Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

Please join us for a closer look at our hanging herb garden, made from reclaimed pallets and terra-cotta pots. 

 I have receive so many comments, emails and texts from you all asking about the details on how to make the DIY Herb Garden project.  So….. I will be the first one to admit I might have dropped the ball on that follow up article to our DIY PATIO PAVER PROJECT, which would have covered all that information. I did get engulfed in the One Room Challenge, but in my defense I only had 6 weeks to get the Sleeping Porch done, and now I have shamelessly plugged it again…with a link, in case you missed it., or sign up for our bi- monthly newsletter: 

Basically this is an easy weekend project, that takes very little time, money, or effort.

Here is what you will need:

When picking pallets to utilize for furniture or wall treatments, you really want to make sure of two things. 1. What are the pallets are made out of and 2. What did the pallets originally transport. Some pallets have housed potential poisonous substances, while others are made out of wood treated with poisonous substances, and these are not suitable for reuse. 1001 pallets is a great resource for looking up this information and has a great article available at this (article link). I have included a copy of the pallet codes below from 1001 pallets, these are for the wood type used to make the pallets.  Our pallet was HT and were originally used to ship the components of rock fireplace ……bet you can’t guess where I got those from….maybe the patio paver project? We were very lucky and received out shipment on a double wide pallet. 

Once you have your pallet and you have painted it with your choice of Exterior Paint – we used our leftover trim paint TRIM PAINT- City Loft Sherwin Williams. You will want to adhere the pallet to the wall or surface to create the vertical garden. For this we used 4″ decking wood screws drilled directly into studs. We did this just to make sure that the pallet frame could hold the weight of the pots, soil, plants and water weight. 

Then for a rustic farmhouse look  we attached adjustable metal worm gear clamps, available in the HVAC area of your local hardware store, with 1/2″ metal screws. The clamps are adjustable from 3-4″ so you terra-cotta pot can vary a bit in size.  Insert your terra-cotta pot add soil and herbs. Voila, Instant Herb Garden!!!

Just for ease of maintenance we added a small coil water hose  so we can keep the herbs misted in the hot Georgia heat.

We routed the water from a nearby hose bib with a small light weight hose pipe, then attached a hanger to hold the coiled water hose and nozzle. 

If you notice we also chose to locate our herb garden on a wall under our deck. This will help filter the amount of direct sun the plants get. Most herbs prefer filtered sunlight especially the fragile ones like basil and cilantro. The deck also protects these delicate plants from harsh rain storms as well, that will beat them down and break the stems, leaving you with limp droopy herbs.   

Since the entire herb wall is easily rearrangeable, by simply lifting out the pots, you can also relocate plants based on the amount of sun or shade they require. I placed my heartier plants like sage, dill, parsley, oregano and lavender that prefer more sunlight at the edge of the deck to get morning sun. 

Planting Tip: I personally like to use Miracle Grow Moisture Control soil, it keeps the soil moist even if I miss a day of watering…which is critical down here in the south. I also like to use Bonnie’s Veggie and Herb fertilizer for big healthy plants. 

I plant all kinds of herbs for many different purposes. This is a common sage which is handy to keep around. It is pretty good for stuffing and poultry recipes. Not to mention if your home has not been feeling very zen, you can always burn some, with the Native American art of smudging. In case you are not familiar here is a great article about The Ancient Art of Smudging. 

Check out this super healthy dill which is great on grilled fish with fresh lemon or to make a dill dip. Below is one of the 3 kinds of  basil we planted. It seems we use a lot of basil around here. Of course one of our favorite simple summer time suppers is a Caprese salad.  Ummm sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, and green basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil. Of course I love the Tuscan Olive Oil from a local shop in Roswell OLI+VE, yes to me it makes a huge difference.

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 5

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: A SOUTHERN STYLE SLEEPING PORCH

So we are in week 5 for those of you that are following along on the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge. This is a link where you can check at all the participants in the 2017 ORC hosted by House Beautiful and Linda @Calling It Home.  

