At long last, I have photos of my parents’ loft space to share with you all today! If you’re playing catch up, my parents moved in with us last summer into a renovated loft space above the garage (a couple thoughts here on how it’s going if you’re curious!) and I shared photos of their bathroom last week. This was a previously unfinished space where we dormered out the back roof to create more useable space at standard ceiling height and then built deep closets in the eaves to allow for maximum storage. You can see before pictures in this post as well as progress photos here, herehere, and here!

design darling loft stairwell oyster mirror

design darling loft bedroom

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design darling dormer window loft bedroom

design darling parents' loft before and after

The loft has its own staircase off our mudroom so it’s completely separate from the bedrooms on our second floor, but we all share the same kitchen, family room, dining room, etc. on the main floor — we spend a lot of time together and it works for us! We all hang out and watch TV together in the family room most nights (and if not, there’s a second TV in our playroom!) so I think the TV in the loft has been turned on maybe twice since my parents moved in, haha. The space has had to accommodate two desks for various stints of working from home (something that wasn’t a priority when they decided to move in pre-pandemic!) but thankfully it’s a large open space that’s been able to evolve with my parents’ needs. I’ve linked everything I could find (as well as similar pieces where possible) at the bottom of this post!

design darling loft cane bed

serena & lily raffia pillow

design darling parents loft bedroom

I shared more photos of their bed and scalloped bedding in this post and I love how many of you love their bed too! It’s hard to source similar antiques online but this, this, and this are the best I’ve found.

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design darling loft etagere

My dad works at a large desk and hutch that we had in our house growing up (the pieces in this collection are from the same brand and have a similar feel!) and my mom created a little nook with this acrylic console. We had two spare chairs from the breakfast nook that work well as desk chairs for them (they’ve since sold out on CB2, but these have a similar feel!). The white étagère was a fun find from Kirby & Co. in Darien (we miss their shop so much, but I love the lines of this current style!) and the ginger jar is Dana Gibson.

design darling loft woven blinds blue chairs white bamboo dresser

design darling loft white spindle table

design darling loft woven roman shades

My mom shares my love of hydrangea blue and navy and I copied the fabric she chose for these armchairs when I reupholstered the chaise in our family room because I love the color so much. Both the spindle table and bamboo dresser were vintage finds that we repainted! And the skirted ottomans provide additional storage for linens.

design darling loft closet eaves

design darling loft pottery barn tufted bench

You can see two other storage solutions in the photos above — the two deep closets in the eaves on either side of the bed (a tight squeeze but there’s actually a third closet in the eave to the right of the étagère that houses their everyday items!) and the upholstered storage bench at the end of their bed. Below I’m going to share what the space looked like originally and how it transformed into what it looks like today!






almost there…

design darling parents' loft before and after

…and today!

Behr Ultra Pure White paint

Wayfair lantern (similar)  //  DIY oyster shell mirror (similar)

antique bed (similar)  //  Pottery Barn upholstered end-of-bed bench

Pottery Barn bedside tables (similar)  //  similar lamps  //  blue lampshades

Serena & Lily scalloped bedding  //  Serena & Lily raffia pillows

similar desk and hutch  //  CB2 cane chair (similar)

similar étagère  //  Dana Gibson ginger jar

armchairs in this blue linen  //  The Inside gingham throw pillows c/o

 similar spindle table  //  The Inside navy linen ottomans c/o

similar woven shades  //  similar bamboo dresser

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  1. You are so lucky to have your Mom and Dad with you. I am sure Peter and Beth are the best grandparents! I cannot wait to be a grandma.
    I love the color of the wood floor. Can you tell me the color?


    Renee Gregory

  2. The bed is my all time favorite. They also come as full wood or upholstered.

    The beds where just the footboard curves is called a Demi Corbeille, when it’s the headboard and footboard it’s a Corbeille.

    If you can’t find an antique to fit your requirements and are ok with upholstery you can also try Restoration Hardware Teen at They have a white frame or a driftwood color frame. It is a beautiful bed!

  3. What a beautiful and cheerful space! The hydrangea blue, navy and white color scheme is perfect. Lucky you and lucky your parents for having such a wonderful relationship to allow this lifestyle. While we do not live in the same home, we downsized a few years ago to be close to one of our daughters. One block away and many happy memories to come. We are blessed being so nearby all of our visiting grandchildren can walk or bike between houses. Congratulations on such a pretty and inspiring conversation

  4. Looks gorgeous and THANK YOU for including some pulled back shots! The details are great, but it’s SO helpful to see how the furniture relates to the overall space.

  5. I adore this space, Mackenzie!!! What a gorgeous setup. I have armchairs very similar to those and am trying to decide how to reupholster them–just wrote a post about this, actually!–and I’m drawing some major inspiration from these. Thank you so much for sharing!