Mar 14, 2010

Pottery Barn Makeover!

AFTER


This 1914 Victorian beauty is the home of my wonderful client, who generously gave me carte blanche to write about the design work I’m doing for her. We met by lucky coincidence when I first started this blog. She is a talented painter and professional writer who used to pen interior design articles for the Baltimore Sun. Turned out we had a lot in common and corresponded for several weeks then realized we lived 15 minutes apart! We met for lunch one afternoon and conversed for several hours, then she hired me. Talk about lighting striking in a good way! Over this past year she become a valued friend as well as a client.
Her historical home is truly an inspiration to work on and I’ve done my best to keep its integrity in tact. The first time I laid eyes on it my heart skipped a beat as I sat in the driveway admiring its fine architectural details. It reminded me of the Owen's house in the movie Practical Magic staring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.
Her home will be a work in progress for awhile as there are many projects planned for the future. It has excellent bones and was built in the era before power tools by the skilled hands of master craftsmen. There is striking woodworking and stained glass through out. It’s perched on a lake and hosts two decks with accordion doors that swing wide open that is perfect for entertaining. The bathrooms were remodeled in the 60’s and updating them is one of my assignments. Currently I’m working on the large first floor powder room. It’s a total gut job and I’m in hot pursuit of some special pieces for it.

BEFORE

This photo was taken standing in the middle of the living room.

My client purchased this home because the living room could accommodate the baby grand piano. However, the living room has long and narrow proportions, so it was difficult to create a seating arrangement good for conversation. The piano fit, but took up most of the space on that side of the room. In the center is a fireplace that is not pictured (if you look carefully on the right you see the hearth) which compounded the issue. The other main problem is the dining room is small and there is no room for a buffet. This is a problem because my client entertains often for large groups and needs extra serving space along with a bar set up. My solution was to move the piano to the other side of the room, actually to the adjoining room which has double glass doors. Doing this opened the space, and the piano could still be part of the room when there is a party. The doors can be closed if someone wants to play in private or not disturb others with the noise.
A serving and beverage area was created next to the dining room by adding the Pottery Barn mirror and console bar. The mirror also visually opens the room and reflects the pretty view from the window across from it.


This is Dan a man of many talents! He's a good natured soul who knows how to hang a mirror, handle a paint brush and does quality workmanship.

The mirror weighs over 100 pounds and these are old lath and plaster walls. I bought an electronic stud finder specifically for this home and it has proven to be an invaluable tool. Older homes often don't have any rhyme or reason how the studs run. I've worked on many older homes, but this one takes the cake!
I stood on the ladder and marked the studs, then it took two strong backs to hang the mirror. I measured carefully to be sure both pieces they would fit in the space before placing the order, but there wasn't much room to spare. To my delight the installation went seamlessly.


Pottery Barn introduced the Egan Mirror in their catalog around Thanksgiving; however it was not actually available until three months later. A slight irritation, but it was worth the wait.
So for three months I patiently twiddled my thumbs and hummed the Rolling Stones Time Is On My Side!


Don't even get me started about the new Restoration Hardware Oviedo Chaise!!!

My client obviously didn't choose Victorian style for her furniture. However all these items she will take with her if she ever moves. Things that will become a permanent part of the home will be more traditional, like the items selected for the bathrooms.



The Markum Console Bar is a versatile piece and can be used in a variety of ways if you think outside of the box. I especially like the dropped down section that holds the wine bottles. If you look closely you can notice the door knob wine stopper next to the vase. I found the stopper in an adorable store called The Lambs Tail Antiques.



Tip: The day I took these photos, I stopped by my local grocery store to pick up fresh flowers. Their selection looked tired, so I opted for this bunch of babies breath instead. I often use babies breath this way and even when they dry out they still look nice for a few months. As I was checking out the cashier asked if I was making an arrangement with them, so I explained I was only using the babies breath, she liked the idea and told me she had never heard of doing this so I thought I would share it here.




This became the music room and holds the baby grand piano. Sun resistant pull down shades were installed to protect the piano. Dan painted the room the same color as the living room. It’s not finished yet, but it’s getting there.




An updated ceiling fan is on the "To Do List".

Posted to: Susan's @ Between Naps On The Porch, Met Monday.

53 comments:

  1. How awesome that you met her through blogging and now are designing for her. I love that bar and mirror. What a great idea. Can't wait to see this project's before and afters.

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  2. Love the mirrors. They are so pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Cathy....You are so lucky to have the job that you do! What fun to see what others do in their homes and what beautiful homes they have! It must be so satisfying to know that you created something so fantastic!~Patti

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  4. This is beautiful, Cathy. That mirror is fabulous!

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  5. What a beautiful place...That floor is gorgeous!

    I love the PB mirror- but I don't know if I could have waited that long! It's a good thing you are more patient, as it looks like it was made for that room. I love the polished look of that mirror right next to the rustic charm of that bar. I think the piano looks more at home in that little sun room.

