So, y’all know I have been redoing the library. You know, the room I did in 2014.
The redesign process started when I began to experience a subtle…but nagging…suggestion in my brain: Hey, Ross, wouldn’t it be cool to return the small door to its original location?
This would mean removing mounds of books, dismantling sections of the 2015 shelving, making a huge mess, creating a new door opening where an opening had existed in 1894, and then blocking up the 2014 opening.
While this nagging suggestion was taking potshots at my brain, Cody came along with another suggestion: “Have you thought about removing some of the shelving on the west wall so the mantel has a bit more breathing room?”
My mind…being, well, my mind…amped up this suggestion: Why not remove all the west shelving?
And so began a lot of friggin’ work. And all this on top of my decision a year previous to move the island a bit to the north, meaning that one of the pendant lights also needed to be moved, creating holes in the ceiling finished in 2014.
Justin Scott Brock created the new small door opening, blocked up the 2014 opening, and moved the ceiling light. My job is to mud/tape everything, sand, prime, and paint. This should be done next week. Then I can redo the taken-apart shelving and place the books back in place.
And then I can take down the west shelving, after placing all the books on the floor of the parlor.
While the parlor was fully decorated in 2017/2018, I never decorated the library. I purchased wallpaper for the little bit of exposed wall, I purchased a stencil for the frieze (thanks, Megan!), and came up with an idea for the ceiling. But, for reasons I cannot fully explain, I never moved ahead with the decorating. I want to think I intuitively knew I would make significant changes in 2022 so held off on any decorating. But, sigh, the more likely explanation is that there has always 8,538,933 more pressing things to do. I mean, is decorating important when there is still no cat fence?
But a new subtle nagging is happening in my brain. It whispers ideas for how to, at long last, decorate the library.
Whisper. Whisper. Whisper.
When I first decorated the parlor it was…too simple. It was…not quite serious enough, whatever that even means. So, I redid the walls about a year later and have been very happy with the results.
This is now informing the whispers in my mind. And my 2015 ideas for the library will likely prove not quite right.
As the library expansively opens into the parlor, the two rooms do not feel really separate. Thus, perhaps the library should kinda sorta repeat the decorating motifs of the parlor, and its colors?
This idea excited the whisperers.
I am going to paint the library the same colors as the parlor. I will, too, repeat HOW everything was realized in the parlor.
Once finished, the library decor will greatly complement the parlor while still being subtlety different. This now seems like a no-brainer but it took years for me to realize this.
The whisperers…and Ross…are excited.
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