Summer solstice...longest day of the year...official start to the summer...Grandma will arrive!!! My mother adds a little extra laughter and spontaneity to all the usual summer goodness...swimming, outdoor meals, juice pops on the porch...and she's become famous for her washtub bass performances! We're all so excited...she's on the plane right now.... on her way across the continent to spend the summer very close by. She'll start out with us..in the new studio/guest room (almost done, Mom..but don't stub your toes on the boxes)...and then move into her very own barn! Yup, my mom will live in a barn...it's her dream come true! A year ago she bought her very first house, ahem barn, and we worked all last summer to transform the interior into a livable home. Actually, it will be much more than livable, it will be straight out of a dream (or magazine) and I can't wait to share it with you all summer long. My mom is an artist and a collector of all things funky and beautiful. She has moved around many (too many) times in her life and this will be the first time she can truly unpack her beautiful things...hint she's a garage sale genius, flea market sensation, and a vintage queen. Unpacking her collections and setting up house is going to be extremely fun! My mother loved the way the barn looked on the outside and tried to maintain the integrity of it's original character as much as possible. The inside is a stunning combination of upcycled old resources with industrial materials all mingling in with the barns history and charm. I'll be sharing the unveiling of it throughout the summer so stay tuned.... We have a big open-house to prepare for in mid July so we'll be working hard and I'm sure to have a barn post at least once a week.
Here's the barn when she first laid her eyes on it...
This is when it was lifted into the air and placed on its new foundation...easy does it!
Here's the barn almost complete...not too different on the outside...but just wait!
Have a great official start to your summer and I'll be back on Monday!