    I had thought of using baby's breath for a simple boquet, and since you said it looks just as good dried, I think I will get on that right away. I love using my old milk bottles as vases, and I think they would look lovely in one... Any kind of flower helps me feel like spring is almost here!

    Have a great week, Cathy!

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  6. What a fabulous home. I love the PB pieces that you chose and I know when you are finished this house will be a true showplace.

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  7. lovely,beautiful home...love this look, the mirror its absolutely gorgeous and the table is to die for, lol...great job,love the vase btw..have a great week..

    Silvia.

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  8. Wow, I LOVE this post! Practical Magic was one of my favorite movies...and that house was one the reasons! You are so lucky to be doing what you do... I love that bar/console. And I am amazed at your vision to put that mirror over it. I have a mirror similar to that in my house, but I wouldn't have thought to put it with that group and in that house, and it's fabulous! That's why you are the pro. :-)

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  9. How fabulous, Cathy! I so heart that mirror! I love your choice for the console too! Perfection!

    The home is amazing and I've no doubt it will look stunning after you are finished! I'm so glad in addition you have a happy client, you also made a dear friend! Too sweet!

    I've done that with the baby's breath, but on a smaller scale. It is such a cheerful, light and airy arrangement! I love how you made it a fabulous show piece!

    hugs,
    Tina

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  10. What a wonderful house-all of that beautiful craftsmanship and the PB mirror and bar are perfect. love the piano in that pretty little separate room. laurie

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  11. What a pretty home and I love all the woodwork and warm tones. The mirror is gorgeous....WOW!! It is definitely the focal point of the room and looks very elegant. It's a show-stopper, for sure! Well done! =) ~Liz

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  12. I admire everything except the ceiling fan in the final picture, and your commentary confirmed for me that you had no part in its being there!

    Your touch is magic for this house!

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  13. Bonjour Cathy,
    Such a lovely house to work with. The mirror looks fabulous and the music room is perfect. Anxious to see all the progress.
    Have a great week!

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  14. What an amazing assignment! You are doing a wonderful job too..it's fabulous. Can't wait to see what lies ahead!

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  15. Those glass doors are gorgeous! The mirror and bar look great! What an exciting project Cathy, it sounds like an interesting home already!

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  16. The art glass vase you have the baby's breath in looks like it's from the same period as the house.

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  17. I agree, this home is a true jewel...It is
    in very good shape basically and shows the
    artistry of master craftsmen. Pride of
    workmanship is very evident. It will be
    very interesting to see the progress of
    work in this home. Hugs, Myke

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  18. What a beautiful home, gorgeous floors! The baby's breath was the right touch. LOVE the mirror. Lezlee

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  19. Cathy,

    I really love everything you did, it all looks soooo GORGEOUS!! I really love the very unique sevice bar and how it has the drop down section too, along the wonderful wine selection!!
    I'm drooling over that gorgeous silver tray on the lower shelf too!! The mirror is so stunning as well. I would have really been biting my nails when that was going up!!

    WOW... You really did such a great job on it all!!

    Hugs,
    Sherri:)

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  20. Hi Cathy,
    Love what you did here...classic and as always beautiful. that ornate tray was a beautiful touch as well.

    Baby's Breath reminds me of Elizabeth Taylor in 'Taming of the Shrew"...after she dusted off that old castle she placed a huge vase like yours on a table about as rugged as the one you chose...such a nice contrast. What a great house to work on...nice job!
    Lee

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  21. What a lovely house. I'm drooling. Lucky you for the opportunity to dress "her". A grand Old Lady I'm sure, I love these old homes. The mirror is a stand out. Great idea. Looking forward to seeing more.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  22. Cathy, how fun to work on a house like that. I love the table & mirror, great job on it all.

    I'm currently on the lookout for a mirror similar to the PB one, I bet that one is out of my budget. Love the look though!

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  23. Hi,
    I just found your blog from BNOTP and I love it. I am your newest follower!
    Bonnie
    http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com

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  24. This blog is SO aptly named that it is unbelievable! What a talent you are, but I'm sure you've been told that many, many times! Just a gorgeous home and what a exquisite job you are doing on it! I am fascinated!
    Mona
    The Pottery Barn. Just paid them a visit a few days ago.

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  25. I’m truly touched! I don’t often seek the limelight and prefer to let my work speak for itself, so I appreciate your kind words. Like most of you I enjoy the creative process and strive to learn new things and improve my skills. I will always be a work in progress!
    Cathy

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  26. Wow, Cathy, it looks beautiful! I think you should seek the limelight more often. :-)

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  27. What a fun house to redesign! I love old homes with so much character. I have admired that very bar console in the Pottery Barn catalogue lately myself, so I think that was an excellent choice! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Hi Cathy
    What a beautiful home... very similar to what we call federation homes.. gorgeous traditional touches with the windows and leadlights and the floors!!! The console bar in fantastic.. wish we had Pottery Barn here.. I often see things I like...Well that song 'Time is on my Side'... I have a strange story relating to that song and now it is going to play in my head all day!!! hahaha... Thank you for your lovely comment... you are to sweet... have a great day... and Happy St Patrick's day [is here already.] xx Julie

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  29. Hi Cathy! Wow! Amazing! I LOVE that mirror and all of the glass work! Happy week!...Debbie

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  30. You are doing such a beautiful job on that house. You are so talented. It is a gorgeous house to start with, what an interesting story of how you met her. Isn't it wonderful when things turn out like that! Hugs, Cindy S.

