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Carr Project: Turning Blue

We’re checking in with Carr Project this week and if you don’t know what I’m talking about right now its not too late, go back and read the Carr Project Intro.

After a weather setback by extra rain that came with Hurricane Irma, the Carr home turned from white to Benjamin Moore’s Mysterious Blue with Simply White trim.

The progress on the project includes:

  • exterior painting
  • a new roof
  • exterior trim and siding repair
  • new gutters
  • landscape & bocce consult
  • paver demo
  • tree removal
  • concrete consult

Here’s our main inspiration for the space,

 

Our design will utilize a lot less white and have more of this vibe, that being deep blue and cedar and teak wood tones.

With a lot of sculptural grasses and texture, like one of my favorites Japanese Forest Grass

 

We’re using these elements in our design,

 

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Carr Project: Introduction

Betsy and I started work on a great project in August. It’s an exterior and outdoor living makeover. Our new clients are fun people who want to maximize their time lounging and hanging out in their own backyard. They have open minds and are totally open to suggestions…so yeah they are dreamy clients.

We’re working on a plan that includes a fireplace, sheltered outdoor space and a bocce court! Before we get started on the outdoor living in the back of the house, we’re working on a new exterior color combo for a mini-facelift.

We want to take this ranch from kind of cottage to a sleeker, more modern home. Once our clients told us they wanted to paint the house, I went to work on trying to convince them to go bold and because they are so easy going it didn’t take very long.

 

We’re removing the shutters, repairing some of the original exterior trim and working on selecting a new front door. We’ll be adding some other small elements on the front of the house like a new mailbox, house numbers and a cedar window box. The homeowners also had a consult with local landscaper Sean Butler from Butler Constructs to work on some changes for the front path and some new trees, shrubs and plants.

Stick around because we’re going to move pretty quick, the family needs to be playing bocce at Thanksgiving!

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Shop Talk: TEOT Mini Kitchen Reveal

Hi friends,

Thanks for stopping in.

I wanted to give you guys a look at the final design of the mini-kitchen in our new brick and mortar shop.

For a quick refresher, SHOP TEOT is laid out very much like an apartment. We took that idea and ran with it.

Before we came along, the space was a salon. The back room that we turned into our kitchen had some really ugly exposed PVC piping and bit of a mess of some cabinetry. With the help of our crew, we pulled it all out, capped it off and started afresh with a miniature kitchen build.

This is where we were when we signed the lease.

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Having a mini kitchen built into the retail space serves a number of functions.

It’s wonderful for presentation and merchandising of our newly expanded kitchen and housewares collection. A sink is always a good idea, from washing dirty DIY hands to late nights with a bit of sour beer to get you through the tagging and pricing process. Of course, the whole setup plays host nicely for catered parties as well.

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Sarah knew pretty immediately that she wanted to put in some pesto green kitchen cabinets and an apron front sink. She zeroed in on a paint color called Artichoke, by Sherwin Williams.

You might have guessed it, but a quick look at the history of our kitchen trends will find that our blog pretty much nails the final product. We have our sconces, our open shelving, our favorite cabinet hue, brass pulls, mixed metals, and white subway tile!

 

It all comes together for a modern take on classic design! Here’s the final look. We hope you love the result as much as we do!

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Many thanks to Rachel Garrison for the photography!

SOURCES:

Black Sconces  |  Shaker Style Cabinetry  |  Pesto Paint Color  |  Reclaimed Shelves  |  Apron Front Sink  | White Subway Tile

 

 

Shop the TEOT Kitchen Collection

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Bennett Kitchen: The Final Reveal

The Bennett kitchen renovation is ready for its debut.

There’s no two ways about it the Bennett kitchen was one sick puppy but now it’s a charming southern cottage kitchen with a splash of SoCal.

Let’s take a look at that renovation,

Bennett Kitchen Before After

It’s really gratifying to see the plan come to life and I love it to pieces. While I didn’t need to change the footprint of the room I did need to move the appliances around to create a layout that functioned more efficiently. The refrigerator and stove changed position, we added a dishwasher and put the microwave on a shelf freeing up valuable counter space.

The fridge was just sitting on a blank wall by itself. We needed to nestle that in and put that blank wall to work.

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This is what became of that blank wall,

AFTER BENNETT KITCHEN Range 700

A custom range hood with shaker panels, a classic white subway tile backsplash, open shelves and white enamel sconces to set the whole situation off.

bennett stove backsplash

The old yellow linoleum floor was replaced with 24″ long charcoal grey tiles with a modern slate vibe. Storage space was maximized in cabinets that now extend to the ceiling and our cabinet maker, Quality Cabinet Co., built a blocked crown molding at my request with straighter lines to marry the cabinetry to the ceiling.

