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Creating a Warm and Inviting Home: Before and After

With fall coming quickly, I thought I would highlight my favorite cozy room. Like most designers' homes, my home is a constant palette for my work and the objects I collect. Our home was built as a hunting lodge in 1911. Although the home had fantastic character when we bought it in 2002, I have made plenty of changes to accommodate our lifestyle and to enjoy it to the fullest.



Before: Stairway in Livingroom

After: Stairway in Livingroom

In a major kitchen renovation (to be highlighted on it's own) we relocated the basement stairs to the area beneath the front stair, losing the closet. This allowed a fantastic place for artwork (midcentury artist Joseph Friebert is featured here at the moment) and a small bookcase to display art and other goodies. I regularly rotate this area with fabulous finds small and large.


The staircase runner is a patchwork of vintage rugs and I think my next project will be to paint out the stringer and risers to better highlight the runner.


Before: Stairway in Livingroom

After: Stairway in Livingroom

In a major kitchen renovation (to be highlighted on it's own) we relocated the basement stairs to the area beneath the front stair, losing the closet. This allowed a fantastic place for artwork (midcentury artist Joseph Friebert is featured here at the moment) and a small bookcase to display art and other goodies. I regularly rotate this area with fabulous finds small and large.


The staircase runner is a patchwork of vintage rugs and I think my next project will be to paint out the stringer and risers to better highlight the runner.

Before: Front Entrance


After: Front Entrance

Painting the windows a lovely dark shade somewhere between blue and green really added drama to the windows and created a framework to view the beautiful grounds. By relocating the coat closet door to the wall around the corner, I created a place for artwork to greet visitors at the front door. It's interesting that the original plans showed the foyer was a bedroom and the powder room was a full bath, the only one in the lodge.


Before: Stairway in Livingroom

After: Stairway in Livingroom

In a major kitchen renovation (to be highlighted on it's own) we relocated the basement stairs to the area beneath the front stair, losing the closet you see on the before pic. This allowed a fantastic place for artwork (midcentury artist Joseph Friebert is featured here at the moment) and a low bookcase to display art and other goodies. I regularly rotate this area with fabulous finds, small and large.


The staircase runner is a patchwork of vintage rugs and I think my next project will be to paint out the stringer and risers to better highlight the runner.


Before: Living Room


After: Living Room


Of all the rooms in the house, the living room remains truest to the original 1911 hunting lodge. We use all the rooms in the house and none more than this one in the fall and winter. This is the room you walk into and never want to leave. It's beautiful, flooded with south and west light all year round but it really shines in winter evenings around the fireplace. I used all natural materials in the room. The sofa is a linen and wool blend; the chairs are a terra cotta mohair and the cozy bench is shearling. The sprawling coffee table is one of a kind, a solid slab of teak; I had to order an extra long sofa just to complement it. The table easily accommodates food and drinks for cozy cocktail parties and I have maximized seating in this large room for the gatherings I love to host.


The inscription by Caryle, "We live no more of our life here than we live well" is original to the home and couldn't be more fitting for this warm and wonderful room.

















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