Emperor’s Silk Builtin Bookcase

Hey Ya’ll and welcome back,

Most of you know I am at my daughter’s on Long Island. I just have to tell you this is what I left at home…Japanese Magnolias in full bloom.

Jap Magnolias …and this is what I came to…

Snow in K's back yard

WOW! Both are beautiful in their own right and I love that I can have both. ūüôā My time here is fast coming to an end though…WAY TOOOOOO FAST! Ah well…..

This week I will be featuring my next home reveal. YAY!!! I am very excited about this because my client has such wonderful balance of decor in her home, from country to modern, from old to new. It all seems to work so well together and complements each other instead of one overwhelming the other.¬†Their home is on the beautiful Cane River that runs through Natchitoches, LA. This river is really a huge lake that was made after Red River changed its course and left this lake. This is “the” Red River that starts in the Texas Panhandle and flows over 1,000 miles down to our little town of Natchitoches.

We initially installed hardwood floors in their home approximately three to four years ago. The floors are oak with hand-beveled edges. I say hand beveled because we beveled each and every board, they were not factory done. The boards differed in widths from three, four and five inches. This along with the beveled edges really added to the custom look. They were stained with MINWAX English Walnut and finished with a satin oil-based polyurethane.  They recently added an addition to enlarge their master bedroom suite. This included adding another bath, HUGE-DREAMY-custom closet, laundry room, and wonderful home office. This addition also included a built-in bookcase on one side of their fireplace in the living area. This bookcase is what I will be featuring this week.

She wanted the bookcase to look like two pieces of furniture so she chose the top part to be Old White with dark wax. The TV was to go in the center with two glass-door-enclosed sides with adjustable shelving. The doors had fluted trim with corbels on top.

My client loves red and it is a color used in her decor all through her home so the bottom color was Emperor’s Silk distressed to Arles. I had been wanting to paint with Emperor’s Silk and Arles for soooooo long and now I have the chance. I was so excited that my clients had been choosing the very colors I wanted to use.

B's full bookcaseThe red and white¬†pulls were installed with the colors of the pulls being¬†opposite the painted color. ¬†The red pulls on the Old White and the white pulls on the Emperor’s Silk.

B's Side case with lights

B's O/W bookcase corbel

B's bookcase door pull

B's b/c fluted trim in ES

B's b/c in ES door pull

You can see the dark wax in the bead board. It is so pretty.

I have several other things I love in her home that I want to share with you. The antique doors that led into her new master bath were purchased in Lafayette, LA. Because the floors were stained she wanted to leave the doors in their natural state.

B's b/r doors

B's entrance to m b/r suite

The next great thing I want to share is the light fixture in the laundry room. Can you see what it is?

B's l/r light fixture

Door knob plates! I’m not sure about ya’ll but I haven’t ever seen this before! I love this mixture of old and new. Here are the shutter doors she bought to go into this room and also her custom closet.¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

B's shutter doors

Ahhhh…those beautiful oak floors.

So what do you think? If you have enjoyed this just wait until next week when you see her master bath.

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Hey ya’ll and welcome back,

I am so excited for my Kelli this week. She is a HUGE fan of Young House Love and had RSVP’d for their book tour in Soho but it was canceled because of something crazy and uncontrolable (uncontrolable? is that even a word? I’m getting the dreadful red line!) Anyway, after rescheduling the time had arrived. However, the poor thing had so many obstacles to overcome to make it this week, but make it she did. She was SUPER WOMAN…braving tornadoes, an arctic front hitting warm air, fog, traffic, sick baby, and first manicure for said baby (she was so cute). On the LIE (Long Island Expressway) there is no cruising so she just hit the road to see her inspiration to pursue her blog and the courage to hang a picture and put a possible wrong hole in the wall. If you know anything about my daughter you know the FEAR of repairing the wall full of holes from hanging a crooked picture. ūüėČ PLEASE visit her and read her so cute post this week.

Well this week is gonna be a hodge podge of everything. I have been so busy and yet I have nothing to show you. CRAZY and equally frustrating. I will have to show you pics of a things in progress that will be coming in the next weeks. I have a photographer lined up for my two house reveals. I just finished my second house including floors, bathroom and new built in bookcase.¬†I am working on the Hoosier, a headboard, and a dresser for a baby’s room. Wow! So here are a few sneak previews…

Beginning of distressing hoosier

This Hoosier has three colors. Can you see them? One is trying to peak out on the hinge…

Doors for headboard

These are the doors that will be transferred into a one-of-a-kind headboard, Old White and Duckegg Blue.

Top part of bookcase

This bookcase has Old White with dark wax and a surprise on the bottom.

bathroom sample

Oh wow, you’re gonna love this bathroom…and the light fixture in the laundry room is to die for…I can’t wait for you to see it!

Oh and can you see the floors in the background?!

Lisa's b/r d/s vanity

Bathroom vanity with vessel sink…hmmmmm….busy, busy, busy.

I did figure out how to get all of this done and still find a month to go to my Kelli’s in New York!!! YAY!!!

Thanks so much for stopping in and don’t forget to say “Hey ya’ll”.