4/27/2015

Kanawha




Welcome to Kanawha Avenue today in Charleston, West Virginia.  This house has a scenic view overlooking the Kanawha River and the majestic West Virginia State Capitol Building, the tallest building in the state. 

{Google Maps}

Kanawha is Iroquois for "water way" or "canoe way".  I knew you'd be curious.

The home was built in 1910, so I believe the pocket doors off the foyer are original, although probably not originally painted:


I found it hard to suggest improving on the existing pretty runner and tone on tone striped wallpaper.
Instead, I looked for coordinating schemes and found this:

{Ashley Whittaker}

Blue and white touches for our home would be classic and a nice compliment to the river view.

Here is the living room we glimpsed above:


Pretty, but a little bland.  We could add architectural interest to the far wall, like this:


3 words.  Blue leopard ottoman.  I also wanted to add some weight to that far wall, because directly across the hall is this room:


I'm not sure if it was previously used as an office, but I'm going to suggest a dining room, like this:



Imagine the mirror where our window is, and the built-ins painted and remodeled into a buffet.

The kitchen has obviously been updated recently, and quite well:


Let's just add some blue and white accessories and reconfigure the pot light over the island to a pendant:

{Downsview Kitchens}

Oh yeah, and add those sleek barstools that match the island so well.

As for the laundry room, it makes a pretty before picture:


However, the finishes below would suit our scheme much better:

{Kerry Hanson Design}

Moving on to the master bedroom...


{Christina Murphy}

...beautiful linens repeat our scheme in a crisp and classic way.

Finally, here's an idea for this cute upstairs landing, which features the same finishes as the foyer:



Speaking of porches, check out the awesome black & white striped awning on ours:


Fortunately for us, blue and white will mix very nicely with that :

{Mary McDonald}



To wrap things up, it seems only appropriate to include a little more Waterlogue of our "water way":



Have a wonderful week, friends!






4/20/2015

Pershing


Ignore that white stuff on the ground in the waterlogue photo.  It's spring, and we're celebrating it on the inside of this 1930 pretty Pershing Blvd stone house in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  

They were off to a good start with a rosy glow in the foyer:


Let's just give it a little more panache:

{source unknown}

Panache with paneling, pretty pink, and a perky pup.

I believe the kitchen can be called "unfitted":


I think a more streamlined look is in order:

{Davenport Building Solutions}

That includes enclosing the refrigerator, and if it's a springtime yellow refrigerator, all the better:


I like that our inspiration kitchen includes a pantry, because our house does too:




With glass jars and white shelves, our pantry could be pretty pleasant.

Not gonna lie, the living room could use a little refreshing:


You guessed it, white paint to the rescue.

{Annie Werden/Jenkins Baer Associates}

White paint and more of our springtime palette, that is.

The bedrooms existing finishes will be easier to work with:


{Sara Gilbane}




{Crystal Palecek}

They just need fresh white and some fancy blossoms.  

A palette of fresh peaches, yellows, and pinks guarantees springtime freshness, and would perk up Pershing in no time.






4/05/2015

County Road G Antiques Barn



Welcome back to Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, the place to be on this Easter Sunday.  The Easter bunny has left us quite a treat today, in the form of this popular gallery and events barn.  The property also includes a house built in 1890.  Let's take a little stroll and imagine the possibilities.

The barn is picturesque, but isn't exactly weather-tight, as you'll see:


With a new landscape plan and some paint and structural work, the barn could resemble this:

{Judith Racht via This Old House}

There currently is a section of the barn devoted for events:


Let's make those events a little more eventful, like this:

{indulgy}

Or maybe like this:




 {juxtapost}

Now let's have some fun with the antique gallery, and change this utilitarian farm display:


...to a more romanticized version of farm life:


Here's another gallery before shot:


...and an Easter-apropos, just plain pretty after idea:


This courtyard area between the house and barn is already pretty charming:


...but a little more store merchandising might not hurt:

{The Gardening Cook}

I know you're as curious as I am to take a peek at the house:


Worth it, huh?

And simply because this is one of my favorite parts of any post, here is its Waterlogue version:


Have a wonderful week, friends!