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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA If you are a reader, then you know our daughter, Kathleen and her husband, Patrick, purchased a 1950’s ranch style home and turned it into something quite extraordinary.  Above is the photo of the home before it was touched.

This is the exterior picture of the finished home.


I think that you will agree that it was a remarkable change!  Right after I took this picture, the irrigation was finished and the sod was laid, so I will show you how that came out when I blog on some of the decorated rooms inside.  Kathleen and I have had quite a time doing projects.  There was the antique mantel project, the painted sofa table and side chairs project, the sliding barn door project and the kitchen hanging lanterns project. The whole family got in on that lantern project when Beth and Chris and children were here for Easter. Some people go to the store to buy what they want.  My girls tend to make it themselves and it always turns out better.  Right now, Beth is planning to make a chandelier from deer antlers found on Chris’ family farm.  That will be a story for another day.

So, relax and enjoy the photos of the finished home. I will blog on the furnishings/decorations once things are ready. This will be a long post.  Maybe you need a cup of coffee or some tea?

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The wall colors are all very muted.  This is the dining room which features a beautiful ceiling medallion and a French wood and metal chandelier.  The floors throughout the house are stained almost a walnut color.  To the right is the door leading to the rear entry room. These two chairs are now at each end of the dining room table.

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Here is the kitchen as seen from the dining room.  The countertops are an off white marble with beige veining, the back splash is Calcutta marble cut in the shape of subway tile.  The French doors that you see to the left lead out to the rear porch.  Notice thefFarmhouse sink….and that the front to the dishwasher has not yet been installed in this picture. The lanterns over the island were made for candles.  Over the Easter weekend we all had a hand in faux painting them and then they were electrified with light fixtures that Kathleen ordered on line.  I think that they are just spectacular and if they weren’t so much work I would like to do the same here at my house.

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Kathleen ordered some special decorative molding that went on the hood over the range.

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Now we have moved into the great room and are looking back into the kitchen and beyond into the sunroom.  You see the corner of the antique 1880’s mantel in the lower right corner of this picture.

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The mantel has the original finish and the jury is still out if it will stay that way or receive a coat of paint.  In this picture, you can see the pretty glass cabinets for glasses…and the space where the ice maker now resided.

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The blue stone porch is just off of the sunroom.

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Here is a good picture of the antique mantel, and the coffered ceiling in the great room as seen from the front entry.  A flat screen tv will hang over the mantel.  That is why there is a cable coming out of the wall.

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From the front entry you also get a glimpse of the study with a pretty oval window and the iron work on the stairs.  Notice the pretty shadows cast by the orb that hangs over the landing.  Beautiful!
First, here is a glimpse inside of the study where Patrick will think deep thoughts.

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…and here is the orb as seen from the upstairs landing/balcony.

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This is the view from the landing.

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Upstairs there is this master and two bedrooms.  First, you come to the master and off of it is the master bath. They did not want a tub, but had it plumbed for one just in case.  Kathleen has a nice dressing table that will go under the double windows.

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A second “Jack and Jill” bathroom is down the hall.

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The rooms upstairs are off of one hall.

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Another one of our projects was to design the molding that goes over the top half of the arched window which is over the front entry.

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The ceiling of the front porch features bead board which has been stained.  The porch floor is laid in a herringbone brick pattern….don’t forget to notice the arched doors that Katie found on the internet and the lanterns which were hanging outside of a local lighting store.  Yup!  She bought them off of the building façade. They already had the patina that she wanted!  In an earlier blog I talked about painting shutters blue and dared you to have the courage to do that.  Kathleen accepted the challenge!

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Back inside, we go into the “mudroom” at the rear of the house.  Nice storage!

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Katie needed a jewelry studio where she could create the jewelry that she sells to Charlotte boutiques and at Belk stores across the South.  One of the original down stairs bedrooms was repurposed for her studio.  She needed a door to conceal the mess because making jewelry is a messy creative process.  But, she did not want to be shut behind a solid door.  Here is the wonderful door that is hanging from barn door hardware.  She put a film over the lower part of the glass to obscure the work table that will soon be in place.

Down the hall from the studio is a bath and the guest bedroom.  Sorry, but I don’t have photos of them,  I will be sure to include them in a blog which will reveal the way the home is decorated.  Could be a few weeks or a few months, but as soon as Katie and Patrick are satisfied, I will take some pictures.  I hope you have enjoyed your peek into this wonderful home.  Is there a project that you have been thinking about for your own home?

Create and be happy!