Monthly Archives: August 2014

2 Doors, Lots Of Waiting

TWO DOORS ARE BEING HUNG IN THE DUTCH COLONIAL!

We’ve been at this project for so long . . .

. . . every minor update is a real morale boost for lil’ mama.

How else do I explain my giddiness about a pair of doors?

Let’s have a look-see at all the excitement.

Door #1

Photo snapped earlier today:

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Here’s the same doorway last week:

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Today:

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Disclaimer:  G.O. is upset by the squalor + wanted to delete this photo.

Saner heads prevailed, though.

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You may recall that we created the powder room

from what was a hallway.

Right now, it’s an approximately 5′ x 5′ boxy silo.

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Oh, dear.  Boxy silo isn’t exactly the look I had in mind.

What shall we do, to add ‘instant age’ to this space?

First up, the marble tile floor looks like it might have been original:

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As does the ‘new’ door itself, which is, in fact, original to the house:

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It was borrowed from somewhere upstairs,

as was all the woodwork that will go IN-side the powder room.

Have a look!

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‘Tis okay that this side of the door’s been painted.

My plans are to paint everything gray in the powder room.

But just look at the beautiful, original doorknob:

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The paint on it has to go, + go soon.

Look at the other side’s knob + hardware!

 I am seriously loving the black glass!

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Stay tuned for a reveal of ‘Door #2’ . . .

+ meanwhile, here are few more RedBird projects!

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Thanks for viewing!

 

 

 

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REDBUD CREEK FARM GARDEN CENTER

I’ve been working like a bee of late, + while I really love it/mean it . . .

. . . I feared that life might just be passing me by!

Time for an outing.  To here:

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I’ve heard good buzz about this place, + it did NOT disappoint..

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All this awesomeness is out in the middle of nowhere (J/K, kind of!) . . .

. . . SW of Chicago, somewhere close to Yorkville.

It’s definitely worth the trek,

but you’ll need to use your GPS or MapQuest to get there.

Trust me.

REDBUD CREEK FARM

2930 N. 4351 Road / Sheridan, IL

(815) 496-9400

http://www.redbudcreekfarm.com/

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 Sadly, I’m not yet in the market to buy plants,

as our Dutch colonial landscaping is on the way-back,

ohpleasedon’tmakemewaituntilnextspring burner.

Yes, this could have been a major buzz kill, but it wasn’t.

Here’s why:

IMG_4782(1)Lots of eye candy, of the garden center persuasion!

IMG_4752(1)All that red siding with pretty green trim!

 I felt a pang of siding remorse,

because I’d briefly considered said-same for our Dutch colonial!

 

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 Look at those sweet rafter tails!

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Look at the garage door, the lightning rod + the cool barn light!

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G.O. pointed out that light fixture, which had me mentally high-fiving myself.

It’s good when he digs the same things that I do!

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Look closely at what’s on the left side of the potting shed’s door:

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OMiGosh, it’s an old kitchen sink, which I totally love

+ which we totally have, languishing downstairs in our basement!!!

Gas up the truck, because it’s headed to its new home,

beside our blue garden shed

(a glimpse of which you can see here, to the right, behind our house!)

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But wait!  There’s more!

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Yes, that’s another vintage sink, + yes, we have one of those, too!

WOW, my head’s spinning with inspiration!

Speaking of which, this place was packed with repurposed vintage stuff!

Like these:

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IMG_4781(1)+ last but not least, there’s our dog, Dory, enjoying her day!

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BATHROOM TILE HAPPINESS

Hola, everybody!

We just paid a small fortune

to have bathroom tile installed at the Dutch colonial.

Methinks it was money well-spent.  What say ye?

Let’s begin upstairs + then work our way back down again.

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My tile design scheme:  classic, timeless

+ making it look like they are original to the house.

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I am especially pleased with my design for the window surround,

because it was a big challenge to keep things looking original.

We used inexpensive chair rail or cap tiles, in stock at Home Depot.

The subways were bought there at the same time.

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Now let’s head back downstairs.

First up, our powder room:

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May I just say that I’ve never loved anything more?

I call these 2″ tiles hexagons, or “hexies”,

but they’re also known as honeycombs.

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And does it go without saying that this room has to be gray,

to complement all the gray in the marble?

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I’m not afraid to choose something dark-ish,

since the floor is so light.

