our hallway makeover journey!
I say journey… it’s taken nearly eight months from the initial plan to completion. And I say Before and After… it’s mostly After. And when you see the Before pics, you’ll understand why!
Unlike the living room, the Before’s were snapped in a bit of a hurry, post taking down the few remaining pictures that hadn’t fallen off their inadequate hooks and pre Mr OS grabbing a paintbrush.
Looking at the hall now and seeing those before images after some time has passed, I can’t quite believe the state it was in. But isn’t that always the way with most makeovers and renovations? Maybe that’s why I only snapped three pictures…
A H O U S E F U L L O F 7 0 ‘ S E L E M E N T S . . .
Apart from the ancient dirty carpet and just the feeling of it being a thoroughfare with no real lived in feel, for me it was all about those horizontal 70’s bannisters… as in they had to go! Ours is a 70’s house meaning there was all sorts of 70’s ickiness to be erased right form the word go… Artex ceilings, old fashioned skirting boards etc. etc.
As we’ve decorated over the years, bit by bit, the 70s elements have been replaced wherever we’ve been capable (or have had the funds to pay a professional). Way too many rooms still have that nasty stipple-effect ceiling thing going on but re-plastering always feels like a bit of a major undertaking.
Rome wasn’t built in a day…
But the bannisters… Urgh! And not only Urgh but we always had a weird, no lower bannister situation going on right from the off. Mr OS had moved into the house first before we were together and in true boy fashion, decided the downstairs part should be sawn off.
Maybe he was going for a less 70s bannister the better approach… Maybe it’s best not to question his motives.
Fast forward a couple of years, one wife acquired and one baby later and I distinctly remember asking where we would put a stair gate. The same question arose five years ago only this time it was more how do we keep a bouncing puppy from bounding up the stairs. In both cases, we got by!
T H E S E A R C H F O R A C A R P E N T E R I S A L O N G O N E . . .
Back to the present day and late last summer we allocated a couple of weekends where I was on child and dog distraction duties and Mr OS proceeded to apply liberal amounts of Farrow & Ball Down Pipe to the hallway and landing walls. This was a shade I’d been itching to have somewhere in the house!
Around late September I began thinking of Christmas garland opportunities (don’t judge me – I ALWAYS start thinking about festive decorations in September), on a non-70s bannister and so began the mission of pursing carpenters for quotes and availability. Turns out neither of these is easy… by a long shot!
I finally got around to pinning someone down (not literally, although maybe I should have) to a date in November and within one day, horizontal was replaced by vertical and after sixteen years of scowling at the staircase, I was one happy bunny!
Vases – H&M US : similar here in UK | Shelf – Oak Store Direct | Framed Print – Lumitrix c/o Bowl – (old) Oliver Bonas : similar here | Ceiling Light – John Lewis : similar here | Linen Candle – The White Company | Nest Learning Thermostat
Just before the Christmas decorations went up we had a new carpet laid and suddenly the hallway looked half decent. Since January, its been all about the gallery wall… which in if I’m honest, scared the Bejeepers out of me. Whilst I can visualise most things, this one left me with a bit of an interiors blind spot.
Cue the gods of Pinterest and IKEA! After finding a few images that featured framed prints leant on picture rails in amongst books and other objects, I decided this was the way forward – say Hello to the IKEA Mosslanda Picture Ledge. No more middle of the night, pictures falling off inadequate hook scenarios for this house!
Then it came to sourcing the right lighting – Mr OS is now fairly sure I have a lighting obsession… and I fear he may be right. As with the living room, I went straight over to Cult Furniture and promptly ordered the Tribeca Triple Pendant light.
Next we got down to the serious business of finding actual prints to go into various assorted IKEA and Habitat frames. Turns out this is quite a vexing task when it comes to matching up print and frame sizes.
Somewhere in amongst the entire process (August 2017 through to March 2018) I was approached by both Lumitrix and Mapiful asking if I would like to receive a gifted print. Possibly it was the fateful intervention of the Interiors Gods… or maybe they’d just seen me warbling on over on Instagram Stories about the hallway…
From Lumitrix I choose a beautiful seascape print from the Venice Surf series by Kate Holstein that now has pride of place on the new shelf.
Lumitrix have a beautifully curated gallery of images but it had to be something in monochrome and for us the the surf/beach theme was perfect.
Mapiful kindly offered a custom print map poster. I choose our location as the Champagne Caves of Veuve Clicquot in Reims where Mr OS proposed and added in the date and year of this momentous event. This print now makes me smile every time I walk past it!
If you’d like to order a Mapiful print of your own, they’ve provided me with a 15% discount code that you can use from now until 31 March 2018. Just enter ONLINESTYLIST15 at the checkout.
In terms of the rest of the gallery wall prints, one is our own New York trip photo of the Chrysler Building and the lightbulb print was stolen from the living room, together with my #ElevateTheEveryday Too Wordy poster from my desk.
Elevate The Everyday Print – Too Wordy | Kinfolk Home Book | Chanel Collections & Creations Coffee Table Book | Wire & Decorative Accessory – Oliver Bonas | SMYCKA Artificial Monstera Leaves – IKEA | Vase – Zara Home | How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are Book | More Issues Than Vogue Print – Etsy
things I love about the space… apart from the new bannisters!
Overall, it now feels much more like another room – one that’s cosy and lived in. I’d happily sit on the stairs with a glass of wine on a Friday evening… in fact that’s probably where you’ll find me later on this week!
As with most Farrow & Ball paints we’ve used in the house, the shade appears to change depending on where and how bright the sunlight is during the day. If you look at these images, depending where I was when taking the pictures and the angle of the lighting, it looks almost blue in some shots and a rich dark grey in others.
M O N O C H R O M E W A S A L W A Y S M E A N T T O B E !
As I type this at 5:00pm, the sun has gone around the front of the house and is currently flooding a white kitchen and a dark grey hallway with light. Monochrome was always meant to be!
I also have a (good) thing about the shelf. If we had a bigger hallway there would have been a console table in there somewhere, styled with ever changing vignettes no doubt. But by moving the coats from above the radiator to near the front door (H’s excellent idea), we made room for a shelf instead.
Cue much shuffling of vases, prints and scented candles. And it’s a great place for keys and a loose change pot… although I’ve had to appoint myself the Shelf Monitor.
Dear Family, repeat after me… It is not a dumping ground!
My other two favourite elements are the Vegas Metal “Happy” light – another Cult Furniture purchase and having a scented candle in a candle holder jar to “throw” fragrance up to the ceiling. I’m living up to my own advice with this one!
Our hallway makeover was a long ongoing project that due to resources, time and actually getting around to a serious stair bannister conversation that should’ve taken place fifteen years ago, took a while to complete.
But as with most things in life, it was more than worth the wait!
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