Saturday, September 28, 2013

Just a Little Construction Can Recreate a Room

Soooooooooooo........
I've been showing you guys my niece and nephew's living room transformation.
We left off with the room looking like this.
I handed the plans of what I wanted to do to Nigel, our intrepid carpenter, and he went to work while I was in Flerida.

Ross and Miriam sent me progress pictures taken with their iPhones.
First the boards went up.....
We left the electrical outlet above the fireplace, as I wanted to have two small lamps sit on the mantle.
I designed the bookcase around the TV and sound bar.....
after all.....
a man DOES live in this house.....
There was a little bookcase by the door to the screened in porch, off the living room.
This is the door they go in and out of a lot,
 particularly when walking Pearla the Wonderdog.....
They needed a place to hang their coats and put their boots and shoes and storage for Pearla's leashes.
Sooooooooooo.....
being the brilliant thinker that I is.....
I had the bookcase reworked into an open closet, since I was adding a larger bookcase on the other side of the room.
I had the upper shelves taken out, and a piece of wood added for hooks.
Then I had a shelf installed across the bottom for the boots and shoes.
Miriam and Ross couldn't even wait for it to be finished......
Since their house only has a small hall coat closet....
this adds a lot of needed storage.
Some folks may not like having to look at this in their living room,
but a house is to live in.
Besides, by the time I'm done with this room.....
there will be so much crap in it that you won't even notice the coats!!!!!

Once the woodwork was installed, it was time for the paint!
Ross sent me more pictures.
I am so glad I didn't have to live through this.
I HATE living through construction.
been there.....done that.....


The blue is a much more cheerful color than that #$% brown.
Next post I'll show you the draperies!!!!!
Maybe..... or other stuff,
I don't know.....
my mind is a mysterious and dangerous place.

On that note,
Latah, Gatah
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14 comments:

Vikki said...

Love it! Especially the TV bookcase. I so need that in my den. Vikki in VA

Anonymous said...

Love these detail pictures. It helps to see the "underwear" of your layered approach to decorating.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The builtins are all fabulous. Such great storage and adds so much architectural interest. Hugs, marty

Classof65 said...

The whites don't match...

Betsy Speert said...

The picture was taken while the room was BEING painted!
Jeesh.
The whites matched after it was finished....

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

The coat built in is genius! I think its gonna look amazing...but thats cuz I know you can do anything!!

Anonymous said...

You are the best aunt! Lovely and inspirational. Can't wait for my construction to begin. I'm using all your good ideas.

Penny from CA.

Donnamae said...

Those built-ins are wonderful! Can't wait to see more! ;)

Beth C. said...

Love! What color and sheen is the blue? Did you leave Sheetrock in between the panel trim? I want to do something similar but down here in our Fleridida house they use some subtle texture on the walls. I think they call it orange peel, and it's totally foiling all my plans to do faux paneling, not to mention wallpaper in the baths. I'm bummed for me...happy for Miriam and Ross! Best, Beth C.

Mary said...

You write how my sister and I talk to one another. We have our own language and often stay the same things at the same time. It gets on everyone's nerves. HA! Our job is done!

I am LOVING Miriam and Ross' living room. It is beautiful! I am jealous-but in a good way.

Can't wait to see more of this gorgeous room.

Mary
from Virginia
http://marysflowerworks.blogspot.com

Betsy Speert said...

Beth, sorry, I dion't think I kept the color of the blue.
Yes, it's just sheetrock between the boards.

Elena said...

"a house is to live in" Right on Betsy! The plan you created for this living room is great and well thought out for real life in beautiful surroundings!

Patricia said...

I thought I was good, but boy, you beat me! You are the world's best aunt! I hope they appreciate you!

Reading between the lines I feel you are living the best years of your life. I have followed your work for decades through the magazine articles... but that was work. These jobs you are doing for your family and friends show how much you enjoy your profession, how much you put your whole heart and guts into them, but now you do them for love - no deadlines, no cranky customers... God bless you girl, you are a very special woman!

Cindy said...

Wow! What a difference with the white and blue... and love love the coat closet idea!

Cindy

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