Monday, April 22, 2013

Nothing pretty to see here!

Just popping in to show you what we've been up to.


Nothing pretty to see here!!
Today we have venting, gas lines, water lines and drywall happening, all in preparation for cabinet install one week today.
All our selections have been made, and I can't wait to show you!
Pardon me for a few days/weeks or so, while I try to manage life with three young kids, no sink, no stove or oven and a huge mess. I'm not complaining though-I'm sooooo excited about this reno!
I'll be back just as soon as there's something pretty to show!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Board and Batten in the Hallway

Part of our redecorating of the main floor included adding character and interest to our rather plain and boring hallway.

We have board and batten in many parts of our house. Putting it down our hallway made perfect sense; it connects the spaces and allows them to flow together.

We kept the same Horizon Grey colour above the B & B and painted the lower portion Marble White (Benjamin Moore).

Here you can see the mudroom board and batten wall, and how nicely it flows through to the hallway.
We decided not to extend the B & B up quite so high as I wanted to be able to really see the art.

I hung these antique, 1870's map etchings down the entire hall (in my favorite Ikea Ribba frames).

There are two sections of hallway, and we did the same treatment and art in both. You can see a sneak peek of our next project: the stairway. It's the last space to be painted from the original blue on the walls. I can't wait to start this space! It, too, will be getting a B & B treatment, as well as a banister make over and a gallery wall. I also want to paint out the baby gate so it blends (ie disappears!) a bit better. Baby gates are rather unfortunate, but necessary, design elements.

Check out the (boring) before:

And much better after:

What a difference a little paint and trim makes!!

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Granny's New Clothes

My Granny-chair is stylin in her new outfit!!

For those of you who are new here, I'm working with Holly Mathis in redecorating our family room, dining room and renovating our kitchen {as a side note, I just have to say what a joy it has been working with her and seeing the home of my dreams come to reality!!}.

If you recall, I had my Granny wingback in this corner before. It actually was my Grandmother's.
I love the shape, and love a good wingback.  Not all wingbacks are equal-I find some too upright and formal, but this one is a great shape and very comfy.

What I didn't love, was the upholstery fabric OR the faded chintz slipcover it previously had.

I was fairly certain I wanted a plain slightly off white cover, that can be jazzed up with a throw pillow. Holly thought so as well, so I contacted my upholsterer to whip up a slipcover for me.

I did attempt to sew the cover myself, but became frustrated. Best to leave this project to the professional! For those who have sewed a slipcover such as this, hats off to you. Count me impressed.

Anyhow, here are the results:

I adore it. It's the perfect cottagey/casual look I was hoping for. It is quite 'sweet' but we are balancing this with other elements in the room to keep the entire space from being too pretty/sweet. We're going for a more eclectic blend of cottage-casual.

We are still waiting on a floor lamp to be delivered, then I'll show this entire corner. It's coming along beautifully!

If you recall on my family room plan, I loved an image of a chair that had a buttoned pleating along the bottom. We talked about doing this, but decided that since my chair is lower, the skirt needs to be shorter and the buttons wouldn't look right.

We did add another extra detail, though, which I am in love with :

The chair back is actually zippered shut, but I asked her to put in this faux back. She covered a few buttons for me, and I sewed them on the back and added ribbon.

It can also be done up corset style.

You can only really see the back from the Sunroom, but you never know if the chair will be moved in the future, in which case this extra special touch to the back may be more showcased.

We are waiting on 2 more chairs (on the longest backorder in history) and some pillows being sewn, and then it's reveal time!!

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