Continuing this series of how this forgotten little house became a cute vacation home, today I wanted to share the after pictures. In previous posts I mentioned the state it was in, planning and scheming our vision for the house, and getting down + dirty and taking the house back to the studs.
One of my favourite things about working on this project, was seeing how proud everybody who worked on it was, from the floor guys to the landscaper, from the cabinet maker to the painters. All the planning and research paid off.
Doing your research and planning is half the job, as without it you’re going to get lost and overwhelmed. But make sure you leave room for spontaneity and take advantage of opportunities. As we started to execute our plan, Seth’s uncle found out that his friend had just acquired two trees that had naturally fallen on the McKenzie Hwy: a Doug Fir and a Chinkapin, and they would both be enough for all the woodwork needed in both units; so the kitchen, counters, trim and benches in both units are all made from one single tree respectively.
Being open to opportunities like this enables you to make your home (or project) unique, give it character and a story. Our guests have LOVED hearing about this.
Top Left: Custom Kitchen, Restored Light fixture, Farmhouse sink from Home Depot. Top Right: Wing Chair from family piece, Southwest Cushion Covers Iron Horse, Sofa bed Urban Outfitters. Bottom Left: Hardware from Vintage Hardware, Restored Sink. Bottom Right: Custom Chinkapin Kitchen, light above sink is antique
As the project started to wrap, it was my job to go furniture shopping. We had discussed that we wanted one side to pay homage to the era the house was built in, and the other side to be more modern and rugged giving each side its own personality. We foraged countless of thrift and antique shops from Jacksonville, Or to Portland, Or in search of unique and functional pieces to mix in with others from big box stores; patience is key to this, as is having a plan and keeping your eyes opened. Once you’ve envisioned what you want, tell/describe it to all your friends, so they can also keep an eye out for you – this is how we found a lot of things (like WW2 trunks that became a side table).
The most important thing to know, is that whether it’s your vacation house, a paid project or the place you call home, it’ll take time to get it to look the way you want it (see this interview/home tour), and you’re not going to find all the perfect pieces at once – and that’s what makes the whole experience so beautiful!
Bottom Left: Side table from Redoux, Lamp from Ikea, Duvet covers Pottery Barn. Top Left: All Hardware from from Vintage tubs, Original claw foot tub. Bottom: Sofa bed from Urban Outfitters, Lights from Target and Customized, Side table and beige chair from Wold Market, WW2 trunks second hand, Antique 1900’s phone.
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Next time: How the branding and launch came along!