Our front door opens up into an entry area and the first room to the left, is our formal lounge room. Previously, this room connected to the formal dining area, where we usually hung out during winter when entertaining.
The room started looking a bit dark and dreary with dark leather sofas, dated carpet and accessories that looked a bit tired. The pillars, which we disliked from the moment we moved in, didn’t add to the ambiance. Pillars do have their place in society and fit homes from Georgian to Federal to Greek Revival to Italianate to Romanesque to Classical Revival. They can provide privacy or create an ambiance of openness. In our house, they looked old fashioned and only created obstruction between the entry and formal living room, so they had to go.
The other pillars, between the new bar area (old formal dining area) and formal lounge area, housed supporting beams, so we decided to encase the beams in 1m nib walls on either side of the room. This plan was ideal, as cabinetry for the bar butted up against this new wall, but it also created a definite divide between the bar and formal lounge area.
The pillars and low nib walls were removed and we couldn’t believe what a difference that made to the space. Luckily, our builders knew what they were doing and the ceiling didn’t come tumbling down! Always check with your builder or structural engineer before removing any pillars or supporting walls in your home.
We removed all skirting boards and architraves in the downstairs area and replaced it with a higher profile to suit the new style. The old carpet was removed and solid timber yarrah floorboards installed.
My biggest source of inspiration for this area was a painting we purchased at the Kings Art Show last year. The artist is an ex-South African, Karen Tabac, who’s abstract landscapes focus on nature without human interference (which you’ll see in next week’s room reveal). It fitted the new style of our home, which has Colonial and Modern Country influences, but also provided a fresh aqua and bottle green colour palette to take throughout the house.
If you would like see some of the other changes we’ve made to our home, follow these links below:
Before & After of Entry and Stairs, Before Photos of the Interior, Renovation, First Phase, Ensuite Bathroom Make Over, Kids’ Bathroom Make Over, Demolition day, Kitchen installation begins, Kitchen Reveal.
Don’t miss next week’s reveal!
Cheerio ’til next time!