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A Seating Nook Under The Stairs Offers A Quiet Place To Read In This Home

A Seating Nook Under The Stairs Offers A Quiet Place To Read In This Home

Los Angeles designer and architect Rob Diaz has completed his latest project, the contemporary renovation of a home in Sherman Oaks, California, and included in the updated interior, is a built-in seating nook.

The wood-lined seating nook is located under the stairs and adjacent to the living room.

The seating nook includes a large white textured cushion as well as some smaller pillows, two shelving niches, and lighting. Underneath the seating, there's four hardware-free drawers, ideal for storing blankets and games.

The seating nook includes a large white textured cushion as well as some smaller pillows, two shelving niches, and lighting. Underneath the seating, there are four hardware-free drawers, ideal for storing blankets and games.

The seating nook includes a large white textured cushion as well as some smaller pillows, two shelving niches, and lighting. Underneath the seating, there's four hardware-free drawers, ideal for storing blankets and games.

From this angle, which also shows the design of the stairs, you can see how neatly the seating nook and storage are tucked away into the available space.

From this angle, which also shows the design of the stairs, you can see how neatly the seating nook and storage is tucked away into the available space.

Let’s take a look around the rest of the house…

The Exterior

The design goals for the home were to incorporate a blend of European influences with a relaxed, understated elegance evocative of Southern California living. The front of the home features a low-maintenance garden with a small designated area for seating.

The front of the home features a low maintenance garden with a small designated area for seating.
The front of the home features a low maintenance garden with a small designated area for seating.

The Entryway

The black-framed glass front door opens to the entryway, where you’ll find stone walls, built-in storage, and wide plank white European ¾ oak floors.

The black-framed glass front door opens to the entryway, where you'll find stone walls, built-in storage, and wide plank white European ¾ oak floors.
The black-framed glass front door opens to the entryway, where you'll find stone walls, built-in storage, and wide plank white European ¾ oak floors.
A modern entryway with wide plank white European ¾ oak floors.

The Living Room

The focal point of the living room is the Apparatus fireplace wall with Arabescato Calacatta marble.

The focal point of this contemporary living room is the Apparatus fireplace wall with Arabescato Calacatta marble.

The Kitchen

The kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling white oak cabinetry, black hardware, and marble countertops.

This modern kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling white oak cabinetry, black hardware, and marble countertops.

The Dining Room

The formal dining area showcases a statement plaster wall, while black-framed glass doors open to the backyard.

This modern formal dining area showcases a statement plaster wall, while black-framed glass doors open to the backyard.
This modern formal dining area showcases a statement plaster wall, while black-framed glass doors open to the backyard.

The Yard And Swimming Pool

The yard was transformed into a private oasis with a 50-year-old coastal live oak tree, a Balinese water fountain, 60-year-old Manzanilla olive trees, and a resort-style quartz pool.

This yard was transformed into a private oasis with a 50-year-old coastal live oak tree, a Balinese water fountain, 60-year-old Manzanilla olive trees, and a resort-style quartz pool.
This yard was transformed into a private oasis with a 50-year-old coastal live oak tree, a Balinese water fountain, 60-year-old Manzanilla olive trees, and a resort-style quartz pool.

The Home Office

The home office has a dramatic appearance, with dark gray walls, a minimalist light fixture, tall white curtains, a curved desk, and a colorful rug.

This modern home office has a dramatic appearance, with dark gray walls, a minimalist light fixture, tall white curtains, a curved desk, and colorful rug.

The Primary Bedroom

The primary bedroom has textured walls similar to the dining room and a fireplace and recessed television.

The primary bedroom has textured accents walls, as well as a fireplace and recessed television.
The primary bedroom has textured accents walls, as well as a fireplace and recessed television.
A contemporary bedroom with an earthy color palette.

The En-Suite Bathroom And Walk-In Closet

The expansive en-suite bathroom has a white freestanding soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower for two, and a marble double vanity. There’s also a walk-in closet with plenty of storage.

