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!

 

 

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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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Sea Side Maine Charmer

Is anyone out there following For The Love Of Old Houses on Facebook?

That sounds like it would be right up our alley, doesn’t it?

Sadly, most of the featured homes are just too large or too grand,

+ I just can’t see myself living in them.

Sad!

But wait.  I need to get U-Haul on the phone,

because I am totally ready to move into today’s ‘Old House’!

OF COURSE, IT’S IN MAINE!

Maine is where the charming sea side homes are!

Let’s see what you think.

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They had me at the shingle exterior,

the steeply pitched, saltbox roof line, all those windows,

the twiggy stair hand rail, the hydrangeas . . .

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. . . the sweet window box, the lean-to entrance with the ‘grandpa’ screen door.

Notice, too, that where the second story shingles meet the first,

they flare just a bit.

I love little details like that, don’t you?

Speaking of  love, wow oh wow, that living/dining room!

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Obviously, that view, that wall o’ windows  + the exposed beams are ooh la la,

+ I’m also loving the furnishings.

The scale of that sectional is perfect for its space, is it not?

A small-ish room with ginormous furniture makes me cross.

But people.  Please look closely at that floor.

It’s painted the prettiest shade of blue with white stripes!

You’ll have to excuse me for a sec, because I am going to swoon!

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Just between us,

I am plotting + planning how I’ll paint the floor of our front porch (finally!)

It will be the same shade of gray as our new steps,

but it can’t just be plain Jane, can it?

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No.  It can not.

I’ve been toying with possible buffalo checks or stenciled tiles,

+ so now I’ve added stripes into my possible choices.

After all, you can never go wrong with stripes.

Please notice the striped area rug, below.

How I love it when an area rug is used to anchor a seating area, like this:

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Now we know how the TV set’s been incorporated, + I approve!

That coffee table looks fantastic, doesn’t it?

I love the natural wood with all that blue + white paint!

Please.  That kitchen.

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I think the stainless range hood is very simple + perfection.

Notice the art work that’s leaning on top of those counter tops.

 about which I am currently obsessing!

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Are they concrete?

I think so, although they could be zinc, which would also rule  my world.

Of course, we all love the trendy open shelving + restaurant-style faucet,

but look at that huge, rectangular sink + that under-counter skirt!

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SO WACKY!

I mean that in the best possible sense.

The older I get, the more I wish to make what I call wacky decor choices.

Sadly, I fear that our house is not nearly wacky enough!

More on that, later.

Let’s look at the pantry doors.

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Some of the comments were not favorable (too rustic!),

re: those chippy, recycled doors, but I disagree!

They are FAB, people (+ I also love the large, black clock!)

Of course, the bathroom is as charming as all get-out,

+ I am wondering how I might incorporate the long shelf into ours.

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The bedroom.

The vaulted, wood-clad ceiling, the beams, the gable window, the view —

they’re all stellar, BUT THE FLOORS!!!

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Painted + spattered floors like this are/were a ‘thing’ New England,

+ I, for one, think they should be a ‘thing’ all over the U.S.!

Across the room, there’s the cutest, little dresser, ever,

+ a small scale slip covered chair.  ADORABLE!

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And, in closing, let’s have another look-see at the fantastic view.

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One of the reasons that New England is so charming would be all the sailboats!

I shan’t risk hurting the feelings of any jet ski enthusiasts who read my blog,

but let me say that I think the jet ski is the antithesis of the sailboat.

Our beloved G.O. loves the jet ski.  Oops.

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Let’s focus, instead, on something more pleasant.

They’re finally back + waiting for me at the grocery store!

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Lauren Liess On HGTV

So.  Flash back to just a few days ago.

Remember when we were all psyched about designer Lauren Liess’ HGTV pilot?

They named it Best House On The Block.

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Her book is called HABITAT / A Field Guide To Decorating.

You can buy a signed copy (it’s good) on her website.

HABITAT COVER

I just went to her website, but there was no mention of whether HGTV

was going to pick them up for an entire season.

