The other day I had probably the most difficult discussion with my husband in our 19 years of marriage. It was a topic that has been weighing on my heart for some time now. I’ve had visions of how to approach it and the delicate words that need to be strung together for the conversation to go just right. It was a warm Saturday afternoon. We had just gotten back from walking are pup. Carelessly laughing about something random. This was my opportunity. I needed to get it off my chest……
I told you all last week about the table situation in our dining area. We were able to bring home our new handcrafted table late last week and we are completely loving it! It fits the space so much better than the other table. We got it locally from a woodworker in Taylorsville, Kentucky. I found him at a local peddler’s mall and took his business card. If you are local….you can find them on the web at Hahn Country Woodworks . He was able to build a table exactly to our specifications. We are really loving how it turned out! Come and take a peek…..
I tried to take pics of several angles incase you may want to commission a woodworker in your local area. It really is simple construction….
Top is solid pine. It is stained Minwax walnut. The satin polyurethane finish makes it look older than it is—we didn’t want it real shiny. I told him that I would love to have some extensions that I could push into the ends so that during the busy holiday periods or if I had a bigger dinner party I could easily accommodate 12 people.
What we ended up doing is creating two 18 inch extensions for both sides that literally just slide into two holes that he fit on the ends. It really is fairly simple construction. (Stella is a fan too….such a big help she is….)
You might think that this is a really expensive option…but we thought the table was really affordable. We ended up selling our Pottery Barn table along with four parson chairs for $630. I bought this table for $650 dollars. And $200 of it was actually the extensions. The everyday size of the table is 90×38. With the extensions the table is 126…10.5 FEET of table for $650!!!!! Solid wood!!! Can you tell that I LOVE this!!!!
I bought the wooden chairs on Amazon (these are similar… Adeco Elm Wood Woven Rattan Vintage-Style Dining Chair Curved Leg Contrasting Back (Set of 2), Tan ….they are such a nice compliment….and actually quite comfy. My plan is to have slipcovers made for the parson chairs…maybe in this blue ticking fabric….still thinking on that…
If you are interested in having your own table made try looking at a local thrift shop or flea market and asking for a good carpenter. Most carpenters who do trim work also know of or do furniture themselves. Might be a good place to start.
Working on a centerpiece this weekend…can’t wait to share it! PS the new rug is from Homegoods;) Wall color is Constellation Ben Moore…here is the paint post:)
Thanks yall for sharing the Youtube of the lakehouse! So sweet!!! So we have had our dining room table for probably about 15 years. It fit in our old dining room pretty perfectly. It is a 60 by 60 table from Potterybarn that has (2) 12 inch extensions that I could plop into the center and make plenty of room for bigger crowds. It opened up nice and big for family Thanksgiving and really was the centerpiece in the dining room in the last house.
However, in this house the table is proving to be a bit too wide. Since we did away with a formal dining room in this house the kitchen table is our main eating area along with the island. I really wanted this eat in space to be casual but yet updated and kind of clean and simple. I set out to look for a local woodworker in our area that specializes in custom made furniture….
I found the perfect little wood shop to make our new table. I was able to specify the exact dimensions I wanted to which was great! The company is called Hahn Wood Working. They are located in Taylorsville, Kentucky. You may have seen some their pieces in local peddlers mall if you live in Louisville. They build tables out of solid wood (mostly pine and walnut) and will finish it to your specifications. We decided to have the base whitewashed and the top will be a dark finish (probably dark walnut) to complement our floors (the one pictured below is not our table…but one that they made….)
