Friday, October 2, 2009

Deck the Hall





Follow your heart. That's just what Kevin and I did when it came to this hallway. The discovery of the tongue-and-groove wood planks in here thrilled us so much we could hardly wait to uncover them!

What once looked like this...



...now looks like this...



...and it feels like this area has finally exhaled after all these years.

The transom opening that Kevin cut has a lot to do with the lighter, airier feel in here too.
Here's what the doorway that led from the living room to the hallway used to look like...




...and here's a photo I took today...



...it's like the room finally got to stretch after all these years.

The view into the reading room has changed for the better too.
What once looked like this...



...now looks like this...




It's like the house finally smiled back at us. :-)

My friend Susie is going to make us a long, old-looking sign to hang on the wall above the doorway to the reading room. I sent her these photos to use as inspiration...



Photos: Country Living



We can hardly wait to see what she creates!

Remember when Kevin left me a message on the wall to the left of the reading room?



Well, here it is today...



...anxiously awaiting accessories. I was thinking of doing a vertically-hung row of vintage plates. What would you do?

Here's the last part of the hall...



We're thinking of adding two custom-cut pieces of mirror to the skinny closet door in the middle. We know a guy that can cut it for us and he can even trim them out with unfinished wood trim so that we can paint it the same color we paint the door. We're not sure what color we'll paint the door yet. Any ideas?

And last, but not least, we're kind of thinking the door on the left and the door on the right need transom openings above them now too. (Yes, we're cuckoo for cut-outs!) We also plan to replace the doors themselves with older doors to add even more old-fashioned charm to this space.

I really look forward to the challenge of decking out this hall of ours. I also can't wait to read through any ideas these photos might spark in the talented minds of our creative readers!

Have a great weekend y'all! :-)
Layla


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93 comments:

Amber Van Schooneveld said...

Stunning! I would do three small prints hung vertically, like antique bird prints from a flea market.

mah said...

Wow! It's free, free at last. Happy dance!!! I have no suggestions at all! With your decorating skills. whatever you do will be wonderful! I can't wait to see what you do.

Teresa said...

OMG, I was just looking at those same photos this morning for inspiration. I had this old reproduction ice cream sign in black and white all distressed, sold it in my store, and now I need it. I NEED, NEED IT, and I have searched all morning for it but I did see these and thought about the same thing.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Luv your look...Mr. LC did a super duper job here! I sure like the idea about the mirrors.

Blessings,
Linda

paula said...

It looks wonderful. great work as always:)

Teresa said...

By the way, forgot to mention, I have that same rocker in that Country Living kitchen picture. Makes me love it even more now.

Jennifer @ Our Cottage (in the Desert) said...

Love, love, love it! It's amazing what wood and paint can do for a room! Your entire house now looks like a cottage..great job! I agree that a veritcal plate display, old fashioned framed prints, or family pictures would look great adorning that wall. Use pieces that you're passionate about! I'm sure anything you do will look fabulous!

Kendra@My Insanity said...

What about metal numbers reading "143" on that wall, in honor of his sweet message?

Amazing transformations!

pcubed said...

I'm a sucker for blackboard doors. I think that door is screaming, "Paint me with blackboard paint!" That way your cutie-pie husband could leave you a different love note everyday.

IFEA said...

woooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooo! I love it!!! and yes, definitely cut more openings above your doors! it looks so airy and stunning! Iris

Shannon said...

Oh it looks so beautiful. What a transformation. Plates would look fabulous.

linwood avenue said...

i think the door would look great painted with black chalkboard paint. you could write messages to one another as you come and go!

Renee said...

Like everything else you've done, the hallway is absolutely gorgeous! I kind of hate seeing the 143 disappear (so romantic) but I'm sure that vintage plates will be lovely in that spot.

Jacci said...

It's gorgeous, Layla!!! :) I was just reading Swedish blogs before I checked out your post - the palette didn't skip a beat :) I love what you've done. My vote for the door (*IF* you are going to add the mirrors) is to make it the only door in the hall that's painted a dark charcoal gray. It seems like black would be too much contrast, but a dark, slatey gray would surround the mirrors so nicely and give that wall a focal point with presence.

Can't wait to see what you do :)

Oh, and I don't think you can go wrong with vintage plates :)

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Soooo fantastic! The home has "exhaled" is a perfect analogy! The transom is perfection - definitely go with more above your hallway doors!

Audrey said...

Just beautiful :-) I enjoy your blog posts and your house transformations so much :-)

Chris said...

