LET’S GET MOODY: INSPIRATIONAL MOOD BOARDS

Life has felt a bit crazy lately. You figure things will calm down and life will simplify a bit after the holiday madness but somehow that hasn’t seemed to happen. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I mean, I’m one of those people that feels most productive when there are a million things on my to-do list but sometimes you feel like you just need a breather. This, my friends, is one of those times.

So, since my idea of downtime is flipping through design books, creating concept boards and furiously pinning away, I thought it would be a good time to whip out one of my Inspirational Mood Boards. It’s been a while so I hope you don’t mind…

inspirational mood board

Sofa | Armoire | Coffee Table | Jute Rug | Black & White RugPlus Side Table | Table Lamp | Leather Chair | White Curtains

This client is a real lady. When I say “lady” I mean like, she owns a shop of some sort, probably one selling handmade textiles or chemical free luxury soaps, has an organic vegetable garden in her backyard, and always has fresh cut flowers in the house. The kind of lady we all want to be “when we grow up,” who has it all together, and puts the rest of us to shame, but is still totally approachable and genuinely sweet. She can even wear white all day long without getting a single stain and you still don’t hate her for it because she said she liked your shoes and you actually believed her. Because, that exists right?

Her home feels calm and organic but most of all comfortable. She pulls off naturally elegant like nobody’s business and understands the importance of both form and function. Her color palette is completely neutral and she brings in hints of color with fresh natural elements like ferns and flowers. Her house is full of expensive vintage treasures and big box store pieces but you’d never know the difference because she knows exactly what she’s going. Her house feels elegant and luxurious but also lived in and layered enough to curl up on the couch and take a nap.

Oh, and shes pretty. I take back what I said before. Now, I hate her.

Check out some more Inspirational Mood Boards here, here, and here.

BUILDING, INSTALLING & PAINTING WINDOW TRIM

As I mentioned in my last post, we have been busy working on building, installing & painting window trim in the living room. This room has come a looooooong way since we bought the house and the trim around the 6 very large windows was really just icing on the cake.

In case you don’t remember, this room used to be dark, dark dark, with a low paneled ceiling and WAY over the legal limit of very old knotty pine paneling. A crime, I tell ya. When we raised the ceiling, ripped out the paneling, and drywalled the whole joint, we framed in the windows and painted everything but waited to install any sort of trim, partly in order to take a work break over the holidays and partly to give me time to figure out just what we wanted to do. So, here’s where we’ve been for a while…

building, installing & painting window trim Naked, trimless windows. No bueno. As much as I was dying to put the finishing touches on the windows, I wanted to be sure to make the right decision when it came to style, size, width, etc. because with 6 very large windows, any issues here would surely stick out like a sore thumb.

building, installing & painting window trimStaying true to form, not much in this old house is level, evenly spaced, straight, or easy for that matter, so we knew it would be important to pay attention to detail and make precise measurements in order to get the best results.

building, installing & painting window trimWith all of these issues, and the fact that I was looking for a very simple style of trim, we decided to make our own. With a bit of extra work, we’d then be able to get exactly what we wanted, make any tweaks and edits to compensate for issues along the way, and save some money. Win, win, win.

When I told you I wanted simple in here, I meant it. After some thought, I decided to go with trim void of any embellishments, routing work, tricky angles, or anything like that in order to combat the sometimes wonky angles of the old house, avoid drawing attention to any imperfections and keep things feel really sleek and simple.

We sanded the edges of our boards to soften things a bit but still maintain a crisp, square edge…being sure to keep all edges and angles perfectly level and square.

Here’s how it looked after installing the unpainted trim… building, installing & painting window trimImmediately, it made our already large windows feel even bigger and really started to give the space a more polished look. building, installing & painting window trim

We were able to go with 3 1/2″ trim that was substantial enough to stand up to size of the windows themselves but still simple enough to not overwhelm the space.

building, installing & painting window trimWe used wood putty to fill in any exceptionally large knots and caulk to remedy any large cracks or gaps, to ensure as smooth a surface as possible, before applying a coat of my favorite oil based primer and a couple coats of paint.

Which leads me to…

building, installing & painting window trim

 The trim is super simple, like I wanted, and really just enhances these big old windows and frames the view outside…which really is the star in here after all.

building, installing & painting window trim

After all of the prep work, there’s no seam to be found.

