I have just come across Patchy Rugs via one of my favourite blogs, The Design Files. They are remastered kilims from Turkey, each one handmade and therefore unique. Many are overdyed and result in stunning colours, guaranteed to inject personality into your space. You can view them at Patchy Rugs in Armadale in Melbourne by appointment or can order online at anytime (perfect for us out-of-towners). Delivery is free within Australia. I'd love to open one of these pretty packages.
If you are happy to sacrifice your garage, then endless possibilities open up with regards to 're-purposing' that space. Office, playroom (for kids or grown ups), semi alfresco dining, guest quarters, retreat .... For a quick makeover, begin with thick concrete paint to revive the floor, coat the walls and any exposed beams, add layered tribal rugs to provide warmth, a wall of books and magazines, a comfy chair and side table and you are away. Swap the garage door for french doors and invite the outdoors in. A fast and economical way to add that extra space without the hassle of a home renovation.