While we wait for good news, let’s look at + judge my bad photos of the TV screen!

Here are the lucky homeowners:

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Their 60’s brick ranch was in a neighborhood filled with identical brick ranches.

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They had $60 grand to spend on their re-do, + here’s what they were getting:

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I’m always surprised at the amount of money that’s allotted for painting on HGTV.

$5,000?  Really?

That’s why you do the painting YOURSELVES, you whippersnappers!

Seriously.  I am going to insist that you get off my lawn.

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But first, this, speaking of paint:

 

Raise your hand if you knew they were going to paint their brick.

That makes G.O. cross, but I’m usually on board.

More on this, later.

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I failed to take many before  or during snapshots, because who cares, really?

Ha!  I “kid”!

Here’s one before look at the back door + stairway to the basement.

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Lauren was able to level that area by reversing the basement steps!

Genius!

Here’s a good look at it in the after floor plan:

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In real life:

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You can also see that they removed the wall between the kitchen + family room.

How I love the black cabs with the warm wood counter tops!

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Everything’s so wonderfully staged!

THAT GINORMOUS WALL O’ WINDOWS!

Yes, it’s unconventional to put the stove under the windows,

but I think those are fixed + not made to open.

WOW, that’s a stunning stove, isn’t it?

The exhaust fan is probably along the back.

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Did all this black + warm wood remind you of this house boat from Fixer Upper?

If you’d like to see more of it, check out my blog post devoted to it.

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The island is custom made with old barn wood.

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Lauren + her husband, David, went to a reclaimed lumber business in Virginia.

The boards they chose came from an old barn that was built just after the Civil War.

Come ON, though!

Look at her!  How stylish is she?

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Back to the island:

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Wait.  What is that artwork in the family room?

Lauren foraged for botanicals in the homeowner’s wooded back yard,

gathering enough to press, frame + hang multiples in a grid.

This is one of her signature “looks”, + I love it!

 

Here is a view across that new basement staircase,

from the new dining room.

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Homeowner hubby, David, is inspecting the new shelves

Lauren designed for their daughter’s toys:

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The couple already owned the round Saarenin “tulip” table,

+ Lauren added a few pieces to make the dining room complete.

I’m glad to see that pairs of lamps are still a thing.

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Here’s a photo of the after front exterior.

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Some asbestos was discovered in the kitchen,

+ it cost $3000 to be removed.

As you can see, they took that amount from the furnish + style fund.

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I really loved the show, didn’t you?

Fingers crossed there will be more episodes!


Gotta Love Frenchie House Numbers

So.  Our front porch is almost finished.

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I blogged about said same earlier in the week.

We don’t have hand rails yet, but perhaps G.O. will work on them today.

fingers crossed

Anyway, methinks it’s now time for our house numbers.

Okay, I know this is goofy, but we already have 2 different sets of them.

We just don’t know where they are.

HA!  We’re such losers!

Whatever.

I may not even remember what our “lost” house numbers looked like (I don’t),

but who cares?

I found some that I like better, inside my favorite mag:

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I shan’t mince words:

It’s a good issue — go buy it.

Here’s what I found on CL page 85,

4″ x 6″ enamel steel number signs from Kaufman Mercantile!

They’re my favorite color!  — dark blue!

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So Frenchie!  Literally.

From Kaufman Mercantile’s online shopping site:

The family-owned company that makes these enamel house plates started in 1905, but you can trace its heritage of enamel-making back to the 1830s. At the turn of the 20th-century, the founder opened a small factory on the north coast of France and began producing decorative enamel objects, signs, and kitchenware. His great grandson continues to offer these items using the same methods as over a century ago.

I know!!  How cool, right??

Also very cool is that the numbers are on sale right now:

Were: $20.40 each, Now: $12.24 each.

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 I actually did some math this morning,

+ for our house numbers (we have 3), our cost would be $37.72!

