Before and After: An Attic Turned Artist's Studio

A creative family is ready to transform the wasted space above their master bedroom into a colorful place to craft.

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February 11, 2016

Crafting + Office Space for the Whole Family

After years of being used as storage space, the dark and dingy attic of this house gets a functional boost with bold color and vintage furniture.

Before: Dim + Cluttered

Prior to the renovation, the work area was drab, cluttered and lacked a solid space plan.

After: Brimming With Inspiration

Inspired by painting, reading and crafting, the homeowners wanted their office area to face the yard and be flooded with natural light. To keep their workspace light and bright, a contemporary desk was added in front of the window. The wasted space beneath the slope of the ceiling was put to good use as display space for massive photography of the family’s two children.

Gallery Wall

In order to keep costs low, almost every element in the attic was found in the garage, storage unit or at flea markets. Ultimately, the art was used to create a colorful gallery wall.

Art Station

A 1950's pedestal table and vintage school chairs brought this budget-friendly art station to life. Supplies are kept in coffee cups with art books just nearby for inspiration.

Stitched Pendant

One of the biggest issues with the space before the renovation was its lack of light. The design and remodeling team added junction boxes to the ceiling in three spots and installed pendant lights made from stitched fabric. These were a perfect fit because they helped tie the patriotic color scheme together, added a touch of Americana and kept the space brightly lit.

Double Dresser

A long wall along the entrance to the attic was considered wasted space. To add instant storage with zero cost, a pair of dressers was taken out of storage then placed side by side for a seamless look. The interiors were outfitted with hanging file storage, helping keep everything neat, tidy and hidden from view.

Aaron Foster Art

To keep the space feeling fun and young, the family decided to add Americana touches. A custom art piece by Aaron Foster pays homage to Mom and Dad’s roots in New Mexico and was made from a collection of vintage New Mexico license plates cut into the shape of a steer.

Stripes on Stripes

Two elements brought a stripe motif to the room: a durable indoor-outdoor area rug featuring red and blue nautical stripes and a contrasting slipcovered chair with wider stripes of charcoal and white.

Pet-Friendly Pieces

Since the family has dogs as well as a parrot, it was best to keep all upholstered pieces in the house practical. This slipper chair used at the desk is especially easy to care for; should the chair become dirty, a simple toss in the washer will have the slipcover looking good as new.

Vintage Finds

To make all the vintage pieces and found objects work cohesively, items were chosen in shades of white, blue, red and darkly stained wood.

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