the first of many

January 3, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions. Mine include: taking a hip-hop class, teaching myself more about lighting and lenses in photography, and of course, the house. New Year’s day found me tackling at least one of these, as I stripped the dark wall paper from the dining room.

Grueling work, but what results! The light, the space!! As you can see from the “before” picture below, simply removing the dark color greatly expands the room, emphasizing the height and generous windows. Even with dirty walls, it’s already my new favorite room. Of course having the right sized table also helps. The new one by Nick Hollibaugh (a hand-me-down from Aunt Jessie) is a dramatic 30″ by 9′. I love the perspective play as it blends into the window. Also, as a stop gap until fortunes allow for a new pendant, Aunt Sheila had the brilliant idea to cover the existing, saloon-style, brass lamp with an old bed skirt.

What a way to start our first full year in the new house. Just getting this much done, I can now really see the potential of our home. It’s tipped the balance from my being completely overwhelmed (and a little discouraged) to becoming truly inspired.

Now I’m going to pause a bit to give my hands and wrists a rest and to contemplate color. My original intent had been to paint the walls a warm gray and keep the trim off-white. Now I really like the all-white look. And then, Aunt Sheila suggested gray trim. Hmmmm. What do you think?

The “before,” aaaaaaaaahhhh! (Would you ever guess from the picture above that these are 10 foot ceilings?!)

another “before”

same view “after”

examples of white walls and gray trim

examples of gray walls and white trim (this is the look the living room will get)

gray and gray?

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Jill January 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I love grey. I really think white trim looks best, and it will be easy to change the wall color later if you like. I can’t wait to see what you decide. What a beautiful house!


Katie Rodgers January 5, 2013 at 4:26 am

Love the lighter room! Whites always do open up a room a bit more. I prefer the grey ways with white trim- gives it that classic sophistication. Either option is gorgeous though!


Deborah Beau January 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Love it! Living in France, I prefer grey trims, probably because I’m so used to seeing them. However, white would look equally as beautiful. Lucky lady!


Katrin January 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Love this room. I agree gray trim could look beautiful here!
PS: I have a new favority F&B gray, Hardwick White. I think you would like it, too… it´s a mid-tone, warm grey-brownish color.


Justine January 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Oooo. Can’t wait to see Hardwick. Looks quite green in the sample, which means it has a lot of warm yellow in it. I’m actually trying a new BM color. They have a new technology which allows them to mix 6 to 8 colors to achieve a shade, making for lively and rich hues. We’ll see.


Katrin January 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Sounds promising! Hardwick White looks totally different on a wall than on the swatch – or probably it´s the light, or maybe it´s a totally different shade as I had it matched ;) I plan to use it in the huge attic room we have.. but it will take some time until I have some “after” pictures. Love the chandelier btw, it looks like art!


Sara January 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I love the distressed wall, at least from this distance. It looks nice in the vignette from another later post, with the distressed cabinet. It is nice to see ‘you’ coming through. Even with the light weight computer. You would cry if you saw my messy lived-in writing studio. Or rather, I cry, until I just get into work.


Pam January 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I absolutely LOVE what you are doing with your new home. Your posts bring a peaceful coda to my days.


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