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You’ll have to trust me on this one, but that’s a real bargain,

considering the prices of these dark blue beauties, 

from a Danish company, Ramsign:

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Engelshom 9″ x 5.5″ @ $79.00

I’ve been such a fan of these signs,

but just today I learned that they’re from Denmark, not France.

That’s still cool.

Anyway, here’s the Danish company founder, Nick Brandt:

ramsign owner

Here’s how he describes his business:

Our Metropolitan house numbers are the quintessential classic northern European porcelain enamel sign. The white and blue single-trimmed signs are imbued with a rich history, dating back to 19th century Europe. Today, we bring over 150 years of tradition to your doorstep.

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Lilleborg 8.5″ x 4″ @$69.00

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But Kay!  you’re asking.

What about all the grays + blacks

you’ve chosen for that front porch of yours?

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Havreholm 7.5″ x 5″ @$69.00

Okay.  I think I like this one better than the blue!

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Perhaps G.O. will find those missing house numbers

while I continue ponderng the enamel ones.

Stay tuned!


Finally! Porch Steps!

It’s August already!

What am I doing, still thinking of new plants + containers to buy?

I’m obsessing about these topiaries!

Blue+Spruce+Globe+on+Std

 

How sweet would they look inside a pair of these urns?

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So what’s with all this landscaping dreaming,

so close to the end of summer?

Here’s what:

We’re finally getting stairs for our front porch!

This means we can now safely plant things next to them,

+ let’s be real.

Is that not the most up front + important spot in our entire yard?

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OMIGOSH!  LET’S DO THIS!

Calm down — back to those porch steps.

Here they are, in progress, just a few days ago:

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A few days later, they’re still unfinished

but are sporting their new lattice “skirts” on each side.

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So cute! — + matching the skirts underneath the rest of our porch:

G.O. started painting the new stair treads yesterday.

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It was a challenge, as it always is, coming up with the perfect color.

Yes, I chose gray, but not just any gray.

It has to “play nicely with” (a.k.a. complement) all the other grays of our house,

most especially those near the new steps,

on the foundation’s stones + the lattice.

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By no means do I mean that I want all the grays to match.

No way!

In my world, contrast is often more important than matching.

Since I really want the stair treads + porch floor to “pop” (a.k.a. contrast),

 I decided they needed to be fairly dark.

Here’s the paint color I chose:

Knight’s Armor from Pittsburgh Paints.

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Whoa.  That’s DARK! — isn’t it?

Disclaimer:  I really feared that it was too dark.  Yikes.

My instinct was to forge ahead, though.

In the past, I’ve had remorse when I settled on a safer, lighter color

because I’d been too timid to go really dark.

Not this time!

Let’s see how those treads look, in place:

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People.  I have only envisioned this bit of happiness for years!

It’s like I’m dreaming!

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Notice the porch ceiling.

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G.O. has started stripping the old paint off the existing bead board,

+ we’ll repaint it a pale blue.

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I like that light fixture (something discontinued from Pottery Barn),

but we’re thinking of replacing it with an outdoor ceiling fan.

Dunno yet.

Next, we’ll need some stair railings + posts + stuff.

Here’s what we have, at left, + here’s what I want, at right.

Stay tuned for a cool transformation (I hope!)

This concludes my porch musings, but wait.

Remember the pair of urns + topiaries that I want to get?

 

My plans are to place one on either side of our bottom step.

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Perfect!

Maybe we’ll go shopping tomorrow — stay tuned!

 


A Waterfront Saltbox House For Sale

Our late, great mom used to hop up + do household chores

during the commercials on Wheel of Fortune.

Talk about multi-tasking!

Anyway, here she is, with our dad,

sitting on the deck of the riverfront farmhouse

that we built in or around the year 2000.

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So.  I honor her multi-tasking legacy by looking at houses on the bozoputer

while watching Cardinals baseball games on TV!

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Sadly, all the local houses on realtor.com were a tad boring,

so I looked in Wilmington, IL, (where our riverfront house was located.)

You might not think I would dig this house (below), but I do.

