Friday, August 25, 2017

The View From My Desk - I Like What I See

Figuring out what works and doesn't work in a house always involves tons of trial and error.  Then there is the situation of what does the house need and what fits with it's architectural style.  This home is a lot different from my last few homes.  It has a style all it's own.   Slowly but surely I am getting a handle on this house and making it mine.  This is the view from my desk in the loft.  After a few trials and errors, I am beginning to like what I see.

Decorating a home in a more Traditional or Transitional style is my preference.  Every time you move into a new home you have to find out what this home likes and what will work best for your family.  This is why you have seen me change things up around here quite a few times over the last 7 months that we've lived here.  Furniture doesn't always fit and some pieces don't work at all.  So there has been tons of trial and error.

One thing that I am learning about this house is that it calls for cleaner, crisper lines to "look right".  You know what I mean, you look at a room and it just looks all wrong, then some rooms just look right.  This home is much more modern in it's architectural features than my last home.  The last one had your basic floor plan with basic 9 foot ceilings throughout and a simple design.  My more Traditional furniture looked just perfect in it.  With a few more modern accessories I was able to make it look transitional and more up to date which is the style that I prefer.  A fun mix of traditional and modern is what I always seem to gravitate to.

This home has mixed styles, but is much more modern in feel and architectural design than the last one.  We have all kinds of angles in the main living areas of this house.  The living room walls go from 12ft. high on the left to over 20ft. tall on the right side, with a lot of angles in ceiling lines along the way.

 Then looking back the other way, you see where our 20ft. ceiling opens up so you can see the two story ceiling of the upstairs.  For some reason they added an angled wall here that really has no purpose, just an angle that slopes down to the 12ft. ceiling side of the living/dining room.  This is also where we start to see mixed styles in architecture.  A wide arched opening that leads into the family room/kitchen is not normally seen in more modern architecture, but neither are the arched windows.  It's also unusual to be looking at this 20ft. ceiling area and then walk into the family room/kitchen with 8ft. ceilings.

From the bottom of the stairs you see all the way up to the ceiling of the second story.

Once you are upstairs, you are back to 8ft. ceilings in the landing with a really large archway over the door to the master bedroom.

 The master has a vaulted ceiling that is 12ft high, but it is not vaulted in the middle of the room, but rather over the arched window.

 Then there is a large bump out arched doorway to the master bathroom with this wall being a little over 10ft. high.

I absolutely love all the high ceilings and the quirky angles the walls have, but it does tend to be more on the modern side than traditional.  To me that is a fresh pallet and one that I am loving working with.  Totally the unexpected and definitely nothing dull or common.

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  1. Marty, you are really transforming your house and it's a home now! The furnishings all work so well together.

  2. You are doing a wonderful job making this new home yours.

  3. I love how you've been decorating your new home!

  4. What a beautiful view you have my friend. You are such an inspiration to me!

  5. You've had some rather unique challenges in this home, but you've made it yours and it is beautiful!

  6. You have done an excellent job on decorating your new home. You have made this a beautiful welcoming home.


  7. Your home has really come together in such a quick time, Marty! I'm in my house 2 1/2 years now and I feel as if I'm still pulling it together - after all, my living room walls were naked until recently!! Looking good!

  8. Marty, your home is lovely, and so inviting!
    May I make one suggestion?! Have you tried turning your rug in front of your couch the other way, so that the more open design of your rug is nearer the window, perhaps giving it a feel of a wider space in the area that narrows because of your front door?

  9. Love your new home and what you've done with it. Very homey and inviting!

  10. It looks so homey Marty! love your new kitchen!!