At the top of the stairs we have a landing spot that plays host to a large bookcase and seating area. The bookcase is monstrous and traditional. I use it to house all my many books and some of my favorite framed photos.
Side note about hard-bound books versus e-readers. I prefer books. I love the smell of the paper and the sound it makes when you first crack it open. I love turning the pages and the weight of it in my hands. Call me old-fashioned, but it's still the way I roll. E-readers are great for traveling (my carry on bag can get pretty heavy if I have more than one book in it!) but for the most part I don't use one.
When we first moved in a year ago the room looked like this.
I loved the general idea of the space. It's a great place to read put together a puzzle. The Moroccan rug was soft and shaggy, but it shed like crazy. I can't tell you how many times it clogged up the vacuum cleaner. The two leopard print chairs were OK, but I kind of felt like they were put there because I had nowhere else to put them. The reproduction Barcelona chairs are two of my very favorite things. They're not going anywhere.
It wasn't until I was looking online for chairs for a client that I found my next newest favorite thing. It's a settee from Wisteria and it's TO DIE FOR.
I had to have it, so I immediately sold everything in the space (except for the Barcelona chairs, of course). Seriously, I'm one of those people who obsesses over something to the point of losing sleep.
After deciding on the settee the rest of the room fell into shape. I found the red/hot pink rug at Rugs USA. The faux animal hide is from Wayfair. The waterfall coffee table is also from Wisteria, and the accessories and side table are from West Elm.
Here is how the room looks now. Yes, that's a phone booth in the background. It's a reproduction that we bought several years ago. It's a great conversation piece.
See that artwork? It was painted by yours truly. I wanted another red element in the room to balance out the Otomi prints, the chandelier, and the rug. Speaking of the four framed Otomi prints. It was originally a table runner that I cut and framed. I love repurposing things I already have into something new.
Overall, the room before was fine, but now? It's totally RAD-diculous.