Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Loft

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
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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Anonymous said...

You've got a lovely home - Linky Following you now!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

What a beautiful home! Found you through the Linky Followers blog hop. I'm your newest follower.

kim said...

Love Love Love the wall stencil in your loft!
Popped over from the Linky Followers Blog Hop and I am now following through the Linky Follower! Hope you will stop by and follow back:)

Unknown said...

What a fabulous space! Wanted to let you know I'm linky following you :)

Know How She Does It said...

Hi! Love what you've done here. New Linky Follower from

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Hello Jessica!

Such a joy stopping by to visit with you and enjoy the fabulous photos of your home! I have perused many of your posts and enjoyed getting to know you a bit! Lovely home and lovely blog :)

Kindly, Lorraine

Predictable Me said...

Absolutely beautiful! New follower from LF Blog Hop. Would love if you could visit me at and follow back if you desire.

Unknown said...

What a great space! Found you through the LF blog hop...I'm your newest follower! Would love it if you came by and followed me back!

Michelle said...

I am now following you on Linky.I would love it if you followed me back. I really enjoy meeting new Bloggers.

Jennifer said...

That is one AMAZING staircase!
Just stopping by from the Linky Party Hop. I hope you will visit and follow back.


Tania Grim said...

That is a BEAUTIFUL loft!!!!!!! I really love the trees!

rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray said...

What a beautiful space! I love the rug and the color of the walls. It all looks so fresh together. Gorgeous!

thistlewoodfarm said...

I love the room! You are right....that wall decal is amazing.


Natalie @ NorthShore Days said...

Just beautiful!
Im your newest follower and would love for you to pop over and visit my blog when you get a chance. Maybe follow back if you like what you see :-)
Take care, Nat

Jessie Gunderson said...

The stripe picture collage is so cool. This whole room is gorgeous. Great makeover!

Athena said...

Hello - I am your newest LF Follower from TheStuffofSuccess. Please follow back - thanks and have a terrific evening.

Classy Clutter said...

Oh my word! LOVE IT ALL!!!! That rug is amazing!

Hope you'll come link this up at our first ever linky party!

Mallory @ Classy Clutter

Kelley @ said...

Hi! Visiting from tt&j. I love your loft! I love the whole space.. and your personal touches are great! If I had to pick a favorite it would be the wall vinyl. :)

Im going to poke around your site some more.. if you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party :)

melanie said...

Hello, Your home is fabulous! I'm glad I found you early in this new endeavor of yours, to follow along on your journey. What a beautiful family... Be well!

Sunday said...

WOW - love the loft :) Now, I want one! I'm a new follower from the DIY Show off Blog Hop, please follow back!

Megan said...

Saw TT&J featured you. No surprise, your home is AMAZING! Congrats blog buddy :)

Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom said...

Wow! Your home is beautiful, absolutely gorgeous! Found you via the blog hop and would love if you stopped by mine.
P.S. New Follower!

Melissa @ LoveBugLiving said...

What a calm and beautiful space! Found you on a blog hop and am your newest linky follower. I'd love for you to stop by and follow my site if you'd like as well. Thanks!

the cape on the corner said...

looks great! definitely a space to hang out in now!

Unknown said...

Beautiful space-staircase is magnificent-love the decal too!-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!!

Unknown said...

Wow, I just can't think of anything else to say at the moment except "WOW"

Kelly Ciccarello said...

Love this little area! Do you mind sharing where your light fixture is from?

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