The Other Side of The Attic: Desk Area Reveal

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Hi friends! If you saw my last post you know that I have been working overtime to finish the other side of the attic—which we are still trying to come up with a name for (we’re torn between The Loft and The Studio, thanks to IG suggestions, I think I’m leaning towards The Studio).

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A pic of the attic before I began working on it a week and a half ago.

Anyway, since you last heard from me, we’ve made some great progress!  

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Here’s what we’ve done:

  • Installed the wall-to-wall desk
  • Painted the knee walls
  • Stained the plywood desktop 
  • Added trim and baseboards
  • Painted the water stained floors
  • and now I’ve brought in some furnishings

There are still a few things to do in here (install faux ceiling beam, new ceiling light, and create a little lounge area on the other side of the room,) but so far I’m ecstatic with the progress.

So, in the meantime I started bringing in some furnishings and décor elements.  As you may know I’m a part of the Better Homes & Gardens influencer network, so I picked up a few great pieces to start bringing this space together.

Storage Cube & Wallpaper

One Better Homes & Gardens item that had a major impact on the design of this space was the 8 cube storage organizer. We used these in my daughter’s room, so I wanted to keep things cohesive on this side as well, so I grabbed another.

I actually built the knee walls around this cubby so that we could have hidden access to additional storage behind it. Speaking of hidden, I used this Better Homes & Gardens wallpaper to line a piece of foam board that I cut to size, and added to the back of the cube organizer with command command strips.  For storage, I filled the bottom cubes with these Better Homes & Gardens Black Wire Baskets With Chalkboard Labels, and left the top for open storage, which allows us to get a peak at that cute wallpaper backing.

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Chair, Chair, Chairs!

I first started out with a pair of these awesome black cantilever style chairs.  I’ve had my eye on them for a while now, so I’m so glad I finally found a place to use them.

They are sleek and stylish with their faux leather seat pad –and the best part is that they come in a set of 2 for only $80!

Once I got the “floating desk” together, I realized I had way more space, so I ordered another set! Now all 4 of my kiddos can hang out up here together.

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The Desk Space

The minute I came up here and saw my kids working on an old plastic folding table, I knew this space needed a wall to wall desk.  I went to the hardware store and had them cut a sheet of plywood in half, picked up some extra large shelf brackets and some 1×2’s and got to work making this amazing workspace.

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The Sconce is a DIY, you can find a link to that tutorial here.

For the top of the desk, I kept it pretty simple. I added a cute little faux plant, a basket to store canvases and notebooks, and this large matted square frame, layered with a couple of smaller pictures of my two oldest. 

I talked on Instastories  about how my original plan was to create a fun, funky, and colorful sort of space, but as I started bringing elements in (and after receiving very little feedback or input offered from my kids), it started to look like “my” kind of space—light, bright and airy, with pops of black—and to be honest, I’m not mad about it at all. It feels right and I figure they will add their own touches to it once they start utilizing the space.

Next, I ordered this minimal desk lamp. I love it because it has a small footprint, adjusts to different heights and swivels, and is perfect for task lighting.

I couldn’t resist this retro style fan. It’s so stylish and so necessary, considering we are in an attic, and it tends to get stuffy up here. This fan has ensures that we keep the air circulating up here and looks cute while doing it!

It comes in several different colors as well! 

Lastly, I had to replace the old plastic exposed trash can they had in this space with a nice stainless steel one with a lid which will help keep things tidy up here.

We are so happy with how this space is coming together. Check out what it was looking like when we moved here:

We are continuing to work on this space this week, so hopefully I’ll have a final reveal within the next week–Be sure to check back!

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This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart, I have received product and/or compensation in exchange for this post, and it may contain affiliate links for your convenience (See my disclosure page for more information.) As always, I only share brands and products that I love, so all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting Made by Carli.

2 Comments

  1. Kristi
    January 18, 2022 / 8:14 pm

    Looks amazing! Great job.

  2. MVOR
    February 17, 2022 / 2:03 pm

    The studio looks fabulous! Love those chairs…will have to check out the BHG line at Walmart.

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