Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don’t know what to do? You’re not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you…. that’s you lot… the readers! This week’s problem comes from Jackie.
My hubby & I (and 3 children & 1 yellow lab) live in Reading, Mass about 15-20 minutes north of Boston. We’ve lived in our 1901 4-square colonial for about 4 1/2 yrs now. We love it and there is so much potential with our home – but we don’t know where to start. 1st off – all original (dark) woodwork throughout the home. The front hall is huge for a “hall” – its more like a greeting room so we don’t know how to decorate it. We have pocket doors, 2 sets of stairs and a fireplace immediatly greeting you as soon as you come in.
We never see a house/woodwork like ours on any design shows and I am at such a loss as how to decorate with it all. Its very warm & beautiful but it can be so dark. Yet everyone tells me not to paint it – none of it. (including my husband). I look in a million magazines and email sites… Nobody shows anything like our home. It seems woodwork is painted white 99% of the time. We have 100+ yr old woodwork we really don’t want to paint (at least not all of it).
The house is a diamond in the rough. I love the home & most of our belongings – its just that I feel right now the house shows more like an older person’s house & not a young couples… I would call our taste Traditional but with a modern twist. Right now between the dark wood & all our antiques/wood furniture – I feel it just looks like Grandma’s house! ;0 I want to funk things up…and lighten things up! I have had 2 different ladies in here to help us &…well lets just say those are long stories.
We are on a budget. We plan on:
Other then that – I’m at a loss. I’m OK w/painting rooms again if you think our colors are wrong. Hubby will NOT paint any woodwork