Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We sure did here at the Farmhouse. We got somewhere between 7 and 9 inches of snow just in time for Christmas day!! It was beautiful. Kit gave me a sunburst mirror for over the bed. I think it looks great!!
I took a couple of pictures while I was doing some Christmas decorating. We are making some progress on the great room. We added these blinds from home depot.

I saw this remodel this morning on Cote de Texas. It was done by Lauren of Pure Style Home. I have been thinking about these pictures all day long!! I think this is absolute genius. I love, love, love it!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Stehpen Elrod

While looking through one of my old issues of traditional home magazine I came across the home of Stephen Elrod. It's funny how different things speak to you at different times. I don't think this was a favorite of mine at the time but it is definately a favorite now. Stephen is vice-president and creative director of Lee Jofa.

I've noticed that in most of these photos Stephen uses one lamp instead of a pair of lamps. I'm very excited about this because I typically happen across one lamp or can only afford one. I think the way he has done it looks great!

All photos are compliments of the September 08 issue of Traditional Home.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Counter Stools

Not long ago I posted on the need for some cool counter stools. Well I searched hi and low to find chic stools for a reasonable price. Then Thanksgiving was fast approaching and we were going to have 6 extra people staying at our house. I had seating for 6 but not 10! So a week and a half before Thanksgiving I started to panic. I finally decided on the spin stool from CB. Okay great we have one of those about 40 minutes from my house. I'll just go pick those up. Double check online and see if they have those in stock. Nope!! Okay waist a few more days trying to settle on something else. No I think I still want the spin stool. Call CB. They'll be in in about 7-10 business days. But wait that's after Thanksgiving. Of course it is. They finally arrived this week and I picked them up this afternoon. I haven't even taken all the packaging off. I think they will work great!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Design Crush

I received my copy of House Beautiful a little over a week ago. I fell in love with the home of designer Ty Larkin. Everything about his house is my style. I had seen a picture of his foyer floating around the blogosphere but I didn't know he was the designer. After doing a little research I found out that he had his own program on HGTV. I'm not sure how I missed that.

I love everything about this room from the color of the walls to the zebra rug and the lighting. The detail on the curtains is fantastic.

I love the use of the modern white lacquered west elm desk in this mostly traditional space.

The entire house is absolute perfection. If you don't subscribe to House Beautiful run don't walk to get your December issue. You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I submitted this picture of our great room to Velvet and Linen this week when I found out she was having a contest with the prize being one of three brickmaker's tables from Mark Sage. Several of her blogging friends voted on the submissions to narrow the field down to 10 rooms. Unfortunately my room was'nt selected. You can head over to velvet and linen to vote for your favorite room. The top 3 vote getters win.

It would be a nice consolation prize to have Brooke tell me what to do with this room. It is driving me crazy. I would like to ditch the rug and change it to something more modern or nothing at all. I bought the wing chair on craigslist and it needs to be recovered. This is where all the TV watching goes on as well and there is really not a good spot to put the TV. But those aren't the biggest issues. All of the furniture was purchased while we were living in Texas. We had both a formal living room and family room in our house there. Now I'm trying to cram 2 rooms worth of furniture into 1 room and it's not working very well. I'd really like to have a sectional with a chaise. Feel free to leave any suggestions you might have.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This is my breakfast room nook. The red chest is my favorite piece of furniture that I own. In this first picture you can see that through the window is a view of our garage doors and our bevolo lantern. I think the chest looks lonely. It needs bigger chairs on each side of it to fill in the space.
This is a better picture of the area but you can't see the lantern so I posted both. As you can see it is taking a long time to get things where I want them.

