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Creating a Writer's Garret in the Attic

Updated: Mar 11

Every writer dreams of a cozy nook away from the noise and bustle of daily life where they can focus on their work and let their imaginations soar.

Come along with us on an inspiring journey as we renovate an awkward attic space into a snug writer's garret, fit for authors and readers of all ages!

Our house, built in 1891, was full of unusual corners and cubbies left from over a hundred years of renovations and additions to the original building.

At the back of the second floor, these simple stairs curved around two landings to lead to the third floor, which was being used as attic storage space.

The space was quite a mess.

At the top of the stairs, the final landing was separated from the rest of the third floor by an unusual glass wall. Apparently a previous landlord had set up an illegal apartment up here, but by the time we arrived, it had all been dismantled, including the door!

We began by boxing in the skeletal stair railings and adding wallpaper that looked like stone castle walls. (We chose this aesthetic because the room at the base of the steps became a Magical Common Room inspired by Harry Potter, and we wanted this staircase to look as though it led to the Gryffindor dormitories.)

We papered just the knee walls, then painted the new trim a dark brown to mimic the vintage wood that would have been used in a house of this age. The bright white new door got a coat of the same paint, which happened to be a very similar shade to the antique desk we picked up on Craigslist for about $100.