Making a Cape Cod style house dreams come true…
Walking into the first room of the house that was the family room was a little scary to say the least. It was anything but light and bright. The floors were red oak and badly stained, the windows old and smoggy and undersized and there was a wall that didn’t allow the kitchen to be seen.
It was claustrophobic and depressing.
I knew immediately that it was not private enough to stay as the family room.. It was going to be where we sat and had meals together as a family but it had to feel open..
The first thing in my minds eye was to replace the windows with larger ones, keeping the placement the same. This did wonders because of course bigger windows equals more light..
The second and most critical piece was removing the wall that stood between the kitchen and the living room. This instantly created an ample view and expanded your eye gaze. Removing the red oak floors original to the house and replacing it with white oak was so important so that I could have the width I was looking for and the flexibility to stain them as light and natural as possible….
Adding the clapboard ship lap was the finishing touch that would wrap around the dining area and up the stair case creating cohesiveness and staying true to the cape cod style of the house.
And here you have the dining area.
Light, bright, and inviting… 💛
I love bringing natural light into dark spaces. It’s my thing and how I approach a room, a house, or staircase. Over the next week I’m sharing before and after pictures of my home here on the blog and over on Instagram. Get a tour of my home and read the featured article over at Elle Decor online. Follow along and find out more details about the space.
It wasn’t until I took the roof off the second floor that I saw the immense amount of light this staircase has. This is when The vision to make it sparkle all the time came. Taking away the wall to the right that enclosed it in was no.1. The treads and risers were custom, made two inches thick and squared instead of rounded. The wallpaper was tired and happy to go. The shiplap anchored the left wall and made for a great focal point for the entire first floor.
The lucite handrail was a dream because they don’t make ones that long. Not taking no for an answer, I had two made and added the un-lacquered brackets and tops to cap either ends of the handrail beautifully. On the right where the wall use to be is where I forfeited balusters for a clear glass to compliment the lucite railing. The large newel post gives it presence allowing the full view when your sitting down to eat or in the kitchen. When it came down to putting in a runner, it was No runner all the way! Designing the pattern of the stripe in a fine paints of Europe was it for me.
And there you have the simplest but most welcoming staircase 🙂