QUICK RECAP:

If you missed a week check out the past weeks here so you can catch up:

 Week 1          Week 2            Week 3          Week 4        Week 5          Week 6

As a recap or to bring you up speed, we are updated a basic screened in porch, into a southern style sleeping porch.  This is the inspiration board for this project: WEEK 5: PROGRESS REPORT:

This week is all about the accessories and bringing the whole look together. I just love the accessories week, it is my favorite week of all design projects!! I always like to think of the accessories as the icing on the cake. Yes you can have plain cake, but the icing is the super yummy part that elevates the style of the cake and makes it pretty.  These are some the great looks I have found so far that will be worked into the final design. Along with the “mystery antique DIY”… Have you seen it yet? If not, you should sign up for our email alerts to stay in the loop [wysija_form id=”1”

However, this is also the week I have had to strayed the most from my inspiration board. Since my 1st choice rug was back ordered this derailed the basis of my designs. While I am still sticking with tones of sea glass I have decided to use the bolder sea glass colors like navy blue, aqua, sea foam, and hints of green.   

  I was able to located the fun pillow cases seen above but not exact throw pillows from the inspiration board. But, hey that why it is a inspiration board to focus your mind to get a continuity to your end result. Check out the fun pillows I got below as I took a quick picture of them all heaped in the corner waiting for installation.

  

The other big project we marked off our list this week was making…..(yes I said making) and installing the drapery rod. We chose to utilize plumbing pipe to keep the rustic farmhouse feel, plus it’s weather & water resistant, so no rusting. Plus it was so super easy too!!! We took the overall measurements of the space, then had plumbing pipe cut and threaded at our local Home Depot. We added the outdoor drapes and sheers to the pipe and hung them up. Viola easy peasy!!! 

Since there will be a home build on the lot next to us eventually, I decided that I might as well implement the prior proper planning rule and  I decided to add the sheer drapes in the middle to give us a little bit more privacy.  Of course we have the solid light blocking panels as well but I just find something so relaxing about those sheer panels blowing in the wind. However, on really windy days I might need to devise a cute drapery weight system, to keep them from ending up in the ceiling fan. 

Sometime I like to make a list just to see how far I have journeyed into a project, where and my biggest wins are …  however with that being said a list also provides a closer look at all my deficiencies.  So here goes lets see if I am going to make the 6 weeks challenge:

THE TO DO LIST: 

DIY-Paint Ceiling-Haint Blue

DIY-Install weather stripping to seal up all cracks and grabs between screens and house

DIY-Repaint Ceiling Fan

Draw Pallet Bed Plans for building

DIY- Build a Pallet Bed From Scratch 

Install Ambient Night Lights under Pallet Bed

Purchase Mattress and Outdoor protection bags/pads

DIY- refinish/install the “Mystery Antique item” (Almost done just needs a few touch ups after moving up 3 flights of steps)

Order/Install Rug ( the rug has been my greatest challenge, dream rug Out of Stock, and not being able to find anything to make my heart sing like the original….. guess I will hit the bricks and see what I can find at HomeGoods, I tend to have unexpected luck there when nothing else will do. 

Shop for an end table that also provides storage

Purchase/ Install  Bedding, Pillows & Throws

DIY-Create Plumbing Pipes Drapery Rod

Purchase/ Install Drapes

Purchase/Install Wall Art 

Accessorize the Room

Stage Room for Photo Opt.  

SHOP MY STYLE

EXTERIOR WALL PAINT- Dorian Gray Sherwin Williams TRIM PAINT- City Loft Sherwin Williams FLOORS- Thompson Water Sealer Acorn CEILING FAN-52″ White Ceiling Fan Home Depot CEILING PAINT-DCR075 Piazza Blue Sherwin William CURTAINS- Outdoor Weighted Panels White Ballard Designs MATTRESS- Hampton & Rhodes 6.5″ HR100 Firm Mattress Firm of Cumming (see Aaron) MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS- 4″ Gel Foam Mattress Wayfair  MATTRESS COVER- Waterproof/Bed Bug Blocker Hypoallergenic Wayfair  MATTERESS TOPPER- Waterproof Mattress Topper Wayfair EURO SHAMS- Clairebella 200 Thread Count Wayfair BEDDING/QUILT- Cynthia Rowley Blue Green Medallion, HomeGoods HELLO HANDSOME/GORGEOUS PILLOW CASES- Wayfair END TABLE BASKET- Jacquelyne Lidded Barrel Basket Pottery Barn  WALL MIRROR- Wall Mounted Votive Holder Pottery Barn 

