west hill house
Can you believe these before and after images are taken from the same vantage point? This foyer at the center of the house offered access to different rooms in every direction. What would happen if someone was walking from the bathroom to their bedroom in a towel? They'd be visible from the front hall - so that door had to be moved. We relocated the access to the bedroom wing to a less central area creating new space in the foyer to build a proper staircase. Notice the lantern on the floor in the "before" and then look for it again in the "after".
What was once a dark entryway became an open, airy and happy foyer to welcome guests. I had some photos I took in Bermuda printed in large format and framed: easy and personal large scale art. The front door was replaced, making the driveway and front yard now visible from inside the house. The glass panel and sidelights let in so much light.
Same wish list. Same vibe.
When you need an oversized coffee table and can't find what you want, buy two of the same. I love the weathered wood of these Crate & Barrel tables that manage to work well with all kinds of furniture and styles and stand up to any cocktail, hors d'oeuvres or dinner in front of the fire/TV. Life is messy and I like my home life-proof. And I never want a guest to panic if they spill. Some tables look fine next to each other with a gap. I like these tightly joined together so we connected them underneath with cable ties and no one is the wiser.
Heated floors. Enough said.