On The Set: Lux's Attic Bedroom

from Life Unexpected

If you've been a fairly dedicated AT reader these past few years, you may already know that I will give any CW television show a chance. It is, and I say this fondly, the entertainment equivalent to junk food. So, when Life Unexpected premiered a few weeks ago, I immediately settled into what was promised to be a "Gilmore Girls Meets Juno" show. Truth be told, it really isn't--and thank God for that. Screw Rory's Harvard Yale pennants and Juno's hamburger phone; this show has the best bong lamp I've ever seen.

The premise of the show goes something like this: High school hot jock beds class nerd in a minivan who ends up knocked up and has the baby which she puts up for adoption. Fast forward fifteen years later, and the hot jock (name: Baze) swells comfortably into a beer-guzzling bachelor still with a full head of hair, living above a bar that he owns. The class nerd, Kate, has since shed her ugly duckling façade and turned into a beautiful swan of a radio talk show host who happens to be engaged with Jack McPhee from Dawson's Creek. Their worlds are turned upside-down when the baby they put up for adoption waltzes in with a funny name (Lux), looking for emancipation from a dismal life of foster homes. Of course, this being the CW, they end up adopting Lux by court order, and Kate converts her attic into Lux's bedroom.

Lux's attic serves as a bedroom, a closet, a dressing room, a den, and a study room. While space may not be the biggest obstacle, working around a steep ceiling can be daunting...not to mention making the space more like a teenager's room rather than a bare bones storage area. Take a look:

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Lux's desk is fairly compact, with a few desktop organizers to keep the clutter at bay. Since the desk is so close to the ceiling, the bookshelves have to be low to maximize the space. We like the idea of using a modular system of shelves: Add more units as necessary to fit the space. In college, I used to stack plastic crates on its side to create smaller (and cheaper) shelving units for paperback books.

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Attics are generally dark spaces, so to brighten the room up, the floors were finished with white glossy paint to reflect as much light as possible. Japanese lanterns from Ikea are hung in the corners to give the room a soft glow. Love the beautiful rose-petal rug in the "den" area of the attic. Even though there's not a strict color palette for the bedroom per se, it's pretty cohesive--young, feminine, and fun without being overly sweet or girly.

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In the alcove is the vanity/dressing room area with a vintage vanity table and an industrial clothing rack hanging from the ceiling of the alcove with chains. It's a nice nod to theater dressing rooms or a throwback to playing dress-up.

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Facing the opposite wall of the bed is the other half of the den area: A futon to hang out with mismatched throw pillows, and a butterfly-themed curtain rod to tie in with Lux's bedding...

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A hint of the chandelier hanging in the center of the room to add a bit of glamour to the attic.

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Lux's bed includes a DIY headboard which is simply a throw blanket hiding an old headboard--the main focal point is the beautiful oriel stained glass window above the bed. Butterfly-themed bedding in chartreuse and white (with hints of pink and purple) finish the bed.

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I can't stress this enough. Or can I? BONG LAMP! It is so tacky, so retro, so juvenile. So AWESOME.

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Set Designer: David Hadaway, On-Set Dresser: Cody Larson, Art Direction: Cheryl Marion.

(Images: CW)