How Millennials Killed the Guest Room | Architectural Digest

The reasons for the guest room’s popularity are the same as behind its demise. You know the facts: Home ownership has been replaced by rental agreements, apartment sharing is becoming more common than family units, and suburban homes have given way to (very) small city apartments. “Today, square footage is so important, and the idea of ​​a guest room feels like a luxury from the golden age,” Sarah adds. When you get less space for your money, prioritizing becomes key. It’s something design consultant and WeIncontro founder Helena Agosti knows all too well. Her unique eye for adornment made the homes she lived in a true Instagram candy. When I searched for a new lease last year, a guest-hosting space was at the top of my most wanted list.

“I wanted a place that felt comfortable, warm, and had an outdoor space,” says Helena. “My current apartment squared off all but the guest room, but I realized other priorities were more important. You can’t have everything! My house seems perfect to me now – but if there was an extra room, even if it was very small, I wouldn’t move again.” Start. “

Until last year, Helena lived in a gorgeous apartment that doubled as her agency headquarters. Guests sleep on a comfortable sofa in the living room.

Photo: Helena Augusti

Viewpoint: You are a guest in Helena’s old apartment, and you sleep in her colorful living room – dining room – bedroom – guest room.

Photo: Helena Augusti

But those with that luxurious second room often find uses for it that are far from the traditional guest room, particularly as a result of the pandemic lifestyle change. “Even in the post-pandemic period, we do many things at home: make art and play music, exercise, work, cook from scratch – and we need to stockpile all the equipment that goes with that,” Sarah explains. “In my experience, that often means sacrificing space for guests.” We brought not only the office home, but also entertainment: From cool rooms to sex rooms, private leisure spaces are also the new normal. It is an idea that permeates not only the dwellings of small towns, but also the larger dwellings.

Alex Delaunay, founder of Sabo Architecture, has worked on all kinds of projects, from small apartments to large ones, with an emphasis on spaces that can change. In one of his latest commissions, at 3,000 square feet, the custom guest room was meant to be more than that: “It was designed as a multi-purpose room. The client also wanted it to be used as an art room, so we designed a Murphy bed that flips up. Use Space is unscripted; it is more fluid and less dependent on purpose, which makes it more attractive.”

View of Helena’s small penthouse. “Although there is no room for a guest room, my place is so comfortable that when friends stay, they never want to leave!”

Photo: Helena Augusti

Giving a spare room a fun use may be a bonus for guests to sleep there. “An extravagant art room or sanctuary can be a very private place to sleep as a guest, and even more inviting than a regular dorm room—especially if you’re also considering renting it occasionally on Airbnb,” Alex adds. At the end of the day, what matters is not where the guests sleep as much as how welcome they feel. As Helena, who shares her bed when a guest comes over, says: “We’ve become more flexible with our expectations as guests, and more transparent with what we can offer as hosts. My place is very small, but it feels like a real home, so when people visit they don’t want to leave! It’s about making them feel quietly “.

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