A lot has happened in the last year and a half since I’ve actively blogged.
When we moved in, we used this room located at the front of the house as a sort of formal dining room (if you can consider a folding table your formal dining set). With the one window it was very dark all the time! The original wood work in the house is stained a dark crimson brown, and we really felt that it's beauty was hidden with all the red!
We realized pretty early on that standard primer wouldn't cut it (especially since these wall are plaster). After consulting others with old plaster walls, we learned that Killz has several extra strength primers, that have worked wonderfully! First thing to do once we primed over the red was giving the ceiling a fresh coat of white paint.
One of the biggest changes we made to the room that impacted the brightness factor was repainting the ceiling. As you can see in the above photo it was a yellow cream color (no wonder it felt so dark in there)!
The process took several weeks to complete and we made sure to preserve the original woodwork.
This room is truly our biggest transformation to date! The color we selected is Sailing Salt by Nautica. It has a purple hue in the warm evening hours and a fresh blue in the morning. I think it looks the most magical in the moody early morning light! Here are some after shots taken around 7:45am!
We really love our custom sofa from Interior Define! If you haven't heard of them, you should for sure check them out! I'm pretty particular when it comes to furniture and when we knew we wanted to invest in a good sofa, I wanted to make sure it ticked all my requirements!
This is the Maxwell sofa, in Zinc Pebble weave with black turned legs. The material is so durable and easily cleaned. I love that all the cushions aren't attached so that I can flip them/fluff them so they don't get that strange droop. They also don't use flame retardant chemicals in/on their cushions and fabrics, which is important to me.
This amazing lighting piece was designed and built by Collin from local thorny trees.
Stay tuned for a shop launch coming soon, filled with handmade pieces by Collin!
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I really thrive on interior design and think the perfectionist side of me loves those "before" and "after" home renovations-- seeing people dream, transform and use their skill to bring life to a space. The thing is, many times its not like that. Unless you have saved up, have a generous budget for remodeling or work as a designer, that "before" and "after" looks more like a progression of photos, of a space evolving and growing to become the vision you have.
Fall holds a lot of dreamy inspiration for us. Maybe it's because it was this time of year that we were putting the finishing touches on our first party: our wedding. Maybe its the subtle shifting of light and temperature or the transformation of the landscapes with autumnal hues.
Whatever it is, we have some really exciting dreams in the works this fall. Beginning with the launch of House of Stamm on this, our first anniversary.