I know, I know, I left you in the lurch yesterday.  I took you on a whole journey of “before” pictures of our upstairs landing area, and didn’t show you the after!!

landing room before

Honestly, all this suspense is really due to the fact that this little room isn’t quite finished, and that drives me a little bit crazy.

It ended up being more of a challenge than I thought it’d be.  But, you’re friends, so come on up and I’ll show you what’s happened so far…

When I left off yesterday, our upstairs “Landing” (right outside our bedroom door) looked like this:

office landing before 2

That picture was taken after I’d already gone through the painful process of sorting through about 3 years worth of piles of paper…  The “office” was relocated, and I began a whole journey of trying to figure out a better system for organization of our clothes (and upstairs in general).

After many furniture moves and cleaned out drawers later, here’s what it looks like today:


walk in closet after ps

I call it the “Shabby Glam Walk In Closet”.:)  The shabby + glam has been a design challenge for me.  I’ve been friends with “shabby and rustic” for a long, long time.  But adding in a little glam so it doesn’t look over the top has been harder than I thought…

Taking cues from the inspiration pictures I loved so much, I whipped out the gold spray paint and painted the dresser knobs.

dark dresser ps

I really like them. I also added other splashes of gold with spray painted picture frames and art with gold writing.

gallery wall ps

The vanity is a hard-working practical piece of furniture in our house.

vanity ps

I sit at it every morning to put on my make-up and do my hair.

As I work away at putting this room all together, I’ve discovered it’s a process that takes time.  I’m experimenting with new things and new looks.  I like to try things out for a few days, then “tweek” them if they don’t seem quite right.  I still have some more ideas to finish off ~

But, for now, I’m just loving having this pretty (and practical!) little space…


shabby glam walk in closet words 


Sources:  Polka Dot rug ~ Ikea

                Artwork ~ Free Printables (I’ll give you all the details soon)

               Gold Spray Paint ~ Gold Metallic bought at our island Building Supply (It doesn’t even have a brand name!  Sorry.)

               Gold bead garland for the lampshade ~ Ikea

               Fluffy little rug under vanity stool ~ Ikea

               Everything else was treasures I already had…

And, if you missed them, here are two DIYs for this room I shared earlier:

shabby glam footstool with words

 Shabby Glam Footstool


pom poms close up ps

Pom Pom Garland (It’s on the black dresser now.:))


Once upon a time, when we moved into this house, there was a quaint little space on the upper floor. To get to it, you’d walk up the stapled carpet samples on the stairs…

carpeted stairs before

and turn to your left.  There it was!

landing room before

It was directly between 2 bedrooms, and we were determined to use the space wisely.  But all the furniture we tried to put in there seemed behemoth!  It was also  dark and dreary.  The first solution was to bring in some paint ~LOTS of it!


We primed and painted all the walls and the floor, and decided to use it as a “TV room” for the kids and office for us.

the landing tv room

Problem was, when the boys tried to play Wii games, they hit their heads on the ceiling, and it sounded like they were going to go right through the floor!  There was also an unfortunate incident with the tv crashing down on some precious gaming equipment…

So, after more pondering and furniture re-arranging, this space ended up being our office & the area where I do my hair and makeup (since the bathrooms don’t accommodate that well!:))

the landing after

Once we figured that out, it’s remained the same for a long time.

The transformation of our Dining Room turned Office changed everything again.  We no longer needed that desk and computer upstairs for everyday use.  So, the furniture re-arranging began again.

The desk and computer ended up in our son’s old bedroom (it’s still used occasionally), which opened up the room to a whole bunch of possibilities!

Oh, what, oh what shall we do with it??

As I began the whole process of organizing our clothes situation, we decided that perhaps this little space could be used as a solution for a whole lot of functional challenges for our family.

It currently looks nothing like the above picture…

You’ll have to come back tomorrow to see what it looks like now!!;)

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