Feathering the Nest – Attic Room Inspiration


As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I have been doing a lot of ‘nesting’ since Frey and I have been back home. I’m finally getting around to doing all those little jobs that I’ve been planning to do for ages, putting up the odd picture here and there, clearing out that messy corner in the kitchen. There are some big jobs that I’ve been planning too, one of which being the second bedroom, which is actually the converted attic.

We have lived in this house for two years, and the attic room was always one of my favourite things about it. It’s got lovely painted white floorboards and white walls, and low ceilings, it’s really light and really cosy. I firstly had visions of a beautiful spare room, I was thinking pale pink shabby chic, and then when I discovered I was pregnant it was going to be a beautiful nursery. However Frey’s cot is in the main bedroom with me, and I can’t imagine it moving anywhere else for quite some time!

Some of my 'shabby pink' inspiration
Some of my ‘shabby pink’ inspiration

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Unfortunately, despite my big ideas, pinterest boards, and piles of country living magazines, the second bedroom has been a junk room for over two years. Boxes of ‘stuff’ (goodness knows what!)  still unopened from when we moved in, along with anything we didn’t quite have a home for, it was all ‘popped up in the top room for now’. This is what I’m working with…

A messy blank canvas

My new plan is to turn it into an office and playroom, so that Frey and I can spend some time up there in the day, with a safe place for him to play and for me to work, and a place to store his toys and my craft supplies, so they’re all together and to hand. Of course it would still need to function as a spare room too.

I love colours in this attic room, although all that white might be impractical for a play room!
I love colours in this attic room, although all that white might be impractical for a play room!

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One of the things I need to think about is window coverings. The room has roof windows, and it gets very warm in the summer and quite cold in the winter, which is one of the reasons I haven’t turned it into a nursery. I love the new Roman Blinds from VELUX. There are 20 different types of cloth, so if I decide to redecorate again (which is pretty likely considering all the ideas I’ve had for this room so far) then I can just change the fabric! VELUX also make black out blinds, which would be really useful if Frey ever does have this room as his bedroom.

VELUX Roman Blinds
VELUX Roman Blinds

I shall keep you posted on how I get on! Let’s hope that my lovely attic room will progress beyond a junk room and into something inspirational.

The ideal place for an afternoon nap?
The ideal place for an afternoon nap?

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*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by VELUX. All opinions are my own.

Ethan & Evelyn

About The Author


Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Coombe Mill - Fiona | 20th Nov 15

    such lovely peaceful soft colours #FabFridayPost

    • thesparklenest | 23rd Nov 15

      Thank you :-)

  2. Mackenzie Glanville | 21st Nov 15

    oh you remind me of me, I have so many ideas and similar tastes to you. I spent a long time decorating my home in the country to just how I wanted and enjoyed it for four years, but now we have sold and we are moving close to Melbourne (Australia) so the country feel won’t work as well. Our house will also be smaller. I am spending time (usually laying awake at night) trying to figure out how to decorate the new home on a budget. It’s fun though, I love having ideas. Great post, it’s going to be a fab room! #FabFriday

    • thesparklenest | 23rd Nov 15

      Thank you! Good luck with your move, it must be sad to leave your home in the country, but what an adventure! x

  3. Sarah | 22nd Nov 15

    I absolutely love the painted white floor board look – there are so many looks you can go for. Based on all your inspiration shots, I’m looking forward to seeing the progress :) Enjoy the process! #FabFridayPost
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    • thesparklenest | 23rd Nov 15

      I know, I love those floorboards! The background for many an instagram shot! :-)

  4. Su {Ethan & Evelyn} | 27th Nov 15

    I love this idea. It looks very homely and I can see myself having a nap in there. Thank you so much for linking up with, My apology for taking so long to comment my blog plug-ins was playing up – so I’ve spent the past week rectifying it. Please do come by again. #FabFridayPost is now Live. xx
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  5. Drew | 12th Jan 16

    I have never seen an attic room that looked this good. I am definitely feeling inspired to work on my own attic now. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Morgan | 6th Jun 16

    All these are fantastic ideas and so beautiful! Turning your attic space into a more useful area will change the overall feel of your home completely. Hope your project is going well! Thanks for sharing!

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