G.O. has been a busy guy upstairs,
painting the walls white + the woodwork a neutral gray/beige (a.k.a. “greige”).
So far, the hallway has been transformed from drab . . . .
. . . to FAB!
We chose Pittsburgh Paint’s Delicate White for the walls
+ Ghost Writer for the woodwork + wainscoting.
Yes, all this talk of gray + white
means it’s time for us to go down memory lane again,
with me, with my perm, + my gray kitchen cabs, circa 1985!
I loved it then, I love it now!
Please. How stunning is our beautiful, original door hardware with the greige?
Very stunning, especially so, considering its amazing before + after!
The beautiful pattern of that hardware is called Art Nouveau,
which was an art + architectural style in fashion between 1890 + 1910.
That makes sense because we think our house was built in that era!
Look closely! There are ferns!
Art Nouveau was inspired by natural forms,
particularly the curves lines of plants + flowers.
Well-known examples of Art Nouveau include the Metro Stations in Paris:
Yet more Art Nouveau awesomeness, closer to home,
is the former Carson Pirie Scott store in Chicago,
designed by architect Louis Sullivan,
who was Frank Lloyd Wright’s mentor:
Sullivan also designed my personal favorite,
The fabulous Wainwright Building in downtown St. Louis:
This concludes today’s Art history lecture.
Did you know that I used to be an Art teacher, in grades 7 – 12?
Meanwhile, back at the Dutch colonial,
G.O. continues to restore the beautiful original woodwork,
literally one piece at a time!
I’ll share more photos, soon — so stay tuned!