This space has taken some time. And I’m ok with that. I wanted it to be big on style, minimal on things – and minimalism requires every detail to be spot on. The lamps were the cherry on top of the main space, but there was one area I haven’t really highlighted that still needed attention.
Both front rooms have beautiful bay windows, but were wasted space with the platform at their base. So we decided to raise them up to meet the base of the windows, making them more functional.
Micah created a base and then we used the same top that was already there, saving time and money. He cut a hole and framed in an area inside the bench for me to store entertaining things, like ice buckets and tablecloths. He added a piano hinge to the back of the lid and a recessed handle at the front for a clean look.
I wanted a bit of light blue in the space one of my favorite accent colors so I got several yards of this dusty blue linen and had my upholsterer make a cushion. It’s definitely my favorite place to sit and wait for Xander to get off the bus, and the kids love hanging out here – playing or watching the snow fall.
We took the shutters down when we started working on the room, and I was blown away by the amount of light that streamed in without them. Micah was pretty set on keeping them, and they were really nice, but they didn’t work with the moody walls. I wanted something that created privacy and warmth at night but left the windows naked during the day. The dark space doesn’t have a chance at feeling gloomy with all that natural light pouring in.
I settled on these custom roman shades from Loom Decor, and I love the result. The inky color blends nicely with the walls, making the bay all about the windows by day, and the beautifully textured linen keeps heat in and the cold out at night. Loom has such a wide assortment of fabric and styles for all of your soft accessory needs, and their customer care is top notch. After choosing the shades I wanted I was set up with a stylist who helped me determine the exact measurements and details, insuring a completely custom look and fit.
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Photos by Justin Salem Meyer.
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