Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
This year we had a Friendsgiving celebration with dear friends. Our boys are long time friends, as are we, and it was so fun to spend the afternoon together. Our only disappointment was that Dominique was not feeling well and couldn't join us. We did get lucky in that it wasn't too, too cold and we were able to stay fairly warm by the fire, in the barn during lunch and by taking a walk around Frog's Hollow after we ate (while the children played a game of manhunt).
We set up long tables in the barn so that we were all able to eat together. Up until we sat down, Bryce had a heater going that kept it a little warmer than it might otherwise have been.
Pulling the lunch together was easy as we made it a potluck. Trying to keep the flavor of Thanksgiving, without recreating the traditional meal, I made turkey potpies, Cathy brought delicious desserts, and Domenique created appetizers to munch on. We also had warm cider and a side salad. It was a perfect meal and a perfect afternoon with friends.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
I thought I'd follow up with some pictures of Harris' room now that he's living in it. For the most part, his room has stayed like it was before (messy!), with the exception of his desk and bookshelves.
We added a Craftsman bookshelf that we thought went along with his craftsman tool chest turned nightstand.
He's showing off his collection of park patches on his pin board!
Fun fact: His headboard, footboard and dresser were all my sisters growing up.
His beloved Hogwarts poster was a Christmas gift from his Grandma last year.
I would hate for anyone to have the impression that his room is ever really tidy. The majority of the time his floor looks a little something like this...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Harris has a great room! It gets good light, has a fantastic view out the back and is full of quirky charm! Unfortunately, when I took the pictures of Harris' finished, empty room it was getting dark and so the light isn't very good, therefore, neither are the pictures but you can get the gist.
Originally, the only access to Grace's room, from upstairs, was through his room. We rectified that by putting in the hallway but, of course, by doing that we ate up what was his closet.
Door to Grace's room and on far left, door to the closet
Harris has a fantastic view out of his windows! This wall wasn't touched except paint and removing the shutters that were up.
Perhaps what Harris and I both love the most is his little window. It swings open and is a lovely place to enjoy the breeze... or, if you are Harris, chuck things out the window. To the right of the window is a little closet that we haven't quite figured out what to do with yet, as of now Harris has his bean bag chair in their for some quite reading time!
Monday, November 21, 2016
Last week, Weatherford came to stay with us before he had to go to the city for business. We got him for three whole days and couldn't have been more thrilled. Weatherford was one of the first people I met at Young Harris and Bryce and he have been best friends since YHC. To have a chunk of time with him like this was very special and we were so thankful he took the time to visit. Bryce even put him to work!
When Weatherford married Holle she instantly became part of the family and one of our favorite people. She joined Weatherford mid week and we were able to spend all day Saturday with them walking around the city and eating good food together! Even a torrential downpour couldn't dampen the fun!
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
We have several out buildings on our property but from the get-go the one that has intrigued me the most was the one that is in the worst shape! Back by the small barn sat a run down, bedraggled and very old chicken coop. Back in the day, the chickens who called this home were living the dream but, when we found it, it looked like it was destined for the trash heap.
From the moment I saw it, I envisioned it being a garden shed - I mean, look at those windows! We started talking early on, Bryce and I, and then Al, about moving it, but it didn't seem to be super realistic. The idea of taking it apart and putting it back together didn't seem to be high on anyone's list either! But then we started making plans to build a shed and realized how expensive that could get and also that it simply wouldn't be as charming. So while Al was here, he took the time to go jack up one of the corners of the shed. And guess what? It was solid - super solid in fact. Back in the day, they really did seem to build things to last (it has tongue and groove flooring over a sub-floor...in a chicken coop!).
On a whim, I called a local business that sells sheds and they put me in touch with a shed mover. He came out that same day, gave us a surprisingly good price, and came out to move it a week later. I still cannot believe that we were able to move the entire structure across the lawn to its new home. So far, this has been the easiest and least expensive thing we've done and we got to save an old building! That feels good.
Of course, now comes the hard part. For as well built as it is, there are obviously parts that are not so great. It needs new windows, a new roof and the replacement of rotted wood. I can hardly wait to see the finished product!
Monday, November 14, 2016
When we began talking about renovating the hallway and bedroom area, we had to really give thought to what we wanted to preserve about the space and what we wanted to change. It was important to me that we keep the flavor of the space so as to not make a completely new and generic space in our old house. Yes, I wanted to update and to make it more livable for us, but I also wanted to retain the charm and quirkiness of our old house.
Much of that charm came down to the doors and the door hardware. In this area of the house, and only in this area of the house, there were barn doors (different barn door style than what's popular today!) instead of paneled doors. There was also a mish mash of door handles. The door handles were black iron and brass, which I loved. I love the patina on the door handles, it speaks to the many hands that have touched it.
Originally, our architect planned to replaced each door with a paneled door, but after much thought and debate we decided to keep the barn doors. I think it speaks to the evolution of the house. We didn't actually have enough of these doors so our contractor had to make two new ones to match the ones we were reusing.
I knew that I wanted to keep the door handles as they were definitely something one doesn't see every day. I really liked that they would all be different but with the black and brass to keep them all unified.
two of the handles we reused for Harris' closet.
Again, we didn't have quite enough of these handles and I needed two more, which turned out to be very difficult as you can't just go to the hardware store and order one! After many phones calls and internet searches (all while on our trip!) I tracked down two through a gentleman who specializes in old house hardware. He had two that he had just restored. They were not inexpensive, but I think the overall look was well worth it.
back of the door handle
front of the door handle