Just because a room is currently a family room, doesn’t mean it can’t be something else! The room that is currently our dining room was the previous owner’s living room. But their layout, which had their dining room at the front of the house, didn’t fit our needs or my Mt. Vernon vision.
George and Martha’s front door didn’t open into their dining room and I just couldn’t escape my colonial inspiration.
That’s how you know you’ve truly been inspired: you can’t escape it until you act on it. I filled my pinterest boards with trim-filled rooms. I love wainscoting, but I wanted something more… and I found my style board filled with a mix of sources.
The key word is “mix.” Another of the many things I learned from my mother was that style is more interesting when there is a mix of “looks.” You don’t want your house to look like the showroom of Pottery Barn or Ballard Designs, or like the Founding Fathers just signed the Declaration on your dining room table. You want your home to look like YOU.
My “Mt. Vernon Dream” would only exist on my pinterest board if it weren’t for Frank. Frank is the best carpenter in Jacksonville. Not only is he an expert in his craft, but he can see your vision and give great suggestions. Now, convincing our painter Joe that we wanted all the trim and walls the same color was another story, but he finally caved. He was probably tired of me showing him my pinterest pictures.
The last feature we changed was their sliding glass door; Frank installed beautiful, outward-swinging French doors with side-lights. Albeit, this was the most expensive piece of remodeling in the room, it makes such a difference.
Here is what I learned (from other people’s blogs) and Frank’s advice:
- *Choose a molding/trim style and keep it consistent. A great guide was created by Windsor One
- *Keep consistent spacing between all of your trim and molding; around 4 inches is normal
- *If you are doing it yourself, I can not give you any advice at all! We had Frank!
- *Choose a pale color. We picked Glidden’s Antique Silver because it matched my lamps!
My Mt. Vernon Vision with a Modern Twist
[sources & products: World Market Greyson dining room table with Hayden wing chairs, Glidden Antique Silver paint, an antique bar cart from the Antique Market of San Jose , large, framed print from Home Goods]