we needed a rad space for our friends.
the stairs going up to the attic were like a ladder. very steep. so they had to be ripped out and re-done. we lost some closet space in the kid's rooms, but who cares. they don't need clothes.
we went with dark stain. against white walls and trim, it pops quite a bit. at first it scared me. but then i was like, wait, i love this.
right when you get to the top of the stairs, there's a tiny little nook. we didn't want it to go to waste...so we made a little bungalow with 2 twin beds. slumber party central. layne and his buddies have already taken advantage of this little ditty.
work. gets. done. here.
nato and i escape to this nook often when we really need focused time. i can also people watch and they have no idea.
the second dormer is a little reading area. or, if we put a mattress gate up, it can sleep a tiny baby when guests come. it is, after all, just a crib mattress that is upholstered. throw on a bunch of pillows and BOOM. comfy.
the third dormer is in the bathroom. the glorious bathroom. we went old school in here, since our house is colonial style. and subway and hexagon tiles never go out of style. i just adore bead board too...so that had to be added.
the shower is gigantic and awkwardly shaped, but that's what you get in an attic. lots of character! my brother painstakingly tiled this. bless his heart. you're treasure is in heaven.
i love that guests will have their own bathroom on their own floor. there's nothing more awkward than walking in on a friend taking a number 2. neither of you will ever forget it even though you will pretend like you have.
anyway, on that awkward note, let's go back out into the main space shall we?
and then the back nook. a place for eating snacks, working, or pretending to do something awesome.
i did paint the very bottoms of the feet gold for a little flair. give the girl some fancy shoes, i always say.
i simply bought metallic gold paint at the craft store and painted 5 coats with a paintbrush. 'twas easy. and i saw this idea somewhere on the mighty interwebs.
there's also a guest map over here. i think this is cute...keep track of those gypsy friends and let people see who's stopped by and worn out their welcome.
i wrapped a map, that i bought at a bookstore for $10, around a canvas so that the pin could actually stick through easily. the canvas was a little smaller than the map so some of maine and california are cut off. people will have to deal with this in their hearts. no one likes main or california anyway.
just grab a tag, write on it, and pin it. you have to do this or i won't make you waffles. i'm for serious.
oh and what is that? a little missouri map that tells you where all the fun things are! boom. i just hooked you up.
now if you're like, i can't spend a million dollars re-doing my attic. well me either, player. here's what i spent.
p.s. the ottoman is from a place called old time pottery.
the quilts were target clearance.
the striped pillow cases are from tjmaxx but can be found at west elm and everywhere actually.
i have often escaped up here myself. i kept it visually plain and clean on the walls for a reason. i really wanted it to be a retreat from the craziness. and the floors were dark and the rugs were doing some talking anyway. nato was like, are we going american indian decor up here? no silly...it's eclectic. but i love the lines and texture. and it was practically free...when we bought our couch, we got a credit at pottery barn. so whatever. i heart kilim anything these days.
i hope you enjoy the attic as much as i do.