One of My Favorite Spots in the House…
It just so happens that one of my very favorite features of OHW is also one of the most difficult to photograph. Ugh. It has really strong natural light from our back porch door and then filtered light from our front windows on the other side. It’s either too dark or too bright. Always. But today I am going to share it with you anyways!!!
So as strange as it may sound, our main hallway is one of my very very favorite parts of our new home. This hallway took a lot of thinking, a lot of planning and a whole lot of wall, doorway and even staircase removals to achieve. I am rather obsessed with our “house-wide” 12′ ceilings and wanted to really showcase that with a full “almost front of the house to the very back of the house” hallway. You may remember from our very first days of restoration that we were going back and forth about which staircase to remove. We originally had two and the back one just seemed like a waist of space so we ended up deciding to remove it completely. The hallway turned out so grand and beautiful. I love the simplicity and the view of this space all of the way from our living area to our mudroom. We also have a powder room halfway down the hallway that I will share soon and at the end of the hallway is open access to our basement and then our mud room and laundry room. Oh and the door on the opposite side is an under-the-staircase closet. It is filled with boxes and crap at the moment ;-).
DISCLAIMER: We have a gate that blocks our basement stairway that was removed for these images. We DO NOT let our girls ride this race car in the house often and when they do we lock the basement gate. Please do not comment on it being dangerous. I am overprotective if anything.
So let’s take a peek at it all BEFORE…
After Stairway Removal…
So here’s what we did…
1. First, we removed our back staircase that previously led to what is now Addison’s Bedroom, we removed several doorways and a wall in the living room which further opened up the hallway.
2. We re-ran all electrical, all HVAC and restored the original windows.
3. Spray foam insulation.
5. We installed beautiful thick molding on the baseboards, crown and windows! We also added 12″ wide shiplap to the walls! Read more about all of that HERE… “Trim, Ceilings and Moldings Oh My!“
6. Paint! Read more about that HERE… “Paint, Paint and More Paint…“
Wall & Trim Color- Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
Window Sash Color- Inkwell by Sherwin Williams
Door Color- 1/2 Stardew & 1/2 Uncertain Grey
Original 111 Year Old Hardwoods
Read more about our floor restoration & stain color HERE… “They Nailed It! Or Maybe Stained…“
Our Staircase columns & bannisters are also this same stain color above.
Lanterns… Shop It HERE
Sconces… Shop It HERE
9. Stair Balusters!
Yes, they are fabulous and I will share ALL of the details about those on my NEXT BLOG POST!
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XOXO, Brittany Hayes