This main entryway of our home is such a fun spot to decorate each season. I love to make it feel super cozy each year for Christmas and this vintage flocked tree is the perfect staple piece to set the tone for the entire space. I especially love how the addition of some string lights and garlands make this back corner (which is usually dark and dreary) have a soft, warm glow. I wrap the stair banister with faux flocked garland layered on top of fresh pine garland and extend it all the way up the stairs. These battery powered twinkle lights are a life-saver in this area especially for the banister. I love being able to easily light these areas where there are no electrical outlets without any ugly cords showing. If you have any questions about decor sources in this space- just ask! You can find the rest of my holiday home tour posts here.
Notice anything different?! What a difference some new windows and a little paint can make! I decided to take a chance and go with a super dark charcoal trim paint for the exterior of the Amsden (the complete opposite of what it was before) and it turned out even better than I imagined! I think it completely changes the look of the building and adds a bit of a modern touch. I also love how it brings out the stained glass and the unique architectural details like the stonework.
Inside the building we're also making tons of progress. My beautiful tile floors are finally down in the coffee shop and the counter is so close to being complete as well. The cabinets and counter are just primed for now but will be painted the same light grey color as the window trim. You can also see the cardboard which is protecting the new zinc countertops on all the prep counters. The top counter will be white and grey marble and should be installed this week. Industrial lights have also been installed throughout the space.
Also......NEW DOORS! These were all custom made to replicate the original doors that were on the building. They are so beautiful and definitely a major upgrade from that nasty commercial door that was there before. That empty space in the tile right inside the entrance is a little surprise that I'll be sharing with you later this week!
You can see the little flip-up divider that we added to the coffee counter above. The menu board will be on that large white wall to the right of the counter and the back brick wall will be open shelving. I also have something special in mind for the top of that wall above the shelving.
I mean THIS TILE! I just can't stop staring at it. Everyone keeps asking me where it is from and cannot believe when I tell them it's from Home Depot. But it's true and they have so many amazing printed tile options online. I fell in love with this one because of all the variations and how it truly looks antique.
One more shot of the coffee counter area where you can see the windows and back of the bar a little better. I just ordered some simple brass cabinet pulls for the cabinets behind the counter. Below you can see a better shot of how the new front door looks from the exterior of the building. Don't they make such a difference? I cannot believe we're just a few weeks away from opening! We'll be working non-stop until then but I'm so excited for you to see the finished product.
I'm fully admitting to my tendency to sometimes overdo it with the holiday decor. Exhibit A would be my front porch this year which I ended up DOUBLE decorating for fall then Halloween. I shared my fall porch tour here on the blog a few weeks ago but once mid-October rolled around I decided to deck it out even more for Halloween. The good news was that I already had everything used thanks to my holiday decor hoarding tendencies. Many of these pieces are vintage that I have collected through the years and they're just too fun not to put out for the holiday! The finished product makes me smile and totally puts me in the Halloween spirit every time I see it. I just love the classic Halloween look with pops of black and orange and kitschy, vintage Halloween pieces mixed in. I had not used this batch of decor for a while and I'm really happy that I took the time to break it out this year. I'm super excited to sit out here and greet trick or treaters tomorrow evening! Happy Halloween!
Our laundry room is one area of the house that I have not shared a whole lot about during our renovation. As you can expect, this area really wasn't my top priority as far as decorating and I've just now gotten around to really focusing on the decor in the past few months. I didn't realize just how much we had transformed this room until I looked at the "before" photo from when we first bought the house below!
A really bad light 80's light fixture was just the beginning of the problems in this room. The original hardwoods were ruined due to water damage over the years from the nearby half bathroom and horribly faulty plumbing. The entire door was also rotting and practically crumbling apart every time you tried to open it. There was also horrible popcorn ceiling in this room too. During our renovation, we put down new slate-look ceramic tile floors (from Louisville Tile) and replaced the damaged door with a large sliding glass door system. Since we had to cut into the drywall in much of this room when we re-plumbed the house, we were able to just re-drywall the ceiling to smooth it out.
This room gets such great natural light from the wall of windows that fresh paint, drywall, and new floors make the biggest difference. This room is a multi-use space, as it's also a mudroom and the entrance we use most to enter and exit the house so I tried to keep it as open as possible while still making it functional and cozy. The laundry area is the focus of the room and the first area we started to dive in on. I wanted to create a focal wall with some fun printed wallpaper and I fell in love with this gingham print from Magnolia.
