Before we get into the latest adventures, I want to hug everyone who shared ideas and heartwarming stories about how to make a new house a home. You ladies rock! And you are so wise. I can't begin to explain how much you helped. This move is fraught with psychological undertones, and I was bowled over by how you saw straight to the heart of the matter. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell your journeys and for talking me down from the ledge.
Today, I felt as if all of you were with me today, cheering me along, when I realized that my dining room table may not fit. A previous owner had made this space into an office, and she'd added open bookshelves. The bar area was eliminated to give much-needed space to the laundry room. But it closed in the dining room even more. Give and take, I guess.
My contribution was to add glass doors. A girl can't have too much dish storage, right?
But I hadn't realized that the chandelier was situated in the center of the room--and the left-sided bookcases jutted out. If I place the pedestal table (a long rectangle) dead center under the chandelier, would the chairs bump into the left-sided bookcases? The room is teeny tiny. Today, it looked more like a square than a rectangle, but I could have been wishing for the shape to change. That said, the room isn't exactly square. It's a square-tangle. In any event, I'm going to make a template of my old table, and I'll report back.
If the table is too wide, I will try the round, breakfast room table. It's 60 inches in diameter.
I also met with my cabinet maker, Jimmy, to discuss a mantel. He's pretty sure that he'll have it ready by Christmas. I'm thrilled!
He took photos of the old bar. It's oak, with a dark walnut stain, so that's a good starting place for the mantel. A dark oak mantel will add a little visual weight to the fireplace and also give a nod to the heavy pieces on the other end of the room, like this bar.
After Jimmy left, I tinkered in the mud room. I started with a pillowcase cushion cover. You know me, something felt off.
I found a buffalo plaid tablecloth and turned it into a make-shift cushion cover. Still haven't found the coat hooks, but I haven't really looked that hard. ;-)
I have been struggling with the guest room. First, I tried the Pottery Barn bedding (after it was rejected in the master). I'd planned to mix the patterns with the wildlife duvet and shams (not pictured).
Next, I packed up my old guest room bedding. A decade ago, I'd loved it. Now, it felt as if it belonged to a fussy old dame (well, I am old and fussy. My mom is 87-years young and not fussy in the least--she says the bedding is welcome to visit her guest room).
The draperies have a green ball trim, which isn't visible from afar. Mainly they add texture, which is always welcome.
Neutral bedding was my first choice for the guest room, but I didn't want to rush buy anything. Then I remembered the summery white/cream bedding that I'd used in the old house. I packed it up.
I went to work in the new guest room.
The previous owner's designer centered the chandelier with the doorway. It's not centered in the room, but I rather like it this way. I have found so many little "designer" details like this. I'm just very slow to recognize them (it only took a year or so).
I have an ink stain on one of the boxed pillows (that's what I get for writing in bed), but it was easily hidden. The decorator who lives inside my iPhone is a real pest, but this time I agree with her. She says she likes the neutral bedding with the wall color and draperies.
I will play around with furniture arrangement and art--and that should be fun. I'll try the bed on the left wall. After living in places with high ceilings, I adore the cozy dimensions of the 5th wall. The room itself is a large rectangle, so I hope to create little sitting areas. When my mother visits, I want her and Jazzy, her Shih Tzu, to feel completely at home. A warm rug underfoot, soft bedding, lamps, a table to put a water glass, a place to watch TV, and extra blankets.
Finally, the carport was screened in. The asymmetry at each end is a bit unnerving, but I adore the stone, which is original to the house. It's a keeper. Also, the porch looks fine from a distance. Come spring, I'll add a little trellis (which had been the plan from the beginning) and plant climbing roses. I still like the idea of window boxes, too.
I'm trying to decide about a paint color for the interior of this space. It's mostly stone, except for one planked wall. White or gray paint would give leeway with accessories, but I am very tempted to try BM Wythe Blue on the planked wall and beamed ceiling. Or green, possibly Kennebunkport, something that would work with the shake but be fun. Normally I'd just slap up White Dove, but I am going to think about this and paint samples.
We can't add an overhead light, so we're putting up string lights.
Hopefully I'll share photos of the dining room table. Stay tuned. And thanks so much for visiting me today.Shared at:
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