Monthly Archives: September 2017

Looking Eastward From Our Couch

I recently blogged about a moody gray farmhouse,

+ broke down all the reasons why I loved this floor-to-ceiling vignette:

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Here’s why.

I am finally going to create my own floor-to-ceiling vignette,

looking eastward from our couch.

Here ’tis, in its during stage:

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Toward the west we have art ledges:

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I made the pillow + the alphabet artwork. The mug is from Ralph Lauren.

But back to the opposite side of our couch:

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My enamel top sawhorse table was formerly a sofa table.

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Its red + white colors form the scheme of my arrangement.

did say floor-to-ceiling, so let’s see what’s on the floor.

First, a large red+ white target artwork anchors the space:

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Large target artwork, glove mold, stack of books + basket

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Look — October 29th is my birthday

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Measuring artwork that I made, using chippy white salvaged wood

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That hardware means this board started out in a cabinet or window

Of course, this is all subject to change,

because it’s a project in progress.

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But for now, that’s it for the floor portion of my floor-to-ceiling vignette.

My plans include having a gallery wall above the sawhorse table.

I can’t decide which of my dozens of artworks to include

which is why the in progress stage of my project is taking so long.

In the meantime, I did lean this old red level against the wall:

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Please.  It had me at chippy red original paint.

This level will draw the eye upward

+ will eventually link the floor items to those higher up, on the wall.

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I shall blog about both the art gallery + the table top vignette, soon.

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Today I shall work on pillows for my etsy shop

+/or plant batch #2 of spring bulbs out front.

Here’s a post about our first batch of spring bulbs.

Here’s a recent pillow, with which I have a love/hate relationship:

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It seemed to take forever to make, so I was almost hating it.

As often occurs, though, the following morning I super loved it.

Thanks for viewing; it means a lot!

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Less Is More Fall Decor

Earlier this week, I shared both my current

+ my most-recent-past fall porch steps:

HA!  I must’ve had a lot more time on my hands back then.

Or maybe I’ve embraced the highly regarded

 LESS IS MORE school of seasonal décor.

Let’s have a look at some fall LESS IS MORE happiness inside our house.

Our huge sorter in the living room has had a wee bit of a makeover:

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I emptied all the cubbies + refilled them with small pumpkins + gourds.

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L O V E !

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I’m really fond of these next 2 photos; perhaps I will have one or both framed.

But back to the sorter.

The black books + the red books switched places.

I love black in the fall + wanted the black books to be more prominent.

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Speaking of good colors,

I’ve always displayed my yellow ware bowls in the fall.

This year, some of them are marching across the top of our sorter:

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I made that silhouette of my grandson

+ wanted its black + white + antique gold for my fall vignette.

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Don’t you love the crackled glaze on this vintage yellow ware crock?

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We also hung my vintage St. Louis map on the front of the sorter:

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Well, this concludes the fall décor portion of my blog,

unless I can whip up a little more enthusiasm.

Stay tuned!


Our Pretty, Simple Fall Porch

All the popular kids are posting tours of their Autumnal homes,

so that means I will, too

Here’s a little something from inside our house:

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I’ve had that old lattice for years,

+ this was the first time that we’ve displayed it indoors.

I love the way its colors complement the gray of our walls!

Now, then.  Let’s go outside + see what’s happening on that new porch of ours:

Gone are summer’s hot pink caladiums + vivid green sweet potato vines:

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In their place is this urn filled with ornamental grasses,

which are at their peak in Fall:

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These pretty blue flowers were near the back porch.

They were so pretty, I thought I’d share them out front.

Sadly, I misplaced their tags,

but I do remember that they are some sort of morning glory!

A terra cotta pot is temporarily our mail box,

as the one we chose from amazon is back-ordered:

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So much for the summer plants — the right side of our steps is devoted to Fall!

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G.O. brought home some pumpkins the other day,

+ I popped the 2 white ones into my vintage yellow ware bowls.

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Disclaimer: one of my friends said that I was being “brave”,

having the bowls out front, so I have since moved them indoors.

I’ll share soon!

For now, let’s get back to those steps of ours:

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Another pair of pumpkins are inside our 2 small black urns.

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The sweet mums in a basket

are the tiny ones that Home Depot has every September:

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Well, that’s about it for our Fall décor on the porch.

told you it was simple!

My display at our last house, the brick bungalow, was a bit more “busy”:

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Those pansies + that ornamental kale are so cute!

Who knows?  Maybe I’ll get some if I see them,

+ use them to augment our simple display!

Stay tuned!

 


Chippy Vintage Outdoor Dining

We gave away our old outdoor dining set the other day.

I have no photos of said same, which is just as well.

