Posts tagged ‘Hallway’

June 19, 2011

Hung Art

Today I had the opportunity to finish a few decorative tasks around the house. One was spur of the moment and the others had been lingering for weeks.

The first all started when vintage-loving friends of ours came in town. Two of us decided to check out a nearby vintage store that’s 50% interesting stuff, 50% shabby chic, typical Oklahoma crap. Of course we each found some items to take home.  My find? A big, wooden spoon.

I seriously love it. But we all know I’m strange. I really liked the calendar strip that had occupied this spot previously, but this just takes the cake for me.

The next had been a lingering item. Rob’s parents had gifted us some decorative plates from Peru. Once I realized the were decorative, I knew I had to showcase them in some way. Unfortunately, they sat for months in a stack on our counter, decoratively. Today, I finally decided to to hang the plates.

I never would have thought I’d be the type to hang plates.

The last was the never-ending fireplace nook. It started out with adjustable shelves that I attempted to work with. Next was the stretched canvas. I’m hoping this will be the end of that journey with maybe some tweaks of the contents.

The collection is 4 pages from a vintage botanical book framed in shadow boxes. Can you spot the mishap? The second frame from the bottom. I had a very difficult time putting the frame back together. After fussing with it for 10 minutes and seriously working up a sweat, I realized I had attached the page upside down. I tried to fix it, but it was seriously wedged. When I have more energy, I may try again.

I love it anyway.

August 21, 2010

Wood Floors Pt. 2: The Hallway.

With the addition of the new wood floors, our hallway is practically finished. Amazing.

If only you could see the before. Unfortunately, the documentation has been lost within the digital world, likely to never be seen again. Hm.. maybe that should be ‘thankfully’.

Before we get to our new, improved hallway, let’s take a look back at the inspiration picture Rob blogged almost a year ago, here.

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I originally identified with this image because of the long hallway with multiple doors interrupting the flow of the walls. I knew I would have the same obstacles at Penny Lane. I also really liked the directional lighting, the repetitive round rugs and the large art focal piece at the entrance of the hall.

I wanted the hallway to act as an art gallery – displaying art I have collected been given over the years mixed with images of friends and family. I’m not the type of person who displays framed family photos throughout the house, so including some sort of resemblance of a life had to be purposeful. The lighting decision was a relatively easy one to make. We chose track lighting. The following installation and repair, on the other hand, was a bit more difficult, as I described here. To achieve an even stronger art gallery feeling in the hallway, I decided to go with a white, flat paint. We ultimately chose Sherwin Williams Pearly White because it looked best in both the hallway and the living room, each having different lighting types – the living room: mostly natural light; the hallway: halogen.

Enough talk. Let’s get to the Before and Afters.

Imagining the Before will take a bit of creativity. Imagine a long, carpeted hallway, some of which was fraying at the sides leaving bits of carpet threads tracked throughout the house. The walls were goldenrod yellow with marbelized fish globe light fixtures at either end. The result was dark, dingy and dated.


The entrance to the hallway from the dining/entry/living room.

View from the master bedroom towards Rob’s office.

View from Rob’s office towards the master bedroom.

So there you have it. Our new, fancy floors in the hallway. After the addition of round rugs and a few paint touch ups, we can call it done. At this point, though, it will join the guest bathroom on the list, ‘finished for now’.

August 14, 2010

Let there be light.

Last week I desperately wanted to post pictures of our new wood floors. Unfortunately, every room with new floor was a mess with unpacked boxes, furniture strewn about and general mayhem from installing the new floors. The only room I could think of that was picture-ready was the hallway. I grabbed the camera and was about to snap a furry of photos before I remembered that one of our hall lights is out.

Our half-lit, mid fixture replacement hallway

When we moved in, our lighting consisted of two fish bowl fixtures at either end of a goldenrod hallway. Upon painting our bedroom, the hallway stood out like a sore thumb. When we painted the hallway, the lighting revealed itself to be less than desirable. So in late February of 2010, we found ourselves in the track lighting aisle at Lowe’s. Happy as clams to find impressive lighting for so cheap, we left to install the tracks to the hall ceiling. During the installation, we were more like happy as cats after a bath, which is not at all.

Polly after her first bath.

The installation of the track lighting was particularly difficult, so when one of our tracks started malfunctioning, we felt like felines at a pool party. After dismantling the track and testing every component, Rob found the source of the problem – the copper lines inside of the track were not conducting the electricity going into the fixture. We paid another visit to Lowe’s. Hilarity insued and 1.5 hours later we were back home with a new track. Then we went to bed.

The next evening we installed our new track and…

Huzzah! We have light!

Let the manic new-floor-picture-taking begin!

July 12, 2010

Wood Floors Pt. 1

Just to show you how dedicated Rob is to finishing the never-ending flooring project in our house, he’s using a nail gun right now to reattach the baseboards.  Or maybe he’s just wanting his TV back in its rightful home.

Starting Friday, we finally got to that huge stack of wood sitting in our living room.  And don’t overestimate our awesomeness, because we had tons of help.  Our friends, Gavin and Heather, gave up their weekend to help us lay some floors.

Yesterday, we spent the day working in the master bedroom.

The floors are engineered wood strips that we glued together and floated over the concrete slab.

By default, we had to go about 1/3 of the way into the hallway.

Another friend’s miter saw that he’s so graciously let us borrow. Thanks, Dave!

Our beautiful, although dusty, wood floors.

And last, but not least, our sleeping quarters for the last couple of nights. Comfy!