It looks great , I wish I could tear down my walls and find boards underneath , I would just find plastic studs and insulation , not so pretty .
Looks like a lot of work though , the more transome the better.
Chris
Just beachy

katherinhanson said...

You have to have the numbers, "1 - 4-3" on that same wall where Kevin wrote them.. Maybe have them done in wood or even in a fancy written scroll, but I think that is so much a part of who you two seem to be!!!

It looks great! You guys did a great job, and I'm all for more transoms!!!

barbj said...

It is absolutely beautiful!!!! Amazing to look at the before and after pictures. Thank you both so much for sharing. I like the other persons idea about the metal numbers on that wall!!! Great idea, also like the chalkboard paint on the little skinny door. When looking for older doors to replace the others, here is a suggestion. I recently purchased old doors from what used to be a doctors office in a historical building that is (sadly) being renovated with shiny new crap...The doors are wooden and have a window with privacy glass...each window also has a black number on it (I love anything with numbers and letters on it) which just adds character and interest. Looking forward to seeing all the finishing touches.

Michelle Torres said...

Hi Layla! I am so happy for the two of you... It looks FANTASTIC, and I know much hard work was put into it, but I know it is well worth it all.... Enjoy!!!!

Kathy said...

WOWZERS! Amazing transformations! How about black/dark grey doors? Cheap, solid wood doors can be found at the Habitat re-home store, but you probably already knew that. For the wall display: family pics!
U 2 R AMAZING!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Love the new reveal. All rustic and white and original. It's like your dainty lady has shed a few unwanted pounds. I think it is neat how many of us admire something old or chippy or original to a home, and how the original owners were so happy to get rid of a piece or cover it up with plaster or 'modern' drywall. We spend time sifting through flea markets looking for our vintage finds. The same vintage item that previous owners were probably so glad to get rid of and replace with something new and shiny and plastic. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Whatever you do with that wall will be great, much admired and much replicated.

geri said...

Hi Layla and Kevin.
This is such a beautiful,cheerful,and inviting space. What a MAKEOVER!
I can't even pick out what I love best. It is just all so creative
and beach cottage-ie terrific.
It says come and relax and feel the breeze.(from the transome door of course.hehe)
I was thinking about doors and maybe an interior french door would be a good alternative to the solid one. Love all your ideas and check each day for inspiration for my own Friendly Farmhouse.
Enjoy each new thing you move from here to there to get it just right. geri.

Shar said...

I like the suggestion of painting the door a slatey gray, with just a hint of green. I also like suggestion of 1 4 3. If not metal numbers, since ya'll are such good photographers, how about finding the numbers and photographing in black and white?

Your whold cottage is STUNNING!!

tale of many cities said...

i agree with kendra.. metal or wooden numbers 143.. to always remind you of his love message! :D
i know that whatever you two decide to do.. it'll be great!

btw.. you signing up for next design star??

Melissa Miller said...

~GORGEOUS! Love the airy feel and hanging plates idea. Susie does such fabulous work. It will look great!

Have you ever shown photos of your home on the outside? I have no idea what it looks like? :)

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

I second (third?) the idea of numbers on that wall. Photo letters is a great idea, or you could have a sign made, or try to score some cool old numbers at a flea market. Good luck!

kaper54 said...

Layla it looks great !!!!

I always love a black door....but whatever you guys decide upon will be great !!

All the best,
Kathy :)

Nothing Too Fancy... said...

I like the plates idea- they do adorn your kitchen area just wonderfully. But I would also like to suggest maybe some needlepoint. With needlepoint you could bring in your starfish, sea and shell theme. (You could easily add in a "1-4-3") Layla, you've out done yourself once again! I am ever-impressed.

Karli @ RockyBella said...

Layla and Kevin- It looks so amazing, straight out of a magazine! You guys are an incredible team. I can't believe the transformations you've created in your home. I can't get enough! You always inspire me to get off my butt and DO SOMETHING! =)

Jenny said...

It's official, I have hallway envy. I can't wait to see the sign your friend paints for you.

Vintage plates would look beautiful and classic on the "1-4-3 wall." I also like what a couple other commenters said about doing a chalkboard of some sort whether it be a door, vintage frame or unique shape cut out. Another idea I have to throw in the mix is to use a vertical plate rack and then put something unexpected on it like photos, books, record covers...the possibilities are endless! Whatever you do will be stunning.

P.S. I have to tell you that my parents also do the 1-4-3 thing, but sometimes they throw a 7 at the end for forever. :)

Ticking and Toile said...

Wow!!! Absolutely amazing!! You are so very talented! Love your style & your willingness to share!

Shellagh

donna said...

