Friday, November 22, 2013

sleek-line trim

In my opinion trim work can make or break a house.  

And ours has been tricky because there are SOO many things you can do (as Pinterest and Houzz boast).  

But we wanted to be really careful to keep things as simple as could be since we are trying to go with a more sleek, simple, clean-line design.

We had a lot to work with for ideas.  All these pillars that could have been a breeding ground for all sorts of fancy trim:

We thought about doing this type of thing to still keep them looking simple: 
(Yes, that's outside, but you get the idea..imagine it smoother and without the brick...) 

But in the end we ended up going super simple because I like this even better for our house:

Isn't that ceiling beautifully simple and elegant?

I love this too:

At first we were going to do this simple trim for our coffered dining room ceiling:

But then ended up leaving it plain-jane simple:
(This is not painted/finished, but you get the idea.)

Next we had to decide how to finish off a bunch of the walls.  Oh boy do I ever love trim:
That's my friend Stacy's house that I adore.  (She's on the "pretty committee.")

I originally planned on doing that same thing in our living room because I loved it so much.  So I got it all taped/measured out:

But then came across this awesome picture in a West Elm catalog and fell in love with those walls:

See how there's a line in the drywall that makes it look all cool and stream-lined?

From there I asked everyone I came across how in the world to achieve that effect.  One guy I talked to on an airplane said he thought the look was achieved with leather panels painted.  Someone else said I could get it done with MDF boards.  Finally we talked to our drywall guy who said he would re-drywall that wall with these special "separator" things and we got all set to get it done.  

In the meantime we did Grace and Claire's room.  

At first I was thinking something along the lines of this:

But then I saw my friend's office (decorated with help from my "Pretty Committee" member Denise) and fell in love with the simplicity of the molding: 

So we did the girls' room like that.
(minus the middle chair rail bar to make it a little less formal)

Here it is half-way done: 

...and with primer:

For a minute I thought about painting it like this:

But then I decided on the beautiful simplicity of all white.   
Can't wait to see it when it's all painted and not just primed.  One of my favorite rooms.

As for Lucy's room, I thought long and hard about this little idea:
 ...but with smooth boards, not rough.

I liked this one too...

Then I came across this idea and liked it better:

Shoot...I can't find it!  It's from Serena & Lily and it just has low molding that goes down by the door to the bedroom...this is how ours looked super rough:

Imagine this a different color on one side of the molding...
Can't wait to see it all painted and finished up!

We thought about doing this in our bedroom:

But Dave told me if we did he figured he'd have to grow a beard and dress like a 70s guy, so I decided no after all ;)

We'll probably do some kind of grasscloth in there on one wall if I can figure that out.

We liked the girls' room so much (with the picture-frame molding) that we decided to forego the above
options and just do the same sort of thing in the living room.  Here are some other pictures that helped "talk me into" picture frame molding in there:

We still stayed really simple with it:
...but with flat more squared molding.
Picture that all white and all that messed up beam work all fixed :)  (More on the beams back HERE.)

Can't wait to see that done!

As far as actual trim goes, we decided to do these kind of baseboards in the living room:

...and super thin trim around the doors in there inspired by a few pics. on Houzz like this:
We'll see how it turns out!!


  1. Beautiful! Always nice to see the progress. How much longer until it is ready to move into? I bet all of you can't wait!

  2. oooooh I love love the girls room.. ohh I love it!! it's so great to see it all coming together :)

  3. I love the molding and everything you're doing to the house! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Please put my concern to rest, will you be able to get furniture through those doors? I love them but they look so slim in the photos : )

  4. Thibaut has a couple of great grasscloth type wallpapers in this book:

    They come in different colors too if you wanted more of a gray, which I have in my back hall and LOVE.

    It's all going to come together beautifully.