I’m finally getting around to posting some pictures of our great room and the little tweaks that have been done to it so far. The room is still in a state of flux, but I decided that posting what we’ve done so far would be a good starting point for showing the transition to its completion.
A few months ago, we had some carpentry work done in several of the downstairs rooms. Since the baseboard and door casings were the original builder grade, we wanted to replace them with something a bit substantial. The doorways and windows were given wider casings, corner blocks were added, and the baseboards gained some height.
The use of corner blocks gave the doorways a little more interest and the addition of backboard molding made the doorways look a lot “beefier.”
The two-story foyer opens directly into the great room. You can see a partial view of the fireplace wall in this picture.
The edge of the doorway casing has a rounded edge and extends from the wall almost three inches.
I needed more storage space for all of the glassware I’ve been buying at yard/estate sales and vintage stores, so this chest is a new addition to the foyer. Here are a couple of the accessories that adorn this tabletop.
A shell handled magnifying glass.
Vintage books bound together with waxed twine and a feather.
The original great room furniture is back in place temporarily. We haven’t selected new furniture yet, because I’m waiting to go the International Home Furnishings Market in October with Mr. Sullivan. We’ll be shopping for new merchandise for his furniture store and I’m anxious to see the new styles and colors for the fall/winter season. It’s a perfect opportunity for me to find just the right furniture for our own home, and it sure beats looking though piles of catalogs, any day!
The entertainment center, with the two bookcases on either side of it, was returned to its original spot. I always liked the idea of having the television hidden from view, but we purchased a larger flat screen TV that doesn’t even remotely fit behind these doors, so the cabinet is currently holding my overflow of thrifting goodies. Ideally, I’d like to see a long antique table in this space where we could set the large behemoth of a television. The problem with doing that, though, is finding a place to stash all of the cable and surround sound components. Hmmmm… I may have to re-think that idea!
The sofa is a collage of leather and fabric. Down-filled cushions make it nice and comfy.
I’m waiting for the mate to this contemporary abstract to come in, then I’ll hang them side by side over the table. Until then, it will stay leaned against the wall.
And speaking of leaning…. this mirror was a Christmas gift from Mr. Sullivan to me last year. I love how it reflects the tree and the burlap-skirted table between the sofa and the leather chair.
My sister-in-law gave me three large leaves from one of the plants in her garden. I propped them in a water-filled vase and they still look good after 2 months. I’m still amazed at this feat! You may remember that my thumb is brown…
In this picture you can see how tall the ceiling is in this room. I’ve never had coverings on these windows. Our house backs up to a wooded area and privacy is really not an issue, but if we intend to watch that huge TV in here, we’ll be needing something to cut the glare on the screen. I’ll probably order wood blinds to match the ones that are in the rest of the house.
The clock is three feet in diameter and fills the large space above the mantel quite well. I’ve sparsely filled a vase and set it on a wooden box for elevation.
Apothecary jars filled with feathered balls front a flat wire basket.
There is still much to be done to this room. The walls are freshly painted and we need more artwork. New carpeting still needs to be installed here and throughout the rest of the house. But we don’t want to have that done until the upstairs bathrooms have been completed. And we all know how long it can take to remodel those rooms! I think we’ll be living with what we have for a while. *grin*
In the mean time, I can look forward to workmen traipsing through our house once again, drywall dust flying, and hammering and sawing noises permeating the air. Aaah, the joys of remodeling…