Hi friends! It’s Michaela. I love being here at The Inspired Room every so often sharing some beautiful decorating and entertaining ideas with you! This week as I’ve been planning for Bloom Bash Workshop in Seattle this October (a creative workshop where we teach all about blogging, photography, home design, floral arranging, calligraphy and more!) I’ve been falling so in love with old, charming details. Maybe it’s because the location for our workshop is at an old historic mansion in the city, called the Rainier Chapter House. When planning such a big event in a very intentionally vintage setting, the decor of the workshop has to follow suit. I’m quite okay with that, as my personal style is an updated farmhouse, vintage, eclectic look.
Planning the workshop in this gorgeous mansion — a replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon home (my design-loving heart just danced a little!) — got me thinking about the details that make this home unique. I think for the Rainier Chapter House, it’s all about the charming little (and big) elements. Expansive wallpaper, large gold mirrors, windows with character, old shutters, lantern light fixtures, wood details, and drop-dead-gorgeous chandeliers are some of my favorites elements. See for yourself!
As you may remember, Melissa’s daughter Courtney and I went to interior design school together, so it’s only fitting my design-nerd comes out right about now. I couldn’t help but share this blurb about the mansion with you, because it’s just. so. cool.
“Designed by Daniel Riggs Huntington, a well respected Seattle architect, this replica of George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon home was built in 1925. Employed as the City of Seattle architect from 1912 until 1921, Huntington also designed the Fremont library branch, the Lake Union Steam Plant, several fire stations and the Washington Street Boat Landing.” – Rainier Chapter House
I pinch myself daily that this is our venue for the workshop! Anyways… moving on ;)
The charming details in a big ole mansion like this one are beautiful and stately, but how can WE bring charm to our own homes on a smaller scale? I’ve come up with some ideas:
– unique lighting
– door knobs
– vintage finds
– old books
– wood beams
– a painted front door
– install molding
– change your knobs
– change out your lighting switchplates
– install built-ins
DETAILS | mercury glass knob / mother of pearl knob / drawer pull / wood and gold candle sticks / gold tray / home is wherever I’m with you / lost socks / galvanized envelope / bird chandelier / Queen Anne wallpaper by Rifle Paper Co. / Foret Midnight wallpaper
What are your favorite ways to add a bit of character to your house?
PS. We’d love to meet you at Bloom Bash on October 22nd and 23rd! Melissa will be our keynote speaker (hooray!) and we’ll be celebrating her next book launch. Use code INSPIRED200 for a $200 discount on the ticket price at checkout. Register here!