finished attic retreat area of 1910 shore house with sliding barn doors, built-in storage
Photo: Michael J. Lee
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Creating an Attic Retreat

Next up: the large-scale renovation of the third floor's undefined attic, where slanted walls, few windows, and floor-to-ceiling original unfinished beadboard left it feeling dark and airless. The homeowners envisioned it as both a private and a social space for their teenage sons, complete with built-in beds and a furnished area where they could kick back with their friends. "They wanted it to be lively and fun," Palumbo says, "while respecting the historical nature of the house."

Shown: Beadboard-fronted built-ins, barn-style sliding doors, and a fresh color palette enliven the new attic retreat.

Bench fabric: Zig Zag in Azure/Peridot, Mally Skok Design
Paint: C205 Retro Lime (sliding barn doors), C2 Paint
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