To say this is the breakfast room reveal might be overstating the point. I mean we’ve tweaked this breakfast room almost non-stop since we moved in two years ago. Nevertheless, I want to show you how it’s looking at the moment and tell you about my leap of faith. And by the way…leap-of-faith might also be an overstatement.
Before I start leaping, can I remind you how the breakfast room looked when the previous owners lived here? (Nice but didn’t meet our needs) Before we even moved in, we opened the space up to the den by adding another arch, lightened it up by painting and added a screen porch just outside of those doors…
Here’s how it looked a few months after we moved in… we knew right away we wanted a big farm table to hold all the family for Sunday suppers, so The Husband started making one!
Also, with that wall of windows, the room should have been flooded with light but strangely those plantation shutters diffused the light quite a bit. Here’s where my “leap of faith” came in…
I really like a light-filled space and since we’re up pretty high and privacy isn’t an issue…I really, really wanted to take those shutters down and let the light shine in! But it took me months and months to gather my nerve because…what if I hated the room with necked windows ? 🙂 What if taking down those shutters turned out to be the single worse decision I ever made? What if it was a silly – stupid idea and anyhoo, don’t I like plantation shutters? It’s probably a crime to take perfectly good shutters down…
Do you ever do this? You know…get a gut feeling about something and then think it through until you’re paralyzed? I do this quite often, most recently with these shutters. But one morning I walked through the breakfast room and looked through the slats on the shutters at the bird feeder just outside the window. There were two cardinals, a finch and a sparrow hanging out having breakfast. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could see the birds without looking through slats?
The answer came quick…
Take down the shutters, what’s the worst thing that can happen?
The worst thing that can happen is that I’m wrong and I hate it and I have to put the shutters back up!
When I thought of it like that…it didn’t really seem so bad. So what if I didn’t like it and had to put the shutters back up?
Before I could talk myself out of it, I grabbed the battery operated screw driver and I took down those plantation shutters.
After living with the light flooded room for a few days my daughter Stephanie came over and looking at the windows she said: “I like it”…then almost as an afterthought: “Why don’t you put up a rustic shelf like you did in the window over the kitchen sink?”
It took Mike no time to put up that shelf and took me even less time to add some of my favorite plants!
(And if you’re wondering, there’s ample room between the shelf and the window for window washing 🙂 )
My plants have never been happier!
They love the light spilling into the room as much as I do!
And every time I walk into that light filled room I remember the question that nudged me to take that “leap of faith”: what’s the worst that can happen?
The shutter decision totally stopped me from finishing the rest of the room. Once they were gone, I was inspired to get everything else under control. I just (this week ) finished my vintage- silverware-inspired art! (I’m going to show you how I made this next week!)
And on the other side of the table, where that horrid powder room door used to be… (See how we moved the powder room door HERE!)-
The Husband made a leaded glass piece!
The frame is from his stash of 200 year old wood…
And the “window” has all of our favorite kinds of glass, most especially the subtle opalescent water glass…
I don’t miss the plantation shutters or the oddly placed powder room door one bit!
And as a bonus I learned a good lesson- next time I’m stuck, I’m going to ask myself: What’s the worst that can happen?
If the answer isn’t as scary as the process, I’m going to leap.
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***I’ve had several questions today about what color the paint is in this room…it’s Behr Ultra Premium Paint w/ Primer — Dolphin Fin…we used it in several rooms in the house and I absolutely love it!***