Farm House Sitting Room

I’m on a roll and am actually posting some glimpses into the day to day goings on with some of my client work.  One of the homes that I am working on is an old farmhouse that belongs to some friends that I went to church with growing up.  Other than being precious people, they have a beautiful old farmhouse (oh how I love old houses) that has very tall ceilings in the original part of the home and transom windows above the doors….really beautiful details that you don’t see in new homes.  We are working on a sitting room and entry right now.

The first picture below is of their front door from the foyer which is original to the house.  I just love when you can keep old details like that in your home!

 

Elam Road Entry

 

The plan is to paint it a darker shade of graphite (darker than the one below but similar).  It’ll really make that old door stand out as the focal point in the foyer and help ground the room a bit since it has such tall ceilings.

Painted Interior doors

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The pictures below are quick snapshots of the sitting room.  That’s the area we are mainly looking at today.  It was nearly impossible to get a good picture to illustrate all the traffic paths that go through this room.  There’s a doorway that leads from the foyer, guest bedroom and guest bath….a doorway that leads from another bedroom just off this room….the doorway that leads from the front of the house into the dining room….it has been a tough space for my client to get comfortable.  She also wanted a spot where you would want to go sit away from the tv on the other end of the house.  This is one of those rooms that as soon as I saw it, I knew exactly how I wanted to approach it.  I tend to be more of a “slow cooker” and think about spaces for awhile….that’s typically how I get my best ideas….but not this time!

Below is a view from the doorway leading from the front door to the dining room doorway.

Elam Road Sitting Room 3

 

Here is another shot of the same wall but of the opposite wall.

Elam Road Sitting Room 2

 

There is also an older entertainment center.  We are going to use the center section (and paint it a dark brown) and remove the piers…and then move it to another wall.

Elam Road Sitting Room 1

 

Here is the plan….looking at the floorplan gives you a better idea of how the doorways and traffic patterns run.  The room needed some much needed symetry and balance all while accomodating a heavy traffic flow with lots of doorways.

Elam Road Farmhouse Design Elements

 

We are going to balance the window on one side of the room with a set of four botical prints on the opposite wall the mimic the size, shape and airy silhouette of the window across the room.  I wanted the print below but alas….it is no longer in production so we are using a set of prints with large mats to get the same stature.  See how the print balances and imitates the window next to it and provides the much needed balance on that wall?

Lindsey Bierman's sunroom

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We ordered a pair of custom chaise lounges very similar to the ones below (except for the color) to place on either sides of the doorway….one under the window and one on the opposite side…with the set of prints above it.

  pair of chaises

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We are installing wall lamps next to each chaise and will have soft throws and lumbar pillows in the blue floral swatch on the design details above.  The walls are being painted Benjamin Moore Wales Gray.  I typically like lighter colors so that the decor will be what shows but in this case, the room needed a deeper color to make it feel more cozy with the tall ceilings and seperated seating.  We are adding a room size seagrass rug to tie both pieces together and adding tables so that you have somewhere to set a drink or book while you are lounging.  These chaises are versatile in that you can also sit on them like a loveseat and face each other if you have a small group.  The open end keeps them from overpowering the small room and staying out of the walkways.  My client was ready to get rid of her fan so I added World Market’s Large Wood Bead Chandalier to soften things up and help give the room the appearance of a space seperated from the foyer.  There will also be off white linen blend drapes to frame the window and bring in a light, breezy feel….and help balance the large amount of off white space in the prints above the opposite chaise.

I’ll post about the foyer another day but I CAN NOT WAIT to see this space come together!  It’ll be another 8 weeks or so before her furniture is delivered so I’ll have to wait until then.  :)

My Christmas Wish List is Officially Started {A diversion from design for a day}

Happy Monday!!!!  A little diversion from design for the day……I ran across these super cute earrings that I am DYING to have!  Are these not the cutest little stud earrings ever?!  Seriously…this is item #1 on my Christmas Wish List this year!

salted pretzel stud earrings

You can get them here.  You’d better be quick because I bet they sell out fast!

