Having said that, the idea of an office space still seemed best for this particular room and it ends up serving its purpose in its own little way. Of all of the rooms in our house this was definitely the most straight-forward makeover. Paint, fabric, and laminate (boo!) to match the rest of the main level.
The biggest splurge was definitely the mosaic tile at the deck entry, but with everything else being so simple it definitely adds a bit of richness/warmth.
The best deal was the outdoor pendant that we snagged from Home Depot's clearance section for $5 (it even came with a CFL bulb!). It's a nod to the room's previous life as a screen porch. The matching desk & floor lamps were also a great big box store grab- this time from Rona on a blow out sale for $30 for the set of 3.