Of course! It's just fantastic! I recently had the same thing happen at our house...We discovered 145 year old transoms buried alive. You've done an amazing thing by bringing this little cottage of yours back to life.

Molly said...

What a difference! It looks awesome!

Katie Lewis said...

Honestly, I would find some vintage metal numbers (on the larger side) and hang them there in the exact place he painted it. Then everytime you walk through that hallway, you'll smile even more from the message :)

Jen said...

Wow....You two are amazing. I love what you have done and for sure more of the cut outs for above your doors. I love the idea of old doors, any color will look awesome.

thanks for the inspiration

Anna See said...

gorgeous! i'm smiling just looking at these pics.

rachel blazer said...

i was about to say the same thing that katie lewis said! your "143" is unique & wonderful- you could use some cool rusty numbers to celebrate your love!
your "renovations" are perfect- what a great change you've made in your space. your house is so happy that you live there! : )
rachel

Christy said...

Ohhh, looking so good! The light is fabulous. If you do mirrors, antiquing (ok that can't really be a word can it?) the backs first would look awesome I think. Or, chop that cute little door up to look like a slender screen door (screen on top and bottom). Then stick your sheets, etc. in rattan baskets or galvanized bins, or just put some pretty linen fabric behind the screens. Looking great though...keep up the good work!!! -
Christy

rachel blazer said...

ha- i didn't see that lots of people suggested the 143 be commemorated! : )

Cathy said...

I love love love it... It looks wonderful! Y'all are doing such a great job.. I know Susie will come up with something awesome.

{{Big Hugs}}

Cathy

Anne said...

How 'bout 3 vintage plates with a 1, 4, and a 3?

Grace said...

I am in awe...waiting on the edge of my seat was definitely worth it! I currently live in a rental house, so I am storing up ideas for when we get our own home in a couple of years once my hubby is done with his residency. Your blog is a huge inspiration, and my whole decorating attitude has changed because of you. You truly inspire me, and I look forward to each new post. Thanks so much for sharing your home's transformation with all of us here!

blondiensc said...

Everything looks fabulous Layla...your cottage is light and airy without loosing it's personality and I love the pops of dark wood and color...just perfect! all that hard work really pays off when you have an inspiring place to call home~ happy weekend~

Tamera said...

The mirrors on the door is a fabulous idea! The hallway looks beautiful, and, you're right, so AIRY and fresh and crisp and clean and...need I go on?
I'm just gonna have to send you photos of my hallway so you can make them sparkle and shine too:)
If you weren't doing a mirror on the door, I would vote for a long mirror on the wall...My favs are old B&W also...can't go wrong with those. Would love to see black frames on the white walls.
So pretty!

The Wier Family said...

Hi! I have loved watching your hallway renovation, as your wood boards are very similar to the interior of our house. Our home was built circa 1896, and the entire house is floor to ceiling wooden boards ranging from 8" uniform walls (much like your hallway) to 14" old barn wood... some painted, some original, all different colors. It really is quite beautiful, in our opinion. I have a question about your insulation, though. When we bought our house, most of the walls were covered in sheetrock or tack-cloth wallpaper. The house has no insulation at all. I would love to know what type of insulation you have in your walls. We thought about using the spray in foam, but I think it would spill out of the cracks (some of which are up to an inch wide between boards). But, if you use the "standard" sheet insulation, you would have to remove all of the trim, moldings, and each board individually, and then reinstall all of the boards and moldings. I'm so curious to see how this problem was solved in your home! I look forward to hearing from you and seeing more updates on your house!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Everything is just looking gorgeous. I love the exposed wood. YOur transom is wonderful too. Hugs, Marty

Ruth P. said...

It looks gorgeous, and I admire all the work you've done and are doing on your house. Great finds, thank you so much for sharing!
I do have one question, though. When you cut the transom, did you put glass in it? A pane, or something you can open? Or is it just an opening? I always thought a transom was glass - set in the frame, of course, however I never saw anything about that. just curious!
Have a great weekend as well.

Vintage Junky said...

wow! It looks great! go for the extra transoms. And, how about some vintage paint by numbers...they are quirky and different. Those sign inspirations are great!

Smiles!
Michelle

Aura said...