 

Client Custom Kitchen Layout

It’s Friday!  Yet another week has flown by!  I wanted to pop in today and share a glimpse into one of the projects I’ve been working on.  My clients are absolutely the coolest people and from the first time I met with her, we  both knew this pairing is a perfect fit.  She and I have extremely similar taste and she’s open to diverting from the ordinary.  The house that we are working on is being built in the middle of nearly 300 acres and the surrounding area is gorgeous!  I love farm locations and the house sits perched up on top of a hill with lots of windows to soak up the scenery.

I snapped these pics the first time up there after the framing was started:

This is the driveway…it follows a corn field for awhile…

Lascassas 1

and then branches off and trails along the woods and opens up into a clearing where the house sits….que angels singing…

Lascassas house front view

Below is a view through the living room out the front of the house from where the kitchen island will be.

Lascassas 2

 And this is the view out of the large window in the sitting area just off the kitchen….and that’s what we are focusing on today.

Lascassas 3

Their house plan is beautiful and it’s really going to be a unique home but the kitchen cabinet layout was lackluster and didn’t function the way my client wants it to.

Lane Kitchen Plan

I had a pretty good idea what my clients like so when we went to the cabinet shop to finalize the kitchen design….this is the picture that illustrated what I had in mind and I KNEW would be perfect!  She loved it!

Lascassas Kitchen inspiration

via Ashley Gilbreath Interiors 

We used that as inspiration and went from a bland builders layout to the design below.  The husband is a truly fabulous woodworker and he’s probably going to do some of the woodwork such as the shelves.  I just love this layout.  It’s so open and functional!

Lane Kitchen 3

Lane Kitchen 4

Lane Kitchen 1

 I can’t wait to show you the finished product!  We are looking at ship-lap walls and a green island….it’s really going to be stunning!

Ciao for now and have a good weekend!!!

Farmhouse Update

Since I am finding it tough to post regularly, I want to make sure that when I do, it’s something fun.  I got a few snapshots of a home that I have been working on that is in progress….and oh…so….close…to being finished.  This house has been a labor of love for me and has SO many elements that I love.  Planked walls, wood beams, brass fixtures….I could go on forever.  The family that is working on this house has been so fabulous to work with and has trusted my vision throughout the whole process….and the end result shows it.  We will be having the home professionally photographed once we have all the fluffing done.  :)  Enjoy!

This is the master bedroom looking at the master bath entry.

Smithville Master bedroom gallery wall

Master Bedroom looking at the sitting area.  We have custom furniture ordered for this spot and there will be drapes….and lots of other fun stuff when the we are finished.

Smithville master sitting area2

They have a motorized door that raised over their fireplace so that they can watch tv when they want…..

Smithville Master sitting area fireplace

And hide it when they don’t….there is now an antique map of Tennessee over the hearth in that empty spot.

Smithville Master Bedroom Sitting area

View from master bath door area….we will have artwork flanking the bed as well as shams and a big lumbar pillow to coordinate with the drapery and custom furniture.

Smithville Master Bedroom Bed

Gorgeous tile shower and brass plumbing hardware to die for!

Smithville Master Shower

Master vanity….the floor is in progress.

Smithville vanity

Large soaking tub with brass fixtures….look at the view of the woods outside.  Gorgeous!

Smithville Master tub

Long hallway with planked walls.  There will be artwork up but for now, I’m content to stare at the empty walls and admire the woodwork.

Smithville hallway

Family Room Hearth….isn’t that stacked stone gorgeous!!!!!!!  I just love a raised hearth that actually functions as a seat as well.  Right now, that’s the best seat in the room!  :)

Smithville Family Room

Thoughtful Thursday {Sports Fan….not so much}

With fall and football season approaching…with all the small talk about teams…and scores…and games….blah, blah blah….this is totally me.

sports fan

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