the loft


if you’ve been a reader for awhile here, you may have heard me mention “the loft” here and there.  my parents built the loft above our garage a few years ago.  our garage is at the back of our property, detached from our house.  actually, it used to be a tiny one-car garage smacked up against the property line.  when they took our offer to build the loft, they also built a nice big garage underneath.  thank you!


since our house is built on a hill, our property slopes from the back to front, so our yard is tiered.  the entrance to the loft is on the second tier.  so the loft sits about a story higher than our house, and as a result has the best view on the property!


there’s a great wrap around porch on the 2 sides facing our property.


this is where my dad spends his mid-day break when he’s not working on our yard.  my parents live here one week a month and have invested so many of their days fixing up our yard, ticking projects off our to-do list, and loving on our kids.


my mom has a knack for decorating, thrifting, repurposing and crafting.  she and i fixed up this shell covered chandelier together.


because when my parents are here they eat most of their meals with us or go out, they really didn’t need a kitchen.  a mini fridge and a convection microwave oven that go pretty much unused would suffice if they ever needed to cook for themselves.

the cabinets are from ikea and are really great quality.  the countertops are concrete.


my mom has a sweet collection of birdcages showcased in her kitchen.  every once in awhile if i need a prop or something special for a decoration, i’ll sneak up to the loft and shop there first!






they have a fireplace that easily heats up the whole place – all 499 sq. feet of it!


my mom collected shells and sand at each island on a carribean vacation.  she bottled them for the loft.  i love the way she sets up the sweetest vignettes.






these collected items sit on top of the divider wall between the living space and the bedroom.  my parents have another loft above their main house in bass lake that they live in when they’re not here, an din that loft they have a very similar divider wall made from salvaged doors.  this one is made with windows they salvaged from a house that was getting replacements, and raw pine.  the back side has curtains that give privacy and soften the direct morning light.


 the walls are painted malibu beige by kelly moore.




to make the small space appear larger and lighter, my parents (who built much of the loft themselves) bought old mirrored closet doors from the restore, had them cut down, and framed them in on the wall behind their bed.


my dad built the matching bedside tables to fit their space perfectly.  he also made my girls a bedside table.  he’s awesome like that.


and my mom made these great lamps with a clear vase, a light kit, and a whole bunch of corks.


this is the view across their bedroom from their french doors.  there is a pocket door that is mirrored on both sides, closing off the closet and the bathroom just beyond that.


sean and my mom designed a double sided walk-through closet that has a second hanging section that goes to the ceiling with a pull down rod.


and here’s their pretty little bathroom.  travertine, breadboard, seaside colors all speak to both my and my mom’s style.


again with the pretty collections.




on the wall facing the sink is a floor to ceiling set of open shelves with a rolling hamper at the bottom and cleaning supplies and linens hidden in baskets on each shelf above.


the shower is tiny, but filled with light, and made more open with a glass door and enclosure.

so there’s the loft!  its a special place for our family:  it houses my wonderful parents, is a guest house for us when they’re gone, and the occasional hideaway when i need a little time alone!



  1. 1

    What an awesome space! Parents like that are amazing!

  2. 2

    what an amazing relaxing beautiful spot!!!! I just want to drop by for a visit to see that sweet place in real life :-)

  3. 3

    holy cow, that place is beautiful!!! do people ever vacation near where you live? or come on business? or if there’s a college/ university nearby and parents are visiting their kids… you should rent it out sometimes!! i would TOTALLY pay to stay there if I needed to visit nearby. :)

    • 4

      actually, we used to rent it out via, but later found out that it is illegal to do a vacation rental in our town – boo.

  4. 5

    What a pretty cottage! It makes me miss my dad when I see that. He could build most anything. Enjoy having them there with you!

  5. 6

    That’s super cool. It’s a good little retreat if you need to slip away & grab some me time Lindsey!

  6. 7

    I want to move in there! What a wonderful spot.