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Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m dying to figure out some window treatment solutions, finish the rest of the molding around the room, and tackle the flooring but for now, things are already looking approximately one million times better than they used to.

building, installing & painting window trim

So light and bright. We find ourselves constantly amazed at how this room has gone from looking like this…

building, installing & painting window trim

To now looking like this…

building, installing & painting window trim

I’d be lying if I said that didn’t make me squeal like a little girl. Sorry not sorry.

building, installing & painting window trim

So there you have it! Sweet, sweet progress.

For a reminder of how far this room has come, take a look here, here, here and here.

WINDOW TREATMENT OPTIONS

window treatment options

As I briefly mentioned in my last post, we’ve been busy getting the trim up on the windows in the living room. We’re working on finishing those up and they should be all set and ready to go by this weekend. I can’t wait to show you what a difference it has made.

Putting the finishing touches on the windows themselves has me daydreaming about a more finished living room (I’m dying to tackle new flooring, baseboards, artwork, styling etc. but they tell me patience is a virtue…) so while I’m waiting for all of the pieces to fall into place, I’ve been playing around with some window treatment options. I’m leaning towards either just a simple inside mounted roman shade, to keep things more minimal feeling or a combination of shades and curtains for a softer, cozier look.

I’ve put together a few mock-ups of different ideas and combinations to get an idea of how it will feel. I’m liking the idea of bamboo shades to provide a little bit of texture in this otherwise white and bright room but classic white shades could be nice too. Also, we could go with lighter, airier curtains or a darker more dramatic option. Choices, choices, choices, people!

Keep in mind that there will eventually be different flooring and new/additional furniture & accessories…so the details will change…but this gives you a pretty good example of how the different options would look. Leave a comment letting me know which mock-up you’re liking the most.

#1, #2, #3 or #4? What are you thoughts?

window treatment options

Bamboo Shades & Light Curtains

window treatment options

White Shades & Dark Curtains

window treatment options

Bamboo Shades, No Curtains & some artwork

window treatment options

White Shades, No Curtains & Some Artwork

Help a girl out and leave a comment below telling me which option you’re feelin’ the most!

Happy Thursday!

A NEW FLUSHMOUNT CEILING LIGHT UPSTAIRS

When we were house hunting, I knew that whatever house we ended up with needed to have a little bit of charm. We definitely weren’t looking for anything newly constructed or builder grade, not that there’s anything wrong with that…but it’s definitely not our thing. We wanted something older, that had good bones but that would also allow us to put our own stamp on it and make the changes that would make it more suitable for our life while also celebrating the house’s original charm. The house that we ended up with really did hit the mark on all of those things.

We got lucky with some really charming things in the house, like the untouched original hardwood floors and cute little telephone niche in the wall leading upstairs…

The light fixtures, however, were not one of those things.

Between ugly ceiling fans and dingy old light fixtures, it’s been clear from the start that they’d all need replacing. Up until this point, we only managed to replace the light fixture in our bedroom (really just in fear of losing a hand every time we tried to get dressed…) and now, I’m happy to say we’ve also installed a new flushmount ceiling light upstairs.

Here’s what we were working with before…

a new flushmount ceiling light upstairs

 

It doesn’t look too bad here but aside from being very old and very rusty, this single low wattage bulb provide far from adequate light for the upstairs landing.

a new flushmount ceiling light_2

 

 

While I’m all about embracing original elements in a home, the scary old wiring in this baby was something I wasn’t willing to work with.

With slightly lower than average ceiling heights upstairs, I knew we needed to go with a flushmount fixture to keep as much ceiling height as possible and something that had a bit of character but simple enough to not overwhelm the landing upstairs.

So, I ended up choosing this one.

a new flushmount ceiling light upstairs

It’s nothing too over the top. We’re certainly not re-inventing the wheel over here, but this new flushmount fixture feels a whole lot better.

a new flushmount ceiling light upstairs

The chrome finish feels fresh up here and the larger profile fixture fills the space a lot better than the old one. It has a classic aesthetic while still feeling modern and updated, which is exactly what this little spot needed.

a new flushmount ceiling light upstairs

 

 

 

On top of it all, it’s a whole lot brighter. I don’t have to break out the flashlight app while the lights on anymore. #winning (can we bring that one back yet??)

We’ve been hard at work building, installing, and painting trim in the living room over the last few days, so I hope to be back with an update on that one later this week.

Have a good one!