We did a little makeover on our living room this year and Mike designed and built a sofa table.
He built the table out of 250 year old wood that he bought from a lumber supplier a few years ago. The wood has such an interesting history;
It came from a building in downtown Atlanta(ultimately called: Southern Furniture Company), which was one of the few buildings that Sherman didn’t burn down on his famous “Atlanta Campaign”. (Sherman stabled his horses at the there so he needed the building intact.)
Mike has used the historic wood in so many of his pieces…
He denies it, but he’s a brilliant designer. He cut out the doors in a gothic-arch pattern, finishing them off he actually carved them by hand!
He made the oversize corbels …
Which remind us of the giant corbels he made for his range hood when we remodeled our kitchen last year–HERE…
He also made the leaded glass window, it’s one of several he’s made…
Although I can’t possibly take you through a detailed DIY tutorial, I can throw out a couple of ideas that you may be able to use in your home.
1- Consider adding a focal piece as the first thing you see when you walk through your front door. A piece that is cohesive with the rest of the house. For us it’s this rustic table.
2-Opposites attract. Maybe ask yourself: what is my design preference? Follow that question with another: What’s the opposite of my design preference? I love rustic and have a rustic presence throughout our home, but I also add a touch of chic here and there to soften that rustic vibe.
On the rustic sofa table, I added two glass and gold lamps to give a bit of contrast.
I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. We’re hanging around the house while I recover from thumb joint replacement in my right hand- 🙁
Thanks for dropping in…see you soon. xo