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The biggest area of construction in my entire home was the addition we made to the historic portion, comprising of a garage, a breezeway attaching the garage to the historic part and a mudroom area that contains a stair tower going down to the basement and up to a second level above the garage. I mentioned a bit about the construction in my renovation update a couple of months ago, but this last area of the house was the final push in what was over a year-long construction process. I’m SO happy to say it is finally finished, and I’m even happier to reveal the breezeway and mudroom to you today!
We constructed a new driveway, with an entrance for guests that was both more convenient, and more of a statement. A breezeway transitioning the structure of the garage into the structure of the renovated historical home seemed like the best way to seamlessly mix old and new. Both Kyle and I had loved the steel frame windows and doors in the kitchen and living room areas when we bought the house– and we decided to continue them in the design of the breezeway, and to use some historic blue stone that had been on the property for decades in the breezeway floor. When decorating and designing the space, it was important to me that the first impression guests get through the breezeway is one that really represents the style and feel of the house, without being too precious. I want the doors to be flung open in the warmer months, with access to the yard, and with the ability for the kids to traipse through on their adventures. An indoor/outdoor feel was paramount to how I want the home to be lived-in and enjoyed for many years to come!
Mary O’Dell, who is a part of OLiving Experience, totally knocked it out of the park with her renderings of the space, which also needed to incorporate a family-friendly mudroom, with a stair tower linking the room above the garage to the rest of the home and making it feel both historic and fresh. When it came to the design, I was so excited about choosing a really graphic wallpaper that made a statement. When I found this Lee Jofa wallpaper sample of the Davenport paper in Greenery, I immediately fell in love. I am so inspired by the unexpected green color, the large scale of the blooms, and the classic floral with the dark accents of the built-in and the stair tower’s pendant light. Lee Jofa papers are so dreamy, and it was almost overwhelming to choose just one. Seeing everything come together just makes me so happy– and I feel that the symphony of all of it represents my personality so perfectly. I hope you guys love it as much as I do, and I can’t wait to hear your favorite parts in the comments below!
Photographs by Julia Dags