In my post ‘Our Hallway – The Inspiration’ I showed you our hallway when we moved in. It was in quite a state! Over the past few years I’ve tried a few things but never did get it right. Then one day while I was walking our dog, Humphrey, in our local park I became inspired by the old Victorian winter garden/glasshouse I see along my way. My idea for our hallway was to include botanicals and glass, which would create interesting reflections depending on where you stand and the time of day. I couldn’t progress very far until I finished making the stained glass panels for the front entrance, which I finished right before Christmas.
Once the stained glass panels were installed, and Timothy returned to school, the focus moved to painting all the remaining woodwork. Although we have white painted floor boards downstairs, I wanted a contrast on the stairs and landing. I decided to go with Farrow & Ball Railings No. 31 – the same colour I used for our base units in the kitchen as well as the exterior of the front door, so it ties in nicely.
This area of the house most definitely needed to have function as well as style. A lot of activities begin and end in this space so there had to be a place for all the associated paraphernalia. I deliberated for ages about storage…the pressure to get it right was immense 😉 I decided to go with two wall mounted storage pieces – a wooden storage unit and a metal coat rack. I chose these because essentially they give me three levels of storage – the basket section and the top section and then because they are mounted up on the wall, the unobstructed floor space underneath.
This unit was originally a tall narrow bookcase. I removed the feet, flipped it on its side and then used super strength brackets to mount it to the wall.
The coat rack was also positioned behind the door, so when you open the door to visitors it is out of sight.
I already had artwork on the wall upstairs and although they are more floral than botanical, they have stayed.
Downstairs, the mirror and stained glass are quite big pieces of interest, so to add balance in two areas I have hung groups of small frames with a different collection of artwork for each.
And when you put it all together, hopefully there’s a warm welcome to be had.
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