Thursday, August 30, 2007

Colorado on my Mind




Mr. Blandings, Sr. has asked for suggestions for a spit and polish for the Colorado cottages. Above is the main room of the main house. It's dark, but so many of it's elements are exceptional. The stone fireplace is a knock out; there is a similar one on the front porch. The wood beams are beautiful and graphic. The entire property is heavily wooded, which is wonderful and cool, but, again, dark.

The August '07 issue of House Beautiful offered a wonderful lay out which has become the "inspiration board" for the main house. Gil Schafer's work on this 1939 Connecticut lake house is fantastically fresh.


While the beams in the living room are outstanding, most of the woodwork is, well, just wood. In fact, some of it appears to be painted brown instead of stained. It would be great to leave the beams and the mantle and paint the rest of the woodwork white. And the walls. White. Buckets and buckets of white.





Sisal rugs would certainly lighten the floors, and as the house is only used in summer, they would not need to be replaced with something warmer in the winter.





The floors would be a great way to add color to the bedrooms without making them cave-like. A lot of the existing furniture in the bedrooms is - well, if I say 1940's green will you know what I mean? Not quite blue enought to be mint; not quite yellow enough to be citrus. The blue floor above would work great in the "honeymoon suite."


The back corner in the picture, top, used to have a banquette. Replacing it would be a nice way to bring in some more fabric and color.

Even if we don't paint all the trim, perhaps it would turn out something like this:















These images Cottage Living, May/June 2006


You know I trust your judgement; any and all suggestions are welcome.

11 comments:

Brilliant Asylum said...

All of these rooms are so clean and bright, you could not go wrong taking inspiration from any of them! I love the sisal and white paint idea.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Brilliant - thanks so much for weighing in - I really value the feedback.

{RNVL} said...

I agree with leaving the beams and the mantle and painting the rest of the woodwork white--it would make a huge difference. Also, lighter coloured furniture (if it's feasible) would really brighten up the room as well. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

Mrs. Blandings said...

rnvl - Thanks for the reinforcement - fingers crossed.

The Peak of Chic said...

Fabulous ideas!!! Love the idea of painting the walls and the woodwork white- great contrast against the beams. Also agree with rnvl about lighter colored furniture. I can't wait to see what it will look like!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Peak - Oh, this is all so good. If I didn't think it would take me 20 mins. to explain to my in-laws what a "blog" is, I'd just forward this. Thanks for your input.

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

My two cents worth - use a bright white for the all the wood (except for the mantle and beams) say the equivalent of Farrow & Ball Pointing; a softer white on the walls Sanderson's Cameo (P13), and a very soft blue-grey on the ceiling F&B Light Blue. I would then do a red, white and blue (railroaded ticking, linen, and some wool) for the furniture and sisal rugs. A fern pattern would also be great.

Mrs. Blandings said...

House - oh, my goodness. Thank you so much. I had chosen a Ben Moore color - but was thinking the trim and wall, even if all white, needed to be slightly different. Light blue ceiling would be excellent. And, red ticking was already part of the concept. Perfect - thanks so much for taking the time.

Anonymous said...

Hi...I think that photo #6 after the photo of the house comes the closest to offering freshness without losing the character of the summer home in the mountains. It has to be comfortable and functional (that's why you have the leather sofas, etc.) and too much white and pale blue won't be comfortable when it's constantly having to be cleaned. Brightly colored throws & pillows would help. But I really think you need one of those chandeliers that you see in old mountain lodges that look like a crown. This room needs light. And perhaps a new stand for the television.

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Anon - have you read back this far, I wonder? Yes, this was two and a half years ago - there's a lot of posting since then. It takes a while to get your voice.