What to do with a hole in the wall?

The middle room has gone completely unfinished.  I painted it last year during a hurricane and loved the color by Sherwin Williams called Ancient Marble, you can see it here:

It reads a little more green in person but I was so happy with it after changing it from this:

Believe it or not, I am not going to talk about paint today although I am going to repaint this room because I feel like I need a little more color, you know you will be the first to see (besides my husband and Shanna) once I paint the room over again.  What I really want to talk about is that weird area next to the bed with an Ikea spinny mirror stand shoved in it.  Keeping with the spirit of Shanna's post yesterday, I am going to enlist your help.

What are we going to do with this small, very awkward, hole in the wall?!

When we moved it in there were shelves going up the entire wall (they were painted gray, and still are but now reside in the basement).  Useful yes but just didn't seem right to me.  For now I plan on keeping the full bed in the room but I want to make this guest bedroom functional and cozy which is just not the case right now.  No night stand?  Should that be a closet?  Should I make a fold out nightstand and keep some shelves or close this entire thing up and call it a day?

Here are some photos of this area, oh and if you have any idea for the open "window" area at the very top, I am all ears.

Speedo was trying to help. He really just wanted to sit in the open hole once I moved the mirror to take pictures but it does look like he is helping me analyze the situation!  Always so curious!  You can see where the shelves hung, there are quite a few of them, one you cannot see but it goes right where the window is at the top.

Here is the window at the top. 

Looks like there used to be a door for this, you can see where hinges used to be.  Unfortunately, there is no door hanging around the house anywhere to rehang if I wanted to.

What would you do with this area?  I would love to hear what you think and if you have any other ideas for the room let me know.  I have to get moving on this area of the house!

Happy Friday!!

See you swoon,


  1. I would make it a closet. I'd just do a cool printed fabric panel and tie it to the side. You could put a little table in there with little necessities for your guests too - like magazines, pretty fluffy towels, an alarm clock. It would make that corner look super cozy and intentional.

  2. I'd make it a bookshelf again. I love built in bookshelves. Or you could make it a little bench at the bottom with bookshelves closer to the top. Making it bookshelves would make the little window disappear at the top.

  3. I love both of those ideas. I can see either looking really great in your room!

  4. I like the idea of combining both Shanna's and Maury's ideas. Why not try glass shelves and use everyday things as display, like jewelry or a fun collection you might have. put a table at the bottom and with all the guest necessities and a pretty panel tied to one side with ribbon and you've got a cool, functional nook.

  5. I would put the shelves back in and make it an awesome bookshelf-- stacked with all of your favorites. There's nothing cozier thann books. Built in bookshelves rock. They always look amazing and add so much personality.

  6. I like the idea of putting the shelves back in for storage and then hanging a curtain panel to leave either tied to the side as others already suggested or closed if you don't want whatever is stored in there displayed. That would leave the smaller area at the top still open and you could display something pretty and colorful up there.

  7. Thank you all so much! I love the idea of using the shelves again with a panel pulled back. I need to tonto jump on this along with another plan I have to open up the space a bit more. Thank you, thank you!!

  8. Looks like a great job you're doing there, keep it up and can't wait to see it finished!