Transforming a Boring Corner in the Guest Room

This is a LollyMollyArt project chair that I could not bear to sell. I have a bad habit of keeping a lot of my upcyled, repurposed pieces for myself. The hubby has caught on and realizes when I say "This would be perfect to redo and sell" that it really means "I love this, and I am gong to keep it" *smile*

This is a LollyMollyArt project chair that I could not bear to sell. I have a bad habit of keeping a lot of my upcyled, repurposed pieces for myself. The hubby has caught on and realizes when I say “This would be perfect to redo and sell” that it really means “I love this, and I am gong to keep it” *smile* P.S. Ziva was determined to photo bomb. I am pretty sure she wanted me to play instead of working.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about boring, awkward corners. We all have at least one in our homes. My new place, Hathorn Hall, has more than I care to count. It will take time and creativity to conquer the walls in this 1920 gem, but I am up to the challenge *smile* Now let us grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell!

Normally, I would stick to one room until it was 100% complete and perfect. Staying up late…shopping for decor until I dropped…building…painting…exhausting the hubby and myself until all items could be checked off the project list. But not this go-round. I want to have fun. Jump around from room to room. Find something that sparks an idea. Not have a detailed list of things that must be done by a set time or the world will cease to exist. Nope, I am winging it. Wandering from room to room. I am kinda liking this new freedom that I have given myself…and the hubby.

This is a three-panel screen with one panel tucked behind the others + it is upside down. I needed the rust color on the bottom to anchor the corner because the ceiling is tall...perhaps 10 feet...or taller.

This is a three-panel screen with one panel tucked behind the others + it is upside down. I needed the rust color on the bottom to anchor the corner because the ceiling is tall…perhaps 10 feet…or taller. And I love the design that was on the bottom, but it is now on the top. Why hide it!

Guest Room Number One is inspired by Ernest Hemingway. At first, I was going to paint the walls…but I am thinking that I like the soft khaki with the rich cream trim. I will know more after I get everything else for the space. If I do paint, it will be a cigar inspired color…bourbon…leather….Oh, my!

This room has a wall of windows, and y’all know I love windows + bright spaces. But my favorite thing about the space left me with an awkward corner. No need to fret because I had the perfect pieces…I bet the hubby is glad that I keep so many of my projects now *wink*

Panel + Chair = Still Boring Corner...it needed more, but there was barely any room...I had to walk away and ponder.

Screen + Chair = Still Boring Corner…it needed more, but there was barely any room…I had to walk away and ponder.

There was not enough room for a side table, and I really did not want to build one...or hunt for one...so I played around with some old Reader's Digest books until I created the look I wanted...just big enough to rest a martini and a good book.

There was not enough room for a side table, and I really did not want to build one…or hunt for one…so I played around with some old Reader’s Digest books until I created the look I wanted…just big enough to rest a martini and a good book.

I love all the rich colors + the hint of gold.

I love all the rich colors + the hint of gold.

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The chair seemed lonely, so I went on a shopping adventure in my basement, where I discovered an espresso and gold one that I had painted several years back. I totally forgot that I had it...and for the life of me, I am not sure why I even made it...or painted it those colors. But I am glad that I did because it looks dashing in my Hemingway room!

The chair seemed lonely, so I went on a shopping adventure in my basement, where I discovered an espresso and gold footstool that I had made several years back. I totally forgot that I had it…and for the life of me, I am not sure why I even built it…or painted it those colors. But I am glad that I did because it looks dashing in my Hemingway room!

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The awkward corner is located between the wall of windows and the closet.

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I am really excited about how this corner went from boring to dapper. Good news is this little design project cost me ZERO dollars because I already had everything! Better news is y’all can create this look without having to spend a lot. Check out your local antique malls, thrift stores, and flea markets for similar or exact items. The footstool was made from a wooden top + legs that I got at Home Depot. Now, I just need to locate some old maps…

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about transforming a boring corner with items that I already owned. I encourage y’all to go shopping in your basements and garages to see what you can find to transform boring spaces in your homes *smile* Now I am off to play with Ziva and Mattie because they have been worrying me to death! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with their adventures and my randomness *smile*

Ziva doing what she does best...photo bombing *wink*

Ziva doing what she does best…photo bombing *wink*

Transformation Tuesday: Before and Almost After of the Art Studio

Slowly, but surely it is all coming together *smile* Me--cleaning each crystal of the chandelier...one by one...

Slowly, but surely it is all coming together *smile* Me–cleaning each crystal of the chandelier…one by one…with a little help from the VIP and my coffee *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place where you sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine–a place where I hope my mess and renovations inspire you to start your own DIY projects.

