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Barn Loft Inspiration

There’s a small barn in our backyard that just makes me happy every time I see it. (I have precious childhood memories in a barn loft—playing in the hay with my cousins, Dad pushing me on a tire swing tied to a beam in the loft…) I had a yard sale a few weeks ago and one of my main motivations was to get rid of excess stuff so that the barn wouldn’t have to be used as storage. I’d love for it to be a functional, outdoor living space for us to enjoy in all seasons. The loft, especially, excites me, and a couple weeks ago my sister Eden and I sat down and thought up a bunch of ideas to make the loft into the ideal writing/creative space for me. Here are some of my favorite ideas ::

First of all, obviously, I’d want to find a practical and beautiful way to organize all of the tools that will still have to find a home in the barn. I love these shaker-style pegs and how simple and clean it looks with everything off the ground.

Next, a rich, vibrant rug to warm up the space and set off the amazing wood floors and ceiling.

It’d be nice to have a comfy chair that I could somehow get up the ladder to the loft. A butterfly chair would be just the thing!

This gorgeous throw to keep me warm in the winter months.

Eden had the brilliant idea of using a chandelier as lighting. The contrast between the ornate crystal and gold with the rustic beams would be oh, so perfect.

Some artwork that has a natural flare to it seems fitting for a barn. This nail art would also be so cool to make right on the barn wall!

Speaking of art, I have a couple different paintings that have meant so much to me, but just don’t fit with my house anymore. I’d love to display these in the loft, letting them continue to inspire me through the years. (I bought this piece when I left for college, but recently found out that it’s also the favorite piece of none other than Bill Murray!)

And finally, a candle to light every time I sit down at my desk. They say that scents are powerful memory-makers, and would kick-start my brain to get into writing mode.

So, what do you think? Do you have any more ideas for my loft? What elements do you need to get creative? Do you have a space of your own? If so, what do you use to make it personal and inviting?

(Top photo by Old Chum; organizational idea via I Heart Nap Time; rug photo by Milenachka; butterfly chair via Pinterest)


Posted by Aanna on Friday, November 14th, 2014


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