You WOULD! ;) It's perfect, like I knew it would be. It brightened up that hallway so much. I think some large square frames with a wide matte would look really pretty hung vertically, like this: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2515/3974989881_08b18c8338.jpg I've been looking for a spot in the house to do this, but I haven't found one, yet. A thick black frame with white mattes and a black and white photos inside would be lovely. You could even keep with the theme and photograph a 1,4, and 3 and hang them in the same spot. I really love any sort of an interesting grouped collection of objects. Here's another picture I had saved that I love: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3447/3975752558_1e62cedf7b.jpg You could use baskets, bowels, or plates just like you said. You could do something like these bells from Pottery Barn: http://www.potterybarn.com/pbimgs/rk/images/dp/products/200939/0044/img18l.jpg Or a grouping of different pretty mirrors to bring in even more light into the hall. Good luck with your search! The accessories and finishing touches are my favorite part.

And thank you so much for your sweet compliments! If you like the playlist (I leave it on for hours, too) Try pandora.com and listen to Brett Dennen radio. It's AMAZING and it's free. I discovered a lot of really great music, that way. I leave music on constantly in the house, so it's nice that it just plays non-stop, and you can customize the stations. I turn it on in the office and just turn it up so I can hear it no matter where I am in the house. One week it told me I couldn't log in because I had exceeded my 40 hours of listening that week!! That's how much I listen to music.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, Layla, I'm loving all the changes ya'll are doing! The new transoms look fantastic and add so much character. So glad you discovered those planked walls too, it is truly an amazing space. Bit by bit, inch by inch, you are making that little house all yours.

Aura said...

Me again! How about this? http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2444/3975046139_3b0374a7cd_o.jpg

The Consummate Hostess said...

Wow, your interiors are incredible. I love the laid back and super comfortable vibe. I am inspired!

Dianne said...

Beautiful! Yes do the mirrors on the door but leave the doors white...all of them. Love it!

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

Breathtaking! I can not wait to see how you finish up all of the details.
You two are my new favorite super heroes!! ;)

XO*Tricia

undomestic chica said...

The difference is amazing! I'm so jealous of your reading room

Craftify It! said...

AMAZING. I love it! My jaw is dropped in awe at your before & after pictures! It looks absolutely beautiful. I love the color pallete you've chosen.

Vintage plates would be beautiful-you could even paint the numbers 1 4 3 on 3 different plates & hang them vertically in memory of your hubby's sweet note.

If you don't go with plates, these vintage table numbers that I found, would be darling framed down that wall!
http://vintageglamblog.com/2008/09/diy-tuesdays-anthropologie-table-numbers/

Good luck! Can't wait to see what else you do!

Hedy King said...

Love, love, love your hall and reading room. How creative and clever you are. I may be saving for a consult sooner than I thought. Thanks for showing us your treasures.

Ashley Schott said...

I am in absolute awe! You have both done such a gorgeous job and have created such a lovely home. I love painted wood paneling. It all looks just amazing:)

Sheri said...

looking awesome. I love the "Follow your heart" sign, what does it say above it? (So totally stealing that idea, hope you don't mind)

BlueCastle said...

It's beautiful! Love, love LOVE the idea of cutting out more transoms. I wondered if you would do that now that you saw how wonderful just one is. :) Hurray for natural light!

Carmen said...

Wow! I am literally sitting here with my mouth hanging open. I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!!! It seriously looks like it's straight out of a magazine! Well done! The transom windows are awesome!

Kim Klassen said...

absolute, total loveliness!

thank you for sharing....Kim

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It just looks gorgeous and I love the plate idea.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It looks amazing. I love the idea of chalkboard paint on a door - my kids love chalkboards and you could continue to leave each other those cute little "coded" messages.

Adrienne said...

simply beautiful you two! great vision for the house. i'm so happy when i, too, finish a project:)

CountryCouture said...

My grandmother has a slim door like that...she hung two rectangular antique mirrored perfume trays on it. Here is one on eBay that is similar:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Perfume-Tray-with-Brass-Rim_W0QQitemZ360193284490QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item53dd31598a&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

{ L } said...

Very exciting and very well done!! I love how you described it being able to breathe now. :) Also off topic but when you put up beadboard do you use the big sheets on the smaller interlocking panels? Thanks!

Ellis said...

It looks wonderful! I vote for a transom above each doorway leading into the hall. We have opening/closing transoms above each hallway door and they're great for airflow and light flow!

Cottage on the Hill said...

Wow that is just beautiful! I too once had a sweet little old cottage built in 1901. There was the cutest old panel door with frosted glass panes. It was so wonderful because it provided privacy to the bedroom but allowed light to filter into the hallway. Glass pane doors would give even more of an open feel to your hallway. I could see that small door painted a very light shade of robin's egg blue. Also have you ever considered hanging a panel of drapes inside the reading room doorway? Maybe a light camel colored linen fabric?

