SoMoToHo Library Transformation in Progress

Those of you who followed the transformation of the mid-century modern may recall how Debra and I love dedicating some space to books and reading – a library, a spot to relax without electronic distraction (e-books excepted, of course). In the SoMoToHo, we knew immediately which space that would be.

2014-10-19 22.01.00This room is to the right, immediately as you enter the house, sunken about 6″ below the foundation grade (why, I have absolutely no idea). In another configuration, it might have been an office – you know, if they had separated it with nice french doors and built in some bookcases or a credenza. As it is, there is no separation. The original intended purpose of the room was a mystery until Debra was able to find some old listing photos that showed it furnished as a dining room. Continue reading “SoMoToHo Library Transformation in Progress”

Mid-Century Chrysalis – A Review of the Transformation

Not a lot of words to this post – just a photo slideshow review of the transformation of our mid-century ranch. Thanks for coming on this journey with us. More house transformation adventures are coming, so don’t be a stranger.

Wide Open Spaces

6844 Brants 002The living-dining combination in the mid-century ranch was a wonderful, wide-open expanse of wood flooring. The walls had a pinkish tone but that’s just paint and we were going to paint, anyway. I’ve heard some folks liken painting a room to an artist preparing a canvas with gesso. I don’t think that’s an apt analogy. The paint color sets the mood, the ambiance for the room. It’s visible all the time. It frames your furnishings.  And it communicates with the rest of the house. Continue reading “Wide Open Spaces”

A Little Spice in the Bath

Sometimes, trying to figure out what they were thinking is challenging. And so it was with the master bath in the mid-century ranch.may misc 033The bit of blue that you see is all there was – the remainder of the walls were a pinkish white. Perhaps they thought it was reminiscent of the azure skies of a Texas Spring.  The free-floating cabinet in the perfect position to bang one’s head was a storage solution, I suppose, but itself cries out for a solution. And the lonely little towel bar? Well, there is a bidet there, after all. Even though it’s not a common fixture in north central Texas, where there is a bidet, there should be a towel.

Like the rest of the house, the space in the master bath was more than adequate and, while maybe not ideal, the plumbing didn’t have to be rerouted. All in all, it had the potential for a pretty cost-effective redo. Continue reading “A Little Spice in the Bath”

The Evolution of the Master

Grandson & Effie
Grandson & Effie

They say to start with a hook, right? What’s a cuter hook than puppy dogs and little boys?

Actually, this is an “after” pic of the master bedroom at the mid-century ranch. As you’ll see later, I stenciled the wall between the bedroom and the en suite with a French poem that Debra found somewhere. You can see a bit of it behind and above to left of the world’s cutest grandbaby. Continue reading “The Evolution of the Master”

Quick Two-Room Re-Do

“What are we going to do with this room?” Debra asked as she stood in the middle bedroom of the mid-century ranch. 6844 Brants 024The walls were a light, sea-foam green, the carpet had seen better days. The sliding glass door leading to the deck had those vertical blinds, again. The ceiling fan was a $10 big box special. Nothing structurally wrong – just buffing and puffing and updating. Continue reading “Quick Two-Room Re-Do”