Monday, July 21, 2008

barn tour: part three

Thanks for all of your enthusiastic feedback and birthday wishes on Friday. It was a wonderful weekend filled with family, swimming and berry picking. The barn tour continues with a peek upstairs. The old hayloft is now a spacious and light-filled studio/bedroom with a future bathroom plumbed for a claw foot tub. Six windows were added to the barn's original top floor configuration. Each one has a view of woods, treetops or wildflowers and allows natural light to pour in. The open floor plan is divided in the middle by a staircase, surrounded by corrugated metal and framed with old wood salvaged from the barn. The floors date from 1888, and the darkened patina left from the original wood stove is a little reminder of long ago winters.

Next shot shows the view from the bedroom into the the studio featuring a mix of recessed lights and old gas station pendants.


A bouquet of Queen Anne's lace mingles with vintage elements including an old German marionette.


This wrought iron bed frame will eventually hold a mattress, but until it arrives, we thought it was the perfect place to display an antique parasol.


Vintage metal high chair...have you noticed my mother has a weakness for metal chairs? We bought the frames at an auction and have many plans for them...none involving traditional pictures. One may hold a blackboard, another an inspiration board...perhaps a mirror. We'll see. It so fun to have great materials to experiment with.

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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for a peek at the upstairs of the barn. It is such a lofty, gorgeous space and so inspiring. I can't wait to see what is created using those frames!

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  2. I've loved every single detail. From the parasols to the old wood floors. All of it. Congrats on Design Sponge, and Happy Birthday!! I hadn't seen your stone dolls before now. You are such a delightful, creative, blessed person - enjoy it all!

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  3. Oh. I love it as much as the downstairs. What a beautiful soul your barn has. Gorgeous, all of it!

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  4. I am enjoying this tour so much! My favorite part is the parasol. Well my favorite part changes every minute ;)

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  5. I love this space so much . Maybe your mom would be interested in a house swap sometime in the future. The light, angles and space are fantastic on the top floor and what I really love about old barns I have been fortunate to visit.

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  6. Thanks so much, I can't believe the reception the barn is getting. It's such a joy to share and Margie's question about house swapping has been coming up a lot recently. It's something that we'd like to explore down the road.

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  7. It's a wonderful place...I'd love a barn, too!

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  8. That's it...I can't take anymore...the perfection is killing me!

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