Monday, May 11, 2015

Camp Contentment - The Master Bedroom



This bedroom, originally two, makes

a lovely master.




Five long windows, vintage white oak

flooring, sanded and coated with

polyurethane and dark grey walls

create a lovely  backdrop.




Our room is my favorite place in the

house. It is spacious and full of light.




The perfect place to rest and relax…




and surround ourselves with  family

photos, sentimental memotos that

tell our story and take us back  to the

beginning (like the valentine card

Coach gave me in high school:)





The windows are draped with long

white (Merete –$36 pair) panels from

Ikea. I removed the grommets, sewed

on wooden rings painted with Modern

Masters gold and hung on matching

wooden poles, found at Lowes.





This antique piece, once a buffet,  now

fitted with shelves and baskets , works

as a dresser of sorts.





The opening  above, was enlarged

during the fire renovation. I’m still

amazed how small changes can make

a big difference.





Another example………




Before the fire, there was a door

behind the chest above. Removing

and replacing with drywall turned an

awkward floor plan into two private




The master bath was gutted and re-

configured in an amazing way! We are

stilled wowed! by the change.



Original art by our precious gran-

daughters, Carter and Emerson, are

proudly displayed.




This area, once and old closet, gave way

to an enlarged shower and a built-in

hamper and shelves.

The almost black walls are painted with

Behr, Cracked Pepper. A lovely contrast

with white woodwork. Dark colors can

be tricky, but are really nice when a room

has a lot of natural light.







The distressed iron headboard was

purchased new. I piled on layers

of white paint, in various shades and

then rubbed it off, wipe on and off

a little min wax stain and seal to make

it look old.

Burlap dust ruffle is available at

Ballard Design.




I’m still trying to decide what to hang

above the bed?





I’m enjoying all the neutral colors!

Though unintentional

everything looks pulled together.



One last thing I wanted to mention, is

when you have a big flat screen and

do want it to be the focal point, a dark

color on the walls will make it disappear.






Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bon Appetit




Welcome to the Dining room! I do wish you could sit down

and visit awhile, for that is my favorite thing to do in this room.


However, this 11’ x 11’ space serves many purposes.


The  6’ wide and almost 7’ tall reproduction Welsh cupboard,

a local find makes a nice focal point. Being a collector of stuff,

it’s been a great place to display my treasures. Not to mention

all the everyday storage it provides. Once stained and now

painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint this piece takes up a lot

of wall space without taking up the much needed floor space.




The 54” glass top sits on a 29” antique table. The transparency

of the glass creates an illusion of space, yet seats 6 comfortably.

If you’re an Ikea fan, you may have recognized the Ektop

dining chairs and slip covers! Though available in several

colors, I chose white and embellished with pom pom fringe

salvaged from a vintage chenille bedspread (actually I used

Fabri- Tac glue…works great :).







Besides functioning as our only dining space, this table also

serves as a computer desk, mail sorting, craft creating, gift

wrapping table. Another cupboard tucked away in the

corner doubles as storage and provides/hides a small TV.  









Another thing worth mentioning about this small space

is the use of color. Notice the walls, ceiling, furniture and

upholstered chairs are all white. The presence of black is

also note worthy. In fact, in every room in our house black

and white will make a playful appearance. More noticeable

in some rooms, than others but definitely there. I’m always

amazed at how light, airy and spacious this room looks

even though its full of furniture.







I’ve also discovered that whenever you fill a room with

white, objects of color grab the eye and become a focal

point. In this particular case, all of the color in the dining

room is gathered onto the shelves of the Welsh cupboard.

Creating a lot of interest and therefore preventing an all

white room from being boring.


Botanical prints, in shades of white and framed in black,

flank the cupboard and complete the wall without feeling

too cluttered. Last but by no means least, is the cone shaped

chandelier that hangs above the table, in the center of the

room. This little jewel is available at Lowes and though

it looks similar to ones sold at Pottery Barn, it is a fraction

of the cost!