One Room Challenge Week 4

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: A SOUTHERN STYLE SLEEPING PORCH

WEEK 4: PROGRESS REPORT

So we are in week 4 for those of you following along on the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge. This is a link where you can check at all the participants in the 2017 ORC hosted by House Beautiful and Linda @Calling It Home.  So my rug saga continues….. the replacement rug I ordered and have place into the room to look at, just is not working for me. I truly had my heart set on the other rug and this new style is just not living up to my expectations. Sadly I will probably be returning it….and scrambling to find a new suitable replacement, or none at all. I have been know to just wait for what I want….. once my heart is set on something. So we will see how the RUG SAGA sorts itself out….

 RECAP:

If you missed a week check out the past weeks here so you can catch up:

 Week 1               Week 2            Week 3               Week 4               Week 5                 Week 6

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As a recap or to bring you up speed, we are updated a basic screened in porch, into a southern style sleeping porch.  This is the inspiration board for this project: WEEK 4 PROJECTS:

This weeks project scope was 100% focused on building the day bed for the sleeping porch. Last week, we posted the actual blueprint designs for the pallet daybed. These plans were designed and drawn by my uber talented husband Ron Gainer. You can check them out (here) in case you missed them. Just as a quick recap we obtain pallets in Week 1, disassembled pallets in Week 2, drew up plans in Week 3 and are now ready to build in Week 4.  

The project started with building the base for the mattress, or pallet boxsprings. The base is just a little bit longer than one standard pallet width, mainly because we chose to use a full size mattress, a twin would have been the exact pallet width. A full size mattress run 54 inches wide by 74 inches long. In order to accommodate this size we were able to split a pallet and attached it to the back side as seen here. Then we replicated this process for the second layer.

The next step was to build a frame out of 2×4’s to house the pallet bed frame. This frame work creates the faux head board and side rails of the daybed.

Once we completed the frame we added a plywood backer to make the adhesion of the pallet wood easier. I know this seems like a uneccessary additional step, but as we learned on a previous project, if you have a solid backer surface you can cut the pallet wood to any length. This will enable you to make a pretty pattern with the wood, instead of being locked in to full size boards that can only be attached at ends. Plus it also makes the frame very sturdy.  

The final step in building the bed was cutting the pallet boards at random length and attaching them to the plywood.  While attaching the boards keep in mind the more random of the sizes, placement and colors the better. This will help create a that rustic farmhouse look, which is the look we are going for. 

Since the bed is very large, for moving purposes, we will assemble the base, frame walls, and sides on the porch, in place. Please keep in mind that this beast is being moved up 3 flights of steps to our screened porch. Prior to moving up to the porch, I will be sealing the pallets with a great new product I found. Weathered Wood Accelerator by Varathane available at Home Depot.  This product is amazing, with one pass coverage!!! It weathers the all wood both new and old to beautiful gray, brown and black color depending on piece of wood. 

Make sure to check in next week as we start to assemble the room for the BIG REVEAL!!! On the agenda for next week: hang curtains, assemble bed, finish up mystery antique item, and get ready for staging.  

