Lisa's House part 2

Are you excited to see the upstairs of Lisa's house?   I'm excited to show it to you!
Let's start with the floor plan again:

Let's start with the sitting room, since it's part of the stair landing.

{Noel Jeffrey}

This could be the house "lookout" spot over the front door, which would be popular with her kids.  I like that the chaise would block the doors a little, to keep it a safe lookout.  The walls could serve as gallery walls for their collection of kids' photos.

{Lucille Khornak Photography}

I like the tight grouping and simple white frames. 

Following the floor plan, next we come to this pretty room Lisa believes will be their guest room:

{Barrie Benson}

With a loveseat by the fire, what guest would want to leave?  Maybe Lisa should just copy the other room elements.  :)

The next room will be shared by Lisa's two sons.  It's been re-painted dark green.

{via Decoist}

Ok, so pretend there are 2 twin beds here, but otherwise, I think white furniture and navy accents will  give their room a masculine, collegiate look.

Lisa's two daughters will share this bedroom:

Lisa likes both ballerina and bohemian elements for them, and she had pinned this as inspiration:

{Vintage Whites- worth clicking through to see Vanessa's pretty house tour}

I like the idea of a bed on each side of the bump-out, so they would face the doorway. 
Then, along the long wall, a dresser, like this:

{Mandy Lynne}

They could have bohemian patterned quilts and ballerina accessories!  I was tickled pink to find this picture.

In the corner of the house is the sleeping porch. Isn't that fun?  Well, not in it's current state:

I imagine this as a feminine space, since it's adjacent to the girls' room, and the boys will be getting their own space, as you'll see later.
I think that would also be a sweet and tranquil retreat space for Lisa.

Here's her other retreat, but this will be more of her command center.  She mentioned buying an antique dictionary stand recently, and thought this might be the room for it.

After school, this sunny space is the homework spot.  (Like how I snuck in her dictionary stand?)

Back at the front of the house, we come to the master bedroom, which has been repainted gray:

{Suzanne Kasler}

I chose this simple design because Lisa has a green painted nightstand/dresser and chest for the foot of the bed.  She also has some antique dressers and a vanity and stool she'd like to use.  I think a simple and striking bed and accessories would ground the space and balance the antiques.

She might also like this design, because it features a lower profile bed like hers, as well as some bohemian pillows and a painted nightstand.  Again, the bedding is simple, and the lamp is contemporary.


The master bathroom will probably see some changes:

{Jessica Helgerson}

How pretty would it be to borrow Jessica's paint scheme and sconces?  It would instantly add serenity to the bathroom and be a nice way to compliment the bedroom color.

Now, as if that wasn't enough of this wonderful house, there's also an impressively sized attic and basement.  The purple shaded areas on the floor plan are unfinished, so we'll just look at the bedroom space.

Lisa thought it would make a great playroom for her boys and their Legos, and I agree.

{source unknown}

First, they need a fort.
Wait, what about the Legos?

Just in case the room's purpose is unclear, the artwork will tell you.

Speaking of artwork, take another look at this gorgeous home:

What a dream.  I can't wait to see how Lisa and her family turn this into their dream home.


Lisa's House part 1

Here's something special for us today-- reader Lisa's gorgeous 1915 home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

A little backstory: Lisa, her husband and 4 kids currently live in Manhattan Beach, California in a 1,700 square feet beach cottage.  They're in escrow now and moving soon to this Georgian Colonial with over 4,200 square feet.  Lisa's excited by the decorating possibilities, and is eager for ideas.

So let's give her some ideas, shall we?  Today we'll focus on the first floor, and next week we'll tackle the upper stories.

Lisa likes light and bright decor, and touches of bohemian and midcentury modern.  A neutral base with pops of color and unexpected touches seems like a good way to make this house more youthful, and give a tiny nod to their Californian past.

{Chloe Warner}

The living room is pretty, but a little too patterned and feminine:

It's also pink in this before photo, but has already been repainted beige.

This design is still traditional, but much cleaner, and allows for pops of bohemian color.
I would add neutral drapes, like in this design I'm suggesting for opposite the fireplace:

Lisa could take those chairs in a more midcentury direction to be statement pieces in the room.

The living room opens to the sunroom with wonderful French doors:

Since Lisa has pinned pianos and their possible placements...

...a beautiful vista like Kate's of Centsational Girl comes to mind.  Kate's door color is also a pretty possibility.  Here's the rest of Lisa's sunroom: 

I love the idea of a chaise in front of the piano. It's a luxurious touch fitting of such a grand house.
Plus, it would be a great spot for Lisa to curl up with her kiddos.

{Crisp Architects}

OR, if she puts the piano elsewhere and goes the sunroom as playroom route...

{Samantha Pymm (I neutralized the red stripes)}

...they could curl up on the window seat instead!

The sunroom's other set of French doors opens to the library:

I was still thinking about the piano, and loved the furniture placement in this photo:

{Cumming Interior Designers}

But, since Lisa mentioned using the library as a tv room, here's another neutral furniture arrangement, that's been lightened and brightened, just to try it out:

{Eric Olsen, Architect}

Next to the library is the guest bathroom:

Lisa mentioned wanting to use peacock color in this room, inspired by a perfume vial she was given.

{Schloegel Design}

Changing the wallpaper and updating the mirror, sconces, and window treatment gives us this beauty.

On to the dining room:

Lisa would like to keep the gorgeous chandelier and pair it with a family friendly farm table.

Lisa had pinned this nearly identical room, and it's the perfect inspiration. 
 Just to give her another option, I found this room:

{source unknown}

The furniture is a little more traditional, if Lisa wants a slightly dressier option.

Now for the room I had the most fun with, the kitchen:

Since Lisa said they might change it completely at some point, I felt free to show intermediate levels of change:

First, update the lighting over the windows, some of the fixtures, and the color scheme:

The ceiling is Benjamin Moore's Perspective, walls are Street Chic.

Second, paint the cabinets and brighten the walls:                  Third, everything's painted!

Walls are Sea Salt, cabinets are Windy City.               Walls are Cosmopolitan, cabinets are Asphalt.

That was fun.  If only real painting would be so quick and easy for them!

Lastly, Lisa's wonderful porch, where she can retreat from decorating decisions now and then:

I love the idea of black wrought iron out here, especially if it has personality:


As long as the furniture is comfortable, because this is a view worth gazing at for a long time:

Gaze at that and rest up!  We've got 2 more floors of this beautiful house coming up next!