Meanwhile, one wonders at this point:

what are we to do when we want to dine al fresco?

Luckily, I had a light bulb moment when I spied this table,

languishing unused in our cellar hideaway.

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I thought — wouldn’t it make an unusual + charming outdoor table?

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People.  That very shade of green is crazy in style now.

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And who doesn’t  love the enamel table top?

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Within minutes, G.O. + I carried our table outside

+ set it in front of our garden shed.

Please allow me to point out a couple items.

That DOOR remains in its awful before state, which I hate.

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Fingers crossed we’ll re-do them yet this year.

 And please may I point out our shed’s roof finials?

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I was after a colonial Williamsburg vibe at the time.

But back to the table.

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Soon I started gathering a few things,

hoping that a quaint vignette would ensue.

Check this out.

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It’s one of those weed/cedar trees that are all over the yard!

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I thought it would look great in a pot,

 but shockingly, G.O. predicted it would never live.

So far, so good, but there is winter, looming.

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Next — these vintage folding chairs were languishing unused in our garden shed:

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I have to say that I love a good chair project

+ I’ve done plenty of them.

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For these chairs, I decided that I’d sew some simple cushions,

using my go-to fabric — the blue ticking stripe cotton.

 I had hand-stenciled them with my go-to motif,

the red circle + white plus sign.

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You can just see a peak of the pretty pale blue liner fabric:

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I decided to attach the chair pad with ties

that I’d sewn with the same blue + white ticking stripe.

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I’ll be sure + keep you posted re: our shed doors.

Stay tuned, later this wee, I hope!


Saga Of The Spring Bulbs

By this time, most years, I’m not as enthusiastic

too lazy to spend quality time working in our yard.

 Of course, this problem can be a tad troublesome

if one wishes to greet the following spring with a yard full of flowers.

Flowers like my favorites — Musari or Grape Hyacinths:

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One of the few flowers that are a true (not purple) blue!

My color scheme in spring bulbs is blue (of course), white + soft pinks.

I ordered $80-ish worth of bulbs online,

+ they’re scheduled to ship right about now.  Yay!

Since then, we found some here in town + planted them yesterday.

This first batch is in the stone pathway side of our porch steps,

about which I recently posted.

The bulbs are underneath the mulch in this photo:

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Here’s what we planted:

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I love white Daffodils + had lots of them in our old yard!

Yes, the yellow ones are as cheerful as all get out,

but I like the white ones for being unusual + cheerful, all at once!

Win win!

Next, some Chionodoxa for my blue + white flower obsession:

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I am pretty sure we had some of those cuties at our old house.

And in conclusion, another favorite:

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These are the only iris flowers that I like, + I really, really like them!

Now, then.

My gardening friend told me that we mustn’t forget to add Blood Meal to the soil.

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We found this at Menards.

She said to sprinkle a little on top of each bulb before they’re covered up.

It adds all sorts of nutrients that the bulbs + their roots need,

to get a good jump start.

For the planting, we used this tool that we already owned:

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I’m pretty sure that it was another purchase

from the late, great Martha at K-Mart ‘experiment’.

I MISS HER K-MART MERCH!!

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Meanwhile, I would love to share what bulbs I have coming in the mail,

IF I COULD REMEMBER WHAT THE WHAT I ORDERED!!??

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Looks like we’ll all be surprised when they finally land in our mailbox.

The mailbox which isn’t here yet because it is sadly out of stock.

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Stay tuned — to view our new mailbox

+ to be surprised (along with me) to see what bulbs I ordered!


Our Pretty Stone Pathway

Since I last blogged about the Dutch colonial,

there’s been unbelievable progress, out front!

Let’s remember the sad before, a few weeks after we bought the house:

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Here’s a look at the midway:

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And as it looks today, the ‘almost’ after:

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WOW.

I think I’ll just share bits of it at a time, in small doses.

Let’s start with our new stone pathway

which transitions between the new brick sidewalk + our side yard.

Here’s a glimpse of it, as one approaches the house:

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We went shopping at a nearby landscaping place + looked at stone,

+ we bought 3 large slabs of limestone.

G.O. brought out his trusty 4″ angle grinder with a masonry blade, as one does,

+ cut the slabs into smaller, stepping stone friendly pieces:

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We had scooped out a shallow trough for the stones.

Once we decided we liked their arrangement,

we put a layer of ordinary play sand underneath each stone:

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Funny story.

He grabbed some bags of said play sand at the garden center,

not realizing until he got home that one of the bags contained purple sand!

Who knew?  Crayola makes colored play sand!

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In his defense, he said he thought the bag was purple!  HA!