  7. 8

    Wow! Your parents are really talented. It’s great that you all enjoy being together so much.

  8. 9

    ok! could this get any more charming?!?! the talent and creativity just oozes from this loft! i love it! i really love that they come and stay there for a week a month. thats fabulous! and that they help with all the diy projects! amazing! i love how your styles really do mesh well together but the loft still has her own unique touches. every little detail is so creative and thought through. i love it!

  9. 10

    It’s Perfect!

  10. 11

    Oh, it is LOVELY!!!!!

  11. 12

    Wow! What a great spot. I would die for one of those!

  12. 13

    absolutely beautiful. what an amazing space!

  13. 14

    Do you know what color paint is used in the main room? I think its exactly what I am looking for!

  14. 15

    Love, Love, Love!!!

  15. 16

    This is so beautiful and THANK YOU so much for sharing. We would like to build a garage with a loft on our property as well. My mom is moving back from Germany next summer and we’ve been trying to talk her into this type of living situation as well at least for a few years while she adjusts to coming back to the States. Then when/if she decides to move to her own house, we can use the property as a vacation rental since we live so close to tourist attractions in Colorado. I can’t wait to show her what “could be” … she will LOVE the wrap around porch too! : )

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    Tabitha Teeter says:

    That is so lovely-the loft and the closeness you all have with your parents. I would love to have a nice place like that for Abuelita (my mom).

  17. 18

    I loved all the photos and stories behind the design. Great personal touches. I got really excited when you mentioned Bass Lake. My husband and I moved from that area a year ago!

  18. 19

    Your mom and dad are very talented. very tranquil colours. :)

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    Lindsey; What a wonderful place you have there for you & your parents. I love that they have their own space but are super close to you. The closeness of your family is something that your kids are treasuring without them even knowing it. It is beautifully decorated (too bad you & your mom don’t live closer so that you can come do my house!). Enjoy.

  20. 21

    I see where you get your amazing creativity from!! I am going to steal the sand/shel/bottle idea for myself!! Love it!


  21. 22

    Love your bathroom. I have a similar bathroom with the white wainscotting and white subway tile but have been debating on a color. Now that I see yours, I’m loving the blue.

  22. 23

    Oh my goodness, I am in LOOOOVE! What an amazing space, and what a blessing to have your parents for a week every month!

  23. 24

    Hi. I love this post. Thanks for sharing. You and your mom have great style.

    Can you tell me a bit about the ikea cabinets, the paint colors, etc. My husband and I (+3kids) are selling our house in the suburbs soon and moving to the country. We’ll be in some sort of run down farmhouse in need of love and hard work. I can’t wait! I’d love tips on what to look for- our budget will be really small which is why I’m interested in the type of IKEA cabinet. Also it will most likely be a tiny house so I’m loving all that you did with this loft!

  24. 26

    Wow your parents are very talented. I really enjoyed reading about this beautiful place!
    Dee Of Ms Dee Kay

  25. 27

    This is so amazing! I love it all!

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    Rossetta Hanna says:

    Oh, WOW! This is so nice. You are very blessed to have such giving and talented parents!

  27. 29

    Absolutely beautiful space! You are so fortunate to have them close and also have them share their talents.


  28. 30

    what a cozy little place! Great job :-)

    Love, Traci Michele @Ordinary Inspirations

  29. 31

    THIS is so so darn cute, awesome, cozy and I just wanna run right over to your little lott RIGHT NOW!!! Thanks so much for sharing truly made my day:)

  30. 32

    Oh, I’m just drooling over that beautiful space. How special that your parents spend so much time there and put so much of their own care & attention into it…such a unique blessing!

  31. 33

    Such a beautiful space… but the true beauty is the memoirs for you and all of yours. This is one of the most inspiring generational posts i have ever read. Lindsey… you and your family are always an inspiring family.

  32. 34

    I see now where you get that creative eye. I see that design talent runs in your family. What a great space.

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