I’ve always loved a house with the chimney in front.

Is that weird?

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The asking price’s been lowered to $149,900.

That garage door needs to be more plain Jane

+ painted a color instead of white,

+ you just know Joanna Gaines would remove the 80’s arch window topper.

How about adding a more “now” transom, instead?

Omigosh, the pastels in that room!

Pass me the white paint + get out of my way!

But back to the porch.

I also want those posts to be fatter — + maybe in pairs on either side, like here.

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Yes, of course I’d also love a standing seam metal roof, too!

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Now let’s discuss the interior, starting with this 2-story living room:

chimney house living room with fireplace

Okay.  I really like that stone, + the hardwood floor is good, too.

I super love the vaulted ceiling.

Can we put some wood planks up there + say goodbye to the track lighting?

 We really need to beef up the mantel + add tons of woodwork, too.

chimney house living room with fireplace

Most importantly, though — that bad (more 80’s!) deck stair railing must go!

I think I’m in the mood for something in wood + iron, instead.

Check out the wainscoting surrounding this beautiful staircase!

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Back to my house.  Here’s a view from the second story.

chimney house living room from above

Now let’s look at a house with a similar 2-story living room.

I’m loving the wood + iron stair railing combination again,

+ speaking of Joanna Gaines — look at that shiplap!

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The kitchen looks about like what you’d expect.

I don’t hate the cabinets, + there are plenty of them.

chimney house kitchen stove

Let’s say goodbye to the soffit, though, + move the refrigerator elsewhere.

Maybe here?

chimney house kitchen cabs

As far as the stove is concerned,

I want to make it more of a design focal point.

Exhibit A:

wall of stove statement

Man oh Manichewitz, do I love that custom range hood!

Also, I’m saying yes to the glass uppers flanking the hood,

+ I will never grow tired of subway tile back splashes

(although I think I said that once about early Americana*

+ eagle decor*, back in the 70’s!  HA!)

*Go ask your grandmother.

The bathrooms are, again, what I would expect.

chimney house bathroom

What the heck — let’s just go straight to some Fixer Upper bathrooms for ideas.

Since the vanity cabinet is perfectly fine, let’s slap a coat of gray paint on it

+ add a pretty gray + white marble vanity top, too.

bathroom of fixer upper gray

Don’t forget the crown molding!!!

Since I couldn’t possibly have a fiberglass shower surround in my dream world,

let’s choose white subway tiles — again.

bathroom of fixer upper shower

Ix-nay on the frilly shower curtain, but I never have been much of a girlie girl.

Out back, we have a nice, spacious deck, + look at all the trees!

chimney house deck

  Just say no to mold in a real estate photo, though!

Somebody needs some Clorox + a scrubby brush!

Anyway, surprise!

It looks as though there’s a pretty wonderful balcony upstairs!

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Let’s give the 80’s deck rails the heave-ho, shall we?

And look!

My new house is located right next to a body of water!

chimney house river

From the looks of that H20,

I think I’m going to need to stock up on the citronella candles,

but it is waterfront, which is usually a plus.

I did some research re: which waterfront we’re discussing,

+ I think that my house is located in a community called Shadow Lakes.

The “lakes” are actually former strip mines, believe it or not.

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In southern Illinois, there are still operational, underground coal mines,

but up north, they opted to just go in from the surface + dig out the coal.

Interesting.

Here’s one more photo of my house.

That roof line makes it look a little like a modern salt box house.

+ I’ve always liked fences like that, too!

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My French Mattress Cushion Obession

F I N A L L Y ! ! !

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As our porch nears its long-awaited completion,

we will soon be enjoying this kind of happiness,

found on the website Style + Design:

porch swing with rope

 How much do we LOVE this?!

Now I must do that rope trick on our own porch swing!

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Yes, we have a porch swing!

I think we bought it around 5 years ago:

Now I am officially on the hunt for a nice, soft cushion

that looks totally awesome, too!

