Thursday, September 25, 2008

the itty bitty closet


this itty bitty closet, in the girls' room underneath the stairs to the third floor, was one of the quirky quirks that totally endeared me to this crooked, out-of-proportion house of indeterminate age. yet i haven't really done anything with it. it's too small for storage, but it is just big enough for a child to sit inside. i've been thinking of converting it to a little reading nook or secret hideaway for my almost-six-year-old... but i'd love any thoughts or suggestions on what to do with this little treasure of a space.

hope you're all having a wonderful thursday! please excuse my lazy posting this week :)

15 comments:

cindy : quaint said...

be careful, harry potter might already be in there ;)! how about a little library?

please sir said...

Oh so cute! I like Cindy's idea of a little library. You could also use it to store paint and craft supplies. Good luck - let us know what you do!

daisy janie : scoutie girl said...

I like the reading nook idea. Could you fill the floorspace with a beanbag(s) and put pillows on top, all around? Does it have a light? Maybe a battery powered tap-on light? Such a cute door!

♥ Tiny Red said...

the reading tiny refuge sounds excellent. i'm sure the girls would appreciate it :)

heather smith jones said...

what does the almost six year think? i think a reading/drawing/thinking space sounds divine. i always wanted my own when i was a child.

i hope you're enjoying your time w/ hubby back home now :)

i got the sketchbook, thank you. i'm going to try to do it this weekend.
wow, it's already the weekend?

Bella Sinclair said...

I LOVE quirky houses with nooks and crannies and disproportionate rooms! If you tell me you live in a Victorian, I'm going to drool. So many possibilities for this closet. My girls really enjoyed having a little playhouse/clubhouse of their own. If they like performing, you can turn it into a puppet theater. Or how about a recessed desk? I like the library option, too. Have you seen this link? http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/roundup-best-staircase-storage-solutions-049164

With our stairwell closet, we took that smaller triangular area beneath the lower steps and had it converted to pull-out drawers and cubbies. Let us know how it turns out!

jess gonacha said...

ack! so adorable!!! i love the idea of a reading hideaway, too- i would've been so into that as a 6 year old!

(and ps- yes, there will be a print of 'dress up' available in the shop soon!)

Alexandra Hedberg said...

how nice the star goes with the wall. To me it looks like a mixture of russian pattern - and a Swedish star for hanging in the window all december...

a secluded area for calm and creative thinking and working sounds like a good idea.

aimee said...

these are excellent suggestions! she's voted for the library. now the challenge is creating a space that the toddler won't rip to shreds (two year olds can be so unreasonable, really.)

alexandra - i agree with you about the star! it originally was hanging from the ceiling, but the two year old liberated it one day, and i put it on the door hinge to get it out of the way. i liked the way it looked, so there it has stayed.

and bella - no victorian - just a simple little new england style house. i love your suggestions for using those quirky spaces.

so, i'll start with paint, a floor cushion and lighting. we'll see where it goes from there!

soulbrush said...

this is too sweet...don't aplogise we are so glad your hubby's back in the family fold once more.

soulbrush said...

award waiting for you on my blog, with hugs.

Andi said...

I would create a jumbo dollhouse, shelves of rooms and furniture to play in.

e.beck.artist said...

i would set it up with shelves and shelves and itty bitty blankets so that all the babies and lovies and stuffies could sleep in bunkbeds .... it would be like toy camp .... but that's just me ....

Maureen said...

I want to be six again so I can have a cubby under the stairs. That would be wonderful. My eldest son once had a bedroom that had been a pantry in this apartment. He could just get a single bed in there under the shelves. It had a window that got the a.m. sun and our two cats slept in there with him. My xh was so embarrassed that our friends would think we 'stuck' him in there!

SofaChip.com said...

When I was around that age I had a small walk in closet that adjoined my room and had attic access. While I know now it was a closet, and I know there was some storage and clothing in there, I always thought it was my own special room. I liked to play in it - I had a dollhouse in there. I liked feeling like I was in a secret chamber. :D