 

SHOP MY STYLE

EXTERIOR WALL PAINT- Dorian Gray Sherwin Williams TRIM PAINT- City Loft Sherwin Williams FLOORS- Thompson Water Sealer Acorn CEILING FAN-52″ White Ceiling Fan Home Depot CEILING PAINT-DCR075 Piazza Blue Sherwin William  RUG- Outdoor Savannah Mist Aqua Overstock CURTAINS- Outdoor Weighted Panels White Ballard Designs MATTRESS- Hampton & Rhodes 6.5″ HR100 Firm Mattress Firm of Cumming (see Aaron) MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS- 4″ Gel Foam Mattress Wayfair  MATTRESS COVER- Waterproof/Bed Bug Blocker Hypoallergenic Wayfair  MATTERESS TOPPER- Waterproof Mattress Topper Wayfair EURO SHAMS- Clairebella 200 Thread Count Wayfair BEDDING/QUILT- Cynthia Rowley Blue Green Medallion

 

 

 

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE- Southern Style Sleeping Porch

One Room Challenge: Accepted

Mission: A Southern Style Sleeping Porch, completed in 6 weeks

I’m so excited to announce that as of today, JENRON DESIGNS will be a guest participant in the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge Event (link here).  In case you are wondering what the “ORC” is, here’s the scoop. Twice a year, April/ October, for the past 11 seasons, the ORC has hosted over 200 interior design bloggers, as they join together and choose one room in their homes to make over. The designers only have six weeks, from start to finish in order to complete a full room transformation. Each week the guest designer’s will link their progress to the ORC host page Calling It Home (link here), and share their room’s progress. The best part you will be able to follow along with all the participants progress just by clicking the ORC (link here). The final completion date and big reveal of my Southern Style Sleeping Porch makeover will be on Thursday, May 12th!!!

 MY ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: A SOUTHERN STYLE SLEEPING PORCH

I have always wanted to have a sleeping porch for as long as I can remember. Picture it, being able to sleep outside under the stars, in the comfort of a screened porch on a plush full size bed. You slowly drift off to sleep form the sounds of the babbling creek, tree frogs and crickets. It sounds just like a little slice of heaven to me.  As you can see we have a pretty view from our back yard and porches. Our north 40 includes a small fishing lake view, and tree lined creek. Since we are so close to water each evening around 7:00pm the glorious sound of tree frogs begin followed by the the crickets as it gets darker at 8pm. As we get closer to summer the fireflies will also start to appear along the tree line. That is why I am so excited to be transforming our master bedroom screen porch into my long awaited sleeping porch. Honestly, the weather here has been so beautiful, my husband and I find ourselves falling asleep on the porch with just our comfy chairs and an ottoman, I can’t imagine actually having an actual bed out there. Oh, and I am sure the cats are going to love it too, they already spend so much time on our numerous porches add a bed and they will never leave this one. 

Here are some of the before pictures of our existing screen porch. This first one is from a year and half ago when we first moved in. It was all still raw wood, and no furniture, but you can see how private the yard is when the trees are greened up all the way. 

Last summer we painted the posts and rails to match the trim paint on our house which is Sherman Williams SW 7631 City Loft. I also decided to stain the floors with Thompson’s Water Sealer in Acorn Brown. I love the classic cape cod feel it lends to this space. I personally find that when you have a contrasting floor color and utilize your existing exterior trim color for railings, it tends to elevate the design of your deck or  screened porch, giving it a more custom designed look. Yes it is more labor intensive and takes time, but in this case I think the work is worth the reward.   As you can see we have utilized the space with basic outdoor deck furniture we had from our previous house. The layout is very basic and needs a wow factor . I am hoping that the edition of a full size custom made day bed will do just that. 

Also you can see that my porch is mainly utilized by my 5 cats (2 out of 5 seen here).They have a tendency to make an appearance when the camera comes out and have been seen in some of my previous posts. Since this was just the before pictures, I did not have the heart to wake them or move them out of the frame shot on such a pretty sunny day. 

MY COLOR INSPIRATION: SHADES OF SEA GLASS

My color inspiration comes from the shades of sea glass. I have always loved sea glass, pretty aquas, teals, greens and blues. I find these color very serine and relaxing, so it is fitting I would surround myself with them on my sleeping porch. Below is my inspiration board for where I would like to see my Southern Style Sleeping Porch project ending up. It is rather funny to think when I was interior design student, (OMG 20 years ago) that we used to cut fabric swatches and pictures from magazines to glue them on to an inspiration board. Now with modern technology I can digitally create a fabulous inspiration board.  