Exhibit A, from a post from the blog Homestilio,

French Mattress Cushions 5 Ways:

french mattress on bed homestilo

Exhibits B + C:

But wait.

What kind of crazy cushions are those?  You might be wondering.

As the Homestilio blog post title says,

they are called  French mattress cushions.

Unless you’re the Ballard Designs catalog,

then they’re called farmhouse cushions:

Call them whatever you want — I’m calling them

MY LATEST (in a long line) OBSESSION!!

Take their 2-seat bench cushions, priced from $73.99 to $140.  Please.

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The black check 37″ cushion, that I want for our porch,

is sadly 3″ too short for my porch swing.

But how lucky am I?!

I can buy myself a custom cushion on etsy,

starting at around $300 from Irish And Company:

french mattress striped with plaid pillow

Come ON!!  How adorable is this, for $122.76??

french mattress striped dog bed

But wait.  Aren’t you the sewing queen?  You might wonder.

Yes, I am, + luckily for me

 there are French mattress tutorials all over the place.

Here’s one, from August Blues Slipcover Studio.

I mean, look how cute their logo is!

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When it comes to French mattresses, it’s all about that edge:

french mattress side close up augustblues

The French mattress cushion edge is actually a hand-stitching technique.

Furthermore, the top + bottom seams should line up to create this look:

french mattress side augustblues

  By now, I will have ripped out my stitches about 1,001 times,

in a crazy attempt to make it PERFECT!!!

Yes, while I fear that this project could render me insane,

I love them so much, I just have to give it a try!!

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Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get back to the tutorial.

Next, there’s tufting, which doesn’t look so difficult:

french mattress completed august blues

Annnnnnd DONE!

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I’ll probably risk everything + give it a try.

As always, thanks for reading, + stay tuned!


HGTV Bungalow Reno

Now that we have Xfinity On Demand,

I’ve been discovering all sorts of unknown, random shows on HGTV,

most recently, one called Bungalow Rehab.

Since I love bungalows, + our last house was a bungalow,

you can imagine how excited I was!

Ours:

bungalow front with flags

The before bungalow on Bungalow Reno:

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The women who did the reno — Susannah Stoltz + Carolina Johnson:

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 Here’s the show description from HGTV’s website:

Friends and business partners Susannah Stoltz and Carolina Johnson are taking old, forgotten bungalows and giving them a total makeover in their Pacific Northwest city of Spokane, Washington. From wrought iron chandeliers to salvaged cabinets and old driftwood, these vintage hardware-loving ladies are salvaging anything they find, creating beautiful designs with reclaimed materials and giving these classic homes a brand-new life.

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So.  Let’s discuss!

First, the living room, before.

Our bungalow had an arch between the living + dining rooms, too.

bungalow living room before

The first thing I notice is that they’ve blown out the kitchen wall.

Love that there’s yet another arched doorway back there.

bungalow living room after

Not to kill anybody’s buzz right now,

but did you ever wonder if the open concept thing

is going to fall out of fashion?

Trends come + go in home decor, after all.

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When we’ve finished pondering that, let’s get back to the bungalow.

The dark + dingy staircase, before:

bungalow staircase before

A much brighter + fresher after:

bungalow staircase after

Have those stair risers been stenciled?

Perhaps I was powdering my nose + missed it.

(I’m thinking of stenciling our front porch floor, so stay tuned.)

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The before kitchen was downright nasty, as they often are:

bungalow kitchen before

The kitchen afters tend to be the stars of a renovation,

+ this one’s pretty stellar, wouldn’t you agree?

bungalow kitchen after

I love the 2 colors of the cabs, the stacked uppers + the slide-in range.

Is that the IKEA farmhouse sink?  It looks like ours.

Extra points to the ladies

for using a vintage piece of furniture as the kitchen island, too!

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Meanwhile, the bedrooms are charming enough.

Check out the black door!

That’s something we did in the Dutch colonial

+ about which I blogged, here.

bungalow bedroom small with black door

I love their painted floor + that sweet (navy blue!) painted bed, too.

