When we moved in last August, I didn't know where I wanted anything! I had no idea where to put my big crafting desk so I plopped it right against the wall on the landing. Now, if you know me, you know I CAN NOT KEEP MY DESK OR CRAFTING TIDY!!!! So you'd walk up the steps and your eyes would get completely assaulted with the appalling sight of dozens plus projects going on, my sewing machine piled high.... you get the point. Here's the picture I stole of of the house listing when we bought it on an online auction since I couldn't find a before. Nothing too crazy different, just different paint color and holes in the walls where the sconce lighting was yanked.
So while mom was out a couple weeks ago and helped me paint the walls, she had all sorts of ideas whirling in her head. This was her genius idea: Make it a cozy reading area and put the big desk at the other end so it's not such a disaster attack to the unsuspecting visitor! So you walk up the steps now and behold.......
A place where I frequently find my kids cozied up in the recliner, reading (or looking at pictures in this case) books!
I also had this old chippy cupboard door (which I found in the barn at our old house) down on the other end of the landing but it was so hidden that it needed a more prominent spot. Totally perfect for this space! Time can get away from you when you're stuck in a good book, you know. :)
It's not the lake, but check out the view from this window over the backyard!
Occasionally, I shoot my mom's crazy ideas down. This time I embraced it fully and am loving it!
Thanks, Mom. Sometimes, you really do have some genius ideas up there in that noggin'! :)
Some of the projects in this room: