Monday, May 10, 2010

Farmhouse Awning - BAM!

June 2007, that's when this photo of our booth in the Arbors was taken.  Good grief that seems so long ago, but I've never forgotten this awning!  I see lots of them, but this one was rescued from an old farmhouse and was positively the best I've ever found!  I guess you never forget your first crush!

It's long since sold, but when I recently snagged some great old corrigated galvanized sheets from an old barn, hubster enthusiastically took on the task of building an almost exact replica!  What can I say....he's good!  Actually he built two, one was for the booth at First Monday!  Check it out!

Out of necessity, we've been fashioning an office/project room out of the 3rd bedroom at 5th Place Cottage.  I wanted an industrial yet soft look with a comfortable and informal feel.  Fresh paint on the walls and trim brightened it up, but when we decided, on a whim, to hang the awning over the window...BAM!   I heard music...instant focal point!  This was the reason hubster built a second awning....I stole the first one for this room at 5th!


At first, I left the windows untreated, but since this room will be used for additional sleeping at times and as the cottage is situated on a busy corner, some sort of window treatments were a necessity.  So, I found yet another flavor of window treatments using burlap floor cloths.  I swear these are the most versatile things I've ever had!  For this treatment I hung them with tacs and simply folded back the corners.  No sewing, no hardware, no time.  And when complete privacy is needed, just drop the corners, how 'bout that?! 

Next, we moved in an antique daybed and filled it with pillows, it's just what this space needed!  Extra seating by day, and additional sleeping quarters by night.   

Completing the bone structure is a 6 foot cross bar table and a couple of X-back chairs. Now, we have lots of room to spread out for projects....and it's a great place to sew!  I can stretch fabric all across this table!

Lighting in the room is a mix of industrial and mercury pendants, I'm pleased with the transformation so far!
We're certainly not through, but I'm really diggin the way this multi-functional space is taking shape!! 

More to come on this!


21 comments:

Karen said...

What a fabulous look! Sure a lot of talent living under your roof.
Have a great week.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Vera @ Cozy Little Cabin said...

Wow, wow, wow! It's gorgeous! I'm a 60 year old native Texan and have never seen (noticed?) an awning such as these. They are gorgeous! And your hubby did a great, great job! Since I live in east TX I just might have to come look you up @ 1st Monday!

The room is beautiful!

slommler said...

Wow! I am lusting after your awning. That is fabulous and as a focal point...perfect! Your hubby did a wonderful job on it. Love the drapes. Burlap floor cloths huh? Never would have thought about using those. And the six foot table is amazing! Great ideas and wonderful room!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Anna said...

Oh wow..just fantastic...what a clever and handy husband you have..looks great! x

Elsie said...

WOW LaurieAnna!!! What a transformation. Beautiful and what
a talented hubby you have.:O)

Margo said...

That is wonderful, he did a great job, and so did you. We need a tutorial on how to build those awnings :)

Margo

Wendy said...

That is just gorgeous!

Lisa said...

Excellent idea. Very creative indeed!

Lisa

Preppy Mama said...

Wow! It is gorgeous!! I love it!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The awning is fantastic...love it! Girl, you use such imagination and creativity in decorating your home. Everything is gorgeous.
Hugs,
Sherry

Rochelle said...

Love it!! So creative....
Cheers
Rochelle

molly said...

THe awning is one of my favorite things in your booth! I did take many pictures of it hoping to build one myself sometimes- It looks great also in your precious home. So many places you could use one of these - I must get busy!!

Ron and Connie said...

Wow! I'm in love with what you've done! I love when people think outside of the box!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Definitely gives the room that "WOW" factor. I love it!!!

clustres said...

Yes, I remember that awning too! Your hubby did a wonderful job recreating!
Pam

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Good eye...great job! Looks cozy..:-) I sent you a couple of emails recently about the pendant lights...are they hard-wired or do they have plugs? and how big are the shades on them..? Love them...just hoping they will be workable in my 'spot'.
**Tami

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

OMG! That is AMAZING!!!! He did an fabulous job and you're a creative genious! I love it and can't help but instantly think... where canI do this! Love, love, love it! Theresa

Jan said...

love your awning!

Counting Your Blessings said...

Gorgeous! Ok, I have to laugh because apparently I linked to an older post and just commented on a giveaway that was probably ions ago. Sorry about that. lol

Love every little corner over here. Blessings... Polly

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Aikee Jung said...

That window awning just a country-homey and cozy appeal. Looks very inviting, i can stay there forever.