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The Countdown is on!

Things have been crazy around here lately! Actually, crazy is an understatement. As many of you know Ashley & Barrett have been renovating the cutest cottage here in the historic district of Old Cloverdale in Montgomery. Well…move in day is upon us and we know y’all are chomping at the bit for a preview! I drove by this morning on my way in to work and saw the outside, but didn’t stop in. I was very curious to how the inside was coming along. Luckily, Ashley called and asked us to come down and take some pictures so y’all could see what was happening! Have I mentioned that my boss is amazing? She is! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been to the house, but the house I walked through this morning compared to a few weeks ago will make your jaw drop!

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A little “before” action to jog your memory!

 

If any of you follow Layla Palmer’s blog, The Lettered Cottage  (if you don’t, you should!) then you already know about this fabulous wood plank ceiling. The planks you see were actually the beams from the original roof on the house. When someone tried to throw the planks out, Ashley quickly came to their rescue and we are so glad she did because this ceiling is amazing!

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 The light fixture in the center is being replaced by a beautiful chandelier.

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Remember when the living room looked like this?

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Another aspect of this renovation that is very important to Ashley is that they salvage and repurpose as many details original to the house as possible. Every door is original to the house and although the tile came from Lowe’s, its style is as historically accurate as possible.

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The kitchen is also coming along! Those pendant lights will hang above the island which is one of Ashley’s Scott’s Antique Market finds. Speaking of those pendant lights, right now they are sitting in the spot where she will store her kitchen electronics and pots and pans. Refurbished doors will cover those eye sores giving the kitchen the classic charm and elegance that Ashley is known for.

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Under all of this lumber is the kitchen island! The island will have casters put on it to make it a little bit taller so that she can pair some barstools with it.

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This is looking from the breakfast nook into the kitchen!

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When you leave the breakfast nook you enter a small hallway which will be home to a pantry and bar. Once again, old doors will hide these spaces and Ashley is leaning toward paining them a dark gray.

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This sweet wall paper will be the backdrop to glass shelves above the bar and a skirted countertop will store all of Barrett’s favorite spirits.

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 Opposite the bar will be the pantry. More shelving will be going in to get the optimal amount of storage out of this space.

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Moving on to other parts of the house! The claw foot tub for the master bathroom is another one of Ashley’s Scott’s find, but the tub in the hall bathroom is original to the house. Brad McDonald, of Bath Innovations  has been a huge help in restoring the old tub!

This is Cates standing next to the tub while helping Ashley with some plans! She is a little interior designer in the making :)

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The original cabinetry in the hall bath is perfection. How fabulous are these refurbished vintage built-ins? These will serve as storage for the children’s bathroom.

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The faucet for the claw foot tub has been quite a problem around here! It seems as though it grew legs and decided to walk right on out of the studio! Thankfully, we ordered a new one and it was here in less than 24 hours!!!! It is pictured below.

This faucet is from FaucetDirect

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 Because paint colors and flooring are such a huge part of not just a renovation project, but any interiors project, we couldn’t let you go without seeing the ones Ashley chose for their charming cottage.

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The trim and cabinet colors are Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore and the walls are White Dove, also from Benjamin Moore. The floors are original to the house (although some have been rearranged) and have been refinished in Jacobean stain from Minwax. The closet in the master bedroom has wall-to-wall seagrass from our friends at Georgia Floors Direct.

I know many of you are curious about the floor plan. It has changed a few times, but below is the final layout! We’re still working on furniture placement, but as many of you know this changes day-to-day in our little world!

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As we wind down from this update, let me say that not only are we ready for this project to be complete, but we also know that Ashley and Barrett and more ready than anyone!

One more reason the studio has been crazy? All of the little hardware details for the project have been sent here. It’s been cleaned out, but this is what it looked like a few days ago…no wonder the faucet got up and left!

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 Hopefully next week we will be posting about the COMPLETION of this project! The cleaning crew arrives tomorrow and move in day is Friday! Please pray for all of us :) Especially Ashley!

And last, but not least, if you find yourself with some extra time, please check out The Vintage Mulberry, the blog outlet for Mulberry Heights Antique Store in Mountain Brook, AL. They posted the sweetest article about Ashley’s feature in The Cottage Journal’s  Christmas issue which is on stands now! And don’t forget to visit our last post to see how you can be entered into our current Holiday giveaway! Only 2 more days until the winner is announced!

Until next time!

rebecca

GOING GREY

Grey is one of those colors that can be a little bit scary to work with. I guess it’s because its easy to think of grey as a boring color that you often see in a gloomy office space. Well… get used to it! It is such a great neutral. It provides drama, warmth, and impact.

Whites and golds are a great way to brighten up a gray room and keep it from feeling gloomy.

Throw in some stained wood to make it a little more traditional.

It’s also a good color for trim! It’s a little unexpected and can add some interest to a traditional space.

These bunk beds are just so fun! They went with grey walls, trim, stairs and I wouldn’t change it for a second.

Now for some rooms that definitely went for the drama factor…

That last one was the home of the AMAZING Bobby McAlpine. I mean… it doesn’t get much more spectacular than that.

Hopefully I’ve inspired some of you to step out of your comfort zone and add some grey to your homes too!

BEACH PROJECT

If you keep up with our facebook and twitter posts, you may have noticed that Ashley and I have been down to the beach a few times over the past few months. Don’t be too jealous – it was for work – but I personally can’t think of a better place to be,  even if it is for work.

We started with a pretty blank canvas – white walls, wood floors, chrome fixtures. Nothing to complain about by any means but lots of design and details to get nailed down.

Anyway, we are SUPER excited to share these pictures of the finished product:

Isn’t that view INSANE!!?

Oh, and check out the incredible outdoor living space…

We are so happy with how it turned out and hope the client is loving every second of vacation time at their new getaway.  And just in case any one else needs help with a beach design project – we will gladly oblige.

Hope y’all enjoyed!