Wednesday, May 07, 2008
a few reminders...

here is what our house used to look like. i thought it would help explain what we have been doing the past several months. the picture above is taken from my kitchen sink. the room i am looking into is our family room. it had a two-story ceiling, but only over about 3/4ths of the room. the asymmetry always bugged us, as did the noise, the lack of coziness and the misuse of potential space. so we floored it over. we also added some trim work and reconfigured the kitchen a bit. i am still busy tweaking some things, especially in the kitchen, you know the small details are very important :) but i can show you the new family room even though it hasn't been properly adorned yet...

and maybe you noticed, but that light fixture is hanging from the ceiling, yes a ceiling! whoop whoop!! we love having a ceiling!
  posted at 6:29 AM  

At 8:18 AM, Blogger chriskauf said...

Oh my goodness that is so beautiful, wow you closed in your ceiling, you are making think now , I have a double height room as well, oh what I could do , most of all I love your fire place and the wood work , gorgeous.
Can't wait to see the rest, thanks for sharing.

At 8:58 AM, Blogger paige said...

can i come live with you?

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Mama Lisa said...

what a change. did you add on a room or extend upstairs as well? can't wait to see it all done and that gorgeous sink of yours. thanks for sharing.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger lizziefitz said...

Very impressive! Love everything!

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Demeron said...

Breaking out of lurk to say, Gorgeous! Really like the wainscoting and in general a wonderful change. Gratz!

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Demeron said...

Delurking to say: gorgeous! I like it much better this way, and the wainscot is beautiful and has a nice farmhouse-y feel. Always inspired, as you seem to get so much done... Enjoy!

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

Just gorgeous! I'm not a huge fan of 2 story rooms. They seem impossible to cozy up. You really did that room justice. Love it!

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Victoria said...

Wow, everything looks absolutely breathtaking! Love the wood work!!!

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Bethany Hissong said...

That IS gorgeous! I always wondered why builders did those strange two-story ceilings... we have friends with them and I always thought it was wasted space. Your room is so beautiful and balanced now. I love the architectural details over the fireplace. I had designers recommend that to us too. And the wood floors... nothing is better! Great job Beth!

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Allison said...

I love it! Can't wait to see the rest! Please share with us when you get a chance. Also, what color blue is that? It's so perfectly you!

At 5:07 PM, Blogger KLKinFLA said...

Beautiful! We built our first home in Nashville, and chose the only floorplan of about 10 that did not have a 2-story family room. I'm so with you! Love the cozy feeling of a lower ceiling.

All of your details are divine! You will love pulling it all together!

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Just beautiful and even better in person!

At 4:06 AM, Blogger Southern Mom said...

I have a friend who just did this and added a fifth bedroom in the space. Is your new space for storage or another room? I love the chandelier. The room looks GREAT!!!

At 5:43 AM, Blogger Katie said...

WOW!!!!! That is so gorgeous! I can't believe how beautiful that is! More, more, more pictures...please!! :o)

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lo-oooooooooooove it!

show more soon. (you really are potentially evil by waiting this long.)


At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I would of never thought! I just LOVE the new room! I cant wait to see lots more pix! Julie

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Kellie said...

We had at the same assymetrical ceiling issue in our living room, and we lowered it a bit, which helped. But I really love what you did. It looks beautiful!

At 1:52 PM, Blogger lifeinredshoes said...

Simply beautiful, can't wait so see the kitchen. You have very good taste!

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Meg said...

So beautiful it's certain to launch a thousand imitations across blogland. So happy for you, homedaisy!!

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Jolene George said...

Holy crud! that is draw dropping gorgeous. I can't believe the change. You must be thrilled...even though all the work isn't done. I love it so much! Seriously love it!

At 10:40 AM, Blogger becky said...

wow! love the have amazing vision!

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Sabina said...

ooooh...I just found you via Mabel's House. Wondeful blog!! Lots of great decor inspiration.

At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

still looking at it and loving it. even though i've seen it now, probably twelve times. questions:

1. is the chandelier and hardware on your sconces silver?
2. are the wood floors the same?
3. what color paint did you use and brand?
4. did you have an actual picture to show someone for the room and mantel design or was it all in your mind.

i seriously would love to know as i'm sure would others.

i'm putting in a bid to hubby to come and visit this fall...we'll see.

bless you!

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Amber said...

Wow! I love the new space! I love the wainscot, the shade of blue, the fireplace...just the look of it all together! Very calm and cozy. And, I am envious of your wood picture box. I've been eyeing them for months! I'm dying to have one for our bedroom with a wedding photo in it.
Can't wait to see more pictures, and of course, the kitchen! Thanks for sharing. :)

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Linda said...

Your renovation is looking wonderful, I can't wait to see what you have done with the rest of it.
Cheers Linda

At 4:25 PM, Blogger Sue said...

How exciting! Your room looks gorgeous. I too can't stand our two story ceilings, all that open space is unnerving. I have never even thought of doing what you have done here nor have I ever seen it done. What a great idea........I'm full of creative energy right now. Like I said above so exciting ~

At 4:28 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Hi, sorry, me again. Did you put in new windows? We have floor to ceiling windows that would be a problem.

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Elizabeth B @ A Classic Pearl said...

What a beautiful space!

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Liz said...

My word. How fantastic. I'm glad I'm not the only person who doesnt like huge vaulted ceilings! The white wood work on the walls is beautiful, just beautiful.

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

This is gorgeous! How creative you are. I can't wait for more photo's!

At 7:03 PM, Blogger One Woman's Cottage Life said...

I love your over mantle and beadboard - it looks great!That's exactly what I've had planned for our fireplace and livingroom- I hope ours turns out half as beautiful. Great job!

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At 5:38 AM, Blogger Shabbee Chick said...

Love it!

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Kimber said...

It looks BEAUTIFUL!!!! I do not like double story living rooms at all. We built our new old house a few years ago and the builder wanted a 2 story living room or entry but I think they are not warm and welcoming at all.


At 10:48 AM, Blogger dragonflydreamer said...

I love your farmhouse so much and it is wonderful to see all of the beautiful remodeling and decorating you are doing. You definitely have an eye for design and color. I love how cozy you are making your home. I can really appreciate it as my first adult home was an old farmhouse that we slowly fixed up over five years and sadly just when it was my dream home, we had to sell it and move out of state. I sure do miss it, but your blog has me dreaming again.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger restyled home said...

Two words: stunningly beautiful! Your style is right up my alley...I am drooling!!



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