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Look!  It’s Chloe the Dachshund!

 

I’m love the gentle curve of the stones,

because I think curves in the landscaping are beautiful + visually pleasing.

Now it’s time to discuss all those beautiful plants!

After weeks + weeks of indecision,

I knew this side of the porch needed a topiary

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I remembered seeing some blue spruce topiaries at Home Depot,

+ since I am a huge fan of the blue spruce any-thing, off we went.

Over G.O.’s very strong objections.  Of course.

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But people.  COME ON.

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Nailed it!!!

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Those spiky, grassy plants underneath are ‘Lucerne’ Blue-Eyed Grass,

which have small, bright purple-blue flowers in Spring through early Summer.

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Nearby, we planted some silvery-white Artemisia,

as I wanted to repeat the silvery blue needles of our topiary.

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Those are going to look great, once they fill in.

Since white flowers also complement silvery foliage,

we planted these cuties along the curve of the stone pathway.

Rapido White Bellflowers:

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We repeated these sweet small rose plants on both sides of the pathway,

as I wanted to visually tie that area together.

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The green + burgundy Purple Palace Coral Bells

are repeated from the opposite side of the porch,

to once again, tie the whole front foundation plantings together,

from 1 side of the house to the other.

The Coral Bells were planted to accent the 2 curves in this bed —

both the stone pathway . . .

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. . . + the curve where this bed meets the lawn (+ the new grass!), out front:

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Disclaimer:  everything is going to look so much better with dark brown mulch!

I ordered nearly $80 worth of Spring-flowering bulbs

a couple weeks ago, + I want to plant them before the mulch goes in.

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Stay tuned!

 

 


I Still Love Moody Gray

 Let’s take a break from gushing about touring 4 barn homes

in Country Living Magazine’s October issue.

Here are 2 of them, about which I recently blogged:

Kit Barn (read my post)

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Modern Barn (read my post about it)

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Instead, let’s discuss something about which I am obsessing lately.

WHITE WALLS

My current design crush, Emily Henderson (that’s her), loves white walls.

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Remember?  She won HGTV’s Design Star when that was still on

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I’ve been following her online for years.

To see why I’m such a fan,

look at this genius before + after in her own kitchen.

Before:

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After:

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I KNOW!!  RIGHT??

Here’s yet more white awesomeness from Emily:

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I could go on posting yummy white rooms for days,

but you get my point.

It’s cool . . .

. . . + of course, now I’m yearning to repaint all our walls WHITE!

IN-cluding our beloved power room (??)

(which is now Flagstone by Pittsburgh Paints.)

I’ve been wanting white walls all summer,

+ then I spy this, in one of my favorite blogs, just the other day:

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O  M  i  G  o  s  h  !

There’s gray everything, even the ceiling!

And look how great all their design choices look with all that gray!

That lantern:

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The sisal carpeted staircase:

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Here’s some more gray fabulousness from the same house:

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Yet more:

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Hold on now.  Let’s study the genius styling in this little area,

because I have been studying it + now wish to copy it.**

**More on that soon.

Let’s break it down.

Natural wood tone table pops nicely against the dark wall

Antique mirror does the same thing:

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Stack of books on the floor (note to self: one is askew!):

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Wire basket with mags on the floor

Please.

I have enough magazines to have about 80 baskets full of them,

scattered all over the house.

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Back to the vignette!

Art piece on the floor:

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Bucket o’ logs on the floor (more wood popping with dark):

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Wood item  (what is that?) leaning against the corner

Leaning stuff = love

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Including multiples of natural wood is a great example

of the repeat an element (at least) 3 times rule,

which of course, we all do.  Right?

Anyway, in conclusion, I’m asking:

Is one beautifully moody gray house enough

to distract me from Emily Henderson’s white awesomeness?

What do you think?

 

 


Country Living’s Kit Barn

It’s LIVING IN A BARN WEEK!

This month’s Country Living magazine features 4 converted barn homes,

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+ it’s my job to review each one, starting with yesterday’s Modern Barn.

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Today I shall discuss the Kit Barn.

Kit meaning it’s built from precut posts-and-beams + arrives on a truck

from Country Carpenters in Connecticut.

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But first.  Remember how I geeked out over the sweet paintings of the barns?

I read the tiny print to see who the talented artist was,

+ her name is Emily Isabella.

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How adorable!

She has an etsy shop, which I need to investigate further.

We’ll discuss.

But first.  Back to today’s Kit Barn.

This is a small detail, but how much do we love that transom-style window

above the garage door?

A lot.

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Some people in our town added a garage to their beautiful older home,

+ I was so impressed when I saw that they had included a similar transom window!

I mean, WHO does that?  Besides nobody!

