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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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Blue + White Garden Happiness

Our Dutch Colonial project is currently in this phase . . .

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. . . which is more than a little ugly + not as morale-boosting

as some of our recent triumphs:

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So to lift my spirits, I headed outside in our current yard,

photographing a few odds + ends that make me happy.

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Remember when the Mart of K

used to sell all that cool Martha gardening stuff?

This tub, in which my froggie fountain sits, is hers.

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Froggie’s happy gurgling sound makes me very happy.

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Here’s one of the pink coneflowers that we transplanted.

In this heat, they were really wilting,

so I aimed the sprinkler at them.

The birdies were bathing later, + it was really great to see!

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Our new Adirondack chairs are pretty awesome . . .

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I sewed those pillows,
using indoor-outdoor fabric.
I’m mad for navy blue polka dots.

. . . but I think I love all  my “old stuff” even more:

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I found this old sprinkler at an antiques shop
in my hometown of Greenville, Illinois.
It still works!
My initial plan was to repurpose it into a lamp, but we never did.

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Hands down, though, my MOST-loved garden items

are those of the blue + white persuasion.

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This year’s shade patio window boxes
are filled to the brim
with white caladiums
+ silvery-green licorice plants!

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Both old AND white,
here’s my beloved copper roof spire,
atop our garage.

And now for the blue portion of our mini tour:

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Remember, as kids, when we thought gazing balls were so “granny”?

Not even!

Blue transferware mosaic  bird bath

Blue transfer ware mosaic bird bath
from Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, Illinois

And for my most favorite blue vignette,

I’ve been waiting all spring + summer to get this shot:

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Both the blue thistles (or, as G.O. calls them, “weeds”)

+ those blue glass stars also came from my favorite garden center:

I posted about said-same here:

https://redbirdv.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/my-favorite-garden-center/


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