Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Reno Project Reveal | The Entry

Photography by Tracey Ayton

I've finally got the beginnings of a final reveal of our house reno for you! And what better place to start than where you end up when you first walk in the front door? Our entry way was a huge project and is now a major source of pride that brings us joy. It's tailored and classic (my favorite), but still comfortable and inviting. You can see my previous 'progress' post here. I'd love to hear what you think of what we've worked on for the past year, so please come back to visit for another reveal next week!

OK, let's start off with the floor plan: you can see the circled area shows you that you face the curved staircase right when you walk in. The foyer also turns left towards the mudroom allowing for a spot to place a table for keys and mail:

Here's the 1989 entry way, just as the house was left when we purchased last spring. Honey-oak, wallpaper borders, and dusty rose carpets galore.

First order of business was to remove all of the wallpaper (not a small feat):

We knew that this old staircase, though dated, could be brought to it's potential by adding interior finishings. We did just that with Metrie's moulding products. I have to say in all honesty this is the highest quality millwork we have ever worked with, I was thrilled to support a historic Canadian company with such high standards for fine architectural details and I would whole-heartedly recommend their product.

We began to map things out and bring our plans to life. This was a super fun creative exercise for me, mainly because we could comfortably mix styles and combine different products knowing that they would work well together. (In case you are curious of the specifics we chose this recessed panel mould, this crown, this baseboard, this chair rail, and this door casing). The main products were selected from the French Curves Collection (Scene I), but we confidently played with things and added a few pieces from outside of that collection and still created a traditional and cohesive look.

We sanded up the banister and footings of the staircase, and by this point I was (rather pregnant) tired and we decided to paint rather than stain (Benjamin Moore Black Bean Soup). It was the budget-friendly option and still gave us the look of traditional wood stairs with a runner even though we couldn't afford the real-deal! I love the paint and it's holding up to wear and tear very well. (Walls are in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace in satin finish).

So now that you kind of have a feel for the before & progress shots, here are a few back to back 'before & afters.' Looking towards the doorway:

The doorknocker is this one from Lee Valley Tools.

Photography by Tracey Ayton

And from the door towards the stairs, I love this view! We chose one of my favorite flush mount light fixtures from Shades of Light for the space, as we only have 8 foot ceilings here. The polished nickel is divine.

Photography by Tracey Ayton

And the wool Karastan carpet!! I'm in love with the pattern and the wear-ability, I'm so happy with this purchase. I'm thinking I'd love to have pieces made into rugs for our Master bedroom eventually.

The peek-a-boo view of the powder room wasn't so pretty before. The trim around the door was lacking and the chair-rail was a poor attempt at creating traditional detailing.

Now walking in the door to the pop of Scalamandre zebras is a pleasing sight!

And as I mentioned above, I had one little nook where I could attempt to create a vignette and a dropping spot. I managed after some serious searching to find this antique Craigslist gem that only needed new hardware:

right: Photography by Tracey Ayton

It really feels like it's framed by the millwork and it perfectly finishes off the space!

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

So what do you think? It was a labor of love and I am happy with the results. There's always something you'll wish to tweak or wish you thought of during a reno, but overall I think the entryway turned out just as I envisioned and we gave the 80's foyer a new lease on life.

Thanks for reading through this picture-heavy post to the end!


Monday, January 23, 2017

Designer Profile | Liza Bryan Interiors

The image above stopped me in my pinterest-scrolling-tracks the other day. It reminded me that my favorite art is architectural prints in groupings, that I love traditional elements like the sconce and the tufted settee, and that I truly have a weakness for a well-done polished neutral vignette. I hurried to research the designer responsible for this nook and discovered new-to-me Liza Bryan Interiors. Based out of Atlanta, Liza's work is in keeping with Southern traditional charm. And I think what I consistently loved about each of her spaces below was the finishing details. The millwork, the glass patterned doors, the windows in creative shapes ... I could go on, but I'll let the photos do the talking instead :)

Quite stunning non? I'm so glad I stumbled upon Liza's work and I'll definitely be following along to see more from her in the future. I'd also venture to say she the reigning Queen of neutrals, done right there is so much interest in each of these spaces! To see more from Liza Bryan Interiors, hop here to her portfolio.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Winter-White Rooms To Inspire

Veranda magazine has been at the top of my must-read list this past year, every issue inspires me to no end. The first issue of 2017, focussing on winter-white interiors, is no exception. I devoured every featured space and have posted a few of my favorites to share with you below. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered my One Room Challenge white-marble slathered bathroom project amongst the glossy pages! A big thank you to ATG Stores for collaborating with me and for selecting my One Room Challenge as their feature, and to photographer Tracey Ayton for making this space look so darn good!

Now, when we say it's a 'white interiors' issue, I do want you to take note of how much more to it there is than that. Truthfully, if you look long enough at each of the designed spaces below, you with begin to notice the complexity of all the layers present that keep an overall fresh and bright look, BUT are way more than just white. There's texture: seagrass, lacquered ceilings, drapery, hits of warm metals and black anchoring every single space. There's beige, tan, brown, blue, grey and greige. Truthfully these are not all-white rooms, and that's what makes them so beautiful. But it takes some time for your eye to see that:

The amount of texture, pattern, fabric, and soft colors used proves that these top-notch designers know how to expertly trick you into thinking these are completely white palettes. Each room is the perfect balance of a fresh and bright space that remains warm and inviting. Kudos to those listed above, because truthfully that's a hard balance to accomplish!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Pantone's Greenery Loves Blue

One of my 'top 5' I posted for 2017 trends was the beautiful color combination of blue & green. Pantone has announced Greenery as the color of 2017 - I'd like to see this paired with all shades of blue. Putting this post together had me thinking of spring; this combo is so fresh and inspiring.

A touch of green and blue on my own entry table

One of my current favorite pieces at One Kings Lane

So, I think I'm officially on board with Pantone - especially when Greenery is paired with blue. Let's hope we see more of this stunningly fresh color palette this year!

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