While the last five weeks of being ejected from our home have felt like an eternity, it nevertheless astounds us how much work has been completed in that relatively short period of construction time. That we are running on schedule, *mostly* on budget and with no major surprises is both a miracle and a testament to the hard work of our general contractor, Michael, and his fantastic crew (as well as the hus-b’s devotion to this project, which we have started to realize is kind of adorable).
Demo, framing, rough plumbing and electrical are done! The reconfigured lighting scheme is a difference we are already *seriously* loving, as seen in the hallway shot above. We went from a single, pull-chain sconce to three recessed overhead lights and two wall-mounted sconces (we selected these classic double French library sconces from Circa Lighting), all tied to three-way switches located at either end of the hallway. Let there be light, indeed!
The design of the new walk-through closet in the master suite is also coming together beautifully. We selected the “Manhattan” pattern from Dutchman Doors for the built-in drawers, which will be topped with a coat of crisp white paint. We plan to accent each closet drawer with a pair of unfussy knobs like the “Westwood” (pictured above) from Restoration Hardware. The clean, tailored lines of these knobs should coordinate nicely with the “Barton Flushmount” lighting we ordered (also from Restoration Hardware) for the closet ceiling.
Sheet rock starts later this week, which is going to go a long way toward making it look more like a home and less like a war zone. This also means that the most exciting part of the project has begun: decorating! Our oh-so-talented friend, Lindsay Brier of Anyon Interior Design, has assembled a gorgeous selection of wallpaper samples for the foyer and guest bath. That’s right: wallpaper. It’s back, or at least, so says Oprah and eight million design magazines, and we’re certainly not going to disagree with the Mighty Opes lest we immediately burst into flames.
Our favorite of the wallpaper selections for the foyer is this David Hicks Hexagon print in olive, slate, white and pale grey. It’s more modern than we might usually go for, but the tailored pattern and drool-worthy color palette are right up our alley. Beginning halfway up the wall above the foyer’s lovely wainscoting, this print would be an unexpected and playful foil to the otherwise-traditional design of our home.
Given the gorgeous job Lindsay did on the nursery for her son, Hawken, it should come as no surprise that she has come up with some brill ideas for the little lady’s future bedroom. Riffing on our original Bermuda-inspired concept, Lindsay helped us refine the color palette from a frenzied pink, green and yellow mess to a more streamlined pink, khaki and crisp white backdrop. Not to worry: there will still be some fabulous, Coral Beach Club-esque stripes like this Osborne & Little “Stripe Dingle” fabric above which Lindsay selected for our window treatments. Who knew pink could be so sophisticated?
Lindsay has even made a believer out of Larsen, who has gone from previously loathing pink to signing on for painting the ceiling pink (!) and using this charming pink peony Designers Guild “Charlottenberg” fabric on an accent pillow and crib bedding details. We can’t wait to show you the final product!
Photos courtesy of Christina Quist, Restoration Hardware, Historic Style, Project Nursery, Fabrics & Papers and Designers Guild.