Today on the blog we are chatting about a transformation that is still taking place in my new home–which one of my neighbors suggested calling it “Hathorn Hall”–which the hubby and I loved…and we decided that it was the perfect name….Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes! Today’s blog is all about the transformation of my art studio–from the moment I first saw it until this morning when I snapped a few photos for y’all. *Note: I apologize for the quality of the photos…I am not a photographer *wink*

The studio space is located in a small guest bedroom on the second floor. I immediately fell in love with its quirkiness and character. I knew it needed some love and personality, but the light from the windows was perfect!

I immediately fell in love with the quirkiness and character of this room. I knew it needed some love and personality + the light from the windows makes it the perfect space for painting and creating!

I love the ceiling, the old windows and their frames, the old doors and their knobs...oh, I love everything about this room!

I love the ceiling, the old windows and their frames, the old door and its knob…oh, I love everything about this room!

My photo does the floors absolutely no justice. The original floors were refinished with such care--and they are absolutely gorgeous in person! I promise to have a professional photographer come in and shoot better pics *smile*

My photo does the floors absolutely no justice. The original floors were refinished with such care–and they are absolutely gorgeous in person! I promise to have a professional photographer come in and shoot better pics *smile*

This is the before photo of the chandelier. It was originally in the Sloss Castle house that the hubby and I renovated in Alabama.

This is the before photo of the chandelier. It was originally in the Sloss Castle house that the hubby and I renovated in Alabama. Me–taking a photo during the first tour…making notes of all of the work to be done.

The chandelier that is now in the art studio was originally in the "Hers" side of the master bath in Sloss Castle. It was sooooo dirty and grimy...but I knew it had the potential to sparkle and shine...like a diamond.

The chandelier that is now in the art studio was originally in the “Hers” side of the master bath in Sloss Castle. It was sooooo dirty and grimy…but I knew it had the potential to sparkle and shine…like a diamond. P.S. I have no idea what my daughter is doing in this photo…haha

Tah dah! Isn't it pretty and shiny!

Tah dah! Isn’t it pretty and shiny!

I. LOVE. THIS. COLOR.

I love this color…and so I painted my art studio walls with it. It is so bright and cheery.

I have a wall of blank canvases displayed to remind me that opportunities and possibilities are limitless. I also decoupaged my old teacher's podium that my dad made me in pretty scrapbooking paper.

I have a wall of blank canvases to remind me that opportunities and possibilities are limitless. I also used pretty scrapbooking paper to decoupage my old teacher’s podium that my dad made for me in 1995.

The plan is to fill the walls with things that inspire me and make me smile.

The plan is to fill the walls with things that inspire me and make me smile.

An old bench that I found at an antique mall in Springville, Alabama years ago. I paid $15 for it. Never painted it because I liked the worn peachy color. Bless its heart--it has been outside, stored in a garage, moved numerous times, stored in a basement...and now, finally has a home in a place full of cheer.

An old bench that I found at an antique mall in Springville, Alabama years ago. I paid $15 for it–never painted it because I like the worn peachy color. Bless its heart–it has been outside, stored in a garage, moved numerous times, stored in a basement…and now, finally has a home in a place full of cheer.

I must be organized...and I am still working on getting everything in its place--but I am off to a pretty good start. I have had the rolling island for many years, and it is one of my best furniture investments. I am also very glad that the hubby put the rollers on it. He is the best *smile*

I am still working on getting everything in its place–Good news is I am off to a pretty good start with the ClosetMaid organization system from the Home Depot. I am a huge fan girl of ClosetMaid because it is customizable and easy to install. The rolling island has been around for many years, and it is one of my best furniture investments. P.S. I am very glad that the hubby put the rollers on it. He is the best *smile*

Love this old tool box tray as a "container" for the paints. I just put the ones I am currently using in there along with the brushes...and it is easy peasy to paint and be organized *wink*

Love this old tool box tray as a “container” for the paints. The plan is to put the ones I will be using in there along with the brushes I will need…and it will be easy peasy to paint and be organized–at the same time *wink*

Whew! It has been a lot of work, but totally worth it. I cannot wait to finish organizing because I am so very ready to get back to creating *BIG SMILE*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at the before and almost after of my new art studio at Hathorn Hall.

 

 

Sweet and Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff with a little Transformation Tuesday

 

It seems I had to fight my whole life through. Some gal would giggle and I'd get red. And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head. I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."--Johnny Cash

It seems I had to fight my whole life through. Some gal would giggle and I’d get red. And some guy’d laugh, and I’d bust his head. I tell ya, life ain’t easy for a boy named “Sue.”–Johnny Cash (handmade, cross-stitched lovely by Logan McClelland of Sweet & Dirty’s)

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living! Thanks so much for visiting us today. If your old friends, you know what to do–but if this is your first time with us–the rules are simple:

1. Grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine.

2. Sit a spell with us.

That’s it! We like to keep things simple around here. Speaking of simple, one of my favorite authors said it best–“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” Thank you, Henry David Thoreau, for reminding us that we need to slow down and pare down.

