You may acknowledge this area because the “music room.” After we moved in, there was a child grand piano, hand-painted wallpaper, and parquet flooring. It might appear wild that we’ve got eliminated nearly all the things, however design is commonly about deciding what to maintain for sensible causes and incorporating parts that improve the area and make your coronary heart sing. We have now contemplated what to do right here for months and are lastly prepared to begin engaged on it.
Let’s have a look at a few early photographs earlier than we dive into our future plans. That is what the lobby regarded like after we first toured the home.
Right here’s what it regarded like (pointing in the other way) not lengthy after we moved in.
This central area, and the way it connects to surrounding rooms, now feels a lot extra cohesive than after we first stepped foot inside the home. I’m excited to get into the design plans with you as we speak…
Welcome to our new eating room!
It’s all the time been powerful to resolve on a design and structure for this area. It’s in the course of the home and to be able to get to another room from the entrance door, you need to go by or via it.
It’s a extremely particular area, that includes an ornate stained glass window on the ceiling, and discovering a strategy to make the world each practical as a glorified hallway and usable for our household is definitely worth the effort. For some time, we’ve got left the room open and used it as a play space, a stage for our youngsters’ dance events, and many others. However now that the kitchen is completed, we’re able to tackle the problem of turning this area right into a eating room that additionally doubles as an prolonged lobby.
Right here’s what we’ve up to date to date:
Again in 2020, we obtained this mission began by removing the original mural wallpaper and, all through 2021, we’ve got been slowly engaged on making extra updates, so quite a lot of work has already been carried out. Here’s a fast checklist of what we’ve been as much as this 12 months. We:
- Changed the flooring
- Swapped out the sunshine fixture
- Added secondhand chairs and the desk from the entryway (We emptied the room for portray on the day we took these photographs, however you’ll see these items in future posts!)
- Added a brand new rug from Chairish (You’ll additionally see this rug in future posts!)
- Changed the baseboard
- Added sq. paneling beneath the chair rail
These are the extra updates we plan to make:
Change the trim and paint the woodwork (together with the ceiling)
This area is adjoining to the peach room, which has a distinct fashion of trim and molding. We plan so as to add some trim woodwork to tie the design parts in these two rooms collectively, in addition to paint the entire trim all through the room.
Add wallpaper above the chair rail
I’m nonetheless working via what this can appear like, nevertheless it’s one thing I wish to add to the area. The wallpaper will almost certainly be a smaller print or a texture that’s extra delicate than a number of the different wallpapers we’ve put in on this home.
Add a couple of new furnishings items
We have to discover a desk that may break right down to one thing fairly small for every day use, then develop to seat 10-12 throughout formal events like holidays. We might or might not discover new chairs down the road. I’m additionally searching for an vintage hutch that may show plates and maintain tablecloths, candles, candleholders, and different objects we use for entertaining. We can even embrace some massive, low-light crops that ought to thrive below the stained glass.
I’m targeted on discovering paintings to flank both facet of the entryway casing and would love to search out some form of textural, massive assertion piece for the most important wall (pictured beneath). One concept I’ve had is to do gallery partitions on each wall to attract your eyes as much as the ceiling, however I’m nonetheless working via this!
Replace the overhead mild
In some unspecified time in the future, we’ll almost certainly swap out the overhead mild for one thing completely different. It is a change we might make down the highway, relying on what we resolve for the wallpaper.
What’s the estimated timeline for these updates?
Listed below are some common solutions:
- Trim paint: October 2021
- Wallpaper: Early 2022
- Furnishings: I plan to slowly acquire these items over the subsequent six months.
- Paintings: I plan to slowly acquire these items over the subsequent six months.
- Overhead Mild: 2022
Keep tuned for extra particulars within the close to future!
Kate is presently studying to play the Ukulele, a lot to the despair of her husband, children, and canines. Comply with her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.