5.07.2014

One Room Challenge: Week Six -Upstairs Landing

Welcome back to the final installment of the ORC.  It's Week Six so that means it's time to reveal the goods baby. My design objective was to turn this upstairs landing into a more cohesive, lived in space.



There was no major reno that happened here. In the end, I didn't even paint the bookshelves after Shannon wisely pointed out that they really need about 3 weeks to cure before they can be loaded again. 

Instead, I really focused on balance, texture color and light. The Turkish carpet is for sure the statement piece of the room.  It adds warmth and color, and breaks up the conflicting centerlines of the desk and shelves.  

Although she is not the prettiest deb at the ball, the heavier chair on the end also balances things out and is looking a lot better with the new cushion and cover, and besides is very comfortable. 


I got this paper globe at a Soko Hardware in Japantown for $7.50, that's right, seven-fifty. I love it. They have globes up to 42" in diameter that are just fantastic. This room gets so much light during the day that I just use this as a big moon nightlight in the evening. I made the pull and pom pom for an unexpected fun touch. Both my boys like to give it a little bat as they walk past it.

Of course the black lampshade I ordered didn't arrive on time so this burlap one is just a placeholder for photographing.  The black on black will be cool I think. I also added a task light on the other end to shake things up a bit. I know some would like to see a pair here but I don't go that way. 




I did a bunch of rearranging of things in the shelves. In general I like to style my shelves with personal items that I've found, inherited or my kids have made, that's why I have piles of rocks and stuff :)




This landing has definitely become a nice hang out zone. I wouldn't have gotten it done without the motivation of linking up every Thursday. If you missed the weekly progress you can find it here.

Huge thanks to Linda for dreaming up this little adventure and to all the people who checked in along the way. I love to hear from you! Be sure to check out all the other linking participants here.

And finally, just for fun here are some before and afters.




28 comments:

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Such a brilliant use of space! The new desk and runner makes a world of difference. I love how you maximized design and functionality of a pass through space.

Traci Hutton said...

Looks fresh! Love your accessories and the paper globe!

Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART said...

What a wonderfully eclectic space you have made. It looks so comfy and lived in with undeniable style. Love it! Love the desk and the rug is amazing. Your space is in my top 3 out of ALL of them.

Cheryl said...

I think you did an awesome job! What a great way to use space. Love the rocks in the bookcase and the special notes you've framed. That, to me, makes a house a home. I hadn't followed your week to week progress until today and the scanner made me chuckle. My husband is also a scanner 'enthusiast'. I think the black shade is going to be amazing on the lamp, bummer it didn't arrive on time, but I can just picture how it will look. Fun, fun, fun!

Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook said...

Love how you used this space! It's a place I love to hang out in! Great job!!

Shannon said...

Love it!!
That carpet really ties the room together! I love that it's a room and not just a pass through! Great jobbie! (thanks for the nod lady!!!)

aquahaus said...

The room is fantastic. What a jewel of a space. I feel like we have a similar design aesthetic. It's fantastic. Bravo. p.s.- Can I have that map? And the rug too?

Caroline Nolazco said...

I adore that table and I'm still so in love with that rug. The space came together just beautifully!

Alana in Canada said...

Astonishing transformation! I can see why you said that the original desk was the wrong scale--now I see the one you replced with it, I can't imagine anything more perfect. That is a great desk. And I can totally see how that big chair balances that side of the "room." Beautifully done.

I followed you through out the ORC because, to me, this space is completely magical. It is even more so, now. Thanks for participating and letting us all see inside your beautiful home.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Love this space so much! You did such a great job and I love that your bookshelves actually have books! Love it!

C a i t l i n said...

Thank you Alana. Can you believe that long desk was a street find? -Caitlin

C a i t l i n said...

;)

C a i t l i n said...

I was thinking the same thing. You're pool house came out fantastic. Seems to me that you have better Craig'slist karma than me though.

C a i t l i n said...

Of course, your blog rocks and is a must read :)

C a i t l i n said...

Thanks Cheryl :) I think you're right, it does make a space feel more personal, I'm always sort of amazed when I hear people say they want their house to look like a hotel. Does your hubby know all the codes? It can be kind of addicting, I have to watch myself or my family thinks I'm a little cookoo. -Caitlin

C a i t l i n said...

Wow. I'm super flattered. Thanks. -Caitlin

C a i t l i n said...

It gets some of the best sun of the house so I'm glad to be able to sit at that desk and thankful not to be walking through the mishmash anymore.

C a i t l i n said...

Thanks Traci :)

Jen (House of Ruby Jean) said...

Such a great use of space, and bravo to a job well done!

SHERRY HART said...

Great space...it has such a curated look now! Love the shelves....they look so "real"....!

Tiffany said...

This is the coolest landing ever! I would hang out here all day long and read books. Love it!

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

I love how organic, collected, and authentic this space feels! Bravo!!

Linda @ a design snack said...

You have the perfect mix of personal items and books -- it looks real, not styled. Still can't get over the long desk was a street find. Love your rug! It makes the space. Great job!

Shelia Dowd said...

I love this landing! The desk looks like a perfect fit!
Shelia
www.houseofhighlands.com

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I want a landing. I am going to say it again...I can't believe you have three floors of living space! Love the collected look and that rug is fantastic. Great job.

kate@willowinteriors said...

Holy cow! This looks awesome! That desk, the rug (#$%%!@) and the $7.50 light....amazing! I also love your organic styling on the bookshelves...it looks so effortless (even though we all know it's not!). Well done and thanks for your cheerleading over this project as well...I'd still be sanding my daughter's vanity if it wasn't for you! :)

tess said...

lovely, rug, long desk, etc
regarding painting the bookcase, what about painting just the facing to "frame" your collections?

C a i t l i n said...

That would be a whole lot easier!! I'd like to see the whole thing a medium toned grey, you?

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