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Looks fantastic of course! It may have already been said, but I think that if you are going to hang plates, why not hang numbered plates that say "1,4,3" too. As a reminder of the love note left and a repeat from the dining room chairs.

Olivia said...

I know a few others said that the numbers on the wall next to the reading room would be a good idea and I agree! I don't know if I'm repeating what someone said, but some large dark antiqued numbers would look beautiful against the white walls.

mariondee-designs said...

All I can say is you are both very talented and the transformations are inspiring! I am sure which ever way you decide to finish your hallway it will look great. Your home is like a breath of fresh air! take care, Maryann

Raised In Cotton said...

WOW WEEEE! Love, love the tongue and groove:) You have to use the "1,4,3" in the hallway. By all means add another transom it would be perfect:))

Blessings to you both:)
Carol

ropergirl3 said...

love all these great improvements, just remarkable how different it looks!
I would definetly do the transoms and maybe you could incorporate stained glass on that door?

Janean said...

Aw...you took that "lovely" wrinkled, dirty carpet up? It was so...vintage. lol. Beautiful work.

good goods & co said...

you are amazing. The space is beyond belief when comparing before and after. You just HAFTA do the 1-4-3. Big old numbers? Or black & white photos of numbers? Or just paint them on the wall in black numbers????

Sharon said...

LOVE the planks on your entry, and the serene feel of your living room. I second the idea of the plates 1 4 3 made in an earlier comment.

Jeannette said...

Hi Layla! I just can't stay away from your home!!(blog home that is!lol) I am always inspired here!!!! My suggestion don't know if already suggested) is to have someone cut LARGE #'s in wood duplicating the message Kevin left you done up in black of course or even dark mahogany! Just a thought! You two are my idols!! Sincerely, Jeannette

KK said...

I think Susie should definitely go with the 1st sign example styling. Perhaps a "143" with your initials or "LC" (Lettered Cottage) & maybe your house number as picks! You've given me the bug to make my own now. Thanks for the continued inspiration!

KK said...

My suggestion for the small door - it would be really neat if you could make it look like or actually have (if you're up for cutting it) a frosted glass like you would see in a vintage bathroom door. I think it would be cool to see large fluff white towels & bedding outlined through it!

Karen said...

Your house is so beautiful! I adore what you did in the hall! The transoms make me smile!

Lindsey @ Better After said...

Just found your blog tonight! Love your style! Your house is beautiful!

My name is PJ. said...

YOUUUU asking us what we'd do? That's a laugh and a half! We all want YOUUUU to tell us what to do!!

I'd hang vintage and vertical, three or five.

I'd only paint the door because you're putting glass on it so it will stay light. I love the gray tones you've used elsewhere and, of course I love black, but I'm thinking it's too dark for your hall....

mimi charmante said...

Do you two ever sit down and relax? I somehow doubt it... :)
It all looks amazing and it is so inspiring~ The before and after shots are always wonderful as they have such impact being as the difference is stunning!
Bravo my friend! Have a wonderful Sunday~
xx

BrendaS said...

I would definitely have Kevin paint the '143' back onto the wall...except in a muted down taupe on the white wall. I loved it there. Big like he did it the first time...with the roller! :)

Tiffany said...

Wow! I think it is all absolutely gorgeous! I love it. You both did such a beautiful job making it your own! So beautiful.

andrea said...

"...anxiously awaiting accessories. I was thinking of doing a vertically-hung row of vintage plates. What would you do?"

Oh, I would commemorate that lovely message from your hubby with three large numbers - 1, 4 & 3!

Lisa said...

I love your ideas! Just makes me want to come in and put my feet up and sit a spell. As far as your skinny door, I love the mirror idea. What about mimicing the 6 panel door to the side of it with 6 same size panel mirrors? Kind of a reverse mirror effect? I like the ideas of his 143 to you on the wall. You will know just what to do and it will look fantastic as always!

abeachcottage.com said...

been drooling over these too, though know I'm late to the party...I think you'll style it beautifully...I'd go black frames for some pop though I think

Sarah

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Layla~can't believe the difference. Absolutely stunning~can't wait to see the wood sign. I love the idea of the vintage plates, but maybe mounting some old iron numbers (1,4,3) on them for memory sake? :)

Richella said...

Ummm, yummmm. Rather than just a place to walk through, your hall is now a place to walk TO. How fitting that a part of your house that you use every day would now look so much like it belongs to you!

I think vintage plates would look wonderful in that space, although I love the idea of somehow retaining your 1-4-3 wall there. Wonder if you could hang 1 large platter, four small plates, then 3 medium size plates?

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

What a breath of fresh air! Makes me want ti paint everything I own white!

:)