This modern and expansive en-suite bathroom has a white freestanding soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower for two, and a marble double vanity.
A glass enclosed two person shower with black frames and hardware.
A walk-in closet lined with wood has a floating vanity.

The Guest Bedrooms

Each guest bedroom has its own look, with the second having its own private outdoor space that has views of the backyard.

A contemporary guest bedroom with white oak floors.
A contemporary guest bedroom with white oak floors.
A private patio with a lounge and planters.

The Guest Bathrooms

The guest bathrooms also each have their own design, ranging from blue and green tiles to a minimalist vanity, and a more earthy look.

A contemporary bathroom with textured blue tiles, a wood vanity with white sink and countertop, and a round mirror.
A contemporary blue-green bathroom with square tiles, a blue sink, and black hardware.
A minimalist bathroom sink with a round mirror and black hardware.
A contemporary farmhouse inspired bathroom with stone sink and live edge wood vanity.
Photography by Todd F Goodman

A Small Reading Nook Under The Stairs Makes Use Of An Otherwise Awkward Space

A Small Reading Nook Under The Stairs Makes Use Of An Otherwise Awkward Space

Han-Yue Interior Design Co. has completed the design of a house in Nantou city, Taiwan, that has a small reading nook under the stairs.

Instead of leaving the space underneath the stairs empty or hidden from view by a wall, the designers decided to make it a feature by including a custom-designed blue bookshelf that matches the stair handrail.

This modern house has a small reading nook under the stairs. It features a grey tile accent wall, a custom blue bookshelf, a comfortable armchair, a sconce, and a pair of outlets. #ReadingNook #SeatingNook #UnderStairNook #HomeLibrary

A small sconce was included to allow for some quiet reading at any time of the day, while grey tile was used to create an understated accent wall. A pair of outlets come in handy for charging devices. A comfortable brown armchair and a white rug add a sense of softness to the space.

This modern house has a small reading nook under the stairs. It features a grey tile accent wall, a custom blue bookshelf, a comfortable armchair, a sconce, and a pair of outlets. #ReadingNook #SeatingNook #UnderStairNook #HomeLibrary
Photography: Anche Studio | Design: Han-Yue Interior Design Co., Ltd.

Kitchen Island Idea – A Geometric Island Base With A Matching Dining Nook Table

Kitchen Island Idea – A Geometric Island Base With A Matching Dining Nook Table

Designed as part of an overall house project by San Francisco-based firm Walker Warner Architects together with interior designer David Oldroyd of ODADA, this modern kitchen features a large island with a geometric base.

Inspired by the surrounding landscape outside, the kitchen island, with its white base and black countertop, has a geometric shape with angles and slopes, creating a sculptural feature with an overhand that allows space for people to sit at.

A geometric kitchen island that features a black countertop.

Complementing the geometric base of the kitchen island is a matching table base in the dining nook. Surrounded by colorful banquette seating, the dining nook, with its large windows that look out to the trees, provides a comfortable space to have a casual meal.

A built-in dining nook with wrap-around banquette seating in a lime green.
Photography by Matthew Millman | Walker Warner Architects project team: Mike McCabe, Lead Principal; Greg Warner, Principal; John Pierson, Senior Project Manager; Rob Campodonico, Job Captain | ODADA project team: David Oldroyd | Builder: Redhorse Constructors | Lighting Design: Eric Johnson Associates

Staircases, Storage, And A Play Nook Create A World Of Adventure In This Kids Bedroom

Staircases, Storage, And A Play Nook Create A World Of Adventure In This Kids Bedroom

When design firm Creative Union Network was completing the renovation of a loft apartment in Toronto, Canada, they designed this fun children’s bedroom.

The bedroom, designed for two young children, includes multiple levels and different play spaces.

The bedroom also includes two beds, one on an upper level that’s accessed via a small staircase, while the other is on the lower level with storage located underneath.

A small nook tucked underneath the upper bed provides a quiet space for play, while the upper bed can also be accessed by a secondary small staircase that wraps around a concrete column.

Photography by Riley Snelling | Design: Creative Union Network