Although we do have a guest suite on our first floor of our home, the majority of our guest rooms are on our second floor. And so, at the top of our staircase I wanted to create a space that was beautiful, calming and welcoming to all who visit us and stay in our home. And it also doubles as an aesthetic welcome to my husband and I each time we climb our stairs.
I’ll line out what I did to build out this space…
When we first moved into our home, those gold sconces were already there, so we kept them and built around it. The first order of business was finding something to act as an anchor piece to hang in between the sconces. It took about a year and a few months until we found our pick. We had gone to a local consignment store looking for a new dining room table. Although we didn’t find a table there, I found this mirror hanging out at the back of the building. I saw it and immediately knew I had to have it and I had to hang it in this space. We didn’t even know if the dimensions would be right, but we took the chance so we wouldn’t risk someone else grabbing it before we could get back to the shop. Thankfully, it was perfect for the space.
And then for a few months, it was only the mirror and sconces. What you can’t see in this picture is that the landing is actually quite narrow and so we went back and forth on what we could put in that space that would crowd walking paths. We considered a bench with pillows, but ultimately I knew I wanted a table there. But finding a table narrow enough turned out being really really hard. The one day I was exploring an antique shop I’d never been to before. The shop was actually massive and I had already made my way through it entirely, but when I got out to my car I happened to glance back at a window display that I had completely missed from the inside. And there it was. My heart skipped a beat and I immediately went back into the shop, laughingly explaining that I had come for a table and seen it in the window right before leaving!
The bad news was…when I got the table into the space, it was not narrow enough. It definitely crowds our walking space on the landing. So far, we haven’t taken it down. But we have discussed cutting the back of it or eventually swapping it out for something that better suits that space. But for now, it remains on the landing. And secretly, I’m willing to sacrifice a teeny bit of space for how beautiful the table is and how well it goes with the items surrounding it.
The vase and glass boxes were found at Tuesday Morning. Y’all, Tuesday Morning is like a secret treasure trove. I don’t think people realize how many great things can be found there for such good prices if you’re willing to dig for them! After buying the vase, I instantly knew I wanted to put some pampas grass in there and after rooting around online but the exact length and color I wanted, I wound up ordering a bunch from an Etsy seller in Essex, England. No one has ever accused me of being particular, aye? Haha.
Although all of the items that I used to decorate this space are so gorgeous, there’s one piece that is the most important and special to me.
We brought back this Flor de Naranjo reed diffuser from our stay at the immacutely gorgeous Coqui Coqui in Merida, Yucatan. The smell is unlike any other smell in the entire world. And if you know my husband and I, you know that we fell in LOVE with Merida and plan to go back again and again and again. Walking up our staircase and smelling this scent takes me back to that beautiful city every single time. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the entire landing design wound up being extremely reminiscent of traditional Yucatan design as well, which also makes me exceedingly happy.
I linked what I could from these items or found similar ones where I could. Shop here: