Thursday, September 15, 2016

BEFORE AND AFTER SERIES: The Farmhouse Bedroom Part I



Actually this is a bit of a tease. . .for the FARMHOUSE BEDROOM is still a work in progress. . .and one that probably won't be finished until next SPRING. . .and here's why. . .

I can't get to the furniture pieces I need!!!!!!
You see. . .I've been cleaning out buildings and storage for a big SALE. . .and without thinking I've piled everything in front of the 'KEEPERS'. . .including a VINTAGE DRESSER and MIRROR I intended to put in this bedroom. . .along with a CHAIR. . .and a BENCH. . .and a few other FOUND PIECES. . .Wasn't very smart of me, was it?

So I'm sharing with you our WINTER STYLE. . .and several BEFORE photos. . .Through the Winter I will be working on the SECOND PART of this REVEAL. . .Changing furniture around. . .Adding the Vintage Dresser and other lost pieces. . .

We've actually come a long way. . .Here's how the bedroom began. . .


Looks like something from the 50s (or earlier), doesn't it? 

At this point in time, everything we owned was boxed up and stored. . .Carpenters were working on the house while we were living in it. . .I honestly don't recommend that if you have any other choice. . .I think this room stayed pretty much like this for almost a year. . .

Then it became an example of a 1930s bedroom. . .








For several years we allowed visitors to be toured through our home. . .Since we were taking them back to 1938 over the rest of the FARM, I felt our home should also reflect that era. . .And too, there was quite a bit of work to be done on the bedroom before anything permanent could be added. . .It needed a new FLOOR for one thing. . .During the winter I could feel the cold wind from outside. . .coming up through the cracks in the floor. . .The second winter we were quick to put a large area rug down, which helped but not the choice for the long run. . .

It was such a thrill when finally we got a new floor. . .only two years ago. . .


A beautiful BLACK PAINTED WOOD for the BEDROOM and the LIVING ROOM. . .
I wasn't sure I'd like the black. . .but was drawn back to the choice over and over. . .
When we found this black flooring deeply discounted. . .I decided to try it. . .

I LOVED IT!!!!!
Still do. . .It helped set the theme for the rest of the room. . .


WHITE. . .BLACK. . .NEUTRALS

I didn't choose this theme just because the floor was black. . .I've had the same color palette throughout the house. . .beginning with the black and white checkered floor in the keeping room. . .One of the main reasons for the palette was to reflect the COTTON that is grown on our farm. . .Shades of the same colors. . .


From there it was a 'PIECE OF CAKE'. . .Everything fell into place. . .



VINTAGE FARMHOUSE STYLE. . .but not as vintage as the 1930s era. . .
SIMPLE. . .NEUTRAL. . .not 'fussy' and frilly. . .


Notice the PILLOW on the bed from my 
 

It adds so much to the room. . .
and ties in with one of my favorite FRAMED PRINT hanging on the wall. . .
a GIFT from John several years ago. . .


The swirls in the QUILT. . .and the swirls of the WROUGHT IRON DOOR tie in together also.
I'd like to tell you that I planned that. . .but I'll be honest and tell you it was a happy accident. . .


The ironwork came off a screen door from the home where I grew up. . .The rest of the door fell apart but I wanted to keep the ironwork. . .It ended up in the bedroom while I thought about where to put it. . .One day when I ran across this quilt in my collection, I realized it would be perfect in the bedroom. . .still not connecting the two until I spread the quilt out on the bed. . .WOW!

Sometimes I get LUCKY. . .


It's a GOOD START. . .Once the SALE is over. . .I'll be moving furniture around and finishing this FARMHOUSE BEDROOM. . .You'll see these same elements again. . .but in different placements. . .AND. . .with the other FARMHOUSE FURNITURE pieces. . .that are presently buried under boxes. . .
I can hardly wait to see how it all turns out myself !!!!




Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Saying Good-bye to Summer



QUICK. . .LOOK. . .GOING. . .GOING. . .GONE

Today marks the end of our SUMMER decor. . .I think SUMMER is over. . .Once Labor Day has come and gone, FALL is here as far as I'm concerned. . .Never mind that it's 97 degrees outside!!!!!

It's time for a change. . .and do I ever have a LOT of ideas this year. . .A pretty big change for the WINTER months. . .

But first, I needed to take time to sit down in the quiet of the morning and file away in my memory the wonderful SUMMER we had. . . Then I decided the best way to do that was to put together a FARMHOUSE MID-MORNING SNACK for both of us while reminiscing. . .Memories are at their best when shared. . .



No time to bake. . .Keeping prep to a minimum. . .which meant. . . . .FRESH BREAD. . .REAL BUTTER. . .WATERMELON JELLY. . .A COUPLE OF EGGS. . .AND APPLES FROM OUR TREE. . .WARM CUPS OF COFFEE. . .AND SPRING WATER WITH A BIT OF LEMON. . .Nothing fancy. . .just wholesome FARMHOUSE FOOD. . .AND GOOD COMPANY. . .

We laughed and talked for a good two hours. . .Sometimes we forget to take the time to reflect. . .and to enjoy each other. . .Maybe if I take anything away with me from this Summer it's that lesson learned. . .for this has been a Summer that has once again been a reminder of what is really important to me. . .My life had become too busy. . .too hectic. . .too filled with 'stuff'. . .too many projects. . .not enough time. . .Ever been there?



Now I think I can whole-heartedly put Summer away. . .
and begin to look toward HARVEST. . .My favorite time of the year.






