we finished our garage this past year and it freed storage space under our basement stairs. growing up, i fondly remember playing for hours, surrounded by unfinished walls beneath our stairs. Christmas lights strung, a pile of colouring books, and my special dolls - it was one of my favorite spots. it motivated me to create a cute, creative space for the girls to read, colour, dress up and play.
simple white walls, some inexpensive adhesive carpet tiles, repurposed furniture and a little DIY went a long way. my favourite addition are the awesome gold dot decals from urban walls that add playfulness to a plain white wall.
the nook is lit with white SKOJIG wall lamps from ikea. i love these lights. they're easy for the girls to turn on and off with a push of a button and the light is soft and concealed. luckily we had installed two electrical boxes before drywall with the intention of someday using this space for something other than storage.
a little tin valentine's mailbox picked up from superstore is always stuffed full of pet shops and secret notes. above is a display of framed kid art hung over a block of mint paint.
the cozy lounging corner is layered with a pile of comfy, colourful pillows with favourite books in arm's reach hosted in a BEKVAM spice rack. old canvases covered in TIDNY fabric are waiting to be coloured with fabric markers.
a toy storage cubby repurposed from my girls' closet organizing special play things and dress-up accessories. i hung a tension rod to hang a no-sew patterned curtain to back the shelf.
their favourite, a dress-up closet packed with old halloween costumes and some thrifted from community garage sales, complete with a basket overflowing with hats, wigs, wings and wands.
we are moving this summer to another home and this little nook will definitely be missed. our new home does have a finished space under the stairs so perhaps, someday, another secret space will be created.