Friday, February 26, 2010

Moving On

Another weekend of hard labor (husband, son, daughter in law and me) and things are progressing. The boys worked on the bar in the kitchen & installing the master tub. I worked on the aforementioned cabinets flanking the fireplace. I wanted to paint them a gray washed white but it wasn’t meant to be. Instead I sanded and distressed the existing dark walnut finish and applied a briwax finish (in ebony) on top to tone it down and add depth. Colin replaced the ply board backs with tongue and groove boards which did wonders for the overall appearance. This is what they looked like before:

This is what they look like after finishing and a little staging (with what we had available)

The living area is not overly spacious so in order to maximize the seating I ordered two of these chairs from Dovetail Furniture. They are only 25 x 24 x 36. I will replace the cushions with thicker down envelope cushions for comfort.

Rachel Slip covered sofas have been ordered from Best Slipcover Company in Glynn Linen English Green

Fabulous coffee table by Dovetail Furniture

Parquet reclaimed wood top console also by Dovetail Furniture

I am pondering the idea of this rug under the coffee table from ebay. What do you think?

You can buy it here:

You may have noticed a similar one in the home that had the blog world ablaze, the home of Jill Brinson, stylist for Ballard Designs. You can view her home in the House Beautiful Dec/Jan issue, or listen to the ladies of the Skirted Roundtable chat with Stephen Drucker Editor-In-Chief of House Beautiful here:

Or read the tete a tete between Joni Webb, and Valorie, of the Visual Vamp,

I think this rug would look great with the cowtan & tout livingstone fabric

What do you think?


  1. I love all of your choices. The shelves look great with the beadboard and styled with "what you had available"....Did Colin add trim to the top too?
    What will you do with the livingstone fabric? Love it all.

  2. He did add the cornice. The livingstone fabric is my "splurge" fabric. It will be on the sofa pillows.

  3. cute - i love this!!! i never heard of dovetail - omg I lvoe those chairs!!!!!!!

    yes - those were from Pottery Barn, so were the lampshades. I ran there in the middle of the installation for the lampshades and saw those finial things. whatever they are.