THE PLAN

So here is the plan, we are going to build a custom DIY bed out of old pallets, fingers crossed all goes well with that part. While I like the rustic style of this bed above, we plan to build ours in a day bed shape, so it will have a back and two arms. While the arms and back will be finished in the manner above, I want to keep the front side open showing off the pallet construction. Inside the open pallets we will add lights to create a ambient glow from inside the base of the pallets. We plan to obtaining a full size mattress fitted with an outdoor water proof mattress slipcover. Bedding in a similar color scheme as above, and a ton of pillows to lounge about on to sip wine and read a good book.

 I also plan  to install several outdoor curtain panels. A set of thick light blocking white linen panels for the  day time heat,  artfully tied back with a thick rope, and 1 set of sheer panel to obscure the view and blow gently in the breeze. I am thinking of utilizing iron plumbing pipe for drapery rods to add a rustic feel, and not mention hold up against the elements.  

As far as the accessories I am aiming for a rustic beachy vibe, maybe driftwood, glass buoy’s, possible a bench that could be pulled over as a ottoman or a rustic sideboard style table. Not sure what all that looks like just yet but we will get there. 

THE HISTORY OF HAINT BLUE CEILINGS

We will be painting the ceiling a historic Haint blue color from Sherwin Williams (story in link), a soft blue-green color which is a true southern porch tradition. A haint blue ceiling can be found on many famous southern porches from Charleston to Savannah. Legend has it that people painted the ceilings haint blue to look like the sky in order to confuses all the ghosts, spirits, haints or boohags, so they can’t come into you house. That’s right I said “boohags”, see I am truly a born and breed southern girl. Haints and Boohags are restless spirits of the dead who, for whatever reason, have not moved on from their physical world. Historically Haint blue, can also be found on door and window frames and, is intended to protect the homeowner from being “taken” or influenced by haints. It is said to protect the house and the occupants of the house from evil. We will only being doing the ceiling which I hear  you get less bugs on your porches with haint blue ceilings. Apparently the insects also think it is the sky, and not a shelter, so they are less likely to build a nest or web. 

THE BUDGET

As an ORC participant most interior designers procure sponsors to help off the project’s budget. Since this is my first time participating, and  I have not currently received any sponsorships, we will be taking on the entire budget ourselves. That being said, we are hoping for a cost effective out come and would like to keep the entire budget for this room under $1,500-$2,000. Since we plan to do a fair amount of DIY projects I believe this goal will be completely obtainable. 

 

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Converting a English Linen Closet into a DIY Pet Room

This is how I converted our English linen closet into, a DIY Pet Room, for my 5 cats. You can also do this DIY for smaller dogs or if you have a crate trained larger dog. 

I find living with animals and keeping a home clean can be challenging. They are messy, and  trash your house in seconds, but the unconditional love they give is truly incomparable. This is what prompted us to create a Pet Room for my 5 cats. This rooms many use, is to house their liter box, supplies, water and food station, which keeps my house cleaner.  

In our new home, we had the option to create a larger laundry room by closing in our foyer. Our prior laundry room was tiny, so we chose to implement this option. This change left us with a large “English Linen Closet”. Prior to moving in we predetermined that this area would make a great Pet Room for our cats. Above is a before picture of the room as a English linen closet. I know, not many shelves for a “linen closet”, I thought the same thing. 

