Once closed in and dark, this newly renovated second floor landing is now light, bright and open. It is part office space, part reading room, part hangout area for the family to plan their day's activities. Custom, built-in book shelves house games, vintage first edition classics, family mementos and objects d'art, and the desk provides a space for reading and writing, adding extra function to the space.
Dark wood columns, railings and exposed ceiling beams define this second-floor landing in a contemporary beach home. A unique ceiling light fixture draws the eye up to where exposed beams intersect in the vaulted ceiling.
Large paned windows allow natural light to illuminate both the first and the second floor. An oval-shaped wrought iron chandelier serves as a focal point as guests ascend the stairs. Wrought iron lantern sconces add a bit of detail to the paneled light gray walls and complement the chandelier as well.
What might be considered dead space on a second-floor landing is turned into a cozy nook for reading or napping thanks to a nautical-print daybed piled with pillows. Drawers in the base of the bed offer extra storage.
The desk in this second floor landing provides an elegant modern addition to the space. The modern desk gives the family a place to read or write with a funky lamp that provides plenty of light. The modern orange chair provides seating for the desk and a pop of color to the otherwise neutral space, tying in the two framed orange designs on the opposite wall.
Selections from the Sorted Book series of photographs by Nina Katchadourian add whimsy to the second floor landing at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Books in the photos are stacked to create tongue-in-cheek anecdotes.
All eyes go immediately to the striking gallery wall in this sophisticated living room that is filled with compelling art. The paintings wrap up and around the stairs and second floor landing, adding a sense of movement and dimension to the space.
This light and bright apartment features a second floor landing with a brown cowhide chaise lounge and floor-to-ceiling bookshelf that create the perfect reading nook. A tufted blue sofa is positioned next to a mirrored glass coffee table in a nearby sitting area, while large windows showcase sprawling New York City views.
To create an open feeling throughout the home, the second floor landing and staircase were left open for a clear view between floors. Upon descending the stairs, guests enter the foyer of the home, which is half contemporary, with hardwood floors and an oriental rug, and half traditional, with patterned tile and large pots filled with bamboo shoots for dramatic effect. The neutral color palette and slope of the stairs help to anchor the space, creating a pleasing blend of the two styles.
An ascent on the modern staircase leads to the second floor landing with a direct view of the eye-catching laundry room accent wall. “I think that wall is really the key, we were looking at that space knowing most of the time in the laundry room that door is left open and you’re looking at something that is not necessarily lovely. In this case there is a great piece of local art hanging on the wall when the door is open and you see the beautiful stainless tile, so the first impression of that space is much nicer and more contemporary,” says house planner Jack Thomasson.
From the first floor to the second, rich wood stairs lead into the private spaces of the home. Halfway up a landing opens to the outside, keeping the stairwell bright and open. Off the landing, the staircase ascends to the second floor, providing access to the home's bedrooms.