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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