It appears if a television of size is going to be viewed in this room, it is going to have to be mounted over the fireplace. With that being said, I am trying to embrace that reality. I never questioned if I would put a television in this room since the views (and sounds) from this room’s windows are of a
lively, charming town- I knew the room was the perfect place for laughing at my favorite comedies and cheering for the Cardinals! The front windows have lovely, old drippy lead glass, two of the walls house magnificent pocket doors and the final wall as you can see is home to a delicate fireplace…….yes that will be crowned with a sizable television. GO CARDS!
Sutherland Hill’s dining room is not only one of my favorite rooms but also one of my most perplexing from a design perspective. The scale is massive compared to any other dining space I have ever inhabited. I am fairly certain I don’t want to devote such a huge, great space to just formal dinners. The room’s southern exposure is enhanced by the Sutherland Hill’s only bay window- and WHAT a bay window it is! It’s scale is perfectly matched to that of this expansive dining room. The wallpaper
is probably from the sixties and I think the light fixture must have been a Bonanza Steak House cast off! The layers of wallpaper have sparked a lot of curiosity.
Sutherland Hill’s attic was left nearly untouched, except for the
addition of some “modern” hvac equipment and the more current plumbing stack not even a light fixture had been added. Growing up in suburban ranch style homes, I never imagined I would get to spend so much time in such a great attic space! The views are spectacular, perhaps if Rapunzel’s views were as such her prince would have relocated to the dark forest.
the dining room
Sutherland Hill’s dining room is not only one of my favorite rooms but also one of my most perplexing from a design perspective. The scale is massive compared to any other dining space I have ever inhabited. I am fairly certain I don’t want to devote such a huge, great space to just formal dinners. The room’s southern exposure is enhanced by the Sutherland Hill’s only bay window- and WHAT a bay window it is! It’s scale is perfectly matched to that of this expansive dining room. The wallpaper is probably from the sixties and I think the light fixture must have been a Bonanza Steak House cast off!
The layers of wallpaper have sparked a lot of curiosity.
door finally arrived! We really had no choice but to replace the former door, it was actually only a storm door and was never intended to block drafts and drastic temperatures. The new door, though lacking the character of
the former door, hopefully will help keep the interior temperature more stable. I did design the custom door so that it would have the height, width and some of the interesting details of
the former door would remain. Stay tuned and see where the former door shows up- if all goes well, it will reappear!
Red shed, the door on the right was storage for lawn equipment when we arrived. the door on the right revealed the remains of a Tiki bar that had a lot of miles but I would imagine experienced a ton of fun!
The little red
shed that could really throw a party, I bet! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this red shed. I read that it was used by the original home owner’s son as a print
shop. I have combed through everything inside and out but sadly, I have not found any print shop artifacts! An old butter churn, evidence of chickens and former beloved pets but nothing that proved to me it had been a printer’s workshop. Unfortunately, because of the severity of the shed’s poor condition it may not survive either. Stay tuned.
The facade is tired
and is in desperate need of a pick me up, but who isn’t? Sutherland Hill sports a variety of architectural styles, Colonial Revival and Victorian with a French Pattern tiled Hip (or Hipped) Roof. One universal element is it’s structural integrity, Sutherland Hill is built like a fortress! The exception being the chimneys, they are leaning as
though they are begging to take a nap. I hope to learn more about the addition that now contains the kitchen, butler’s pantry, a food pantry that could store enough food for an army and the former sun porch which is wall to wall windows and spies on the MOST magnificent magnolia that ever existed!
Initially, in complete heavenly solitude I was removing wallpaper in the delicate fashion an archaeologist would uncover the remains of a pharaoh. Convinced I could determine the styles that influenced the former occupants through the layers of patterns and colors that were archived on the walls. I would be able to imagine the light fixtures, furniture, textiles, even china patterns- I could hardly wait! My training as an interior designer would be in my favor in addition a wealth of knowledge from my interior designer friends. Having an unwavering lack of appreciation for wallpaper, I was kidding myself. There have been those rare times I have fallen head over heels in love with a pattern here and there. Some wallpaper I oohh and ahh over, some papers make me smile but once I start thinking about the abundance of the pattern- THE WHOLE ROLL, and the other rolls of the same thing over and over and over on all four walls and my good feelings wane. My good feelings are completely extinguished when I start thinking about the worst part of wallpaper- the seams! The seams are never exact, never perfect and they stand out as though they need to outshine the pattern itself. In a few rooms I carefully soaked
and separated the layers of paper and researched the generations of patterns when suddenly my wallpaper love died faster than my crush on Anderson Cooper. I rented an industrial steamer, purchased some serious chemicals, enlisted help and went at the paper like a kid on Christmas morning! Eventually, I rented a second steamer because the stuff wasn’t coming down fast enough. At some point Home Depot took mercy on me and applied my rental fees to the purchase price of the steamer. After much labor a few bits remain and walls that are going to be removed are still sporting their full layers. I still have a little love for the black paper with the silver gift boxes and there is a grand pattern we found in a hidden “wallpaper time capsule” that immediately takes me to my “Meet Me In St Louis” place. If anyone has any information about the black wallpaper I would love to hear from you!
Formal Dining Room wallpaper layers
Dining Room patterns up close & personal
This is the paper layers from the room we call the “Deer Head” room
More of the black patterned wallpaper I am so curious about
Paper from the “wallpaper time capsule”, the space over the main staircase that was enclosed at some point we think the hole and angle iron might have held a safe that could be reached from the closet.
Well perserved and quite lovely, it reminds me of the wallpaper in the “Parlor” in the movie “Meet Me In St Louis”. Which happens to THE BEST MOVIE EVER in my opinion.
Since we spend so much time in the Kitchen
there is a lot of pressure as we transform this space. Some of these walls will be removed to open up the space and make more proportionate in relation to the ceiling height, which in 10’6″. I am also thinking about exposing the brick- check in on
what we decide.
Let the Sun Shine In! At one time this space was an open porch. There are two former porch posts framing one side of a window and one side of a door. One of the windows
on the west side is partially covered by a dormer covering a staircase and doorway leading to the basement we hope to remedy that soon since this is such a wonderful space. Having a lower bead board ceiling and tons of natural light it is a very comforting space.