Tree House’s best kept secret is, without a doubt, the sleeping loft. It’s tucked directly above the living room and accessed from a ladder that extends down from the ceiling (remember when we hooked it up to an electric winch?), and although the pitched ceiling is lower than standard height, an adult can still stand fully upright in the middle of the room – a huge bonus! I’ve mentioned this before, but during our initial house hunt, our realtor kept suggesting that we tour this home, and we kept saying, No, no, it’s too small. While the size was one of the big reasons we initially stayed away, it’s ironically one of the things we love most about the home now! So cozy. Just right. In any case, after several failed showings in neighboring homes, we caved, and she eagerly showed us what would soon become our Tree House.
In the first five minutes, we got that ‘feeling.’ The floors. The ceilings. The large master. The cute guest room. And then when we popped up to the loft, we said, Where do we sign?! Here’s how the sleeping loft looked soon after we closed:
When we made an offer on our home, we worked those antique beds into the contract; worth it! We knew that the loft would be the sweetest little hideaway for Lucy, her cousins and friends, and as soon as we laid eyes on those beds, we could see it – sleepovers, late night secrets and morning pajama parties. With that in mind, our goal was always to make a kid-friendly space, but not overly kid-like, you know?
We had so much fun picking out bedding for this space, because everything is cuter x 2! We teamed up with our longtime partners at Crate & Kids to smooth out the majority of the base layer: bedding, a large rug, lighting and a place to hide away books and games. We chose a wall-to-wall soft-for-kids’-knees wool rug in 9′ x 12′ and layered on a small vintage runner for between the beds. This bookcase was the perfect fit underneath the window (we love that we could add these doors) and we laid sherpa floor cushions (Lucy’s current favorite!) at the foot of each bed.
The navy check sheets have a touch of cabin-feel without being over the top, especially when paired with ticking stripe quilts. For the duvets, we ended up choosing these super soft washed linen covers from H&M, the same ones we put in the guest room and love (and every single guest has commented on!). The mattresses were swapped out for Leesas, and we may still add a trundle underneath one of them for extra sleeping – although we’ve been having trouble finding something low enough. Any suggestions? We only have 10″ of clearance!
The loft is every bit as sweet as we hoped it would be, but we’re only considering this Round One. To this point, we wanted to get everything in place and comfortable, but up close, there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done. In last week’s vlog, we shared that we were getting quotes for paint, especially because the loft ceiling extends above the living room and would be difficult to access without scaffolding. Here’s a photo of the other side of the room from closing day:
So while we think that the loft is the bees knees, there are certainly areas that need attention. Quite a bit of attention, actually! The faux beams are just poorly stained trim over beadboard panels, which is an awesome idea in theory – if executed well. Sadly, there are nail pops, rough patchwork and split seams all over the ceiling. It’s rough. Like, really rough. We also think that the vertical beams are a bit distracting, and after a lot of consideration, we’ve made the decision to paint the whole ceiling white, so as not to compete with the living room ceiling, which is the true star in our Tree House. (We also realize this may be slightly controversial, but I also promise you that these ceilings photograph better than they appear.) The junction boxes for the lighting were installed at an angle, and none of the window trim or baseboards were caulked or spackled. Here’s a breakdown of what’s still on the loft checklist:
• Repair the walls, ceiling and trim
• Paint the walls, ceiling and window frame
• Address the junction boxes and install ceiling lights
• Wallpaper the window wall as a soft accent
• Replace the railing with something more modern?
• Add a matching rail to the loft ladder
We are hiring out the painting and repair of the walls, ceiling and window, which will be completed by the end of the year! The rail replacement may or may not happen – we really like the idea of playing with traditional versus modern, but we’d like to talk with our local metal fabricator to see what he thinks. Aside from the painting, everything else will roll out into the new year, and we are bursting to watch the loft’s full potential begin to really, really shine.