Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Inspiration Here

We went to Napa this weekend to visit my “sister’ Sarah and pick up her dog. Sarah has moved to a less expensive house in the country and the new landlord won’t let her have a dog. We agreed to keep the dog for a year. Dave hates the dog so we will be doing our best to retrain her to be less of a terrier. It’s not her fault she’s a heathen, she was drawn that way.

To help ease the pain of taking on another dog, we ate. Napa is good for that. we had cheese at the Oxbow Market. We had tapas at ZuZu for Sarah’s birthday. We had Champagne at Bounty Hunter (I know, technically not eating but it does fall under the pain killing category.) In the middle of our foodfest, I found home decorating inspiration at Norman Rose Tavern. Dave was diving into his lamb burger when he looked up and said, “we should do our kitchen island in reclaimed wood.” I was so shocked, I nearly choked on the deep-fried sunchoke I had just shoved in my mouth. Not only was it a brilliant idea, which I had never considered but it cam from Dave who:

1)has a lot of ideas. Most are not that good and almost all of them involve puns.

2) did something similar the day before and came up with an idea for a cute table made out of a wine barrel.

3) usually doesn’t make the leap from using a product one way, to something completely different. His inspiration came from this:

That’s an entire wall paneled in reclaimed wood. He said he thought the wood would look nice with the modern appliances on the island. Well, hell yeah it would! And we have enough wood from the barn that fell down behind the house. I might have a kitchen sooner than I thought!

We then spent some time scanning the room looking for other things we could use.

Where do I start? I love almost everything and all of these elements would work in our “modern farmhouse.” Several of these things are things I was already thinking of doing, I had just never seen them put together. I like the completed picture.

The tin ceiling- I have always loved and wanted a tin ceiling. I don’t think the ceilings are high enough in most of the house for this but the master bedroom will have a vaulted ceiling. I could see using this treatment in that room only. That would also not cost as much as doing the whole house in tin, which might be gaudy and would definitely be expensive (for our little budget, maybe not expensive for everyone.)

The reclaimed wood look- I didn’t ask if the wood was truly reclaimed but the look is nice. I love that they used it as baseboards and molding. I’m not sure if we can afford to use reclaimed wood as baseboards but we have lots of ideas to use it as accent pieces and maybe cover small walls with it.

Gray walls- I’ve been eying up gray walls for a while but I’ve been really a little intimidated by the possibility of getting a soul sucking color.  The color they have in NRT is a gorgeous, rich shade that made be feel cozy and warm. It had none of the elements of that awful industrial gray that has become the cornerstone of the non-colors used in modern design.

Sliding barn doors- I decided on sliding doors a long time ago and every time I see them, it just reinforces my plan. The hardware they used is not my favorite hardware  but it looks nice in context.

Chalkboard paint- So functional. In our house, we will use this on the wall that surrounds the fridge. At NRT, it covers the sliding partition that hides the computer and credit card machine.

Angled farm lights- Cheap, nice, easy to find. These kinds of lights can be used to softly light a wall or art. They are like overhead lights without the harsh angles.

I could go on. I like the old photos grouped in modern frames. That’s not any sort of earth shattering creative decorating but it looks nice in context and adds some clean lines to all the texture. I didn’t get a photo but the bar is done in stainless steel. Talk about cheap and easy decor.

My favorite thing, the only thing I didn’t get a picture of was the door room. The banquet room, which has a huge, insanely long farmhouse table, has walls that are paneled entirely in old doors. The doors are all painted that fabulous shade of gray and they all have their hardware. I love it. When Jules and Moo are of a moving out age, I may redo their room using doors.

I guess we should get the house built and painted before I start thinking about redoing it.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by husband on March 8, 2011 at 08:42

    Hate the dog? No. Hope the behavior becomes better attuned to our happy home and lifestyle. Sure.


  2. Chalkboard paint is the bomb! I have it on the panels outside my kitchen cabinet doors. Warning: can be addictive.


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