Whoa! Wanna feel better about the current state of your home? Feeling like things might be a bit out of place or not as organized as you like? THIS IS THE POST FOR YOU!
It’s kind of like watching “Hoarders”…..it TOTALLY makes me feel better about my life.
What started out as a little face lift turned into a full scale plastic surgery for one of my projects in Charleston. Keep in mind this is a house that is over 150 years old so there are “surprises” when we open walls etc.
Here is the Dining Room:
Amazing plaster medallion (original to the house- 1857) on the ceiling…here is a close up.
The wall color is Ben Moore Edgecomb Gray…one of my favs. This client has an incredibly impressive art collection and this color is a wonderful background for that.
Also, the light is ever changing in this house. It is close to the water and has 11-1/2 ft ceilings and enormous windows. Every time I picked a color and said, “yes…this is it” at 10 am I would hate it by 4 pm.
THIS IS WHY IT IS CRUCIAL TO PICK A PAINT COLOR AFTER YOU HAVE SEEN IT AT ALL TIMES OF THE DAY! It makes me very uncomfortable to pick colors long distance. I have to be in the space to make the best decision. Really. So if you want me to design your home and you are out of town…I am coming over.
Here is the chandelier I have ordered for the dining room… YUMMY! I think it will be great hanging from that ceiling medallion.
It’s big! Niermann Weeks with a chalk rust finish. Delish.
Due to an a tiny earthquake, a bitty flood, a little hurricane called Hugo and a small skirmish some refer to as The Civil War (others refer to it as the Late Great Unpleasantness and my favorite…The War of Northern Aggression) this beauty has suffered a backache. In other words…some of its walls are (or were) leaning creating a fun house feeling in some of the hallways.
So…What do you get when you have the very best contractor in Charleston (who works almost exclusively on important historical homes), a pretty good interior designer (me) and a super fantastic, trusting client?
MAYHEM! (Only for a little bit)
It’s cool to see the guts of a house…especially when you can touch the original wood and plaster that was spread by hand so long ago when the world was a very different place.
I am in love with the original brick wall in the butler’s pantry…we are keeping it. The hole in the wall to the right is for a large wine refrigerator (Eurocave). We had room since we knew there was an ancient elevator cavity…that was probably at one point a passage way for staff.
How do you straighten a 157 year old arched exterior doorway?
Very, very carefully.
It’s been SO fascinating watch these guys do their magic. They are so good and I cannot tell you what a pleasure it is working with true professionals who say “yes” when I say…”how about we do this?”
Anyone who has been to Charleston knows how slender some of the streets are and how limited the space is between the historical homes. So, you end up with:
(check out the name of the Porta Potty…”Nature’s Calling”)
Porta Pottys in the garden…
A cutting “pavilion” in the courtyard.
A mess on the side veranda.
Cones in the driveway.
(Look out…that last step is a doozie)
And holes in the porch.
Since your eyes are probably glazing over, I’ll stop with construction pictures. Remember the last post where I was looking for rugs in the trade showroom of Stark Carpet? Found one!
We had to look at it outside without unrolling it the whole way…cleaner than the construction site that is the interior.
And my client’s puggles loved it. Sweet babies, I love these dogs. This is a ninety year old Tabriz that has a beautiful light AND dark side. The sofas are a driftwood antique linen velvet, the chairs are a lake colored cotton velvet and the pillows are are a silk velvet basket weave. All of the fabrics are from Schumacher.
After a day like today? Nice to get back to my hotel, take my shoes off and take a long shower before a delicious dinner in one of Charleston’s many GREAT restaurants.
What did I find when I returned to my inn? My sweet hubs, the ever surprising Mr. V had arranged for the staff to make my room even more pleasant…too bad he wasn’t there to enjoy it with me!
Yep, I ate them all by myself. In bed. Very decadent. Indeed.
There was a note…Here is the part that I will share…
What a guy! Made me miss him even more than usual. (I guess that’s the point!)
Stay tuned for the rest of the renovation, more goodies and all that comes with that.
I hope your life is wonderful today…or will be really soon.