Hello chair from restoration hardware. I have had my eye on you for a while now. They are very reasonably priced at $279 each. I'm thinking of asking Santa for you. I've been very good this year! I think these would look lovely on each side of the red chest.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kit and I have been married for 14 years. We bought this Thomasville bedroom set shortly after we got married. The lamps were purchases around the same time. I've really been wanting to update the look of my bedroom without purchasing a new bedroom set. I would be more than happy to buy all new furniture but Kit says we have to wait until we've been married 20 years. I started by updating the bedding. I don't have a picture of the old bedding because our hard drive crashed and we lost everyting but that's another story. Just picture a very floral waverly set it was called Lucinda Citron. The duvet and pillow shams are pottery barn. I took them to a local shop and had them embroidered. I love the way they turned out. Then I removed the iron scroll on the headboard. I think I like that better. I've been looking for new lamps for a long time. I really wanted to do the french wired crystal lamps. They weren't in the budget. I found these wall sconces on ebay and the price was fantastic. I really love them. Now I am looking for a sunburst mirror to put over the headboard. Oh and I am not a professional so the room is certainly not styled.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Master Bedroom nook

This is a little nook just outside of the master bedroom. I'm thinking about wallpapering it in a grass cloth. It wouldn't take much paper and would add just the right amount of texture. What do you think?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Home at Last

We finally moved in August 17! Little did I know that it would take 6 weeks to get my internet connected. Talk about torture!! Our farmhouse is on 10 acres about 40 minutes from a major metro area. Who knew it would take this long? Apparently we needed 2 permits from our lovely county and one of the groups we needed a permit from only meets once a month. Once embarq had the permits in hand they had to dig 900ft. to our house. I wanted to kiss the service man when he showed up to finish Friday! I had 284 e-mails and 300 posts waiting to be poured over in my google reader account.

We are slowly getting settled. I absolutely love everything about our house and property. I still have a lot of decorating to do. If anyone has any suggestions on where to get great ready made drapes cheap let me know. I also need counter stools. Unfortunately I can't afford $300-$400 per stool. So I'm searching antique stores and flea markets. I'd love to find something that resembles the tavern bar stool by Darryl Carter.

I'ts good to be back and to finally be home.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I waited for this fixture to arrive for over 2 months because it was out of stock. It finally arrived and my electrician installed it yesterday. I'm very happy with the result. It was worth the wait.
View of the back porch with my favorite planter. Please ingnore all of the weeds.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Finished kitchen picture with restoration hardware harmon pendants.
Love the way the fireplace turned out and the circa light fixture! I'll try to post a better picture of the fireplace tile and brick. This one turned out a little too dark.

Friday, August 7, 2009

22 Chatham Road Nw Atlanta, GA 30305

So many great designers come from the Atlanta area. I don't live any where near there but I do have a subcription to Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine. I also have a subsription to D home and even Canadian House and Home. Since all of my favorite shelter magazines continue to fold I'm looking to these magazines to help fill the void. I also love to browse real estate listings for inspiration. I came across this gorgeous house while browsing the Atlanta listings this afternoon. These interiors were created by Melanie Turner. The listing information says she is the 2009 Southeast Designer of the year. I couldn't find a website for her but I would love to see more of her work.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The electrician worked today and I was so excited I had to post more pictures. I bought this fixture from an antique store (I don't think it's an antique) for $125. I absolutely love the way it turned out. This provided the look that I was going for at a fraction of the cost.
Pottery barn depot light for my sons room. My husband works for the railroad so I thought this was appropriate.

I decided to use a large mirror to open up this space. I love the result. I used the triple lugarno sconce from restoration hardware.

Let there be light!!! So cool......


There has been a lot of progress the past couple of weeks. Things are starting to come together and look like a finished house. I really like how the vanity turned out in the half bath. It really matches the style of the house.
I'm having trouble with my camera. I can't seem to get many shots that aren't blurry. My countertop was installed yesterday and I love it. I can't wait to do the touch and feel test.

The kids bath upstairs is coming along really nicely as well. I bought these pedestals from restoration hardware around Christmas time when they were having some great sales. I got these pretty cheap.

I chose cliffside gray from Benjamin Moore for the Master bedroom. I absolutely love it. It is a gray with blue undertones.

Our tile installer ran out of tile and will have to come back next week to finish. I think this will turn out nicely too. I chose Benjamin Moore moonlight white for the wall color. It really made the trim look gray. Once all the furnishings are in I think it will look really good.

We had to wait to finish the hand rail until after the floors were finished. I feel much safer for the kids now that it is in. I'm not sure if I like the black handrail yet. I might have the painter paint it white. What do you think? These walls are painted moonlight white now too.