The first thing was to add linoleum floors and an exhaust fan. The exhaust fan vents any smells from the liter box, directly out of my home. Good bye!!! This might be the single most important thing we did. As you know, if you have cats, the liter box smell can ruin your home. Next we painted the entire room with a scrubbable satin finish paint. This will help seal the dry wall and preventing even more odors from getting trapped in the walls. Finally we added a large utilitarian light fixture, nothing fancy it’s mainly for us to see to get the room clean.The next big thing we did was cut a cat door through our Master bedroom wall and hall door. Why did we cut a hole in our wall? Well we host a lot gatherings, parties and guests. This room set up will allow me to lock my fur babies in our bedroom during gatherings, which they actually prefer since the do no care for loud noises and large crowds of people. This also allows them access to their food, water and liter box, but with out the fear of a guest accidentally letting them out into the great beyond. The other pet door located on the hallway door gives us the  ability to shut our bedroom door when we have overnight guests. This grants the cats the ability to come and go as they please, which will save your doors and carpet, since they can be quite destructive when confined to an area against there will. So check this out, I came up with idea all on my own!!! JENRON DESIGNS developed this prototype Ventilated Shelf Cover (VSC). A DIY rig to make your room aesthetically pleasing, and on a shoestring budget. This process can be used on any wire shelving. We took teacup hooks to the back of some barn wood and used felt pads for spacers as you can see above. You literally hang the board right on the front of the wire rack. The finished product was this:

We created a facia board to cover the universal ugly wire rack. Then spray painted the support arms black to emulate iron. This process would be great for any wire rack that you would not use for hanging clothes. So try it in a linen closet, pantry, garage storage area or pet room. We also spray painted the wood letters of Meow, and popped them into the wall with a nail gun. 

Designer Tip: A wire rack allows light to pass through the to the floor, which keep the room brighter. Unlike with a solid wood shelving, that would block the light flow and make the room seem smaller and darker. 

We added a trackless liter mat, to cut down on liter leaving the room on their feet. I used pretty baskets to conceal small odd and ends like kitty treat bags, lysol wipe, and air freshener. Then decided to add in all my accumulated kitty art, hey, makes great decorations. We made a small wall hook from barnwood hold the liter scoop, bag holder and our scooper stool. I found these cute iron hooks at the straw market in Charleston, and added them to shiplap boards. You know how I love a theme!!

 

Share us with your cat loving friends, they will thank you for it 😀

 

Bathroom Makeover- DIY Barn Wood Mirror Frame

Bathroom Makeover- DIY Barn Wood Mirror Frame

The Sneak Peek is complete!!!!  Presenting our DIY barn wood mirror frame

This was quick DIY project from the past weekend. Yes, I know it is more shiplap…. I told you it was migrating all over my house. On this project we used the barn wood colored trim boards instead of the actual shiplap cut boards.  Honestly, the last two projects of the Fireplace (click to link) & Drop Zone (click to link) that we have done; this project is actually the perfect way to use up extra supplies you might have bought. For example too many trim boards during your fireplace project 🙂

So as you can see we have the standard install builder grade flat sheet  mirrors. They provide no character or interest to the space, but I do like the size. They reflect a lot of light which makes our bathroom seem much larger. I could easily rip them down and put fun individual framed ones; but because of the scale of the bathroom along with length of the vanities I felt incorporating smaller framed mirrors would not read as well as the larger mirrors do. So the decision was made to frame them out. We did this same technique in our previous home and loved the outcome. 

We measured the length and height of each mirror and decided in keeping with our rustic theme, we would blunt cut or square cut the boards instead of mitering the corners together. I personally felt like to miter cut the corners were a little to traditional and formal for my current home. Our previous home was a traditional style, brick home so it warrented miter cut corners, but we built our new home to the feel of a modern farmhouse. In the spirit of a farm house we opted for simpler cuts, which my husband was thrilled about, it made the project much easier for him. 

Once you have made your cuts all you have to do is glue the boards to the mirror. We used Liquid Nails Fuze It- multi surface, which will adhere wood to glass. It takes about 10 minutes to permanently set. We used 3M Scotch Blue Painters tape to hold the frames in place over night just to be safe.  As you can see the finished project gives a whole lot charter and interest for very little time, effort or energy. Designer Tip: If you are not very handy, you can purchase pre cut frames from Mirror Mate, keep in mind that your are paying for the measure and cut work to be done for you, but you still have to adhere it to the mirror yourself.

