Demo & Dust on Delaware – How We Aged Brick

This is a before photo of our kitchen.

 Then it ended up looking like this when the walls were torn down and opened up.

This is opposite wall of the kitchen –   not to confuse you but the fireplace you are looking at used to be full brick and at one point they covered it with the concrete formed facade. It would be very difficult to take down. My plan for today is to have it fauxed to look like cast stone and then patina the copper – however than plan could be changed.

Here’s the dilemma………….someone in the past sealed the brick! Then added to that 45 years of the heat from cooking that just made the brick even harder.

Not even after 2 cans of Kleen Strip Stripper it still did’t have the look I was after – but at least all gunk and sheen came off.

A tad better but still not what I want.

This is my inspiration photo and the look I am after.

SO – I now have a lady brick mason!!! She is awesome and came to my rescue!! We started off with one part sifted cement to two parts sand.

…….and we started painting it on

…….and then we started taking a scrub brush and taking off what we did not want – and it was too gray for what I wanted. So now plan B is to use white cement using the same ratio.

Looking more like my inspiration photo which is like “smeared” brick.

It was a bit of trial and error – but I “think” I have the look I want. I will need to seal it in a couple of weeks while the cement is hardening and curing.

Try to imagine cabinets on either side and I am also getting a Wolf range with 2 ovens and 6 burners. I know I should get the traditional red knobs but I am going with the safe black.

Now we are ready for the painter to get started. It has taken forever to get the new dry wall sanded to perfection. More on that in another post.

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Demo & Way Too Much Dust on Delaware – Making Progress!!

The first 4-5 weeks of our remodel we saw drastic things happening daily in our home. Now they are not so drastic but subtle. I feel things are going in slow motion. But things are happening in that the painter is painting – our kitchen cabinets, butlers pantry, laundry room and family room book shelfs are being built – the parquet floor has been removed waiting the new wood floor,  and the brick behind our Wolf Range has been aged, our pocket french door arrived and is installed and our front door was delivered yesterday!!! Finally!!

No more orange paint!! Kevin our painter is having to apply 2-3 coats of primer to cover the color.

Parquet floor before we started removing it

Hmmmm – maybe 60% of it has been taken up. Some of them pop up and some of them refuse to be budged! I am the “sweeper upper girl”.

Even our son who came for Mother’s Day weekend helped.

It took about 8 hours to take this floor up!! Here are the last few pieces.

The pocket french door has been installed. It will have a dark stain applied. That is the laundry room behind the door. The glass still has a protective film on it.

I was so excited to have the new knotty alder front door was delivered yesterday. Now we just need to get it installed.  For now it is just hanging out in the dining room.

I will show you tomorrow how our mason aged the brick over our new range.

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Tulsa Designer Showcase 2012

I always enjoy going to designer showcase houses. It is a sampling of many creative designers where each room is treat to visit. I almost missed ours this year with a remodel going on in our home but finally made it this last Friday. These photos could be better quality as I really was not planning on taking photos for this post so I took all these  photos with my iphone.

The home is the McGuire-Hood home and was built in 1915.  The style of this mansion is Prairie School style.  Mr McGuire’s and his wife  hand-selected the stone for their house from the Osage hills and were brought it in by horse-drawn carriage.

The Living Room was done in taupy grays. There was a lot of interesting details though out the room that I liked.

The zinc crosses hanging on the ladder were interesting.

Cute vignette – wouldn’t exactly say it is for a living room though.

I love this nail head trim on the curtains – great detail.

Love this monogram pillow on the sofa – think it would easy to duplicate. It is a grosgrain ribbon wrapped around the pillow with the monogram of a felt like material attached.

This is the color of the living room walls. All paints are Sherwin Willliams

Warm Stone – 7032

 The ceiling was the same color but cut by 50%.

Off of the living room you enter the sun room which I loved because it was a very livable space surrounded by three walls of windows.  This is the area you enter as you exit the living room.

Two totally different garden seats paired with leather chairs on top of a shag rug!! It was perfect.

At the other end of the sun room

Love the pottery vases as a coffee table. One is just slightly taller than the other allowing the glass to rest on top of the other.

I like the curtains with the Ikat pattern and a soft pleat.  The windows were really great in that the moulding was painted with Sherwin Williams Moderate White while the mullions were Sherwin Williams Warm Stone which is the same color of the walls.  To me it was a perfect accent and one that I noticed immediately.

Across from the sectional sofa are X stools with nail head trim sitting in front of a fireplace.  I so want a pair of these stools – something else on my very long wish list.

Now we go into the dining room.  Sorry my iphone does not do this room justice.

Dining Room color is Sherwin Williams Cast Iron – 6202

Ceiling Color is Sherwin Williams Moderate White – 6140

Now we go to the Kitchen and Pantry Area. I only took one photo in the pantry area of the window treatment. I thought this was a great idea – hemmed burlap flopped over a burlap covered dowel, trim and a stencil. The rosette looking pieces at the end of the rod look like it was a circle of burlap stuffed in the rod.  It was a great accent next to the wall color.

Sherwin Williams wall color is Renwick Olive – 2815

Kitchen Island with leather treated granite.

Galley Sink from Kitchen Ideas – these things are super cool. Check them out here: The Galley Sink. Please forgive me as this photo is blurred!!

Beautiful windows over the range – but actually they did not give you the best view of the back yard. Kinda was disappointed in the small windows.

Now to the upstairs – love all the moulding they have added.

Upstairs Landing

Walls are Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige – 7037

The ceiling on the landing was very special with Metallic Pearl Glaze

Master Sitting Room

The opposite side of the room

Bookshelf area for the television – but where is the TV????

