Sunday, June 20, 2010

Making It Home with Gumwood Moldings

Sometimes in a remodel, changes to the outside of the house can create unforeseen design dilemmas on the inside.  In the English Tudor home we've been restoring, in order to build the addition off the side of the house, we had to eliminate this classic leaded-glass bay window from the dining room wall and add a new door that would lead out onto the back deck.
This posed a challenge on the interior because the bay window trim tied into an intricate weave of beautiful original gumwood moldings and doors that add tons of charm to the dining room.  (Also note how you can see where art was hung on the walls for years!)
We knew that getting new trim to match would be impossible, so our carpenters carefully took apart the window trim piece by piece and, with a few scarf joints, tied it back together again, framing the new door to the deck on the right side and mirroring that distance off the corner on the left side.
Add in sconces (shades to come), a little linseed oil, and voila!  What bay window?  Also, for all you wallpaper fanatics out there, you're probably already familiar with the many gorgeous patterns from UK based Villa Nova Fabrics.  This is their grass cloth style wallpaper from the Florence Plain collection in Cayenne.  Love it!


Anonymous said...


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Shiloe Bear said...

Yikes! Old button -- Thanks!

Debbie said...

The change is amazing! This shows what professionals can accomplish with the right materials.

McCarthy Designs said...

Hi Shiloe, thanks for stopping by and visiting. I am really glad you did as I was able to find your blog. I am amazed at the work that is involved in some renovations and especially if you are trying to maintain original features. I am looking forward to looking through the rest of your blog. xx