Monday, October 19, 2015

Linen and Leann

Hi guys!
 Hope you had a nice relaxing fall weekend! The leaves and the weather are changing and I don't mind one bit. I love putting on my 'fuzzies' after a day of work, hunkering down and reading a good book or going to bed early, which I'm planning to do tonight after a long fun-filled weekend of my high school girl's homecoming activities and fall clean up around here-both indoors and outdoors. 

Before I hit the hay though, I wanted to show you the progress we're making on my friend Leann's new home-(new to her, but built in the mid-nineties). 

She and her husband Michael were so excited to find a house that fit the needs of their blended families and new grand baby. They also often times have company over and were thinking of future space for family members and other out of town guests.  This house fit those requests, and then some. 

Things are so fancy around here that it takes a rocket scientist to figure out how to work the light switches!
It is a beautiful home-one that was amazing to start, but then go ahead and pair it with Leann's incredible sense of style and talent for shopping and it's all over. 
I was along for the ride with this one. She gives me too much credit, but I suppose together we made a great team. I told her what to buy, and she bought it. 
Works great for me, (and my pocketbook). :)
Not so much, hers.

Leann had a ton of accessories left from her last house (I posted a blog a few months ago of her home that we staged and then it sold in half a week's time), so we just used what she had to fill shelves and nooks. 
We still need something for the large niche above the fireplace. I tried talking her into putting the t.v. up there, and they tried it, but it sat too high and hurt their necks when viewing for long periods of time. 
We changed the dark red walls in the dining area to a dark/blue green that we had actually picked for her last house, but she liked it so much she asked if it would work here too. Yes it did.

 This pic above makes it look army green, but it plays out more like this:
(Look at bay window beyond the table).

 Here is the beautiful stairwell. 

After staged built in's and desk. We're looking for a patterned parson's chair. We found one last week but it was too wide to fit under the desk.

We picked out a fun, geometric print for the single chair in the living room, and selected a neutral linen looking fabric for the sofa and love seat. Still on the hunt for more throw pillows and just ordered a large, beautiful button tufted ottoman in cream leather!

I described what I pictured to be the ideal barstools for this area, and she found the exact thing at TJ Maxx the very next week. I think this makes this area look so refined. In fact, we introduced linen or polyester that looked like linen on every floor. It's such a classic look that paired well with the traditional/transitional look of this home. It was Leann's goal and wish to achieve a more relaxed, shabby chic feel but is a little difficult to do in a house this distinguished. We compromised and still chose lighter fabrics but ones that still had a classic look to them.

Here's a sneak peek of the upstairs bedroom even though we're still working on headboards, nightstands, lamps and accessories. We're taking our time and being patient finding just the right thing rather than rushing it.

We did however do some impulse ordering when we saw this style headboard at Talsma. We knew it would be just what this master suite needed and found a fabric that complimented the existing wall color and the bedding that she had already purchased. It actually coordinates perfectly, but my iphone 6 camera and my lack of photography skills makes it appear otherwise!

We're purchasing new nightstands and lamp bases to lighten up the sides.


 Spare bedroom-
Still looking for just the right headboard and mirrored and metal end tables. 

 Here's the ottoman we ordered, except in creamy white!!
Stay tuned for updates on this one and more. 
Time for a bath in my vintage claw foot tub and then lights out. Until next time, thanks for checking in!


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