I was convinced for weeks that I wanted to paint the pocket door a pacific/denim blue color. I sampled several of those colors.

bennett paint samples

and then I was sitting in the room during construction contemplating something and I glanced over to see my turquoise Fiesta coffee mug sitting on the counter. A knee jerk decision to paint the pocket door a bright turquoise yields this.

BENNETT KITCHEN AFTER for blog

I chose Cosmos Quartz Carrera Classic for the counter top. Quartz for the durability and Carrera Classic for the classic look and subtle veining.

Bennett cut board

We added a built-in banquette for four with a ship lap back and shaker panels on the seat to match our cabinets.

AFTER the dining nook built in banquette 700

We already had our West Elm pendant on the ready to hang over the banquette.

bennett banquette after

I know you will definitely want to know what our color picks were in this kitchen and we’re happy to oblige, in a forthcoming post.

 

So who is ready to renovate their kitchen?

 

 

 

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Grout Cottage: Exterior Reveal

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Grout AptA Day 1 HeadThe Grout Cottage was built in 1895 for the Grout Family, who actually utilized it as their guest house. C.B. Grout and family used the early resort cottage for their guests in the early part of the 20th century. The house was converted to apartments some time in the 1930s.

The earliest photograph that the Moore County Historical Association has of the Grout Cottage looks like its from the 1960s, so we can’t see it in the early 1900s to determine what parts were original and what was patched over time but we have a pretty good idea that those clipped gables, sunburst motif and paneled cornices are original.

We bought this “fixer upper” in the fall of 2012 and before Christmas of 2012 we had started demolition. When we bought the Grout Cottage it was a duplex with two apartments, with an old dilapidated carriage house in the rear, an overgrown yard and two tenants living upstairs. Today, it is still a duplex but everything else changed.

The total renovation took a little more than nine months. The finished product is a unique rental space with modern interior amenities and an exterior that stays true to the Queen Anne architectural style without some of the fuss. We think it folds comfortably in to the landscape of the small quaint town it stands in.

The Grout Cottage now stands between a bunch of new narrow houses that resemble free-standing row houses. Some members of my family were a little concerned that the Grout Cottage would look out of place even though it was the native in the neighborhood. I wasn’t concerned, if you stand there for 119 years, neglected and most recently existing in the middle of a construction zone you deserve some time to shine and I think that’s what happened.

A lot of time, careful choices and consideration went in to every detail of this renovation. I’ll let the images tell the story.

Grout Exterior Before & After

Working in the spring on straightening those clipped gables out, before we got scaffolding,

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Grout exterior porch side before_opt

 

Grout right front porch

 

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Grout front entry

Straightened out those dog-eared gables,

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Grout front gable after

 

Grout exteropr 2nd floor before_opt

 

Grout top right gable

 

Grout exterior brackets before_opt

 

Grout Exterior porch bracket after_opt

 

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Crusty brackets and railing before,

Grout exterior front porch columns before

 

Grout exterior columns & brackets after

 

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So tell me was it worth the wait?

Sources: Light fixtures, porch brackets, porch railing, front door, house numbers

 

 

 

 

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Connecticut Duplex: Reveal

The Connecticut duplex is complete!

This project was particularly rewarding because it was relatively quick–about two and half months and the transformation is striking. I drew inspiration from this project from my neighbors 2000 miles to the west in Venice Beach, California. I wanted a little of a Venice bungalow feel and I had to squeeze a completely lackluster 1950s ranch duplex in to that mold.  Many of the Venice bungalows were constructed during the craftsman era and use a lot of the classic craftsman elements and that’s what we did here.

The turquoise doors, boring tan paint color and the rickety railings and posts are gone.

Conn Duplex B&A

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connecticut duplex 230 windows

 

 

connecticut duplex stairs

Our friends from Butler Constructs landscaping planted the Confederate Jasmine to crawl up our trellis on each end of the duplex to create a green privacy wall and it will produce a sweet fragrance and white flowers in the spring. The variegated plant that thrives in the shade in the foreground is Fatsia.

 

connecticut duplex trellis

 

 

connecticut duplex 240 stairs

 

 

connecticut duplex whole house

The addition of the arbor was key to add dimension and character to the long, straight lines of the duplex. Our carpentry crew from Locklear Brothers Home Improvement executed those brackets perfectly. The style of the bracket under the arbor echoes the straight lines of the simple corbels on the gables over each entrance.

 

connecticut duplex arbor

Benjamin Moore’s Midnight Oil changes during the day and has a beautiful sheen and looks incredibly rich in the shade. It is the perfect color for this project.

 

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connecticut duplex trellis2

 

 

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connecticut duplex 240 entrance

Your thoughts concerning this swan?

Want to see previous posts about the Connecticut Duplex facelift, visit the 1st post, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

Sources: Outdoor Sconces, House Numbers, Entry Doors

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