Calling all designers

…and would-be interior designers and people with taste, and people with ideas and opinions.  I need advice!

Yesterday with pre Hurricane Sandy howling outside, we turned our attention to finishing the upstairs renovations – specifically the trim.  Warren pulled out his power saws and I set up the saw horses and  got painting. 

 All the window trim in the upstairs bedrooms and bath has now been reinstalled or re-built, where necessary.  I painted the bathroom window trim black.   Yes, black.  Somewhere there is a ghost rolling over in their grave.  For 156 years no one has ever painted the upstairs trim and now black?  WTF!  

Actually,  I was inspired by another blogger.   A Detailed House (one of my favourite sites)  wrote a wonderful blog  filled with lots of sexy photos regarding how to use black trim to create elegance.    With my new black marble floors and silver and crystal accessories this idea was tailor-made for my new bathroom.  Here is a finished photo.

 Thank you again for handing me that direction.  I never would have thought of it on my own.

The next phase of our upstairs renovations is to finish off painting the bedroom window trim, all upstairs doors and baseboards.  Warren wants everything to have white trim.  I love the warm natural look of the window’s wood trim, but apparently it would be very difficult to restore them to perfect condition. 

What do you think?  These are the bedroom windows?  Should we go white with white baseboards?


This is the inside bathroom door.      

It should be black with black trim as well, right? 

What happens on the other side of the door – out in the hall where there are two other  bedroom doors and hall trim.  Does it matter that one door would be black and the others white?  Help!!

While I have your attention, does anyone have any suggestions about window treatment?   I generally hate all window treatment.  I worry that drapery over my windows will:  

  • block the sunlight
  • collect dust and hide spiders 
  • close things in
  • cover up the beautiful wood around the windows

 In the past I have just used roll-down discreet blinds on windows where privacy is necessary.    I really, really want to hear your opinions..  What do you see working on the bathroom, the bedroom windows and…

… living room windows.  Currently I have nothing on them.  (It is a good thing I live in the country). 

I hate to cover the beautiful wood of my living room windows, but I guess I could add long, floor length panels on each side. (?) Would that make everything kind of crowded?  What colour?   OMG   I’m frozen with indecision.


 OK, this is a call-out to anyone who has ideas or opinions.  Please wade in and tell me what to do.  If you are another blogger feel free to use me as an example.  Any TV hosts or magazine editor searching for a topic –  I’m your guinea pig.  Use me.  Tell me.  Direct me….. Please.


About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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11 Responses to Calling all designers

  1. I love the black trim on your bathroom window – I think the door and its trim would look great black too. The other side could be left the original colour, couldn’t it?

    If you like the light and uncovered living room windows, I’d leave them as is. Wasn’t the original purpose for big heavy drapes just a draft stopper? If you don’t need it, don’t do it. I like your windows bare too. My in-laws left their living room windows bare – the windows are great, and it lets the sun in the room.

  2. agree with Heidi about door-leave it the same as the other doors in the hall on the outside–although it would look nice white inside and keep the window black as an accent (that would be my first choice)
    for windows – I don’t like covering either–I have shutters and really like them – shutters on the bottom half of the window and leave the upper bare; I too like bare windows though if you can get away with it and do not have privacy issues

  3. Rev. Marilyn says:

    I too like bare windows other than when privacy is an issue. No drapery. I would leave the outside of the bathroom door to match the other doors, and the original wood is so lovely. Maybe black on the inside would be too much. I’d opt for white. Now maybe some professional designer will weigh in. Have fun.

  4. Sandi says:

    I’m a fan of black doors with white trim 😉

    • Sandi says:

      Oops. Hit send too soon. As much as I love bare windows and yours are lovely and huge, there will be a time when you might want privacy or shade. Maybe think along the lines of Russian blinds. Very tailored, not pouffy at all. They will suit the room well ;). Just a thought….

  5. Donna says:

    Love the bathroom window black and I vote for the bathroom door and trim to be black and leaving the hall side of the door the original colour.
    I love the windows clear of any drapery/coverings also but maybe you could put up a small valance, maybe the same material as your stripped chair just to hide the blinds. I do love the windows in their natural state, both in the parlour and in your bedroom. Good luck and have fun with whatever you decide to do. You will love it.

  6. Last week Tim and I toured the Princess Margaret Lottery show home in Oakville. Check it out on line. Amost every window was done in black trim. And looked gorgeous. I will email you the photos I took. I love the look of really good quality matchstick blinds. They can be left rolled up most of the time but rolled down at night or when you want privacy. Ditto with a nice Roman blind. AS for the bedroom I’d go white trim…looks so sharp. Amazing Warren wants that. Most men freak when a woman says she wants to paint trim…you 2 are just the opposite!

I would love to hear your thoughts. I really, really love comments.

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