a reading nook

A neat feature of this house is the space at the top of the stairs.  It's a room of sorts, though small, with windows that look out to the leafy treetops.  The previous tenants had painted this area and the adjoining staircase a sort of ill shade of green.  I do understand the motivation to want to paint rooms of this house in verdant tones-- we just painted the entire downstairs Benjamin Moore Agave -- but getting the shade of green right is tricky.  The green that was here was an unnatural shade, sort of a grey green, but muddy.  It had to go.

the top of the stairs, before
I picked a shade of ever-so-pale blue: Benjamin Moore Iceberg.  Stephen Gambrel, one of America's top interior designers, described this color in House Beautiful's 500+ Beautiful Paint Colors as "so faint that it brings the sky into the room.  It's neither cold nor too blue."  He is exactly right.  I've never been much a blue person, but this shade is just right for this space.
the top of the stairs painted benjamin moore iceberg
What a dramatic difference a coat of paint makes!  What was once an undefined unappealing hallway is now a welcoming and peaceful space.

and how prettily the light dapples in the afternoon
I decided that this little room, small as it may be, should serve as a little reading corner.  I hung raw pine shelves, added a small graphic rug, one of our two red velvet chairs and a good lamp and some photographs.

(The crystal chandelier belongs to this house's owners and so we'll need to come up with some kind of replacement.  Maybe I'll diy another drum shade a little smaller than this one I made for our Oak Park dining room.)

Lovely little mini-library to call our own!


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