Monday, July 19, 2010

Reclaimed Barnwood Turned into Shelving!

Hey Friends!

Its Monday, Bleh... my least fave day of the week. At least we had a fun weekend! On Saturday we went to the Braves game with family and friends. SO MUCH FUN (even though they lost)!

Last week while checking out one of my favorite blogs, Design*Sponge (side note: you need to check out their DIY and Before/After sections), I found this gorgeous photo. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these shelves!!

I immediately forwarded it to the hubs. What a super easy project for CHEAP!?!

Best part? The hubs was working on a demo project that required them to tear down an old barn. He was able to bring home some of the lumber that would have been tossed. SCORE!

I have been trying to think about what to do with this weird wall in our bedroom - and now I had the perfect solution - build some shelves!!

So here we go:

We went to Home Depot and spent about $20.00 on a track system - like the ones you use in closets. When we got home, we measured and determined where we wanted the shelves to go.

The hubs then cut the lumber to size and hung them. We did a smaller one below to work as a side table beside our little green chair.

VOILA! A new reading nook in the bedroom! Now that weird wall has a purpose!!

Here are some close-ups of shelves. So much character in reclaimed lumber!

***Note - I need to find something else to go up on the top shelf - maybe a big green vase?? Suggestions, anyone??? The glass candle holders are not staying there.

I want to do a similar shelving unit in my "one day home office." Ughh... my "to do list" is so long. I don't think we will ever be finished.

As always, if you have something you want to share or you have questions/comments/suggestions, please email me at

Enjoy your Monday! Talk soon, friends!

Brandi Nell

Friday, July 16, 2010

Southern Living Idea House... SWOON!

Hi friends -

Happy Friday! Sorry its been over a week since my last post, but I really haven't had anything new to share with you guys in regards to the house. The hubs and I needed a weekend to just relax, so we did exactly that. Perhaps this weekend, we will get something accomplished.

But, I do have something to share with you guys. On Wednesday, some industry colleagues and I had the opportunity to go to Senoia, Georgia and visit the Southern Living Idea House.

After spending the afternoon in this super charming town and touring this house - I am all ready to move in!

Photo by: Laurey W Glenn. Found on Southern Living Website

This house makes me SWOON! They were so creative throughout. My favorite idea? Check out the calendar in the family room. I am dying to do this in my "one day home office." So super smart and very cheap to do.

Photo: Tria Giovan, Styling: Olga Naiman , found on Southern Living Website
You know what else surprised me? Much of the furniture comes from IKEA! I think even the cabinetry in the kitchen and scullery (that's right - this house has a scullery) came from IKEA.

I highly suggest you go and visit the charming town of Senoia and the fabulous Southern Living Idea House. I am planning on going back but taking the hubs with me next time. I am hoping he can build me a couple of things :)

Southern Living Idea House

Open for public touring June 12, 2010 - December 12, 2010
Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Admission: $10 at the door

Oh, and I definitely scored an amazing deal yesterday on bedding! Found THE quilt I have been searching for at the steal price of $30.00! HOORAY! Now the search for cute pillows, sheets, accessories begins.

Hope y'all have a great weekend! Talk soon, friends!

Brandi Nell

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy Dance! We now have a REAL bed!

Hey Ya'll! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! We spent ours grilling out, sunning, a little sipping... and building a new bed!

I have to tell ya'll - this has been on the "to do list" for quite some time! We have been sleeping on regular iron bed rails. While I see no real problem with this, its not particularly beautiful - and its been awfully convenient for our 85lb Black Lab, Lucy, to climb right up there with us in the middle of the night (if you have ever owned a lab or know someone who does, you know about their shedding... I have NEVER been able to have nice bedding because of this). Well I am happy to say, this will no longer be a problem - our new bed is pretty tall. I am so happy with how it turned out.

Okay, so here it is before...
(no, its not just mattresses on the floor - I guess this was a weird angle.
It is in fact up on bed rails)

Okay, friends - so you have to forgive the mess in the background of all of these pics. Again, we live in a townhouse - there's no real room for a "shop." I keep begging the hubs to build things in the garage, but that would mean that he we would have to clean it out first :) So instead, my "one day office" is our "construction room."

Here the hubs has just finished framing out the bed and has started constructing the legs.

Once he added all of the legs, the hubs then added "cross beams" for support.

Once the "cross beams" were finished, we moved the bed into the master bedroom - under the headboard we made a couple of months back (I'm loving how its all finally coming together).

Then we got to painting (all of our furniture pieces in our bedroom are rehabbed finds that have been painted various shades of gray) and the hubs added trim work to give it a "finished look."

Here you can see the trim on the top of the platform.

The legs got trimmed out as well.

TA-DA! Our new master bed! I am so pleased with it!

The best part? It only cost us around $100 to build and it only took one day! And its EXACTLY what I wanted. Now... the search for bedding continues!
I am thinking about green bedding to go with this chair that I rehabbed last year

Who knows... If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please let me know! Also, if you have any projects YOU are working on - please send them to me at I would love to hear from you. Hope ya'll have a great rest of the week! Talk Soon!


Brandi Nell