I also knew I wanted a laundry counter and was super inspired by this tutorial from Vintage Revivals. I loved the waterfall countertop look done with the simple lightly stained wood. My husband was able to create a very similar version, with a few adjustments for our space. We also added some metal trim on all the edges (alluminum pieces from Lowe's that I just spray-painted gold- both are linked above). My husband built matching shelves with the same wood and simple metal brackets from Lowe's which we also spray-painted gold (also linked above).
Another area of this room is the sitting area near the doorway. Since this is also a mudroom, a place to hang keys, purses, and take your shoes on and off is very important. I kept messing with this area because I couldn't get the arrangement and mix of colors and patterns just right, but I'm finally happy with it. I love the addition of a curtain on one side of the sliding glass door just to soften it a bit and add some color (rod is from Target; curtains from Homegoods). I also had painted this right side wall with chalkboard paint last year and I love the contrast it adds to the room. Most of the items in here are from Homegoods or vintage/thrifted and I've linked lost of similar or identical options above.
Styling my laundry counter was one of my favorite parts of this project. I knew I wanted as much as possible displayed in glass jars but I also founds some other fun accessories that I wanted to incorporate. The vintage floral painting was a thrift store find that kind of set the color scheme for the entire space. All the jars are from Target and I just spray-painted the lids gold using the same gold spray paint I linked above. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I purposefully picked my detergents and cleaning products based on what would match and looks best in the jars. Anything that wasn't as attractive to have sitting out, I hid inside the crates or tubs!
It is also very important for me to have some kind of organizational center near my entrway where I can put mail and have a calendar. I found this weekly dry/erase calendar at Homegoods and it really helps me (and mostly my husband) stay organized with our schedule each week. I had this triple hanging wire basket at our old house near the entryway too and it's perfect for mail, magazines, and small items (I spray painted it gold for this room). Finally I added a little pop of color with a hanging plant and one of my favorite free plant printables from Magnolia (find it here) in a brass frame (frame linked above).
I'm so pleased to have one more room complete in our house and this space is such a cheerful sight to walk into everyday! The only other project I'm considering in here is switching out the flushmount for a small modern brass, beaded, or wicker chandelier. I've tried to link just about everything that I could from this room, but if you have any questions about anything I didn't mention, just ask!
Demo is complete and now we are beginning to put the pieces back together at our latest project, The Amsden building. Not a lot of visible progress will be made at the in the next few weeks since we will be beginning to install new HVAC, plumbing, and electricity throughout the building (boring for me but it has to be done!). Some new framing has been installed to separate the coffee shop and store area downstairs which I wanted to share.
Above you can see a good view of the new wall from the store looking into the coffee shop area. There is an extra large and tall doorway and also a large opening at the top of the wall to allow as much natural light as possible to flow throughout the spaces. We want both areas to flow easily together and not feel completely separate, which is why we opted for a more open feel.
Above you can see a view from the opposite angle, coffee shop into the store. I'm hoping to find a reclaimed door for this doorway with lots of glass so you can still see into the store a bit even when it's closed. Below you can see a better view of how the wall splits in between the wall of tall windows.
They also finished tearing out the old HVAC system which used to be sticking out below these stairs in the top left corner. All the brick is exposed on the left side of the building and the two doorways into the 3rd retail space have been framed to be closed off. I'm going to keep the fireplace and old mantle as a feature piece of the store, restoring it as much as possible.
Above you can see the coffee shop area with the bathroom framed in on the right. The entire area from the bathroom wall extending left to the window will be the counter. Since one window will be behind the counter, we are wanting to have a walk-up ordering window from the outside of the shop too!
Another look at the bathroom which will be shared between the store and coffee space. Below you can see the front door which was originally completely boxed in by walls as a tiny entryway.
This old commercial door is definitely going and we are having a wood and glass double door made that will be a replica of the original doors that were on the building. I love the original stain glass detail that is above all the windows!
This is the 3rd space which will hopefully be housed by a bar/beer hall concept. This was originally very closed off into multiple tiny rooms with much lower ceilings that covered those top windows. They have framed out a new ceiling at the 14 foot height which was original to the building.
A look from the entrance into the back wall, which still looks pretty rough as these walls have not been fully stripped down yet. We did uncover two more large windows in the back right corner which we will restore to give even more light in here. We are also hoping to expose the brick oh this back wall like in the front two spaces on the main floor.
Above you can see the right side wall which features another uncovered fireplace that we will strip down the the exposed brick and restore as much as possible. I'm hoping to expose the brick all the way up to the ceilings on all of the fireplaces to highlight the tall ceilings and create an architectural focal point in the room.
