Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Old windows and architectural finds...

Hi everyone! I wanted to share some changes/additions I have made using some reclaimed items from my great grandfather's house...


Just a reminder, here is my English inspiration photo from Charles Edwards HERE...



I put this old window up right before Christmas and I had also hung up an old print and an architectural find in this configuration below:


But I decided I wanted to try hanging the print over the window, and I really like it this way. I also found several more of these wooden squares and decided to hang them diagonally.


My dad said they were in an upstairs room in this house that he grew up in, which was covered floor to ceiling in wormy chestnut bead board.


If you have been by here much, you will remember that my grandfather took all of the wood in this house, bundled it and stored it here in the little guest house that once stood behind the main house. This is my favorite place to "shop."


Gotta figure out what to do with this bed. See the light blue/grey color?? You will be seeing that in several different places as spring approaches. I have antique tongue and groove bead board wainscoting in that color just waiting to be put up. Funny, but that same color is on the window trim in my inspiration photo above.


So here is the old window and an old print that I found in my parent's basement. This print is an English cottage by R. Weber, and ironically, the original painting is listed on ebay right now. 


I love these pieces hanging here, and happy that they are together. There are a couple more of these to use somewhere else. 




It's a nice place to practice! 



In case you noticed my new chandelier...it was a steal on ebay for $19.99! 


This is how I'm using some of the reclaimed wood, windows, etc., I have found. There are so many more things in the old house I want to use when we get time. I'm about to put some tongue and groove wainscoting in one of the bathrooms, and waiting for Luis to trim out the mirror with some chestnut trim. I'm really hoping to change out the white baseboards for the 8 inch chestnut baseboards, but only if I can talk Luis into it! There is a lot more work using old wood because it is usually not straight and fitting together odd pieces is a bit like a huge puzzle. It is always worth it in the end though.

And did I mention that this was all free????!?!? I think I need to go on one of those penny pincher shows where people compete to do things with the least amount of money. 

Thanks so very much for stopping by!! 

Anita

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28 comments:

  1. Your family definitely had wisdom and vision to save and store their precious items. And now you and your family can enjoy them, presented with your unique style and eye, and feel the connection to your descendents. I think this is such a wonderful blessing. xo

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  2. Beautiful warm room, Anita. You are so creative when it comes to using wood.

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  3. Anita, I just love visiting your place! It feels so warm and cozy...and well-loved!! Love your new chandelier. What a great find! I hope you'll have time to pop over and get in on my new giveaway! I wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  4. Very pretty, Anita! I love the English print. Have a great day!

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  5. LOVE Anita!! What wonderful ways to repurpose these lovely pieces. BTW, I'd LOVE to go browsing in your little house. What treasures there! That bed is fabulous :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  6. Anita your home is so beautiful! Love the old window and I love how you layered it with that pretty picture. I also love the tartan throw you have drapped over your piano. Everything looks beautiful!

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  7. I love what you have done. Your home is so pretty. You have given me some ideas for future use in our home. Right now going to take a rest from decorating and painting. Still have two rooms to fixed up in the next few years.

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  8. Just stunning...I love how you have layerd pieces to achive a warm and inviting look. Love your new light too...very pretty :o)
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    ~Des

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  9. You are so blessed to have all these wonderful pieces to use in your home. I love the bed and the way you have the picture hung with the window. Great creativity!

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  10. You certainly have a wealth of old things to work with. It's wonderful that your grandfather had the forethought to save all that beautiful wood. I like the print hanging over the window frame. It works perfectly. The 2 diamond wood pieces are really nice. Have a great week. Pamela

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  11. Oh I am so jealous of all your beautiful sentimental pieces! I swear, Anita, I had to do a double take to figure out which was the inspiration picture and your home! Everything just flows so well and has such a grace and charm. I love your house!

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  12. I love your home, it is so beautiful. How fabulous to have all that wonderful wood to use. Love the wood pieces, stunning and the picture hanging over the window is such a clever and lovely idea. Hugs, marty

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  13. Hola me gusta como se ven los nuevos cambios, todo lo que es madera, realmente tienes una buena tienda de compra. Saludos

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  14. I'm so glad your family salvaged all of the things that they did. It gives your home such a deeper meaning to things. Love your table settings, too. I've spent quite some time going back through your archives and have enjoyed myself quite a bit. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Joining as a new follower...

    Lora

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  15. I just love every nook and every crannie. It's so beautiful the way you have used the elements from your old homestead.

    I can't wait to see the color from that bed appear in your house.

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  16. I just got chills when I read through this blog post. Simply awesome!

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  17. You have a very warm, cozy and inviting home. I just want to come over and snuggle up to read a book. Putting the picture over the window frame is a great idea.

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  18. Can't wait to see what you do with the fabulous bed. I like the painting hanging on top of the old window. Very unique and a great conversation piece.

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  19. My sweet friend, where in the world do you find the time to create all of this magic? I fell in love with the layered window and that chandelier was a steal! The memories that are attached to so many pieces make them even more beautiful.

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  20. Your family room is such a beautifully warm and inviting space! I really like the changes that you made in the piano corner. The plaid throw is the perfect touch! I'm your newest linky follower. BTW - I have a giveaway going on, if you're interested. http://worthingcourt.blogspot.com/2012/02/little-switcharoo-and-giveaway.html

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  21. WOWER'S! How beautiful! So warm and inviting. Just like you!
    Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  22. Your home is beautiful. Just wondering--what color paint did you use in this room? Would you mind sharing?
    Thank you

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  23. Beautiful, old world ,new world, Anita. I love it all together. What an elegant welcoming home you have made. I love visiting to see all your new ideas from old pieces. Brilliant.Thank you for being so encouraging and reminding us old is not a negative word or idea. Our home wouldn't exist if if it were not for our inherited items and photos and memories!.....Love your post. :)

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  24. Love that old stuff that your dad had. That window with the picture hung in front of it looks great! I especially liked the old headboard you found. You're lucky to have all of that at your fingertips.

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  25. Anita, I love the way you have that wonderful painting hanging over the old window. Love the other architectural pieces, too. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

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  26. That bed is going to be drop dead gorgeous!

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  27. Gorgeous display Anita. LOVE the old window. BUT that old bed frame..WOW you must find something to do with that baby!

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  28. Your room looks wonderful! Much more comfortable looking than the inspiration room. You are certainly blessed with all those beautiful family treasures, and how nice to see them used again! Thanks for sharing your warm and cozy room with us!

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