Attics Can Inspire Lofty Design, Says Dallas Interior Designer Bernadette Schaeffler

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Most attics are used for storage, as a way to keep odds and ends from taking over a home. They can also become time capsules, preserving history until we are brave enough to explore them. For Bernadette Schaeffler, attics are so much more.

“The world changed and architects embrace attic rooms into their design. In some homes attics are pretty appealing and therefore more and more people realize the potential of space and remodel the attic into wonderful living areas. The space under the roof can be fantastic for a variety of rooms and easily maximize the home,” Schaeffler said.

View into an attic

While they can be odd shaped, thanks to the slope of a roof, they remain versatile, accommodating a wide range of uses. In Schaeffler’s native Germany, converted attics are sometimes called “sky parlors,” a romantic term if there ever was one.

“Attics can be bedrooms, computer rooms, TV rooms, and playrooms. The big advantage of attics is that they are mostly separated from the rest of the house and more private,” Schaeffler added.

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Want more inspiration for your attic conversion? Visit the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection showroom.

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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