Meanwhile, check out this masterpiece:

gray panelled bathroom walls -- apartment therapy

Apartment Therapy

MAMA LIKE!

That picture frame molding might be too much troublesome for G.O.

I dunno, but stay tuned.

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Meanwhile, here’s our quality control officer, Chloe, giving that floor the once-over:

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She approves!

Now let’s have a look-see at the downstairs main bath:

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I’ve always loved this kind of tile, which I refer to as “flowers”.

We searched + searched at tile retailers, but had no luck.

We ended up ordering it from Amazon.

Back to our room:

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As you can see, this tub’s been tricked out just like the one upstairs.

Love it!

And now, because I’ve been keeping so “bizzy”,

please allow me to share a few snapshots of my recent projects:

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As always, thanks for viewing!

It means a lot!


MEDIA WALL MUSINGS

Lately I’ve been planning our Dutch colonial’s living room in my head.

What fun!

Of course, we’ll need comfortable seating + lights for reading.

I must incorporate a TV, my books + artwork, too.

Me being me, I need to try + do this as stylishly as possible.

With a miniscule budget.

Yikes.

Let’s see what we have,

looking in from Dutch colonial’s front door:

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Next, as seen from the adjacent dining room,

through our fabulous pocket doors:

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A closer view of  that large, south-facing window bay:

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Here’s the view from that bay past G.O.

+ into the dining room (+ the kitchen, just beyond):

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We’ll have ourselves a nice, bright room!

But again — what to do with the TV, my books + artwork,

a.k.a. the media wall?

Answer:

That large, blank wall opposite the front door.

Here ’tis again:

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Just this week while perusing Pinterest,

I found a fantastic inspiration for our media wall, here:

Don’t you love it?

It’s inside the L.A. loft of Kristan Cunningham + Scott Jarrell:

lonny magazine -- kristin cunningham and scott jarrell's LA loft

You might recognize her from the old HGTV show, Design On A Dime.

These 2 kids also own the L.A. design firm + shop,

Hammer + Spear.

lonny hammer + spear

lonny magazine -- victorian turned wood easel with mirror $750

Victorian turned wood easel with mirror $750

lonny -- painted parchessi and checkers game board hammer and spear $499

Painted Parcheesi + checkers game board $499

lonny hammer + spear laboratory perfumes scented candle $60

Laboratory Perfumes scented candle $60

 

Cowboy Grass unisex fragrance by D.S. Durga  $106

Cowboy Grass (what?) unisex fragrance by D.S. Durga
$106

Okay.  So I love everything, but it’s all too spendy for me!

It’s that miniscule budget I mentioned, before.

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But I digress!  Back to their fab media wall!

Let’s have a look-see + determine why it is so awesome:

lonny -- kristin cunningham's living room mid century + walls

While it looks like a wall of expensive built-ins,

 upon closer inspection,

one realizes that they’ve actually used light-toned wood cabinets

with a matching, light-toned wood wall behind them.

It looks like those are relatively inexpensive brackets + shelves, too.

lonny -- kristin cunningham's living room mid century + walls

Please notice the high contrast between the lighter media wall

+ how dark they’ve painted every other wall.

It creates an amazing focal point!

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So.  That’s what I want to try + emulate for our media wall!

Instead of the cabinets,

we could use our new/old mid-century dresser.

(We drug it home from the curb about a month ago.  Score!)

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I like that our rescued dresser’s a whopping 64″ long;

it’s really going to make a statement in our room!

Its simple, mid-century modern good looks will ramp up our style, for sure.

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Now to match our dresser with our wall,

as they matched their cabinets with their wall in the L.A. loft.

Our options are to refinish our dresser’s wood

+ install some sort of wood wall behind it.

Or paint everything.

I’m leaning toward painting the dresser + wall, like here.

See how the artwork “pops” + the TV kind of “disappears”?

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potterybarn.com

As you no doubt noticed, I’d be switching the lights + darks

from the original loft’s media wall . . .

lonny -- kristin cunningham's living room mid century + walls

. . . + go darker for my media wall + much lighter for everything else, like this:

Look how the dark gray renders the TV nearly invisible!

gray dark accent wall -- houzz.

Houzz.com

YAY on the TV “going away” . . .

. . . sure, we have one, but who wants it to be the focal point?

Now that that’s settled (one hopes), next up is the question,

“Dark gray or dark navy?”

 

navy houzz

houzz.com

Stay tuned!


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