Welcome to the guest house at Lombardy!
In our last post, we looked at the renovation of the exterior of the guest house at Lombardy. This charming brick structure is the oldest building on the property. Built during the Revolutionary War, the building was a kitchen dependency at one time. Due to its age, the house was in rough shape. It would have cost less to scrap this house and build a new one in its place, but we loved its history and charm. Since we knew that we wanted to use this building as a guest house and that we would need a place to stay while we renovated the main house, it was one of the first projects that we tackled.
The Guest House
Once the house was braced and structural repairs were taken care of, almost everything within the shell was rebuilt. When we bought Lombardy, this one and a half story home consisted of a small kitchen, dining room and living room on the first floor, and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. Our plans included installing a new kitchenette where the old kitchen had been, replacing the dining room with a living/dining space, turning the first-floor living room into a master bedroom and adding an adjacent bath, and restoring the remaining two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. Unfortunately, very little was salvageable inside the house – only a little bit of wood flooring. Ceilings, walls, and floors came out, and all of the plumbing, heating, and wiring was replaced throughout the house.
The Sitting/Dining Room
Renovations to the old dining room in the guest house at Lombardy included restoring the fireplace to make it functional and structurally sound (it was falling apart) and adding new millwork and a limestone surround and hearth. We also added a window to the right of the fireplace. All of the windows in the house had to be replaced, and many of the openings had to be reconfigured to make them more uniform in size.
- Chandelier and screen | Niermann Weeks
- Pub table and console | Barry Dixon for Tomlinson
- Slipcovered linen love seat and chairs | Lee Industries
- Wall brackets | Bliss Studio
- Workroom | Everett Designs
- Pillow fabric | Fortuny
- Trim on roman shades | Samuel, and Sons
- Carpet | Stark Carpet
Below, before and after shots of the kitchen. As a guest house, we didn’t feel that we had the space or need for full-size appliances. The new kitchenette is equipped with an under-counter refrigerator and freezer from Marvel, a narrow dishwasher from Miele, a microwave, coffee maker and toaster oven. New and resized windows added some much-needed light. The flooring that you see is original to the house. It was removed from the house during the renovation and restored before being re-installed.
The Master Bedroom
The old living room was in sad shape when we bought the house. In a few places, you could see daylight where the floor and walls should have met and the ceiling was bowed. The windows were different sizes and the door that you see on the left in the second picture didn’t open, the door on the right in the second picture (you can barely see it) couldn’t open because it was blocked by the stairs leading into the room.
Since most of our guests at Lombardy are close friends and family, we knew that they would be spending most of their visits at Lombardy either outside or in the main house with us. So we converted the living room into a first-floor master bedroom with an adjoining bathroom. Because this room is usually occupied, I’m a little short on photos – I’ll work on adding a few more very soon! We added exterior doors to the room (not shown) that lead to a patio overlooking the pool. I will also snap a few photos of the beautiful ceiling details next chance I get. This space contains all of my guest bedroom must-haves…a king-size bed (which I’ve been told is very comfy!) with high thread count sheets and extra pillows and blankets, a desk that doubles as a dressing table, comfortable chairs for reading, easy to operate blackout shades under the roman blinds, candles, fresh flowers, magazines, and a TV (some folks just need one to go to sleep).
- Bed | Oly Studio
- Pillow and roman shade fabric | Fortuny
- Workroom | Everett Designs
- Shades on french doors | Conrad (photo coming soon!)
- Comforter and shams | Restoration Hardware
- Slipcovered chairs, nightstands, side table, desk | Hickory Chair
- Glass front cabinets | Baker Furniture – they were a prototype that I don’t believe they ever put into production
- Lighting | Visual Comfort
- Carpet | Stark Carpet
- Wall color | Linen White by Benjamin Moore
The Master Bathroom
The adjoining master bathroom also features a few guest room must-haves…extra toiletries, hairdryer, super soft towels, robes, an iron, and a heated floor. Decorative artists Billet Collins painted the walls with a design inspired by the Fortuny fabric in the bedroom. All of the plumbing fixtures and marble tile/countertop are from Waterworks.
New windows, including the addition of quarter round windows flanking the old fireplace, were part of the second-floor renovation. I’ll need to snap a few photos of those windows – they are sweet. Here they are from the outside…
The Upstairs Bedrooms
The upstairs bedrooms were designed with our younger guests in mind, our oldest was only 10 years old when we bought Lombardy and we have lots of little nieces and nephews. Now that my boys are in college their friends love staying in these rooms (which I think is kinda funny:)) All of the beds and bedding are from Pottery Barn. The carpet is from Stark Carpet, and the walls are Benjamin Moore Linen White.
All of the plumbing fixtures and tile, as well as the nickel washstand, are from Waterworks in the upstairs bathroom.
Here’s a glimpse of the upstairs hallway, before and after, and the stairs leading to the boat room above.
And finally, the third bedroom. This room now has beautiful built-ins lining the walls. Bed and bedding are from Pottery Barn.
Guys – thank you so much for joining me for a walk inside the guest house at Lombardy. For more info on our homes, check out these posts. Next up – the main house!