The Welcome Inn | Dining Room, Bourbon Room, Powder Bathroom, & Kitchen

Written by Jenny Marrs on . Posted in .

With every project we take on – whether for a client or for ourselves – Dave and I look for ways to provide meaningful gathering spaces. We picture families around a table, guests on the couch and friends chatting in the open spaces with a drink in hand. From the moment I stepped into this old house, I could see its potential to be an inviting space, and I started to picture where people would sit, where children might play and where special events could be celebrated among friends.

Dining Room

BEFORE

The dining room size shrank a little bit since we used part of the original dining room to create an additional bathroom. Adding French doors here let in more light, and since you can see straight out to the garden with a perfect view of the gingko tree, the room feels larger. We also made the room bigger by opening up the ceiling to expose the floor Joists. The beams feel old and add warmth to the room. They allow you to draw your eyes up without being distracting. Being able to see the pipes, reminds us to love the imperfect character of the house. The two-light chandelier was handmade. It’s new, but the style matches the era of this home. The dining room table, of course, was built by Dave. He made this one oval to make it different. It looks more antique and a little more formal than the usual table.

AFTER

SOURCES

Chandelier | Lucent

Bar Cart | Pottery Barn

Artwork | Juniper Print Shop

Dining Table | Custom by Dave Marrs

Bench | Zuma Imports

Dining Chairs | HK Living USA

Wall Paint Color | Farrow and Ball Pointing #2003

Bourbon Room & Powder Bathroom

BEFORE

This area used to be a butler’s pantry. Now it’s the most masculine room in the house. The deep green color makes it feel like a funky lounge. Right off the dining room, it serves as an extension to the room adding more seating for a gathering. We left the exposed brick from an old chimney in the corner. There was a little alcove in the brick, and we used it to display an old copper fire extinguisher I found. Another great antique find was this old library magazine drawer that fit perfectly in the corner. It brings some old Rogers history back into the house.

AFTER

SOURCES

Flushmount | West Elm

Sconce | Amazon

Bourbon Room Rug | Turkish Trunk

Leather Chairs | Howse

Bourbon Room Wall Paint Color | Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue #462

Sconce | Kichler

Mirror | Target

Faucet | Atmosphyre

Sink | Atmosphyre

Toilet | Gerber

Powder Room Door Hardware | Emtek

Towel Ring and Toilet Paper holder | Anthropologie

Powder Room Rug | Turkish Trunk

Powder Room Paint Color | Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue #462

Kitchen

For the kitchen, I pictured something reminiscent of a classic European kitchen – something you might find in the Cotswolds. I wanted it to be the gateway to the garden outside. You prepare your tea, choose a delicate cup from the tea cabinet and walk through the garden admiring the azaleas and the gingko tree.

BEFORE

We had some ups and downs as we planned what the kitchen would look like. In the end, I’m grateful we were able to stick to my original vision of a simple, cozy collected sense of old and new. It feels old-world, but still with modern appliances. The gorgeous blue Italian stove is the statement piece and focal point of this space. We added windows to both sides of it to let in more natural light and brighten up the place. Handmade mosaic tile was installed as the backsplash over the range. The sink and faucet were handmade as well, and brass accessories were imported from England to be used throughout the kitchen. We added a herringbone pattern to the floor for interest and kept the exposed brick from the old chimney, adding mortar to soften the surface. The tea cabinet is one of the most intricate things we did in the house. The white oak base was made by local cabinet makers. They added a unique two-panel shaker with a scoop detail to the doors. Dave built the hutch to go on top and we filled it with a special tea set made by a friend in her local pottery studio. It all turned out exactly as I had hoped.

AFTER

SOURCES

Sconce | Lucent

Sink | Elkay

Refrigerator | Smeg

Range | Ilve USA

Cabinet Hardware | deVOL

Tile | Be Spoke Studio

Brass Plate Rail | Paxton Hardware

Faucet | Atmosphyre

Quartz Countertops | Caesar Stone

Rug | Turkish Trunk

Custom Cabinetry | Timber Mill Cabinets

Cabinet and Trim Paint Color | Farrow and Ball Dropcloth #283

Wall Paint Color | Farrow and Ball Pointing #2003