Monday, June 28, 2010

Before and After Guest Room

 Known now are the Bear Bedroom.
The bed walls
The dresser wall and the sliders to the deck.
Some of the art that we've collected and used  in a previous home. A winter watercolor by Jack Schmitt
Another by the same artist.
A wood carving from Germany of the Lorsch, Germany Rathaus. My father's family birthplace.
Larry's old Cornell Lacrosse sticks are used for the drapery panels. The are the old ones made of wood and leather.
We added architectural interest with trim molding stained to match the floors.
Into guest bath
The guest room sliders lead out to the deck.
A nice spot to sit.
A custom made king headboard.
With a hidden switch for a night light.
An antique trunk for the foot of the bed. The original old red paint.
Bear Clock

Now we are ready for our guests! Just kidding, we always make them breakfast!
The bedding is from Target. Bear quilt and pillow shams, flannel bear sheet set

I'm linking to Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home, House in the Roses
May Days

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dining Room

First we painted the accent window wall a rich Barn red, Sherwin Williams-Martha Stewart Signature
We changed out the wrought iron chandelier to an antler chandelier. We used what we had to furnish the Cabbage. Furniture we've collected over the years has found a home here and it's worked out perfectly.
The table is very old. I've had it for over 40 years. It was given to me by a neighbor in Chicago when she moved. It was too heavy. Someone had given it to her years earlier too. The ladder back chairs were bought in Long Grove, IL many years ago.

 The antique corner cupboard, one of my favorite pieces, was bought in Ohio.

The original watercolors are by Jack Schmitt. There are several pieces of his art here.

 The bamboo blinds and suede valances are from K-Mart.
Free books from the Bryson City Library line the window ledge.
A collection of oil lamps, some new, some vintage, an antique wood cheese box all sit on top of the corner cupboard.
Pine cones and wooden apples fill an old wooden bowl on the table.

I've linked to My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday,  A Stroll Through Life,
 Domestically Speaking. May Days

Monday, June 21, 2010

Before and After

Living Room. That was then...
Stone fireplace, log mantle, raised hearth. Double sliders on each side leading out to the large deck.
Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors.
Split bedrooms on each side.

This is now.....
Stone fireplace with sunflower oil painting.
We added the wood paneled ceiling and the beams to give it a more cabin/rustic feel.
 Also added the woodsy antler chandelier.
Dining area too.
Painted the accent wall in the dining area Barn by Sherwin Williams, a bold red. Painted the living area Bagel by Behr, a warm gold color.
The  antique six drawer chest was bought at the Kane County Flea Market.
 We went every month when we lived in Barrington, IL.  It's one of the best flea markets in the country. I got most of my Fleas finds there.

I found a pair of antler lamps and an antler frame at local
shops. That's us with our three Yorkies.
Our plywood bear project hangs on this wall. 
The door leads to the master guest room.
The living room, Larry relaxing watching the big TV. It can be hidden behind shutter doors. A fire in the fireplace is a must for a cozy North Carolina evening at home.

I've linked to Between Naps on The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Monday, June 14, 2010

What To Do With Leftover Plywood

There was a big cut out oval piece of plywood leftover from our bathtub installation. Well, I was not going to throw it out!  I'll use it for a project!  We made a template of a black bear, using the outline from the metal accessories in the bathroom as a guide. Made it as big as the plywood. Cut it out, sand it, several coats of black paint, a mounting bar in the back, and it's wall art! Motto: never throw anything out.
Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Repurpose,
I've linked to My Romantic Home  for Show and Tell Friday