"The Library - Before and After . . . "
I'm always fascinated by the analytics that accompany writing this blog. Sometimes my business degree gets the best of me - and I can spend hours digging through number and analyzing data. Seeing which country has the largest readership. Knowing which images on my Pinterest page send the most traffic to the blog. What time of day I tend to have the most readers. To know that y'all like it when I use images from Downton Abbey. And I also love seeing which of my numerous posts get the most readership . . .
So . . . though I don't quite consider this as pandering . . . I DO know, for a fact, that y'all like a good ole "before and after" story . . . lol.
So. Here is some fairly serious 'before.' Just after the beginning of construction. Mocking up some trim options - and finalizing the shelving layout for the new library. The wooden mantel was not going to be re-used, but because everyone involved liked the proportions - we were using it just as a place-holder until the limestone one was delivered. We were also working with the shelving layout - and I was measuring all the books and artifacts that were going to end up being used along this wall.
And now . . . a beautiful, rich paint colour for the woodwork. We had toyed with the idea of a stained finish on the woodwork - but, there were also a great many other details for the room (custom upholstered tartan walls, a large collection of antique books, and so forth) and decided that the painted woodwork would be less of a 'design element' - and thus would function more as a supportive detail than a 'marquee' one. It's always important to keep the entire project balanced. The painted finish also gave the space a slight 'modern' element - to contrast with its eventual furnishings.
Because, now things are getting serious. Almost 100 yards of a custom plaid were being milled in Scotland - a mixture of rich olive greens, russet browns, but with just a hint of soft lavender to keep things interesting. The entire room was measured and graphed out - with all the seams and welting calculated. So that . . . over the course of several weeks . . . we could do this . . .
All dressed for a classic gentleman . . . and his retreat from the busy, modern world. The painted panelling recedes - and the furnishings and collections leap to life in the space.