What I’m really pumped about is the extensions. I asked them to make me (2) 18 inch removable extensions that I can just secure on to the ends of the table for bigger parties. Like this idea below…. (found this pic online…source not found)
We decided to make the everyday size 90×40…so with the extensions the table will be 126 inches!! I am really excited to show you the finished table….We hope to be able to pick it up this week. We just sold the table we had in here…so we are all set! I am thinking of these chairs on the sides….and then for the ends of the table I’d like to find a couple cushy arm chairs….like this…. (source for wing chair)
I plan to do some more finishing touches in the kitchen this fall….still in need of a window treatment of some sort along with a rug ( Chairs (found these cool vintage ones in the photo above on Amazon:)
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While back I told you I was looking for a overhead light for our family room. Sometimes I remember to share new things on Instagram but then I forget to put it on the blog.
After some deliberation on styles of lights we ended up with this one from West Elm (not sure they still sell this light…had a hard time finding it.) The price point was exactly what we wanted to spend and the size was perfect fit for this room. I had a licensed electrician hang it up because it was a little bit out of my comfort zone. West Elm carried this in 2 finishes and this amber bubbled glass was perfect for us.
I love that it has a bit of a modern touch to it but at the same time can look a bit vintage because of the bubble glass. It is like a piece of art….
The family room is coming along nicely. I’m still not real set on the furniture placement. This room has definitely thrown me for a loop.
I’m just not sure if I need another full size couch. So it would basically be two couches that are the same…facing each other. Or if I need a small sectional…maybe another leather recliner??? I like that the space is all open but at the same time when there are lots of windows….anchoring furniture it gets a bit tricky. I do love our barn door coffee table but I know that this room probably would work better with a large circle coffee table. I think that would fit better because it would be centered on the fireplace/room. All these things I’m tossing around in my head and I really haven’t landed on one so we are sticking with the furniture that we currently have.
I do like the grey fabric from these Macy’s couches that we purchased a few years ago. I wanted this room to be very comfortable but also updated. The light and the geometric on the drapery I think are my favorite parts of this room. We did put a dimmer on the light so it has this nice soft glow at night time.
There are a few other things I want to do in here…. next I’m going to recover some pillows. I have been searching for Kelly green and navy pattern that will complement the drapes and just be a nice punch of color. Have you found any cool lights lately? Do tell.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m working with my friend/builder Mark Simpson. He is building a few new homes in our neighborhood and has asked for my help with the design. Currently we are working on a home that is similar to our home with the exception of a few design changes. I wanted to share with you the things that we have already selected….
The color on the outside is Crème by Sherwin Williams…Trim is Commercial White Sherwin Williams (sunlight was so bright when I was taking these….the siding is a soft yellow…)
We went with a stain ceiling on the outside porch. Our look is casual coastal….it looks so bright and airy compared to some of the other homes on the street. For the stone I decided to use 3 different colors…stacked randomly…this stone is gorgeous!
Right now we are getting ready to trim. I am working on the interior color palette right now. The ceilings are all Passive by Sherwin Williams…
This will really allow the trim to shine. The flow of this house is very similar to ours. The foyer is smaller because we moved the stairs over to allow for a morning room in the kitchen.
The family room kitchen and dining area are really all one cohesive space. The kitchen is turned opposite of mine.
We just recently picked all the tile….and it is going to be amazing. The master is on the first floor and has the vaulted ceiling. We swapped the laundry room and office space so when you walk in from the garage the first room on the left is the laundry and you walk a little further back to the office. I like this idea because it does make the office a little bit more private…
We placed 6 inch pine in a few spots….this will get a wash of gray stain to pick up the gray cabinets in the kitchen island….
Upstairs you have 3 bedrooms 2 full bathrooms and a nice loft area for kids to study. This is such a good family home. If you’re looking for new construction in an amazing new neighborhood in Louisville you need to consider this home. I think one of my favorite features to Mark’s floor plan are the outdoor spaces. The front porch is nice and wide and wraps around to the screened in porch on the side. He will also have a grilling patio off of the screened porch. There are several places for the kids to have privacy and also for the adults. It is really just a great working family home.
Email me if you would like some more information or want to maybe stop in to take a tour. I would be happy to meet you out there and show you what we are doing.
I will be sharing more pics as we get closer to finishing up:)