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My Stairwell

My stairwell is another area of my home that has seen multiple transformations since we moved in two years ago.  Really, it has had a few different looks in the past year.  It’s a tricky space…it doesn’t get a lot of light, so I wanted it to be colorful, but not too bright, I like a little moodiness.  Plus I think little nooks like stairwells should be places where you experiment a little.  Small spaces give you more room to be “out there” with your creativity.  This is how I feel about powder baths also.  Do you love a wallpaper pattern, but it would look C-R-A-Z-Y in a larger room?  Put it in your powder bath.  Is there a bright color you adore, but it would be overwhelming in an entire room?  Powder bath.  I’m tellin’ ya.  You’ll be happy, the small space will be happy, win-win.

If you remember this teaser post about my stairwell, then you will remember this kind of fuzzy picture.  (Why did I not take a better one?)

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At the end of aforementioned post, I posted this picture and asked you to guess what it was.

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Well, it was a true, original Dorothy Draper chest, and yes, it was awesome, and no, it didn’t work.  It looked super weird in that space (too deep), so I sold it.

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Let me back up a smidge, and let’s talk color.  The wall was originally Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter”, and I painted it Benjamin Moore’s “Hale Navy”.

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I used a semi gloss sheen, and I wish I had gone flat for a couple of reasons.  Although I used the high gloss because I wanted it to have a sparkle effect, high gloss paint should really only be used on flat, non-textured surfaces.  My walls have a slight texture to them (ugh) so while the paint has the shiny look I wanted, I am repeatedly reminded of the texture on the wall.  A flat paint would have hidden the texture better and perhaps would have given the navy color more depth.  When you buy a nice paint like a Benjamin Moore or a Sherwin Williams, Farrow & Ball, etc., it has a lot of pigment in it,  so a flat paint really holds the color well.

Nevertheless, I liked the color overall, but the wall was lacking pizzazz.   After I sold the apothecary looking cabinet, lamp, green mirror, and Draper chest, I used the money to purchase what I really wanted.  I knew exactly what my stairwell needed for some colorful punch.

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Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon is a “new classic” print, and I am sure it will be talked about for years to come.  The dragon aspect of it has grown on me, but the colors!  The colors are just gorgeous, and I love the combination of hues with the movement of the pattern.  It really is a masterpiece in many ways.  Therefore, after framing out a symmetrical rectangle on my wall using crown molding, and smoothing out the wall using joint compound and a sander, it was ready.

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I still need to tweak some things (like the light fixture, I painted it, but it’s still not what I want – I’m thinking super awesome flush light fixture), but overall, the space is brighter and more interesting.

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The chinoiserie lamps were purchased off of Ebay, and I LOVE them!  I have never seen blanc de chine lamps (I wrote about these lamps here) like these so I snatched them up when I found them.  I think they were around $100 each, and while admittedly, that is more than I would pay normally, they are one-of-a-kind, and I will keep these lamps forever.  The wooden box is a prayer box from an old church, which I think is really sweet.  I would love to incorporate this into our family life, but one thing at a time, right?

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I put a pair of pretty design books under the old prayer box and added a vintage brass fly (its wings open!) for a quirky touch.  The white lacquer parsons console is from West Elm thought they don’t carry it anymore.  Boo.

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The basket is from Home Goods, and this is pretty much how it looks most of the time.  Full of umbrellas, rain boots, a blanket, and random toys that get thrown in there.  The vintage garden stool is awesome, though I have thrown around the idea of switching it out with something solid.

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The rug is an estate sale find, and the colors mesmerize me.  Coral, dusty blue, gold, leaf green, and gray.  Yum.

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When you are walking in from the living room where the walls are muted, it’s a nice surprise to see the pretty colors.

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Of course, it’s nice when you come in the side door, too.  (where we normally enter)

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Or when you come down the stairs.

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These photos give you a good feel of how the space looks at night.

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Although I could probably do twelve “before” pictures (ha!), I will only do two.

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And of course, the after.

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I think the game changer was the wallpaper when it came to making the space special.  I chose it because I love the story it tells, and the modern yet aged feel it brings.

See you back here tomorrow, friends!

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Many many thanks to the lovely Kat Phillips of TheGrayAttic.com for all of the pretty “after” images in this story.

Written by Grace

One of My Most Favorite Rooms Ever

My head is pretty much a continuous current of design.  Ideas are bouncing around everywhere, and I get inspired by everything from a local art exhibit to the paint trim pattern on the mini train you can ride around my city.  (You would have seen those photos if you follow me on Instagram @astoriedstyle)

But there are rooms and elements of rooms and color schemes and patterns I fall in love with instantly, and I remember them forever, fondly thinking about them from time to time like old friends.

Today I am sharing one of my old friends with you, a room designed for the 2011 DC Design House by Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home.  I j’adore her fabric line, and her style in many ways is my happy place.  Natural elements layered with lots of texture, a little industrial, and a touch of moodiness, all brought together with some color.

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Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home

What adds a more organic textural feel than grasscloth wallpaper?  I love how it’s on the ceiling, too!

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Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home

This lamp from Stray Dog Designs had me at one glimpse of its emerald green shade.

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It’s so difficult to say what my favorite part of the room is because I sincerely love so much of it, but the “Princess and the Pea-esque” hideaway is way up there.

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What a wonderful window seat to to snuggle in and read your favorite novel!

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Sweetly styled vignette – I love the feel of imagination and coziness this evokes.

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Lauren has tons of fabric from her own line (I mentioned them in this post) in this room, including the “Happikat” in fog shown here on the drapes.

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Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home

If you have seen my dining room, you have seen my Mad Hatter chairs in action.  There is so much color and history in the shape of this chair.

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Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home

For the backs of the Mad Hatter chairs, Lauren used a Michael Smith fabric called “Grace” in the Willow colorway.  Great name, right?  I lllloooovvvveee this fabric.

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Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home

You can read all about this room and get more details on Lauren’s blog, “Pure Style Home”, here.

Are you as fond of this room as I am?  What is your favorite element of this beautifully designed space?

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