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The Shiplap “Drop Zone”

The Shiplap “Drop Zone”

As I mention several times in my previous posts, my shiplap addiction might be getting a little bit out of control. Honestly, I just love the stuff, and it is so easy to install.

After completing the ship lap fireplace (click to link to post). We decided that to add a small amount of the shiplap barn wood to an open area to create a drop zone. In most houses a drop zone is located near the garage in an alcove, hallway or the mudroom. Our floor plan did not meet this particular criteria at the time, but during construction we made a few framing decisions that would allow us to later add in a drop zone. We would need a place near the front door for guests, since our hall closet would be closer to the garage. Here is a before picture of the area where I decided to create a drop zone for our guests upon arrival to our home.   

Drop Zones have gotten so elaborate over the past few years, along with laundry rooms, and mudrooms. They are no longer just a messy corner piled up with dad’s muddy boots, the kiddos book bags and Spots leash. We are talking full on decorated spaces, just like the rest of the home. This is why I felt completely justified in putting such a functional space right in the middle of my open concept great room.

As you guys know I love my barn wood shiplap available from Home Depot, and we had some left over from our previous fireplace project. It just made sense from a design stand point that the drop zone should be the same type of boards as the fireplace, to carry the design theme through the house. 

I can still hear Mrs. Arnold, my interior finishes professor in college saying, ” You should never be able to stand in one place in a home and see more than 2 types of floor coverings.” No worries, as we have hardwoods through out our entire home for this very reason. I still feel like this same principal translates to wall finishes as well. See how this creates a uniform transition between spaces? Pulling the same finish from the fireplace to the drop zone makes the space seem very intentional, not piece mealed together as an after thought. 

Since this is a open concept space, which is mainly designed for guest to drop their coats and purses upon arrival. We opted to install this industrial style coat hook in lieu of baskets, cubes or cubbies. This will also allow this space to transition into something else if drop zones ever become passe’.  We purchased the Cast Iron Row of Hooks currently still available at Pottery Barn. I liked these strong durable iron hooks and how they mirrored our iron balustrades on the staircase. Plus you can also add to additional sections to create a larger size coat rack, which is very handy and adds a custom feel. We topped the drop zone off with our family name art, the pictures were from a local artist at the annual Yellow Daisy Festival, and we were able to find the perfect frame with 6 openings at Hobby Lobby.

Designer Tip: If you have trouble finding a frame with the correct name of openings or you have a longer name. You may want to purchase a long oblong frame and have a matte custom cut for the amount of letters your need. This will save you some bucks $$$. 

So the bench, was a suggestion from one of my dearest friends, Niki. She had mentioned to me that she loved having the ability to drag a bench over to the dinning room table, when you have extra guests. We currently have the Benchwright dinning table from Pottery Barn, which can be extended up to 108″ by adding both drop in table leaves. We decided it made perfect sense to invest in the matching Benchwright bench, for these occasions. So now when we have a large crowd, we can extend the table, and add the bench to one side, which is the equivalent of adding 3-4 chairs. However, in our day to day use the bench stores away perfectly as the seat for our drop zone. Just add a few fun seasonal pillows and now you have a functional yet cozy little drop zone. 

Designer Tip: Always look for items that can be used in multiple rooms, in different ways. I truly believe in a good multi-tasker, in fact prior to buying anything I need to have several uses for that item already in mind. This goes for tools, appliances, and furniture. 

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Farmhouse Light Fixtures

Farmhouse Light Fixtures

Sometimes lighting can make all the difference.

When we moved into our new home, all of our hallways and bedrooms consisted of your basic flush mount dome lights (aka the boob light). This is a common builder staple in new construction, and can be upgraded with most builders prior to closing. I personally decided to go with the basic light package in most of our rooms. Why?

1) To save money on the front end

2) To avoid a rush decision, prior to determining each spaces design direction.

Since the building process can be overwhelming, with lots of permanent decisions made in a short period of time. I felt like focusing on things that couldn’t be easily altered in post-construction, like floorplan layout, electrical plans, trim and final finishes were more important to me in the grand scheme. I also knew at the time, we would be replacing these fixtures upon getting settled in our new home, but it was not a front end priority. 

