I LOVE the extra character that you typically find in an old home! Why, why, why did we just stop adding these unique touches to our new builds!?!
Well, I’m starting a revolt! I say no more new houses come into existence, without at least one unique and personal touch! The “thing” that will make every potential buyer, say “I must have this house, because THAT is so adorable and unique!”
My biggest attempt at adding unique charm and character to my home is on the way up the stairs.
I wanted this space (as small as it was) to be multifunctional.
- One, I have a house full of avid readers. I could envision this little bench by the round window being a perfect spot to curl up with a book.
- Two, I wanted to utilize every piece of square footage in this home. Efficiency is key when you’re downsizing! Plus, here in Texas, “The bigger the better.” However, this is not a position I necessarily subscribe to! We, as a culture, are wanting bigger homes, yards, cars… And in turn, we’re spreading out so much within our families, in all of the space that we’re accumulating for ourselves, that we are growing apart emotionally as well!
May it never be, in my house! I want more people! Not necessarily more space!
- Three, I wanted to recreate the charm found in older homes. There is no reason not to put these little special touches in our new builds!
So, our little nook was born! Now, for the details…
The wallpaper is a Scalamandre wallpaper. It was definitely an investment, however, downsizing in square footage does not mean downsizing in detail! In fact, often, it can mean the opposite. Think, if you save some money in square footage, you can add it in personality and detail!
I felt the Scalamandra wallpaper perfectly represented the mood that I wanted to convey to our guests as they walk in the front door. This is a fun, happy and loving family and you’re always welcome here! We don’t take ourselves too seriously (Jeff calls this my Comic Strip space) and we’re always ready for a good time!
The fabric that I used on the bench and pillows is all from Robert Allen. I fell head over hills in love with that shade of Green!
The trim and paneling is Ben Moore Chantilly Lace.
And the chandelier hanging directly over the seat is from Visual Comfort.
This is the pagoda chandelier (also from Visual Comfort) that hangs in the entry right above the front door. Both are brass and unique as I wanted them to make their own statement and help to define each small space as different from the others.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this glance into the Tamplin Nook! Do you have a unique space and in your home that you’ve created? I’d love to see!
Thanks again to Fidelis Studio for your awesome photography!