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  31. ~GORGEOUS job Cathy! The mirror and the doors are truly amazing and beautiful. :)

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  32. All I can say is, you must LOVE your job!
    Angex

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  33. The mirror is beautiful and the house - well I haven't started breathing again ;) I know you will so enjoy every minute of every project and it will be a better home for it. I can't wait to see more.

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  34. What a beautiful home, you must be having such a good time working on it. I love the Baby's Breath arrangement, I might do that for my new apartment. Thanks for stopping by today, I spent the day lounging in the sun at the pool with my parents who are here visiting. Hope your daughter likes the sun catcher, it is my favorite one.

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  35. LOVE that home. I adore older homes...those floors are exquisite. The mirror looks fantastic. Poor baby's breath is so maligned, along with carnations. If you use a lot of it, in big groups it has such a current feel. Beautiful!

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  36. Cathy- You must be in designer heaven! To be able to plan, advise and change the decor of this fabulous home! The mirror was a perfet choice. What a stunning addition to the bar area and the whole room! Worth the wait. The french doors are a delight! Kudos to you!
    Yvonne

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  37. Hi Cathy, firstly I just want say thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving such wonderful comments! Coming from an interior designer they really meant a lot to me, made my day actually. Thanks also for giving me the web site for the upholstery videos. I haven't checked them out yet but will as soon as I can. I love your work and think you are so talented. The house you are working on right now is just amazing and I love how the piano is showcased in its own litte room. It must be such rewarding and fulfilling work decorating people's homes! take care, Maryann ps thanks so much for adding me to your blog roll.

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  38. Loved the story of how you met. I've made some of my best friends through the internet. Stunning home and your design work is exquisite! What a fun home to work with! My heart raced and palms sweated though as I thought about the task of trying to hang that heavy mirror! Yikes!

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  39. I've had enough interest that I believe I will try it once a month, so on April 15th, tax day, and I will let it run one week, maybe with a little warning everyone will have an idea to post! so I would love for you to post it on your side bar. thanks, Lezlee

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  40. Cathy, This is just wonderful...the home had all the good bones to begin with and you gave it the special touch it needed. It all looks wonderful!

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  41. Cathy...such great design you have!! I love that mirror and those doors...gorgeous! Love it all!! Such an eye for style and design you have.

    Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

    Hugs and love freind,
    Victoria

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  42. I'm so glad you found my blog. Yours first caught my eye when you did the fairy doors in Ann Arbor. I'm a Michigan girl native (I grew up in Plymouth/ Canton, before our move to FL we lived in the St. Clair/ Pt. Huron area.) We still have family & friends in the Detroit area. I graduated from U of M. Enough about me - this is such a lovely house and your choices are wonderful - I really like the area in the console for the wine bottles. How cute your handy man is pictured, they are worth their weight in gold. Are you able to say which lake this house is on?

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  43. Very beautiful. I found you on the Friday Follow, and I'm following your blog now.

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  44. Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for visiting my blog...what a fantastic makeover with your home..its looks amazing!! and its always good to have a handy man about the house thats for sure! :) Anna x

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  45. I am speechless here! The home is stunning, truly stunning, and your work in it is absolutely beautiful! I love the way you moved the piano into the smaller room. It looks beautiful behind that stained glass door. I can't wait to see more!!

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  46. So Beautiful. I really love the glass with led; it is also very Dutch, you know ?
    Thank you for this post.
    Lieve groeten
    Godeliva van Ariadone

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  47. I am learning so much from reading your blog.
    You do beautiful work. The bar with that gorgeous mirror and the babys breath in the pretty green vase, wow! Thank You so much for sharing your tips and pictures of your work.
    Betsy

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  48. Please come and help me decorate my home! You really have a talent. I love the Pottery Barn style and have many pieces. The Egan Mirror is a masterpiece. I love it! The small is more of a poster size and would great at the end of a hall. The large one must look amazing in person!

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  49. Simply stunning! The mirror and side table are flawless... and just a perfect fit together. Your work in this blog is beautiful. Thank you for being so gracious in sharing with us. I'm sure you inspire many.

    Hugs,
    Penny Sue

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  50. Everything about this room is stunning! The leaded glass doors are stunning! I was trying to talk my hubby into a pair for our laundry 'closet'. He wasn't sold on that idea at all. lol.

    Babies breath are so lovely because of their simplicity but the vase paired with them makes a bright statement for the earthy room.

    Shanna

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Thank you for visiting I appreciate your comments!
Cathy