furniture piece that she has transformed into a computer desk. “The table works great to hold my computer, lamp, keyboard & mouse and coffee cup,” she said. The room also includes a living room accent chair she uses at her desk, a loveseat and our suitcase end table that Gayle is using as a TV table.

Gayle and her husband Patrick are empty nesters with 3 grandchildren. They’re “very excited about winning the table from Hooker Furniture,” she said. We have been shopping for tables for our family room, and we really like the lift lid on the Moccato collection table. That will be great to use for snacks when the kids and grandkids come over to watch TV.”

Describing her decorating style as “traditional with an eclectic twist,” Gayle said she also has Hooker Furniture in her dining room, bedroom and two bathrooms. Her favorite piece is our oval sink cabinet that she uses in her guest bath. “It gives our powder room such a unique look, and the grandchildren love to pull out the stool beneath the sink so they are tall enough to reach the basin and wash their hands.”

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