The fantasy-turned-reality of designing and building our house gave us plenty of questions to answer. How many bedrooms? On what floors? Long hallway or open stair hall?
We went with five bedrooms (four already filled plus a guest room) around an open stair hall. The stairs from the main floor come up into an open space that we refer to as the loft. There are french doors out from there to the grassy backyard (we are on a hill, so the backyard is not off of the main floor). Stairs keep going up to my husband's office, and there is a clerestory with 9 windows letting light flow all the way down to the entry.
The loft space itself doesn't yet have a clear function, we are trying to keep it open for interpretation. It might turn into a homework space, rainy-day play space, reading nook, landing pad from the yard... One thing it isn't, is a TV space. The TV you see in the background was put there when we moved in. We moved about a month before construction was finished, so we only had the bedroom floor, that's why the TV was upstairs, right outside the nursery, clearly not a good permanent spot. (You can see our new TV here).
The wall right behind where that picture was taken holds our yearly photo collages.
Do you see that lighter square at the top of the image above? That's the clerestory.
Here is our after:
Verona Chairs (discontinued) from Crate and Barrel
Olin Stripe Rug also from Crate and Barrel
Coffee table (7 years old) originally from Z Gallerie
Red tray was a wedding gift
Bench and baskets (that hold musical instruments and toys) from Target
Throw pillows from Ikea
Yellow lattice garden stool from Overstock
Wall Decal from evgieNev on Etsy
Center art print from 20x200
Heart art was a DIY project I did with my daughter
Doormat from Ikea
I love how the rug is indoor/outdoor so it's really easy to clean. The chairs are also outdoor chairs, so we can pull them right out onto the lawn if we are watching kids, or when we inflate the bouncy house for a birthday party. It's great for our family right now, a place to put on shoes, for kids to play in the morning if I'm trying to eek out a few more minutes of sleep, and the decal, one of my favorite things in the whole house, fills a giant wall for very little money. I adore the visual power it brings to the space.
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