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The Carriage House Reveal

I am so happy to share the final reveal of our Carriage house remodel. The highlight of the Carriage House is this gorgeous Schonbek chandelier we found at Lamps Plus.

Carriage house

The Carriage House is done! Ok, it’s almost done as we have a few small furniture projects to complete. I am teary-eyed because it came out so well. It is absolutely what I had hoped for and I am so excited to share everything with you!

This post is sponsored by Lamps Plus, but all opinions are mine.

The Carriage House Renovation

I am so happy with how this space turned out. It is bright and airy and a room I want to spend time in! It is exactly what I was hoping to create. Our Carriage House is now a fun place to dine and entertain. And I love that I have a perfect place (with a great work area) to arrange all of my flowers for entertaining.

A Bit About Our Carriage House

Ten years ago we did the first remodel of the Carriage House. We opened up the ceiling, add lighting, and solidified the sliding glass Carriage House doors. I taught art classes in the Carriage house for about four years and then it became a storage room. And it became a completely full storage room in no time at all.

Earlier this year I decided it was time to give the Carriage House a purpose. I wanted to use this beautiful room and I had a great idea.

What if the Carriage House became an entertaining area? It would be perfect for entertaining and dinners, and fun times with the family. I also wanted a good-sized space to coordinate all of the flower arranging for my parties and some storage for some of my vases and candles, and trays, and more!

The first thing I got for the Carriage House, before I had even decided to paint it, is this beautiful Schonbek Chandelier from Lamps Plus. I knew I needed a statement piece in the Carriage House and this was it!

So I planned the entire space around my Lamps Plus Chandelier.

And this is how it looks now! I set the room for dinner with some friends which I am hosting tonight! I am so excited. This space is simply amazing.

The Carriage House Reveal

The Lamps Plus Chandelier

As I was shopping for my chandelier, I knew I wanted to find one that had some bronze and lots of crystals. This chandelier is gorgeous and I picked it out online.

Lamps Plus Chandelier

Here is a close up of the chandelier. It really is beautiful. Lamps Plus has a HUGE selection of lighting online and in their stores. I went on their website and typed in “crystal chandeliers” and found over 1300 options!

The minute I saw this chandelier I knew it was what I wanted.

Schonbek Chandelier

I centered it over the table and it looks perfect.

The Carriage House Reveal 1

When I unwrapped the chandelier there was an entire box full of crystals. Each package was labeled and numbered so it was very easy to assemble. It took us less than an hour to add all of the crystals. The entire process was not hard to do. Did I mention they included gloves to wear while handling the crystals?

Next, my electrician hung the chandelier. When it comes to working with wires and electricity, I always call a professional.

Lamps Plus Chandelier Adding Crystals 4

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The Before Photos of the Carriage House

The Carriage House used to be painted sage green, the windows didn’t close well, and it was quite full of “stuff”. This photo was taken after I sent two truckloads of “stuff” to the Salvation Army!

Carriage House Before Photo

I put together a plan for the Carriage House remodel which included a complete paint job (we used Dunn Edwards Swiss Coffee), new lighting and some carpentry work to tighten up the windows and doors.

Carriage House Before Painted Photo

The ceilings are so high that I hired my favorite painter to do this job. It took four coats of paint.

Carriage House Being Painted Photo

I found this long white table in Round Top Texas last month and friends of mine (from through the Porthole) brought it home for me! It seats eight or ten people!

The Carriage House Reveal

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Carriage House?

A carriage house, also often called a coach house, is a building separate from a main home that was originally built to store horse-drawn carriages and it’s equipment. Most Carriage Houses have sliding doors door where the horses would pull in, drop off the carriage, and head out the back door.

So what is left to do in the Carriage House? I am going to add some lighting on the left side of the Carriage House and paint a few of the vintage furniture pieces. I also need to set up my flower arranging area. I will share the rest of it with you very soon!

Lamps Plus Chandelier

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44 Responses

  1. Love the carriage house redo. So cool!
    Serving a meal here….what are you cooking and how will you serve it?
    Because you entertain so often , do you have set menus for your dinner parties? I struggle with putting together a menu which is easy and yet special for my guests. Would love to hear your process of putting together a menu.
    Really enjoy your blog posts!

  2. Do you have a small kitchen in the Carriage House? If not, how do you transport food from your kitchen easily? Love the room, looks great. Past thru Round Top after their sale and realized it is massive. Hope to go in the fall.

  3. Love it! Love everything, especially the chandelier! What a privilege it must be for you to have all this to play with, to decorate and redecorate on a whim! Wow! You are blessed! And your talents are a great match for your surroundings! I love your blog and that you share everything with us! Can’t wait to see the rest! Have a wonderful, fun-filled day!

  4. Leslie, I didn’t believe your home could get any more lovely but I was wrong! This is truly an added beautiful treasure to an already spectacular property. Enjoy!!

  5. Stunning, from the chandelier, to the color you chose, right down to the beautiful carriage house itself – stunning! I am anxious to see the remainder of your project. Thank you.

  6. Simply wonderful! You are so fortunate to have this space. You did a great job and I can’t wait to see the flower arranging area. You inspired me to start a cutting flower garden in my yard. I did most from seeds and I’m happy to report they are sprouting after a mere week. I am a very amateur gardener but your party planning, gardens and backyard have made me want to utilize my large yard for all things entertaining and giving. Your carriage house is such a great place to have to entertain on cold nights, drizzly or So Cal rainy days. Do you have heating in there??

  7. That chandelier is GORGEOUS. I love your table settings. I love the table. I love the carriage doors. I think I love EVERYTHING about this space. I can hardly wait to see the flower arranging station — I know it is going to be amazing.

  8. WOW…WOW…WOW! Leslie, you are amazing and so, so talented. The carriage house is beautiful and that chandelier is drop dead gorgeous. I know there will be many a wonderful party in that space, it’s perfect. I was just hoping to see one or even 2 of your paintings on the walls!

  9. What an amazing space Leslie. It truly is an elegant and seamless retreat that compliments the rest of your home. I can’t wait to see all of the fun entertaining ideas you’ll be sharing with us from here. Will you be adding a seating area as well?

  10. How exciting to have a space like that to “play” in!! I know you’re thrilled and I look forward to seeing how you use it. Great job with the remodel!

  11. Another beautiful remodel, Leslie!
    My question is about the table setting. I’m crazy about the white antiqued scalloped (?) charger plates. Where did you purchase them?

  12. Beautiful Leslie.
    0f all the Lamps Plus options (who knew?!!) you picked a great chandalier.
    Love it!

  13. This is a beautiful space! Absolutely LOVE that chandelier! What a fun, elegant room! Can’t wait for you to share your parties in there with all of us!!

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