Saturday, November 1, 2014

Painting the Master Bedroom

It is now mostly painted Benjamin Moore's White, but we will paint the ceiling beams (gloss) white as well.

Above is a view from the master bed wall which allows you to see both the front and back doors open and the nice shape of the fireplace hearth brick more obvious with white paint.

We painted the kitchen ceiling beams a gloss white which is so nice and convinces me to continue the same in the adjoining master bedroom.

Below is a work in progress photo of the early fireplace surround and wall being primed. We started with the walls painted a linen white, but changed to a bright white once the modern lighting was chosen. The ceiling was painted Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White.

The mantle has many slender layers below it's top.

The Before...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sitting Pretty

A second "Moon Pot" by Toshiko Takaezu now sits prettily where an old locust tree was in our lily garden.

Behind it are the rebuilt cellar doors to be painted Zuider Zee Blue from "Fine Paints of Europe" this Spring...

It is on display as you enter the circular drive...

This is one of Bill's first garden seats which I've placed next to the wood splitting and hammock area.

It is both pretty and comfortable to sit on in any direction...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lighting Sale Month

October is lighting-sale month and I waited many months to buy designer lamps for Old Farm which were a good scale for a small house. Above is Pablo Design's Pixo Lamp which has a "lifetime LED bulb" and is flexible in three spots.

It hides on the bookshelf but still reaches out to light the bedroom armchair.

The living room got an Arne Jacobsen Floor Lamp that lights an armchair with a stem that leans gently into it.

The bedroom also has a Louis Poulsen PH 3.5/2.5 Floor Lamp...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tight Weave Wicker

I found this tight weave wicker
chair on the roadside; spray painted it with gloss ivory Rustoleum, and added cushions covered in white denim. It will be our  bedroom desk chair.                                  

(most of my upholstery is done by the terrific Brown Brothers in Pennington, NJ)

The Victorian tight weave wicker chair to the left is very old and was stripped of old white paint to leave natural upstairs.

The similar aged tight weave wicker chair to the right is spray painted with flat black Rustoleum and is in the living room at Old Farm.

All of these chairs are a good scale and comfortable armchairs which are easy to maintain at Old Farm.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Upholstering a Headboard

Here is the antique Irish headboard I decided to have upholstered in the last yard of room fabric I had left; using the lighter side of the fabric. I bought the upholstery batting thinking I would do the work myself like the upstairs headboards, but all those curves and the cost of $125.00 to have it done with $40.00 more to have double piping added allowed me to afford having it professionally done with 1" foam underneath as well.

Two layers of thick batting were added to the upholstery foam, creating a very well padded headboard. The fabric was stretched smoothly over all of this and the cording I had made of thick white denim fabric is so tightly fit around the edges. (The lower curve will go around an outdoor light switch I was concerned about.)

The back has upholstery linen added to the bottom, but I will still be able to reattach the long boards that serve as legs when we decide how high we want this headboard to be.

Here it is in place and mostly hiding the outdoor light switch next to it, which is a good thing.

The headboards in the upstairs guest room I was able to sew myself using left-over fabric, two layers of thick batting, single cording and cotton duct covered thick cardboard for the back which velcro attaches to the headboards. These cost $20.00 for the materials I and splurge.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An Antique Croquet Set

It has been a year since I've been to the flea market because we are trying hard to finish Old Farm lately, but last Sunday was too nice out not to go "just look around". This is when I always find something not entirely necessary....but just what we needed for the newly opened up lawn at Old Farm. This antique croquet set came out of a Maine barn in great shape besides being so beautiful. It cost $75.00 and is soon headed back to New England for plenty of outdoor fun in our future!

I also found the beaded Victorian wedding crown below for $10.00 which is totally unnecessary, but will make a lovely bedroom decoration somewhere - like my new closet shelf?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Small Walk-In Closet

Here is a corner view of the small walk-in closet off of the master bedroom and study. It originally opened to the kitchen for food storage, with a Cape Cod root cellar basement below it. I designed a simple layout around an antique Swedish dresser, old mirror and Restoration Hardware light fixture.

The ceiling has two of the widest boards in the house and required disc sanding the boards and stripping the beams after repairs were made. We added insulation (found in the attic) above the ceiling of the connecting desk area, before closing it up with trim. The construction and painting was done over Labor Day weekend by Bill.

Here is the Restoration Hardware sconce I got during their sale which adds 80 watts of light and is cool.
The closet costs were about $350 for the paint, furniture, and light. There is a nice mirror on the right wall.

Restoring a Vintage Weber Grill

Alex was encouraged by friends to rescue this cast-out vintage (about 1995) Weber grill... and some sister parts, he found on the streets of Charlestown, MA where he lived. Like our Jeep Wrangler '95, this was the end of a heavy metal era while the upgrades are impressive enough and the size just right for Old Farm. Although Alex began the restoration, Christian was able to complete the project before our Labor Day family picnic here.

Most of the parts came from internet sources since restoring these grills has become a cult club it seems. Christian made the wooden pieces he sealed though to replace the plastic slats, which is a wonderful look I think. This was a complete disassembly and rebuild with some upgraded parts, and utensils from Ocean State Job Lots. The propane tank was another free find.

Here is a link to the process:

Some Sculptures

We have now installed several more sculptures outside after taking down some prickly trees. This one of Bill's stands guard of the woodpile.

Another of Bill's keeps company with our new raised beds built with felled locust tree trunks...

This is one of Bill's mentors'; Toshiko Takaezu, replacing an old holly tree so beautifully!

Big Blooms

Here is just one Little Lamb panicle. The Little Lamb Hydrangeas did most well at Old Farm this summer producing enormous blooms that cascaded over our rock wall and in front of the garden shed.

These Nikko Blue blooms are the size of basketballs and very impressive since many of this variety did not survive the harsh winter we had...except these big beauties.

The Sweet Autumn Clematis has nearly blanketed our bordering fence in its third year! There is one plant for every ten feet of fence.

One of two newly planted Standard Pee Gee Hydrangeas came with many blooms ready to burst open...

and our new vintage brass sundial ($10.00 on ebay) keeps time for us outside now.