One more look at the back wall and new ceiling framing. You can see a large header that was added in the center for support as there used to be a wall separating the space there. That's all the updates on the main floor that I have for now! You can catch up on this project and view some more before + demo photos here; + for more information about leasing opportunities at the Amsden building visit here!
From the beginning of this project we had a very clear vision for the downstairs of the Amsden and purchased the building with specific business ventures in mind. There's currently no local coffee shop in downtown Versailles and we just think that's something every little cute town should have!
What I envision for our space is something cozy, unique, that perfectly blends the original historical character of the building with modern design. I want this shop to be unlike anything else in Kentucky and I will probably be way too picky over every detail, but in the end I hope we have something that draws people from all around central Kentucky. Thankfully I have the world of Pinterest to collect inspiration after inspiration for my design of this space and I may just have a few too many ideas at the moment! In the coming weeks I will start narrowing down my choices and work towards a more concrete design plan so I can start choosing flooring, fixtures, and lighting. I wanted to share a few of my coffee shop inspirations so that you could get a little mini preview of what I'm picturing for this space! Take a look at my favorites below and let me know what you think- which details stand out to you and what elements would you love to see at Rise + Grind?
via Alfred Coffee
via A Taste of Koko
via Meggie Lynn
via Joan's on Third
via Char Company
via Gal Meets Glam
via Parish ATL
via Top Paddock Cafe
via JC Webb Studios
via Passenger Coffee
via Whiskey Gypsy
via Petite Passport
via Alt for Living
via Antic + Chic
Last week demo began on our latest fixer upper project and I can barely keep up! Our contractors have been awesome and have been moving faster than I ever imagined on the interior demo of the entire building (upstairs and downstairs). For a little more background and details on our plans for this building, see my original post here. Our main goal is to restore many of the original features of the building and the character that has slowly been covered up or replaced over the years. This building was used as offices and a courthouse annex so many walls were added to create lots of small offices and rooms. The biggest part of demo will be removing all these walls to completely open up all the spaces and raise the ceilings back up to the original height of 14 feet. I wanted to share a few pictures of the upstairs progress and some interesting original features we have uncovered- prepare yourself for lots of dust and mess!
Above is one of the upstairs office spaces that we are opening up- this was originally 2 offices with lots of small rooms that we are making into one large open office. You can see a better view of how the space was divided up below too.
All the lighter colored wood represents newer walls that were added probably in the last 20-30 years, while the darker beams are most likely original to the building. We will be trying to take as much of the outer walls of the upstairs and downstairs back to exposed brick as we can.
One interesting feature that we uncovered was this beautiful arched window that had been completely covered up (you can see it to the left and then how it was covered with trim to the right)! This is actually right above our large regular windows and when they lowered the ceilings in these rooms, they ended up just covering up these original details. We are hoping to restore these arched windows so that they add even more amazing natural light into these office spaces!
Above is our favorite room upstairs which is the corner office with the best views of Main Street and the giant curved corner window you can see in the photos of the front of the building. We really want this office to be a show-stopper and are completely opening up the entire space and raising the ceilings as high as we possibly can (maybe even higher than the original 14 ft.!)
Above is part of the ceiling in the corner office- there are two levels: the beams that that ceiling fan is hanging from which are at 14 feet, and what extends beyond that is the attic area all the way up to the roof. We want to at least get this entire room back up the original 14 feet ceilings, but are hoping to make them even higher into the attic for a super dramatic and open space.
In the same room we uncovered this old fireplace behind the wall (that most likely also extends downstairs too). We also uncovered another fireplace that was covered with old wood panneling in the first office (see below). I'm not sure if we will be able to make these function again, but I still like the idea of having them in the spaces to add the historic feel and original character to the rooms.
We've had lots of good news so far throughout demo, which is very rare with a building this age! One of the things we were excited to find was some original hardwood floors upstairs (under many layers of carpet!). We should be able to refinish these and patch any missing areas to match. This is a huge find, since we originally budgeted to put down all new floors upstairs.
Above (and below) you can see the front two offices which will be opened into one large office (we will have 3 total office spaces for lease upstairs). All the offices now have their own tiny bathrooms, but we will be moving the bathrooms to accommodate the new floor plan and so that they break up the floor plan much less.
One more look at some of the floors we uncovered- every room of this upstairs had a different color of carpet when we bought the building! We were able to take some video footage of the entire building before demo that I hope to share soon so that you can get a better idea of the overall layout. The downstairs has already been completely cleared out as well and I'll be sharing more details on that next week!