Perhaps I’ll risk having a restraining order placed upon me

+ snap a photo to share with the class.

Anyway.  The homeowner is Laura, + she lives in Napa Valley.

Turns out she’s a fixer upper flipper with her own company,

Del Mar Restoration!

I can’t wait to look at their website.

I’ll report back.

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I’m SO sorry for my crappy photos!

I am a huge fan of Adirondack chairs,

+ this one earns extra points for being modern + navy.

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 I like all the crunchy gravel surrounding the barn

+ the charming cupola + weathervane.

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Inside, there’s a bedroom tucked under the exposed rafters.

That bed looks like it’s been upholstered with a gray linen,

+ the mix of pillows + the Hudson Bay blanket fit nicely in a rustic barn home.

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Nearby there’s a seating area with another favorite, a brown leather couch.

The light fixture + that rug (navy + plus signs!) are both swell.

That coffee table, though.  Whoa.

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Wish I could persuade G.O. to try + make one for us.  Stay tuned.

That horse trough tub is cool.

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I can only imagine how hard it would be to persuade G.O. that we need one!

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HA!  It’s always tons of fun when I get to use the fighting cat photo!

But wait.

My fave feature of this entire barn would be the RED WHEELS on their table.

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O . . . M . . . G !

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I told G.O. that, if he/we ever see anything like them, we must get them!!

I’ll keep you posted.

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Next on the barn home agenda is the Neutral Barn.

Hint: lots of white.  See you then!

 

 


Modern Barn In Country Living

Do you know what makes a FUN day at our house?

When the latest issue of Country Living magazine lands in my mailbox!

Check it out:  October 2017

Could that cover BE more appealing??

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Must be the colors + the pumpkins + the folded blankets.

But look more closely — see the headline at the top of the cover?

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“I LIVE IN A BARN!”  FOUR MUST-SEE CONVERTED HOMES

Well, say no more, Country Living!

  Let’s have a MUST-SEE!

We’ll start with this awesomeness, called the Modern Barn,

a weekend getaway for a Memphis, TN couple:

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Omigosh, that simple drawing couldn’t be more charming!

Do you like it, too?

House portraits are a thing now, + I’ve long

dreamt of painting our house(s).

If I can’t find the time in my highly busy schedule, all is not lost.

There are all sorts of etsy artists who do custom house paintings,

like this one:

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OMIGOSH!  So sweet!

Speaking of sweet, have you see HGTV’s Home Town show?

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Have you noticed that host Erin (next to husband Ben)

paints a house portrait on every episode for the homeowners?

I couldn’t find any photos of her paintings online,

but here she is, hard at work:

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But I digress.

Shall we have a look-see at the Modern Barn, at long last?

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How I love the board + batten siding,

+ the metal roof + that grey-on-grey exterior!

I’m giving extra points for the shutters that are actually operable.

(It’s just not me — you’ve noticed things like that, too, right?)

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The deck + screened porch are sporting my favorite X-motif railings . . .

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. . . + there’s an outdoor fireplace (which I have always wanted!)

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Inside, the rustic 2-story gathering room has its own stone fireplace:

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Everything is quite neutral but definitely not boring,

as the plan includes so many different textures.

Notice how the brown leather arm chairs (yes, please!)

echo the warm wood of the paneled walls.

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I’m loving the dark metal of the window sashes,

which is repeated in the industrial-style iron chandelier.

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This is important — they’ve added accents of blue in the pillows + throw.

I fear that the room, sans the pops of blue, might skew too boring.

What do you think?

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Anyway, in contrast to the dark + cozy vibe of the gathering room,

the kitchen is light + bright, + dare I say it?

AIRY!

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The warm wood tones are repeated in the beams, wood bowl + X-back stools,

+ here’s that blue again, in the plaid chair cushions:

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I can’t be the only one who’s geeked out over plaid being such a thing, can I?

Do you have any plaid in your home?

 And finally, in closing, what’s not to love about the dining area?

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I’m a smitten kitten of all their white ironstone:

The warm wood* is back, too.

(*Yikes, for the painted furniture people!  It’s not over, is it?)

That’s a topic for another day.  Back to the dining room:

Blue is repeated here, too, in the napkins + that throw.

Yes, I  love how cohesive the décor is,

with elements repeated throughout.

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And lastly, YES, it is mandatory

that we all participate in a fun field trip TO-day,

to gather some pretty branches to bring home + shove in a vase.

Who’s in?

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Pass me the car keys + the clippers!

I’ll share later, so stay tuned for that,

+ yet more of my musings about the Country Living barns . . .

. . . this next one, a Kit Barn in California’s wine country!

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