Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Barn Room


Welcome to my Barn Room!


Standing in the Living Room, this is the view of the Barn Room above.  I love the old quilt that was given to me that I have hanging on the stair rail.   I also love that you can see upstairs, but yet I can have the biggest sewing and crafting mess up there and you can't see it from the rest of the house!


This is the little landing area as you come up the stairs.  The antique school desk that was given to me by my son and daughter in law fits perfectly here.  The grand-girls love it!  I also have an old window shutter standing there behind the desk.  I have some of my favorite black and white photos clipped on it.  


Eldon custom built the barn door to fit this doorway that leads to our furnace room.  I love the door!  


I have my office space tucked into this corner and it fits great.  The farmhouse table was a gift to me from my daughter.  She used to have it in her kitchen, but when they did some remodeling it didn't work any more.  I love having it for my desk!  


I have an old picket fence given to me years ago by a dear friend and I've hung it on the wall behind my desk.  It works great for clipping special pictures, drawings given to me by my grand-girls, and other keepsakes.  


I think it is one of the things that makes me the happiest in the room!  


To the left of my office corner Eldon built this wonderful set of double barn doors for the little room that holds our hot water tank and water pressure tank.  I love the doors.   


Standing next to my little office corner on the right this is what you see.  The large book shelf on rollers on the back wall was built by Eldon's dad about 40 years ago.  I plan to paint it but I'm undecided on the color.  I love it for several reasons; sentimental ones for sure but also because it holds all my fabric and sewing things.  


I can really pack the stuff in it!  The jars on the top shelf hold my thread, ribbons and sewing notions. I love the ammo boxes that my daughter's father in law gave me.  (Remember the one I restored for my living room coffee table?)  They are great for holding patterns and crafting books and I can just pull them off the shelf to sort through them if I need to.  The bottom cupboards (doors are open in the above picture) hold all my fabric.   I can cram stuff in there and just close the doors!  


The other half of the shelf holds my vintage button tins, metal baskets with fabric scraps and craft projects in progress!  I love the framed crewel artwork that was a gift to me from my cousin.  Its going to have a more permanent dwelling soon but right now its hiding an unfinished door behind the bookshelf!  (If you look closely you can see the particle board door behind the shelf.  It goes into some nice attic space that we use for storage.  Eldon will be building a little barn door there.)


Also on the back wall is this table that used to be in the kitchen of our old house.   My sewing machine has a permanent dwelling place on the table, the lighting is fabulous with the lights on the back wall as well as can lights in the ceiling (not visible in this picture).  This is where Jillian and Rosetta do their art work, puzzles, crafts, create amazing things, and make messes!  And we don't have to worry about cleaning it up!  Eventually those open built-ins in the corner will have shelves for my paper crafting supplies and will have little barn doors so that I can close up the mess!  


The dormer window area (next to our CREATE corner) is where the grand-girls keep their toys.  I could not manage to get a picture of that area as the light was so bright from the window!  It makes the greatest little play area.  I have a few fun ideas for window seats and shelves dancing around in my head but haven't managed to quite get it figured out yet.  


This is one of the walls in the dormer window play area.  



This is the view of the READ area from the back wall.  My vision for this area was a comfortable reading nook.  Eldon will be building open book shelves in the built-ins.  We purchased the love seat couches about a hundred years ago and I love them because they are small, comfortable and fold out into twin size beds.  The old quilts on the backs of the couches were gifts.  


This little table was in major need of repair and I painted it Annie Sloan Emporers Silk with dark wax.  I love how well it works here between the couches.

We have a lot of favorite rooms in our house; but this one rates up there as one of our favorites!  It is warm, cozy, happy, and fun!


P.S.   In case any of my readers are wondering about the word art on the walls?  I made those and will have a tutorial up on that soon.   


Happy New Year to all of you!   



17 comments:

  1. Love love love. Those barn doors are fabulous, Dori. Love it all! Happy New Year.

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  2. Oh my goodness, your home makes my heart sing... I love all of this... and to have a Barn Room now that is a blessing... ( Barns tug at my heart) :) Looks like you have one talented husband... the doors are beautiful... Happy New Year Dori...

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  3. What a GREAT room this is!! Would love to have one like this. The craft stuff sure adds up fast. The picture of you and your two granddaughters hanging on the picket fence is just SO cute! LOVE when they draw things like that! The doors are really nice. Fun room to create in and to have the grandkids have space too.
    Patty

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  4. I was indeed wondering about the wonderful words on the walls! And I love the doors your husband creates. What a great space!

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  5. I love every inch of this wonderful space......What a blessings!

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  6. I'm inspired! What a great space. Love the light, barn doors and the way you've incorporated so many "old" favorites into the décor. Happy New Year!

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  7. It is perfect, Dori, as I knew it would be. I could even smell that new house smell while touring it!

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    1. Betty - funny story about the new house smell. Last week I put on a pot of pinto beans and then went to do errands leaving Eldon in charge of the beans. He forgot and left to do something. Two hours later when I drove up I could smell the burned beans from the porch! Needless to say, my house lost its new house smell!!!! :-) Took a week for that burned bean smell to go away!

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  8. I love it! People sure do give you wonderful gifts!

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    1. Kathi - I thought about that as I was writing the post! All of the things given to me in this Barn Room are old hand-me-downs that I think people knew I would use and love! I have an elderly lady that has offered me all her mother's old quilts. I'm SO excited to get them and I have all these projects in mind for them. :-)

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  9. Dori, your house just keeps getting cuter! I just love it.

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  10. What a wonderful room for creating! I also see that you are a Susan Branch calendar fan.

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  11. Love It! Looking forward to the tutourial I am already thinking of ideas to decorate the kids basement playroom with letters!

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  12. Dori...I love it ...so cozy, fun..and creative .wow...I so enjoy your lil site...love you too. Lisa Evans Vogeli

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  13. Totally love it! It is such a lovely space, and so inspiring!

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