I'll tell you what, my sweet husband has the patience of Job when it comes to decorating our house. I am fortunate that he has a creative brain and appreciates a beautiful home. I asked him a year ago if I could redo our foyer. He stared at me with a blank look on his face and said, "Haven't you already redone the foyer three times now?" I nodded and said yes I had. 1. One coat of paint. 2. One treatment of Venetian plaster in an orange. 3. One treatment of Venetian plaster in cream. Three times. He asked me to table it for one year. As I was patiently waiting for my time period to expire, I thought back over my decisions to do what I had in that room. Paint was an inexpensive and easy way to freshen the foyer--but it was just too dull, so I chose the Venetian plaster. It was very popular a few years ago, but my house is very traditional and the plaster was really out of place, especially the orange. It also competed with the wall paper in the bathroom and the paint treatment in the music room. So, I lightened it. It still competed and was out of place. I had made a mistake. I finally came to the realization that adding to the wainscoting that was already there would my best and final option--A paneled foyer. After the year was up, I broached the subject again. I explained my reasoning and he understood. He gave me the green light. I contacted Shaun Rawlings of Heritage Custom Woodworking, a very talented guy who can do just about anything out of wood or metal. He did a marvelous job and even matched the existing trim. It melds beautifully with the rest of our house and looks as if it has always been there. Most people won't even notice I have done anything--but I know. I love it and truly will never change it.
I love how this chest just jumps out at you now!
You can see a bit of the powder room paper. With nothing to fight it, it is highlighted.
Shaun matched all of the trim perfectly!
Yes, that is a Christmas wreath still hanging in the window above my sink!