Trust Your Instincts


When we moved into our current house, the living room was vaulted about 25 feet up.

Before:

Not only was it an absolute waste of space, it made the room feel cold and unwelcoming. In addition, the acoustics of the room with so many people sharing the space were almost unbearable . We decided to floor it in, and as an added benefit, we now have another big bedroom above our living room.

After:

Since we took down the pillars and half wall in our kitchen, we wanted to separate the living room in a subtle way. Instead of sheetrocking under the floor joists, we kept them exposed. My husband then insulated between them, and installed beadboard between each board.


Our contractor thought we were crazy and could NOT envision what we were after. He tried talking us out of it multiple times, and we almost caved. We're SO GLAD we listened to our instincts.
We think it adds so much to our living area and adds another cozy dimension to the space.

29 comments:

  1. You just added to my LOVE for a beadboard ceiling. I keep telling myself AFTER Pharmacy school I can tackle that project. You home is so inviting. Any chance you would help me make my home half as comforting and cozy as yours? I am always smitten with your style.

    Cheers~
    e

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  2. You made a great decision going that route with the ceiling. It looks spectacular and adds so much character to your home.

    I went back and read many of your previous posts and have really enjoyed your family and reno story. Thanks for sharing. I became a follower and have added your blog to my blog list in the sidebar (so I can see each new post.)

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  3. I love what you've done! It's modern but still farmhouse ~ I'm glad you went with your instincts because it's so much cozier with the beadboard and fits your style now. Great Job!
    :) Sarah

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  4. I have often thought that these huge vaulted ceilings wasted space and created issues for drapery and sound. What a bold decision to close it off, and what a success it is. Your husband did an incredible job on that ceiling. It has way more charm and personality now. Love it!

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  5. Rie...I love that you went with your gut...love how it turned out. This house is going to sale so quickly!

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  6. Oh you were ABSOLUTELY right. I have never been a fan of 2 story living areas. Your living room is just beautiful.

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  7. I love your ceiling! We did the same thing in our dining room.

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  8. you made a great choice! Your living room is beautiful and that white wood ceiling really makes it unique and gives so much character

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  9. I so agree with you on trusting your instincts/gut! It's amazing how often a contractor doesn't get your vision and tries to talk you out of it. Great advice and you proved your point beautifully. Great job!!

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  10. It looks amazing! And an extra bedroom too...perfect!

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  11. Lovely!

    jAne * tickleberryfarm.blogspot.com

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  12. I love the ceiling! It is very unique and adds a lot of character to the room!
    Beautiful!
    Health and happiness,
    Angela
    http://angelawalkerjewelry.blogspot.com/

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  13. What a transformation Rie- it's just beautiful, good decision!!

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  14. Great idea! I love your new ceiling and to have an extra bedroom,that is wonderful! You have a beautiful home. Can we see the extra bedroom too? I bet it is beautiful too.

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  15. looks fabulous! great great idea & love the bead board ~ and your lights!

    Shellagh

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  16. I love it Rie! What a smart move to lower the ceiling. The beadboard was a wonderful addition and looks so lovely. I love it when a plan comes together.
    hugs

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  17. Love it that you confounded the contractor! That's awesome...has he seen this? It would be a wonderful thing for him to keep in his bag of tricks!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  18. Oh my gosh! GORGEOUS!!! I love, love, love a beadboard ceiling. I have been trying to figure out how to do this in my home now. Truly, so glad you trusted yourself, it is just stunning!

    ~mary~

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  19. Rie, it looks absolutely beautiful. What a clever idea, I haven't seen anything like it. There were many decisions made during our renovations that were against the builder's advice and I have no regrets! I remember being told how silly two sinks in the laundry would be, how they wouldn't fit etc,. Well, they do fit and are very useful! I agree with you about the height of the ceiling too..Rachaelx

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  20. Hi Rie,
    It looks gorgeous. The beaboard is perfect. I love your advice about trusing your instincts, it's so true. Everyone warned us against painting our walls white, but I absolutely love them! Decorating is such a personal thing. I love that you made your house work for you in the best way possible. Hope you are having a great week!

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  21. I agree! It looks fantastic!

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  22. yes! you did the right thing. it looks great!

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  23. I love that you floored in your vaulted ceiling Rie. Not only did you gain a bedroom above, but the effect you have created with the exposed joists and beadboarding is gorgeous! Good on you for sticking to what you wanted. It looks fantastic! Wishing you a lovely day ~ Tina x

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  24. I get so frustrated with being told "you can't do that" by trade professionals. Where there's a will there's a way! Your room looks wonderful and it's so much more pratical now. Great job.
    Angex

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  25. I never can understand cathedral ceilings - I have the same reaction you do to them. I think the ceiling you guys insisted on putting in, absolutely made the room what it is - cozy, warm, and inviting.

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  26. I feel the same way- the room is much cozier and the ceiling is now a spectacular addition to the room!

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  27. Great idea! Our old house was the same way and I always envisioned doing the same thing, lowering the ceiling and adding well used space above. Your ceiling is absolute genius! LOVE the look! Your home is LOVELY!!

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  28. Great look....that ceiling fan caught my eye as it looks so different. Do you remember your source for it?

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