The Nest: Under Construction
Maybe we should've been committed to the coo-coo's nest after this massive undertaking. A record 40 day complete remodel took this dated home out of the dark ages & into the present. Thankfully, it didn't ruffle our feathers too much. (Bare with me... you're in store for a few more "Birdisms"...ya know, being that it's called The Nesting Bird and all ;-))
By opening-up hallways, removing unnecessary doors, raising ceilings, adding wainscoting, crown moldings, a traditional banister, recessed lighting, new air ducts, hard wood floors, carpet runners, paint (let me catch my breath! This was just the hallway people...) this staircase/hallway was truly transformed.
The living room underwent a similar transformation: hard wood floors, crown moldings, teal walls, imported Italian sconces, and a new gorgeous custom mantel, with carrera marble fireplace surround...to finish this transformation, we chose custom fabrics in teals & gold accented by a BIRD motif. But wait, there's a story... This entire room was inspired by teal & bird antique ginger jars that were given to my Grandmother as an engagement gift. When my husband and I got engaged Nana passed these beauties on to me (flanking the mantel) and so the inspiration for this bird inspired living room was born!
For the birds? Well, it seems to stem from childhood... when I was born my Father named me the Blue Bird of Happiness, and throughout my life the nickname "Blue" sorta stuck. Which may explain my penchant for birds. You see, I've always been a collector, whether it be antique bird art (featured on these walls) or bird fabrics (featured on the pillows & hassock) I'm inexplicably drawn to the elegance & simultaneous whimsy that birds invoke. So as you can imagine, I couldn't wait to tastefully transform this room into an elegant & whimsical Bird Room, in my very own nest...