Farmhouse Renovation Pictures

Just popping in to post a few pictures from a farmhouse that I’ve been working on.  The homeowner is a professional photographer and we were able to get a few staged pics for an article that’s going to be in the local paper.  She has some custom furniture ordered and we still have to do window treatments but these are stunning nonetheless.

Smithville hearth


Smithville Master Mantle tall shot


Smithville Fall Decor 4


Smithville Fall Decor 3


Sharon Barrett Interiors Fall Decor 5

I even had to strip down to my socks so my boots could rest casually on the mantel….and let me tell ya’… it was not pretty. On the surface, I was fabulously put together. I had on some bright green jeans, denim button down shirt with the sleeves casually rolled up, wood bead necklace ….and my husbands bright white Under Armour athletic socks holding it all together under my chic boots.  I didn’t want that look to go down in infamy….so no pic here….  :)


Thoughtful Thursday

I A-L-M-O-S-T didn’t make it……here’s a late post of a pic that gave me a laugh…..and is TOTALLY true…at least in my house!

Shopping patterns

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


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


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


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!!!

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