Flip this Gatehouse – The BIG Reveal!

In our last installment (Joan & Wanda Flip this Gatehouse) on the Gatehouse makeover Joan and Wanda were talking about the skill of editing a space.  Knowing what to get rid of…what to keep and what to buy.  Also, the importance (and simplicity) of paint.  Changing the color of a room can make all the difference in the world and is probably the easiest way to make a dramatic statement without spending a lot of money.  Ah…but picking the color!  Here’s where we left off:

Joan: Didn’t we start with something else and when we saw it on the wall we decided it was too dark and changed it.

Wanda: That’s right…we did.  I don’t remember what that color was…but it was definitely too dark.  We both thought so.

Joan: See…we both have the same aesthetic.  That’s why I knew we could do this together…

Q: So you both agreed on the same colors?

Joan: We painted the walls Stony Ground and the trim is Mouse’s Back.

Wanda: All Farrow & Ball paints.  They really are the best…expensive…but worth it.  At first Joan resisted painting the woodwork but it really ended up pulling everything together.

Q: You talked about lighting before. What changes did you make?

Wanda: The kitchen really felt dark and needed light so we decided to add recessed lighting.

Joan: That was a great decision.  With the chandelier already there, we couldn’t add another ceiling fixture but we really needed more light…especially for our Hammertown Cooking Classes…so recessed lighting was definitely the way to go.

Wanda: In the back room, the ceiling is very high but we had to change those lights too.

Joan: Apparently the lighting fixtures that had previously been installed in the ceiling in the back room were wrong so we had to replace those as well.  It really made a difference!

Q: What surprised you most in this project?

Wanda: The Kitchen.  I believe in the power of paint but even I was surprised that paint could do so much for a space.  It was amazing.

Joan: It taught me not to resist painting wood!

Q: What surprised you, Joan?

Joan: The back room.  Using those drapes on the back doors…I never saw that in my mind.   When I saw it …I loved it!  Thanks Wanda…you’re the best!

Wanda: No…you are!

So…as they say…let the pictures speak for themselves…

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We had the old cupboard, and although not especially perfect for the space, we felt we needed some old things to anchor the room. Of course, we love the vintage rug ottoman...adds such character to the room. The couch is the Lee "Olivia" sofa in Nubby Sand...looks great in the room.

Placed the vintage rug round ottoman under the table for color and more character in room. Plus it is light and easy to pull up for seating. Love the Gloria Chair in the rust color; The vintage wood mirror looks great over the fireplace, and is so reasonable at Hammertown.

We have Stephen Sorman's original artwork. Love this contemporary piece that adds anchor to the room. Vintage round ottoman... adds character. Wanda smartly had Roman shades made in a neutral linen.

Mid century reproduction dresser adds another eclectic element to the room that really works. They are available at Hammertown in a number of different finishes. The découpage mirror is from Doodletown Farm Antiques...great antiques...at the Antique Center in Millerton.


Another beautiful original from Stephen Sorman. Interesting zinc top table that adds an eclectic touch to the room.

Check out these wooden adjustable stools. They're being featured next month in Elle Decor!

Love Grey Romi chair from Cisco. Can't tell you the celebrity, but it's in a pretty famous person's home in the Hudson Valley.

Wanda's linen drapes made for the french doors. Rod is custom done by Stissing Design. French inspired chairs from Hammertown, of course! The brick floor in back room from Herrington's looks old but it isn't.

1 Comment

  • Great job, Wanda & Joan! Loved seeing the before & after photos and looking forward to seeing it in person soon!
    Ceil Petrucelli
    Ceil Petrucelli Interiors
    Bennington, VT 05201

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