Early this week, we were gifted with a family treasure.
Steve, the girls’s dad, just moved to a new home and well, apparently it didn’t quite fit into he and his girlfriend’s decorating plans and he asked if the girls wanted this lovely old hutch that belonged to their great grandparents, Fabian and Eleanor. Of course, they said yes! They love beautiful old wooden pieces… and so, this old hutch came out to the homestead.
For a few days, it was in the studio, but we knew that was not the place for it. So Monday we moved it around and did a little rearranging to make it fit into our living room.
Being that we have a 115 year old farmhouse, that is multi-generational and has been added on to, our living room is right in the middle of the house. And unfortunately, is dark having no windows to the outside and has 7 different openings to other places in the house. Combined with super tall ceilings, this is one awkward room!!!
But we’ve been working with it, and it’s comfy, just still feels a little weird. We really don’t watch TV much so no one really spends much time in there. Ultimately, it would be nice to take and open up one of the walls to the outer room so that we can have more room and more light! But that is something we don’t feel comfortable just knocking out walls without a bit more guidance as to what might be load bearing and all that structural engineering thing and all.
So, we’re stuck with sort of making it work.
Lilly Kitty loves the picture of Mary being escorted away from Calvary, a beautiful old lithograph that we just love… so pretty and so mournful… we had it hanging where the hutch went, and I need to rehang it… (Actually, Lilly was fascinated by a little moth that had slipped in the house!)
This is from the studio entrance… we got that lovely big entertainment center for free off Craigslist! Love it. It’s actually very nice, a sort of cherrywood color that is pretty close to the family hutch!
Okay, I am side tracked! We got this hutch and so we were coming home and I got the idea that we should make it a memory or heritage hutch! We will start to add our own little heirloom pieces and such into it’s cabinets and then use the top cabinet as a display area for small pieces, photos and such. Isn’t that a cool idea? We really don’t need more storage, not really, but then collecting some special things in there just really seems to make perfect sense! Can’t wait to get started finding the right things to go in there.
We love that it compliments our other maternal great grandmother’s beautiful wood and marble table that my Dad brought to us a couple summers ago! Windhaven is becoming the family museum place and we don’t mind at all! We love stuff like that.
Okay… I do need some help though. Suggestions??? What do we do with this room?
We love the green… it’s a sort of nice natural modern green, sort of celery? Or light a bright sage.. I dunno… but we like that. Goes with the wood and our amber lights, and brown and beige tones of the piece and such. But what we have trouble with is a.) the very tall walls…. b.) the lack of natural light and c.) the multiple openings and such.
We’re not really into a lot of doo-dads and such, or really boarders… but the room just feels well, awkward. It’s not that comfortable. It’s hard to set up the furniture without blocking some pathway. I don’t mind blocking off the bedrooms to a degree, since we don’t go back there over and over. But we do go from the studio to the office and then into the dining room a lot.
We’re probably going to paint the floor soon, a light color. Maybe a light brown. To help reflect some light. I thought that crown molding might act to finish the ceiling a bit more and bring it down a bit. That neat lightweight foam molding is very very reasonable. We’re not set with the furniture in the places they are… but not sure how to move them around. Thought about putting the entertainment center on the wall that the couch is on, but well, not sure if that will help anything.
Help!!! (gg) Any suggestions would be welcome!!!
Maybe I’ll try and get a drawing of the house done and you can see our traffic circle dilemma!!!Pin It