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Hold on to something, though!

Things start getting exciting again in the upstairs bathroom:

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Haven’t we all seen + loved the old piece of furniture

that’s been repurposed into a vanity?

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Love it, love the chunky sink + the (barely visible) cross-handle brass faucet.

How cool is it when the bathroom faucet comes out of the wall?!

NEXT HOUSE TO-DO LIST!

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But wait.

What’s going on there, on the floor?

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Call it a Swiss cross, call it a plus sign, call it anything you want,

but I am calling this floor brilliant! . . .

. . . which leads us to yet another moment of pondering.

Will those poor homeowners suffer from tile remorse in 10 years,

 when the cross thing is no longer a thing?

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Anyway, as “floored” as I was when I spied that floor,

I went searching on for more cross tiles on Pinterest.

Here are 2:  (sorry, I don’t have the sources)

red cross shower wall

Well, what do you think?

red cross shower wall with box

I think I like that first one,

as you can tell it fits in with the industrial style of the bathroom.

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And finally, let’s take a look at the bungalow exterior’s after:

bungalow after

Good job!

Did you notice that the house next door is nearly identical?

Coincidentally, our house is nearly the same

as our neighbors to the west.

You see that a lot, actually.

It had to be cost effective for the builder to reuse 1 set of plans.

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Back to HGTV!

I don’t think we’re going to see more Bungalow Reno, sadly,

as the HGTV website showed only the 1 episode.  Sad!

 

 


Powder Room Highs + Lows

I recently shared the story of our powder room’s paneled walls,

which involved a lot of masking tape + a lot of poly molding from Home Depot.

powder room tape

Soon enough, everything was given a coat of medium gray paint:

Flagstone by Pittsburgh Paints.

Check out the awesome before + after!

I know!  How great!

 All that molding gave the newly created room instant age!

Here it is, before — that space was once a short hallway:

powder room before

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I love how the carrera marble hexagon floor tiles

coordinate with the Flagstone paint!

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The carrera marble is repeated in the vanity top from Pottery Barn,

which I think has been discontinued:

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I chose the New York widespread faucet

from Signature Hardware, $259.95:

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Who remembers the wonderful Martha Stewart Everyday at K-Mart?

loved everything — from home decor items, like this enamel soap dish,

to garden goods + holiday collections!

The striped mug is an oldie Ralph Lauren pattern, Farmstead Ticking,

found online at Replacements, Ltd.

It’s not currently available, but I love this adorable candlestick, $11.95:

Hurry!  There are only 4 left!

farmstead ticking ralph lauren

Back to the powder room!

Our mirror started its life paired with a beautiful dresser,

which we refurbished + sold.

powder room mirror before

I briefly considered painting it

but couldn’t bear to cover that pretty wood grain!

Our pretty porcelain light fixture

was discontinued from Pottery Barn, + I found it on eBay.

Don’t you love the vintage-style cloth-covered cord?

Speaking of vintage, I hung these blue transfer ware plates

above the sweetest blue shelf that I found in an etsy shop:

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powder room blue shelf

But wait.  We need to talk.

I am on the fence about those plates.

I love them, but they just don’t look that great here.

But look at the plates I hung in our main bath!

I couldn’t love them more!

bathroom -- mine with wallpaper

I can’t believe I did this,

but I guess I assumed that if I loved plates in the main bath,

I’d love them in my powder room, too!

don’t.

I don’t know what, if anything, to hang there.

surprised baby

If only Joanna Gaines made house calls!

I mean, how in the world am I going to find a designer

who speaks my design language,

way out here in the middle of nowhere?

Well, check this out.

My friend, Claudia, told me about this thing called Havenly.

It’s an online source of interior designers + decorators.

You can read about how it works on their website.

I think I am going to take their design style quiz, later today.

How much fun will that be?

As always, stay tuned!

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We even painted some unfinished wood switch + outlet plate covers from Menards:

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See you next time!

 


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