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Now, let’s talk about slate floors and refreshing a small space!
Towards the tail end of my recovery from shoulder surgery, I started feeling a desire to move things around, organize spaces, and give our house an overall refresh. Not an overhaul…just a little refresh. Things that are free and just involve tweaking, rethinking, and experimenting. Now that we’ve lived in this house for 2.5 years, I have a very good feel for how we use each space, what works well, and what doesn’t.
I am hoping to tackle some big projects soon, like starching the fabric to the walls in the sewing room and building a shelf for my studio, but time has been a little too tight to start one of those. What I have been doing is working on one small area here and there as I find the time. It’s been therapeutic and fun to see small changes make a big difference.
One of the areas I wanted to refresh was the foyer. As I was making some small changes in the living room after we took down the tree and brought in a new sectional, I decided to try to change things up. Instead of replacing the ironstone tureens on the dresser by the built-ins, I brought in the hand-painted rocking horse from the foyer. I loved it there, but I felt like the foyer would benefit from some greenery.
The jury is still out on the horse, but I’m waiting to make a decision… I’ve been hunting for a wood-framed mirror to hang in that spot for at least a year and I just haven’t found anything that’s just right yet. I think a mirror will add some color (from reflecting the curtains and window) and some warmth from the frame. For now, it’s fine.
I then took a plant and basket from my office and put it on top of our backpack/shoe cabinet. I love the addition of the greenery. I’m planning to put that plant back in my office, but get a similar one and put it in a shorter pot (so there is more height variation between the basket and the plant.)
I’m going to hit a few secondhand shops this week to see if I can find a mirror and something to replace the basket in my office.
I just love playing with the little details, trying to figure out the perfect thing for that spot.
While we’re talking about the foyer, I wanted to share an update on the Montauk Blue Slate we installed last year. We absolutely love it and it has proven to be very durable. It’s cleaned up well with a steam mop, doesn’t show dirt & snowy footprints, and has held up to all sorts of scratches and dings.
Not long after we had it installed, we had a desk and bookcase delivered for my office. The delivery men dragged a palette across the floor, not realizing there were large staples sticking out of the bottom, scratching the slate. I watched it happen, cringing. As soon as they were occupied with another task, I crouched down and rubbed my finger over the scratches. They were superficial and wiped right out.
It is a beautiful floor and I’m so glad we made that upgrade to the foyer. (There were 18×18″ beige ceramic tiles in there before.) We even had some leftovers tiles and I think we have enough to use them in the boy’s bathroom. We’re not planning to do that project anytime soon, but someday. They’re stacked in the garage waiting for that time.