I’m on a roll and am actually posting some glimpses into the day to day goings on with some of my client work. One of the homes that I am working on is an old farmhouse that belongs to some friends that I went to church with growing up. Other than being precious people, they have a beautiful old farmhouse (oh how I love old houses) that has very tall ceilings in the original part of the home and transom windows above the doors….really beautiful details that you don’t see in new homes. We are working on a sitting room and entry right now.
The first picture below is of their front door from the foyer which is original to the house. I just love when you can keep old details like that in your home!
The plan is to paint it a darker shade of graphite (darker than the one below but similar). It’ll really make that old door stand out as the focal point in the foyer and help ground the room a bit since it has such tall ceilings.
The pictures below are quick snapshots of the sitting room. That’s the area we are mainly looking at today. It was nearly impossible to get a good picture to illustrate all the traffic paths that go through this room. There’s a doorway that leads from the foyer, guest bedroom and guest bath….a doorway that leads from another bedroom just off this room….the doorway that leads from the front of the house into the dining room….it has been a tough space for my client to get comfortable. She also wanted a spot where you would want to go sit away from the tv on the other end of the house. This is one of those rooms that as soon as I saw it, I knew exactly how I wanted to approach it. I tend to be more of a “slow cooker” and think about spaces for awhile….that’s typically how I get my best ideas….but not this time!
Below is a view from the doorway leading from the front door to the dining room doorway.
Here is another shot of the same wall but of the opposite wall.
There is also an older entertainment center. We are going to use the center section (and paint it a dark brown) and remove the piers…and then move it to another wall.
Here is the plan….looking at the floorplan gives you a better idea of how the doorways and traffic patterns run. The room needed some much needed symetry and balance all while accomodating a heavy traffic flow with lots of doorways.
We are going to balance the window on one side of the room with a set of four botical prints on the opposite wall the mimic the size, shape and airy silhouette of the window across the room. I wanted the print below but alas….it is no longer in production so we are using a set of prints with large mats to get the same stature. See how the print balances and imitates the window next to it and provides the much needed balance on that wall?
We ordered a pair of custom chaise lounges very similar to the ones below (except for the color) to place on either sides of the doorway….one under the window and one on the opposite side…with the set of prints above it.
We are installing wall lamps next to each chaise and will have soft throws and lumbar pillows in the blue floral swatch on the design details above. The walls are being painted Benjamin Moore Wales Gray. I typically like lighter colors so that the decor will be what shows but in this case, the room needed a deeper color to make it feel more cozy with the tall ceilings and seperated seating. We are adding a room size seagrass rug to tie both pieces together and adding tables so that you have somewhere to set a drink or book while you are lounging. These chaises are versatile in that you can also sit on them like a loveseat and face each other if you have a small group. The open end keeps them from overpowering the small room and staying out of the walkways. My client was ready to get rid of her fan so I added World Market’s Large Wood Bead Chandalier to soften things up and help give the room the appearance of a space seperated from the foyer. There will also be off white linen blend drapes to frame the window and bring in a light, breezy feel….and help balance the large amount of off white space in the prints above the opposite chaise.
I’ll post about the foyer another day but I CAN NOT WAIT to see this space come together! It’ll be another 8 weeks or so before her furniture is delivered so I’ll have to wait until then.