I chose to go with these beautiful 3 light foyer pendent fixtures that were purchased at Wayfair. They are currently on sale for $144, this weekend, for Presidents Day. I really love the way this fixture looks like and outdoor lantern, minus the glass you have to keep clean, which is a total pain. They are available in 3 colors, I purchased the Burnished Bronze to match the iron balusters on our staircase bannister and upper balcony rails. We took out all of our lower level hallway dome lights and added these pendants to created a semi formal feel. We needed 4 total to complete the look, in all hallways. This is why I recommend purchasing now, while they are on sale, regular price gets expensive when you need larger quanities. Since we are lucky enough to have 9ft ceilings, the pendents can hang 2 ft. from the ceiling and do not interfere in the walk space. This is what creates that very high end, expensive look you might see in a hotel or restaurant space.

DESIGNER TIP: Finally, we added a dimmers to all the switches, so we could control the light level. Many people over look this step, which is a shame, because it ‘s so easy. You can change the entire look of a room just by adjusting the light level. You create very low ambient lighting to for a most cozy setting, or turn the dimmer all the way up for more functional task lighting. This step is one of things, that will separate the “designer show homes” from just another pretty house.

 

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Rustic Sunday Brunch Sign

Rustic Sunday Brunch Sign

This week we are sharing a weekend DIY project, utilizing rustic barn wood, inspired by our love of “Sunday Brunch”. 

It is no secret that my husband and I both love a good brunch. The mere thought of savory crepes, quiches, croissants, eggs benedict, chicken & waffles, and a yummy mimosa, makes me wish it was already Sunday. I mean honestly, it’s the perfect combination of two meals, and you can get all your favorites at the wonderful “sleep in late” hour of 11:30 am. Sunday brunch at our house is a time to make homemade recipes like cinnamon rolls while listening to some Ol’ Blue Eyes and just maybe, dancing around the kitchen in our pajamas.

So, now that you understand how we came up with the theme for our sign, lets talk about the DIY. Our project starts out with some rustic reclaimed barnwood. I am very lucky to have access to a stock pile of this beautiful wood at the family farm. I really love to integrate things with a story or history into my home. To me it makes the overall design more personal to who you are.  

So the basic design idea behind this project is to replace your standard window curtains, cornice or valence topper with this rustic sign instead. Please know I have search with world over and shopped so many antique stores and vintage shops on Etsy looking at many different signs that read “Farmer’s Market”, “Bakery”, or “Fresh Produce”, but I really wanted something custom and unique that represented our family. So, Sunday Brunch it shall be. I picked up the galvanized letters for $2.99 a piece at Hobby LobbySAVVY SHOPPER HINT: Hobby Lobby usually runs the letters for 50% off, so you can pick them up for $1.50 each if you need a lot of them. Also don’t forget about the 40% coupon available.

So once you have picked your wood base, and cut it to the proper size for your window; you’ll want to layout your letters to get proper spacing. You can of course measure them out, but I am a very visual person, so I just eyeball it (which drives my husband crazy). Instead of using the provided hooks on the back of letters, in order to keep a more rustic feel, we drilled a pilot hole directly through the letter and used 1/2″ long wood screws to attach them to the board. Add some picture hanging wire and hooks to the back and you are now the proud owner of your very own rustic sign.

The History of our Barnwood: The barn wood you see above is over 100 years old, and was reclaimed from a little cabin located on my families property. Unfortunately, over the years the cabin had become very unstable, and for safety reasons we had to demo it; but not without salvaging some of it’s hidden treasures. This wood had been hand milled by the previous owners grandparents, around the early 1900’s from trees on the property. These hand cut planks with bark still intact, had been used to line the walls of the original one room cabin. Sadly today the only thing that remains is the original stone fireplace, with a carving in the base, “est. 1903” which was the year the three brother’s had placed the first base stone for the cabin.

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