I know a lot of you who follow me on Snapchat and YouTube have been waiting for another house update, (really we’re all just waiting for it to be done!) so I figured I’d show you a peek at how it’s all coming together since we’re so close to the finish line. I also want to share some of the challenges I’m facing when it comes to finishes… Maybe you can weigh in and help me decide what to do?!
Let’s start with the floors: If you’ve seen my house update videos you know I was always set on getting traditional narrow plank floors; the kind that’s really common in houses built before the 20’s. Unfortunately, these were hard to find as most of what’s sold now is a more modern wide plank style. I was finally able to find a close match through a company called Armstrong, and I had the vision of doing a herringbone pattern just in the entry.
What I didn’t know was that usually a herringbone style is done with unfinished wood and then finished all together when the pattern has been laid. But since I have an excellent woodworker doing my floors, (as well as my kitchen and custom built in bookcase in my study) he was able to carve notches in the appropriate places in order to lay the wood in a herringbone pattern. It came together seamlessly and I couldn’t be more excited! When I took this photo they were still working on finishing the last 20 square feet by the door so I’m showing you the part that’s been completed.
We’re also done with the room that I’m calling the Pineapple Palace, which will be my guest bedroom. Pineapples represent hospitality so this Barneby Gates wallpaper could not be more perfect for this room. And for the bathroom I kept the dark vibes going with a medieval style floor tile, a black clawfoot tub, and 6×6 white subway tile with dark grout to give it a slightly country feel. I’m so happy with how this turned out!
My contractor and his team also installed the original pendant light back in the stairway and this really caught me off guard when I saw it. It made me emotional! There were so few elements of the original house that I was able to keep— this pendant light, the sconces outside the front door, a set of lights in one of the bathrooms, and the ceiling and molding in the formal living room— I think seeing it just made me remember the house the way it was when I bought it. It is an absolutely stunning piece and casts a beautiful light against the walls at night.
Speaking of originals, there was a set of lights in one of the bathrooms when I bought the home that I knew I had to save and reinstall. This actually might be the most beautiful light fixture I’ve ever seen; it’s so unique and most importantly it’s original to the home. I didn’t photograph the floor but I’ve got a white arabesque tile on the floor, and you can see the black and white mini hex tile in the shower in a black and white variation. This bathroom turned out to have a whimsical style that was 100% accidental. I had all the other bathrooms figured out, but this one I just sort of flew by the seat of my pants. Needless to say it was a happy accident because I love how it turned out! (The mirror hasn’t been installed just yet, by the way!)
Another bathroom that’s missing a mirror is the guest bathroom downstairs. I don’t know why, but I’ve been having a really hard time finding mirrors for this house! (In fact, I DIY’d my way through the enormous mirror in the master bathroom.) But the black paneling, the white console with brass legs, and the stunning Ellie Cashman wallpaper make this bathroom one of my favorites I’ve seen. I’m so glad it turned out this way because this is the bathroom my guests will be using. For the mirror, I’m looking for something tall and oval, and one with a black or brass frame.
My big dilemma now is in the kitchen: Between pendants and sconces, I needed a lot of light fixtures in the kitchen. I asked my contractor not to install recessed lighting in there, so I’ve got a total of 8 lights instead. It was hard to visualize what was going to look good, so I ordered whatever sconces and pendant lights I thought would work. It was a shot in the dark! My electrician installed everything and I took one look at it and knew something was wrong. It just doesn’t look right. I came to the conclusion that the globes are too large for the space; it feels cramped when I look at them.
And then there’s the lantern pendants: They’re gorgeous, but do I want them in black iron instead?? It just looks like too much gold altogether to me, but then again the appliances haven’t been put in yet. This is my biggest challenge right now so I’m just searching for other options and considering swapping out the Darlana lantern for the black iron. What do you think? Let me know in the comments what you would do, because at this point, I’m stuck!