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Our Porch Ceiling Change Of Plans

Here is our front porch, in progress:

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As you can see, G.O. is in the middle of stripping all the old paint

from our porch’s original bead board ceiling.

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Our plans were to paint the ceiling a pretty pale blue.

Exhibits A – B + C:

exterior pale blue ceiling with wicker

exterior pale blue ceiling with black rockers

exteriior pale blue ceiling

Pale blue porch ceilings are a thing in the south.

I grew up in southern Illinois (which is very southern, BTW),

so I’ve been on board the blue ceiling train since I was a wee lass.

Anyway, just as we were discussing what pale blue paint to use,

this happened:

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We were both surprised at how pretty the natural wood ceiling is!

And, speaking of something being a design thing,

natural wood exterior accents are wildly popular now.

Have you noticed?

I first saw this trend on HGTV’s FIXER UPPER.

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Okay, that mirror she’s touching is painted white,

but here are just a few natural wood accents from the show.

Exhibits D – E – F + G:

wood exterior columns

wood exterior fixer upper

wood exterior shutters

wood exterior window boxes

So.

While we had our hearts set on a pale blue porch ceiling,

I think we’ve changed our minds.

That wood ceiling of ours is way too pretty in its natural state,

+ it wouldn’t be right to cover it with paint.

Exhibits H – I – J – K + L:

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You can easily see the portion that’s not been fully stripped:

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So.  This just illustrates why one must be flexible when working on anything,

or as I like to call it: heading to Plan B.

The natural wood is so warm + lovely, isn’t it?

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G.O. is such a perfectionist;

this change in plans will no doubt have him going back

over the entire porch ceiling again, maybe multiple times.

That’s his thing, + really.

How many times can I say, “It doesn’t have to be perfect!”?

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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:

hometown girl drawing

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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Reclaimed Lumber Beam + Range Hood

A few days ago, I was complaining that our kitchen looks “too new”

+ that a nice box beam made from old lumber would be just the ticket.

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Not long after I started searching for said lumber,

our neighbors down the alley began tearing down their old garage!

How fortunate for us, no?

Here’s G.O. sorting through the pile o’ wood:

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Next, we loaded our boards into G.O.’s Ranchero:

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And back home:

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Yes, our new/old boards will make a fantastic box beam

between our kitchen + dining room:

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But wait.  There’s more!

We’re going to need a range hood for over our new range!

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As often happens, my mind started racing toward a new project,

+ it wasn’t much later that I was searching Pinterest

for photos of wood range hoods!

Like this:

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Hometalk

G.O. wasn’t on board at first,

as he thought maybe a wood range hood would be too “rustic”.

range hood design something

Source unknown

I feel his pain, but all these kitchens look kind of like ours,

meaning it would look just fine!

range hood o' lumber fixer upper

HGTV’s Fixer Upper They re-did a house for a young couple that was opening a coffee shop in Waco, TX.

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The Lettered Cottage blog The old pendants + chippy blue painted table are wonderful!

While searching for old wood range hoods,

I found this metal one that I couldn’t love more!

range hood steel with scallops midwest living magazine

Midwest Living magazine Oh, how I love scallops! And their old stove, the shelf, + the marble subway tiles!

But I digress, just a bit.

Back to my range hood hopes + dreams.

I’ll think + plan + sketch like crazy, so stay tuned!


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