In all honesty, there have been hundreds of reader suggestions that have inspired me over this last year. Even though I don’t always have time to respond, I really do read every single comment on every single post (on the blog and on Facebook), and I very often feel like the most spoiled person in the world having so many people send me awesome ideas that they think I’d enjoy and find helpful as I decorate my home.
But over the last 24 hours or so, I’ve had four suggestions that I’m almost sure I’ll incorporate.
1. Define the entryway
First was the suggestion (thanks, Angela!) of using two different wall treatments in the living room and entryway area — one on the left wall just inside the front door, and another on the other walls — just to give the entryway a little definition of its own. I love that idea! I’ve always kind of hated that the living room and entryway were one big room. I much prefer a separate entryway. But I have what I have, and I have to make it work. So giving that wall its own separate treatment might be just what it needs! And the entryway wall is opposite the fireplace, which will have an overmatel all the way to the ceiling with similar trim, so the two will kind of balance each other.
So I’m thinking that on that entryway wall, I’ll do this…
And then on the living room walls, I’ll do this…
Of course, the chair rail and the bottom wainscoting section will be the same on all four walls. The difference will be that the upper part of the wall in the living room will be grasscloth, where the upper part of the wall on the entryway wall will be trimmed out and painted the same color as the bottom wainscoting.
2. Paint a grasscloth technique rather than buying it
This is such a great idea (thank, Jeri!), and the funny thing is that when I read Jeri’s comment, I had just gotten back from Sherwin Williams. I had gone to look at wallpaper, but both of their grasscloth books were checked out. So on my way out the door, their faux painting techniques display caught my eye because one of them had a very similar look to grasscloth. I started to wonder if I could really pull off that look just using paint, and then I came home and read Jeri’s comment.
And then this morning, I read a follow-up comment on that idea from Becky, who left a link to this faux grasscloth painted wall treatment by Kristen F. Davis Designs.
Now I’ve seen faux painted grasscloth many times, but none that looked so authentic as this one. I realized it’s because after Kristen did the striae design, she went back and randomly added some darker brown lines here and there. That really gives it that slubby, natural fiber look that real grasscoth has. I can totally do that! And save hundreds of dollars in the process!
3. Trim out the ceiling
Next came the idea (thanks, Paula!) to add some interest to the ceiling somehow, since most of my inspiration pictures yesterday had amazing ceilings. I had just planned on drywalling, painting, and leaving it at that. But I got to thinking about the ceiling a bit more, and realized that I could even use the ceiling to define the two areas in the one large room.
So I went in search of inspiration for ceiling trim, and I came across this.
It’s subtle, but because it doesn’t take up much height (as opposed to a coffered ceiling) something like this would work perfectly in a room with 8-foot ceilings. And I could use one of those “tray” sections to define the entryway, and then one to define the living room. I’m still giving this one more thought (mostly about how I would even pull that off), but I’m really liking the idea.
4. Brass-trimmed Fireplace For My Breakfast Room
And finally, Diana sent me a picture of an amazing fireplace by Douglas Mackie Design.
The fireplace design itself is a little too ornate for my house, but look at that brass detail on it! Wouldn’t that be perfect in my breakfast room?! Needless to say, as soon as I saw that picture, I started searching online for reasonably priced sheets of brass. There are plenty of resources for sheets of brass, but the “reasonably priced” thing is a bit more of a challenge. I’ll keep looking, though, because that design (or something very close to it) is going in my breakfast room!
So those are the four things that have been pretty much consuming my mind for the last 24 hours. 🙂
Oh, and I’m not just sitting around planning, thinking, and daydreaming. In the meantime, I’ve been giving my fireplace a little makeover to make it much more traditional in style. I hope to have it finished today so that I can share the finished fireplace with you tomorrow. I’m loving how it’s turning out!