The library in ‘Our House’ has changed a lot over the past 17 years that we’ve lived here. In fact, when it first started out, it was the dining room for the previous owners.
Here’s a little look at how it was and how it is now:
First, it was just a super plain box of a room… basically everything has changed inside the walls of the original room.
Carpet: changed to a sisal mix flooring
Ceiling: nasty ‘popcorn’ texture covered with a natural woven material highlighted with dark decorative ‘beams’
Trim: all replaced with custom trim
Back Wall: custom designed built-in bookshelves
Walls: painted… (well a few different colors over the past 17 years for sure, but most recently, to a pale grey-blue color)
Before this last re-do, which I love! (I love the light, softness of the colorways now) but before, I had designed the room in a rich gold and black with red accents… yep… pretty much the complete opposite of how it is now.
And I had chinoiserie accents. Here is a great before and after picture showing that difference:
It was lovely with the Asian inspired theme, and I had it like that for quite a long while, for me that is.
But I think this new, lighter, softer, less fussy approach to this useful room is wonderful, and will be more neutral to potential buyers… (remember? This property is for sale!!)
And it’s great for me… I use this room a lot… every day! This is where I sit and work on my blog. (I had previously set up my desk in the living room, but this is a way, way better place!)
So what was my inspiration, or kicking off point for this new design style?
A few things:
The fabric on the left, I saw at Joann’s and thought it was wonderful… actually before I saw it, I wasn’t planning on changing the room.
And the other design inspiration for the library is this lovely glass box. A friend gave it to me and I just love it… it’s so pretty… such a sweet inspiration piece, from a sweet friend.
The last big source of inspiration was actually already in the room… part of the room… now. Several years ago I designed these interior windows. There was was just a plain old wall there before, which left the room totally boring, but more importantly left the hallway on the other side very dark.
By cutting the sheetrock in between the studs, we didn’t have to do any structural change to the wall, but simply installed ‘boxes’ and had the local glass company cut glacier style glass to fit, then held it in place with trim on each side of the glass.
Now the hallway has a source of natural light through these 5 little windows that are filled with character.
So here’s the room now, same rug, most of the furniture is the same although some pieces have either been moved or switched, new wall color, and accents and that window treatment featuring the inspiration fabric…
So I see, there is a little bit more to communicate to you about the details of this room…