Before my family arrived for their visit, I wanted to address an odd space in one of the guest rooms. There is a GIANT window dormer above the garage and the result is added space in the bedroom. I’m all about extra space, but the problem is the awkward shape & size. It wasn’t large enough for a daybed or twin sized bed, constructing a built-in felt forced and like too much work for a guest room at this point in time, and there wasn’t a ton of room for full size seating. I opted for an armless sofa that fits wall-to-wall (and almost looks built-in) that provides a nice little lounge area. I also swapped the light fixture, added a ceiling medallion, and traded the plantation shutters for drapery. Click through for the before, after, and my thought process for this one!
Finding an armless sofa or bench that spanned wall-to-wall was probably my biggest challenge for this space. I searched for about a week online before stumbling across the “build your own” harmony sofa. I wanted an armless sofa that was extra deep. I lucked out because West Elm actually offers that model in an extra deep option.
The cushions are a down blend and the sofa is honestly super comfortable. It’s just a little shorter than a twin size bed and will be perfect for our nieces and nephews if they need a cozy sleeping arrangement close to our siblings (aka, their parents). I’m all about function and furniture that has multiple uses. This doubles as a guest room lounge, reading nook, seating area, an extra surface for guests’ clothing or travel items- or even the aforementioned sleeping situation…. but the bottom line is this- it fits the space like a glove.
I stumbled across this c-table from Target and it slides perfectly over the sofa seat cushion. It creates an easy place to sit a cup of coffee (or any other drink), a book, a laptop, a floral arrangement, etc. For $60, it really is a steal! It’s a nice sturdy table that looks more expensive than it actually is. I love the X detail on the back.
The light fixture probably made the biggest impact. I paired this ceiling medallion with this gorgeous semi flush mount. The light is actually on sale right now for $120, FYI (and it comes in multiple finishes).
In regards to the window treatments, I removed the plantation shutters and swapped them for drapery panels to soften the space. Don’t get me wrong- I do love shutters, they just aren’t right for the windows in this house. They also made the bedroom window feel small and clunky. The curtains really add softness and drama to the window nook. I just used this tension rod with these IKEA Birtine panels for now. I’d love to do custom blackout drapery at some point, but for now- this works well. I pleated the panels as well… if you’re not sure what that means, check out this DIY I previously shared.
I linked all other sources in the slider below, in case you’re interested in anything else! My house guests just left, but my grandma stayed in this room and loved this cozy spot. She spent plenty of time reading here while enjoying her morning coffee. Eventually we’ll renovate this room, but even if the paint color and millwork changes, I’ll definitely keep the window nook furniture. It will be fun to see how it evolves over time.
As for me- I’m signing off of social media for the weekend and am going silent for a few days because Emmett and I are celebrating his birthday. I’ll share more on that soon, but check back tomorrow for a fun spring bar cart post from Jacqueline. She’s jumping in again since I’m taking a long weekend! Whew, it has been BUSY, busy, busy. See you next week friends.
PeggiMarch 28, 2019 at 5:04 am
Smart use of space! It looks so inviting. (That before light fixture-eek.) Quite the upgrade. Have a most amazing and rejuvenative weekend!!
ArdithMarch 28, 2019 at 8:57 pm
The nook looks so intentional now, Sarah, and far more inviting.
Happy Birthday, Emmett! Hope you two have a fantastic celebration weekend.
And hello, Jacqueline. Cheers, Ardith
SarahMarch 29, 2019 at 10:02 am
Thank you so much Ardith! Unfortunately, I had to stay behind on the birthday trip because I got the flu, but Emmett went on without me and is hopefully having a great time. xox
ArdithMarch 30, 2019 at 7:48 am
Oh no, Sarah, I’m so sorry. That totally sucks. I sure hope you recover quickly. Could this be an excuse to celebrate Emmett’s birthday a second time at another cool destination, eh? Take care, Ardith
SarahApril 1, 2019 at 8:30 am
I’m thinking yes!! We’re hoping to take this coming weekend off and spend some time together :) Hope you had a wonderful weekend. xox
MollyApril 3, 2019 at 9:22 am
Did you use a different top for the target table? The one online looks to be flush with the sides, but I like the overhanging look of yours better.
SarahApril 3, 2019 at 9:25 am
Hi Molly! Nope, it’s the exact table from their website… maybe they just did a bad job photographing it or have updated it since the product image was taken? I purchased from that exact link and this is what I got :) Hope this helps! xo
MollyApril 5, 2019 at 11:36 am
DianaJune 12, 2019 at 8:46 am
Love the choice of colors that were used in the space. What paint color was used on the walls.?
SarahJune 12, 2019 at 9:53 am
Thanks so much Diana! Unfortunately, I’m not sure what the paint color is because it was like that when we moved in. I’m sorry! We’ll actually repaint this room someday once it’s time to renovate.
CamiSeptember 6, 2019 at 10:43 am
I’m loving the light and medallion. When I click on the link for the light, it just sends me to wayfair’s inventory on semi flush lights. When I specify “brass globe semi flush mount” in the search box, it still does not show the light fixture you used. If you could please tell me the name of the light, that would be so helpful. (or the model number, or anyway to get the link) Thank you so much!
SarahSeptember 10, 2019 at 9:38 pm
Thank you Cami! Sorry about that… that means the fixture is either sold out or discontinued. I doubled checked and that’s definitely the case. Womp, womp!