Wall color Sherwin Williams Anonymous – 7046

Master Bedroom

Guest Bedroom – loved it!! Fresh and inviting!

How wonderful is this bedside table?? Clever!

Great Chandy! Same shape as the lamps on the chest.

Wonderful trim on the window treatment

Guest Room color is Sherwin Williams Wheat Grass – 6408

Bathroom off of the guest bedroom – love all of the marble tile

I love the juxtaposed accent of the dressing table in this bathroom. Guest that little cabinet is a drop for laundry. Boy – they don’t do those anymore do they??

This is the third story of the home – a wonderful lodge style retreat.

Last stop is the back yard. WOW – I would love to have this set up at our home.

Clever way to plant your herbs

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The New Dining Room Window Finally Arrives

I have been very anxiously waiting on this very large window to arrive. As you remember from a previous post here – the first window arrived but the top radius was measured incorrectly. Frustrating! And it was measured 4 times! This time they literally did a template of the window!

Now they have to first remove the old window ……………….one pane at a time!!! It was an old single pane window, so I guess that how you have to do it!


I will admit I kinda wished we could do without windows and enjoy a nice breeze all day long!! Then I realized  I am not on some tropical island……… I am in Oklahoma!!

The window weighed over 500 pounds and took 4 hefty men to lift it.

I really got all fussy about my azaleas and made each one of them promise not to damage them. I am sure they thought bad things about me!

getting closer………

and closer…………


Oh dear! It is 5/8 inch off…………….now they spend nearly an hour getting the perfect fit!!! Of course I am sure it did not help that I was watching their every move!! it got a little tense for a while.

And now the finished product………

There is such a difference in these new windows – they’re solid stuff! You can tell by just looking at them they are super duper energy efficient.

This is our very old window!! Do you remember those aluminum single pane windows??

And yes!! I will be getting rid of those lovely sheers!

We are making sure but steady progress with our home remodel. It will be slower than the norm because we are contracting it ourselves. But we’re up for it!!

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In Search for the Perfect Banquette

“Banquette” derives from the French word for an upholstered bench placed up against or built into a wall. Whether for dining or gazing out a window, a banquette is intimate and casual. Banquettes have been popular since the French aristocracy put benches in their dining rooms and covered them with tapestry cushions.

We’ve never had a banquette and now we have a perfect place for one.  Space is very limited in our kitchen and that is why banquettes are perfect. I will need to place it under a window so that situation limits how tall the back of the banquette can be.

In my search for banquettes there has been some incredible images. When I look at these images I dissect them to see what elements of the image I like and can use. You can take so many ideas away from just one photo. You may not use the ideas in just one room of your home but you can incorporate them throughout your home.

I think this is an incredible use of space. Although this style of banquette would not work into my plan I love it. Whoever designed it took a boring little corner and created a functional area. I love the fabric, trim…….is it nailheads?? It has a circular table which sits more people and this table could probably seat at least 6 people.

There is so much I love in this image. The ceiling for one, then the used brick behind the range, then the black doors but now look at that banquette! I wish I could see the rest of this home! It only has to get better. What I like about the banquette is the tufting and the nailhead design below!! I love how they finished off the side with pleats. Of course, they also have a beautiful table. WOW oh WOW!!

Here is  banquette that sits in front of a window like ours will. We also want storage under our seating.

Another banquette pushed up to the window but with a rectangular table.

This banquette is against a bookshelf wall so that means you can place a banquette almost anywhere.  I love the monochromatic color scheme plus those chairs are on my want list!

Perfect area for a banquette! Can you imagine the bay window area with a table and chairs??? Now they have the same if not more seating with the banquette! I do think they need to add cushion seating thought.

One of my favs!! Love the height, the nail heads and the contrasting color in the bench fabric. Oh, and that table sitting in front of the banquette is very special also!!

Here is another banquette that sits in front of a window. The shape of the upholstered back works well and the storage underneath is a bonus. Again the table and chairs are perfect and I would gladly accept them!!

This banquette provides lots of seating! But where are the cushions to make the area more comfy??

This is a very pretty banquette. Great seating around a long oval table. That wicker chair is such a perfect accent.

I love all the colorful & cheerful pillows placed around this banquette which also has nice storage. Another chair that I think is fabulous!

There is more to love in this image focusing on a banquette. Wish I could tell about the fabric. The beams in the ceiling and the great lantern lighting.  Just a perfect place to get all cozy!

To me this banquette should be in a restaurant setting but I see a lamp on a pedestal stand that looks more like it would be in a home. Plus if you look at the reflection of the awesome pendant lighting I think it’s a home. But, I love the taupy platinum color of the fabric that has been tufted. I love the shape of the chairs – they are perfect for this banquette.

I love this huge window banquette and how it is in perfect balance with the window.   And of course you know I love nailhead trim.

To me this banquette oozes personality! Everything about it awesome. Actually everything in the room is great. Look at all those candlesticks, planks walls and look at the cute corner shelves that show off wonderful teapots. 

Attention to detail at it’s finest!! I think this banquette arrangement is breathtaking – the window, beams, lantern, sconces by the window, niches and on and on!! Someone was really using their noggin when they designed the area. Attention to detail at it’s finest!!

This is a bit more of a window seat but add a table and you have a banquette!

You can even use a sofa for your banquette area.


Very pretty! I am really thinking this shape banquette is my fav!

Great use of space with using a banquette.

This is one fancy banquette!! Kinda looks like a pew on the ends.

You can order this sofa though Vanguard Furniture and use as a banquette.

Or here is one you can order thru Ballard Design – they have lots of fabric to choose from.

Here it is in a black & white stripe!

I hope I did not over load you with banquette photos. So many wonderful ideas.  Just makes me super anxious to get started on ours!!

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