I am not much of a rule follower, but Interior Design 101 teaches to start with the floor and build your way up. One rule I try not to break. A pretty rug as a foundation is a fail proof way to make a room easily come together.
I like to have a neutral palette for the furniture. That allows me to add color with accessories and change the look as often as my moods do...
Aqua and blue are my new "bestest" color duo. That is where I find my happy place.
Ella Elaine Wall or Table Chargers This set is probably one of my all time favorite products I have designed up to this point. Each one can be hung on the wall or used as a tray. The brass edging with the galvanized metal are the perfect touch, if I say so myself !
I must admit that old unpainted ship lap calms my soul and gives me that sense of home I crave when I am tired or simply need a place to slow down. Love, love, love.
I have this thing for naming the buildings out at our farm.
The first ideas don't always stick or they evolve into a form from the original thought.
The biggest outbuilding started out as Bluebird Barn because of the bluebird houses outside the doors,
It was kind of a tongue twister for this Texas accent and the grandkids, so it quickly became Birdie Barn.
So much better. A nod to my mom, Birdie.
It's all about family anyway, right?
Well, the green barn (soon to be aqua) was called the corn crib barn by the previous owners because it was used to store corn back in the old days.
Part of the year the barn is occupied by a mama turkey buzzard and her babies.
She will hiss at you some and fly out with her six foot wing span, land on the tin roof and watch you until you leave.
So, it became known as Buzzard Barn.
Next to those buildings is Mr. Ella's barn. The tin used for the roof had been torn off another old barn, leaving tiny nail holes that dot the ceiling. Even though most of them are sealed with silicone, the light still sparkles through. It takes me to another world when I walk in and look up. All that goes with farming is housed below this starry sky.
None of the names that I have tried have jived yet, but
I know the perfect one is out there, it just may take a little time!
I knew before we even started the demo that I wanted the Master Bedroom to be my special retreat spot.
The floor plan of the house was all chopped up so I quickly rearranged all of the rooms including the staircase.
That will be in another post..
The old dining room seemed like the perfect place for the Master Bedroom.
All we had to do was pull up the carpet, take the 1970's paneling down
(which was partially covered in 1980's wallpaper...)
and then add our own touch.
Sounded so easy!
I should know anytime you remodel a house that you can always
expect the unexpected.
After all, this is not my first rodeo... I have lost count on the number of houses Mr. Ella and I have worked on.
The very first house we bought,way back when, had ship lap under the old wallpaper.
I remember burning the strings off the nails even in a tiny closet!
This is what " Just taking the paneling down" led to.
Not for the faint of heart. Vision is the key word here,
And yes, that is a water heater tucked up above the built in cabinet - go figure.
The wood used on this area of the walls and floors indicated that the house was much older than 1912.
We are guessing it started out small and as the family grew and the money came in
(good crops) the other rooms were added.
If these walls could only talk.
The first day of demo, I showed up at the house to this mess.
The workers were supposed to only take up the sub floor, but did not understand that and just started cutting up the whole floor, many in 2 foot pieces. I was not a happy camper, but the damage was already done. It really ended up being a blessing because as you can see what was under that wonderful floor was awful and smelly.
So, I decided to make lemonade from lemons and picked the grey wood out. The linoleum brick pattern was what was on top of the other flooring and in the kitchen. Again- go figure!
We had just enough to make this wall.
You can see where I started cleaning and sanding it...
Not too bad!
All of the old wood we are using throughout the house was already there somewhere hiding under many layers of time.