Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pine Hollow Lodge: Bright & Beachy Dining & Sitting Room!

Here's another installment on the Pine Hollow Lodge series. I know it's been a long time coming! In the lodge, there are several rooms that are cottage-look. Mary decided a long time ago she didn't want a whole house full of the lodge look.

I think you are just going to love my sister's bright and beachy dining room and sitting area. Mary has a talent for the whimsical and themed room. This is one of the original rooms in the old part of the lodge. It used to have knotty pine paneling on the lower half of the walls, and it actually still does, it's just that she painted it after many years, when she got really weary of the natural wood look. It accomplished what she wanted and it lightened up the whole room. I think it helps her furnishings to pop as well.

One of my favorite pieces here, shown below is the buffet, painted white with a few beachy accents on top. I also love her slip covered couch, and she made those pillows in bright colors for accent we found the fabric at Ben Franklin one day when we were shopping together.

Below and in the photo up top you can see a table she had specially made, and it seems as long as a bowling lane, made of a really nice 2" hunk of gorgeous oak. It will seat ten comfortably and is handy when her married kids head home for the holidays.

The dining room furniture (and the legs for the table) are from a castoff dining set someone else didn't want. She had it painted, used the legs for the oak top and then used chairs from her old dining set to completely fill in around the table. They work well because the wood from the tabletop ties them in.

I particularly love how she mixes cobalt blue, red, white, and a robin's egg blue, and a sprinkles in a smidgen of periwinkle. They look wonderful together and you notice the pop of color in the china cabinet and the beautiful cobalt blue pulls and knobs.

Behind the screen doors are the mechanical areas: her home has no basement, so these doors look so good and replaced bifold closet doors. Mary made the curtains in the doors and also crafted the twig chair on the left during a class she took nearby! On the chair are one of her bags she embellished with yo-yo's she enjoys stitching.

And here in this little corner is a themed display, she's a collector extraordinaire and throughout the house are many themed collections!

In one corner is an old leaded glass window that pops against the blue walls, below sits an oak table and some ice-cream parlor style chairs.

Mary is especially talented at her whimsical displays...and this is one of many that is gorgeous.

She added her touch to the lifeguard lamp: red rickrack! And a Pottery Barn retro fan buzzes coolly and quietly to lull you into reading a relaxing novel.

In the corner, tucked safely behind the old original fieldstone fireplace is an old victrola, that reminds her of our grandpa....who would happily wind up and play old records for his smiling brown-haired granddaughters.

There are more rooms in the lodge to show you, and I will, soon!


Bloggin bout my Boys said...

Wow your sister knows how to pull colors and decor together so well!! I LOVE that retro fan and the distressed aqua frame. Thanks for sharing her beautiful home. It looks very cozy yet elegant. I am a robin's egg blue junkie heehee!

Anonymous said...

I also love the fan!! Adorable!