Up up and away . . . upstairs

I’m a definite fan of our big bonus room (for lack of a better term) upstairs. It feels like a cozy little getaway with the angled ceilings and windowseats that look out onto the front yard. I frequently enjoy sitting in the windowseats with Jude and watching for Simon to come home from work. However, we don’t entirely have it all furnished or as we would like it. But that’s half the fun, right? It’s all in the thrill of the hunt. I got some more of those ledges from IKEA (love them!) because I had this vision of a display of a bunch of my design books; I’m sure that I will use it as a revolving display for various pictures and books.

Ideally, when I think of this room and how I would like it to function, I imagine a cozy hangout where you could sit and read books or maybe play games. It would also be a place where our kid(s) would one day do homework or play with their friends. In the shelf corner (above) I’d like to have a table that looks like this (but in white):And I might put chairs like this around them:

Then, here in the middle, where this rug and daybed is, I would have a similar setup to how it is now, but with different chairs. I imagine that one day we’ll move one of our other sofas from downstairs up here when we get a new sofa (hint, hint, Simon! cough cough) and then we also need some kind of coffee table.  We are also in need of some lighting of some kind. Lamps or something. It’s just a wee bit dark.

Here are some gorgeous inspiration photos that I’ve been hanging on to. Candice Olson was the designer, and I just love the final result. I can imagine our space turning out similarly.Did you see that round table in the middle photo? That’s exactly what I want for the corner.  ::sigh:: So gorgeous. Candice, will you come to our house, please? Love you!

I’m semi-obsessed with books. All kinds of books. Especially pretty books. I just want to be surrounded by them and have them available at all times. A good book is like a dear friend. I want them close and I don’t want to relegate them back to a library. Jude likes my books too, although he likes to pull them all off the shelves and make a huge mess. Doesn’t he know it takes forever to arrange them?!?!Anyway, there you go. There’s my inspiration for our upstairs space. Always a work in progress, but always fun to work on!

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    AnNicole said,

    Great ideas! I love your inspiration photos. My son’s friends all have game rooms in their houses where the guys hang out together, and I would love to have a room like that. See, you’re already a step ahead of the game :).

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    Thanks, AnNicole!! Ok, question — what’s up w/ your comments on your blog? I always try to comment and it never lets me. It won’t let me see the verification phrase you have to type in. 😦

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    Erin said,

    I remember that bonus room by Candice Olsen – it’s one of my faves!


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