For us that means PICKIN' COTTON. . .
You can bet John and I will be out in the fields,
playing in the WHITE STUFF once all the bolls open. . .



More SPECIAL MOMENTS to share. . .
 
LOVE IT!!!!






Friday, August 26, 2016

BEFORE AND AFTER SERIES: The Farmhouse Bath



This Summer has been crazy. . .Seems there's been something popping up every day to keep me from my blogging. . .I wanted to reveal the final touches on the bedroom next but can't seem to find a day when the sun is shining for some good photos. . .So I decided to go ahead with the FARMHOUSE BATH instead.

As I've noted many times before, our home was built by my Grandfather Magers ca. 1930 for his first FARM MANAGER. . .He had bought the 600+ acres that year from the Widners. . .It would be the fourth farm operation that he owned. . .He immediately started building barns, houses, a farm shop and other buildings necessary for the FARM COMPLEX . . .

The manager's bungalow was fairly large for that time and more comfortable than the tenant houses. . .Yet, from the 1930s to the 1960s there was no bathroom indoors. . .An outhouse served the need for a potty. . .the #3 washtub in the KITCHEN worked for Saturday night baths. . .
 

Sometime in the 60s, the bathroom came indoors. . .almost. . .It was actually on the back porch, which had been enclosed. . .A room was built on one side of it for the bath. . .with all the conveniences. . .This was "HIGH COTTON". . .


I've already shown you how we took down those walls at BEFORE & AFTER SERIES: The Farmhouse Keeping Room. . .At that point we were right back in the 1930s--no indoor bathroom. . .but not for long. . .

I had dreamed of a bathroom as big as a bedroom for years--place to lay back in the tub and relax--place that was open and inviting. . .So that was what I did. . .I took one of the three bedrooms for all of our necessaries. . .No jacuzzi, though. . .This bath had to be VINTAGE FARMHOUSE. . .


We stripped the sheetrock off three of the four walls. . .It was so badly damaged. . .As we stripped it clean, we found the original cypress walls. . .What a great FARMHOUSE look!! . . .A coat of paint would do. . .


Dental molding was added to hide the huge gap between the wall and the ceiling. . .I did something totally out of the box on that ceiling. . .I decided I'd like to lay back in the tub and watch the clouds. . .The ceiling was painted a Sky Blue and I came right behind and painted the clouds. . .Adding a  touch of elegance with the chandelier. . .




A closet was built along one side of the room for the washer and dryer. . .They hide behind Southern style shutter doors. . .


On that same wall our shower is located. . .John is particularly proud of that shower. . .It was the first tile work he'd ever done. . .


Have you noticed that we find John in this position a lot? (grin)
All kidding aside, I think he did a SUPER JOB. . .


Perhaps it was John's Little Helper that kept him inspired?



To cover holes in the fourth sheetrock wall, we added bead board and painted it the same soft blue. . .It added interesting texture to a plain wall and kept with the FARMHOUSE THEME. . .I picked up the architectural piece on a curbside. . .Someone had discarded it for garbage pick-up. . .John added the shelf top from an old piece of cypress found in the barn. . .


A dresser was fitted with the sink. . .No telling how many coats of paint I put on it before I found the combination I wanted. . .I'd paint a little. . .then sand a little. . .then paint more. . .sand more. . .Took weeks until I was satisfied. . .

Then I decoupaged a 1938 page from my Granddaddy's calendar. . .You can't see it in the photos but he had made a note: 'Irene's birthday' on August 6. . .That was my Mom. . .She would turn 11 that year. . .One of his envelopes was decoupaged above it. . .






The first thing people notice when they walk in is the cast-iron tub. . .It's a beauty---now. . .A friend found this tub buried in the ground and planted with flowers. . .It had to be dug up, cleaned, and resurfaced. . .another of those 'John tasks'. . .He did an amazing job in restoring it. . .The date on the bottom is December 24, 1925. . .A piece of whitewashed cypress barn wood from the Simmons Plantation holds needed items while bathing. . .




 More shutters at the windows allow loads of sunlight in, as you can see. . .My ladies came from the bedroom to the bath some time ago. . .They seem to fit well. . .changing clothing with the seasons. . .I must say that I like this look the best. . .denim and lace. . .tying in the living room denim accents. . .The lady on the right is MISS MAMIE. . .the one on the left is MISS ALICE. . .Having such a large room gives me many opportunities for utilizing larger pieces such as these. . .


Our FARMHOUSE BATH has gone through many changes as I experimented with the look I liked the most. . .Also had to add the layers as I found them. . .I thought it would be fun to look back over a few previous years. . .


 Let's begin with the oldest first, so you can see how the room evolved. . .










I learned many lessons and developed my Plain and Simple Style over the years. . .It's been GOOD. . 

We only have one more room to explore at this time. . .There are others but they are not finished and certainly no inspiration to anyone. . .As with the rest of the house, I have many ideas. . .only need the time and energy to do them. . .Still to come, though, is one of the bedrooms. . .The one I'll let you see. . .The others are 'beauty in the making'. . .Til then. . .(Don't miss the added note below)




NOTE: We're in a documentary on AETN, the local PBS Station!!!! It's entitled BACK ROAD BARNS. . .There's an interview with John and me, along with shots of our barns and grounds. We are one of several properties showcased--all amazing.  It first aired last night (August 25) at 6:30, but it will be shown several times. Check your TV Guide for the details or go to aetn.org for a full schedule. 
See you there!


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