Blue Plum Festival 2014

Blue Plum Festival 2014 in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee–entry to the food court area

My daughter, Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista, posing for a fan photo.

My daughter, Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista, posing for a fan photo.

My daughter and I had the best time at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee. We spent hours checking out all the vendors and their goods–looking for handmade artisans and items that stood out from the rest. We attend so many arts and crafts festivals that sometimes all the booths and wares run together–or seem to all be the same. We found two adorable booths that grabbed our attention–and today, I am going to share one with y’all. Head over to the Vintage Inspired Passionista for the second vendor that wowed us. For second vendor that wowed us, click here.

Sweet & Dirty's Emporium of Good Stuff was one of the VIP and SSL Top Picks at the Blue Plum Festival.

Sweet & Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff was one of the VIP and SSL Top Picks at the Blue Plum Festival.

As we wandered the streets of downtown Johnson City looking for our favorite things, we spied the adorable Sweet & Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff. We were drawn inside by the rows of cross-stitched sayings…some funny, some sweet, and some just stating it like it is. Of course, the name was also intriguing–how could an adorable little shop be sweet & dirty? After chatting with Logan McClelland and her mom, we knew the answer–it was a combination of her being called “Sweet Logan” and her husband being known as “Dirty”–nicknames given to them by friends. I wonder what combo name the hubby and I would have? Hmmm…Anyway…back to this adorable shop of goodness. Logan is a proud stay-at-home mom, who makes the most darling things using vintage and recycled materials. Y’all must go check out her Etsy shop and her Facebook page for more of the lowdown on Sweet & Dirty’s.

Etsy Shop: Β Click here.

Facebook: Click here.

Now, it is time for Transformation Tuesday!Β 

This week, I want to take a look back at the curb appeal transformation of Sloss Castle–which was the massive renovation project that the hubby and I took on back in December 2012 with it ending in January 2014…just in time for us to get the freshly renovated house on the market and move…again…but that is a story for another day!Β 

When we first spotted Sloss Castle, it was covered up by overgrown bushes and ivy. The mullions on the windows screamed outdated, and the steps were just blah. It needed love...and we were willing to give it.

When we first spotted Sloss Castle, it was covered up by overgrown bushes and ivy. The mullions on the windows screamed outdated, and the steps were just blah. It needed love…and we were willing to give it.

We knew the house had the potential to shine–so we revealed its hidden beauty by clearing out the shrubbery, repairing the steps, and having the outside painted. We chose a lighter shade than the original to showcase the natural elements surrounding the house, we removed the mullions from all the windows to give the house a fresh, updated look, and the hubby built planter boxes for the steps to add a bit of height and interest–something to draw friends and family inside.

The hubby built six wooden planters for the steps. They are not attached--just designed to sit perfectly pretty.

The hubby built six wooden planters for the steps. They are not attached–just designed to sit perfectly pretty.

We painted the planters bright white to match the trim of the house. These containers are a perfect way to add pops of color to the ordinary brown steps.

We painted the planters bright white to match the trim of the house. These containers are a lovely way to add pops of color to the ordinary brown steps.

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This photo was taken Fall 2013--just after we had added new shrubs...and the leaves were in full show.

This photo was taken Fall 2013–just after we had added new shrubs…and the leaves were in full show. It is amazing what a little bit of hard work and a lot of patience can produce!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I hope that you enjoyed your rest, a look at the Sweet & Dirty, and a major Transformation Tuesday.

 

Transformation Tuesday: It’s All About Fireplaces

 

Today on the blog, we are going to sit a spell around the fireplace and chat about the Victorian era fireplace in my new home, which was built in 1920, and the transformation of the 1980 fireplace in the last house that the hubby and I renovated. Thank goodness, we do not have to renovate or restore in our current home like we did in our last one! That monster project took a toll on my nerves and my wallet *smile*

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I fell in love with the fireplace in the parlor as soon as I saw this late 19th or early 20th century Victorian era ornamental cast iron, deep relief summer cover with matching surround. Its days of burning coal are long gone, but its beauty still remains.

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One of my favorite types of molding is the Egg-and-Dart. I love sitting in the parlor imagining all the stories that were told around this fireplace. No interruptions from text messages, emails, or Facebook notifications.

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Before the hubby cleaned the tiles with baking soda and a razor blade–along with several other concoctions–the tiny ceramic pieces were dull black from many years of coal dust and neglect. Now, they are dazzling shades of greens.

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The parlor is coming along nicely. The hubby painted the walls a couple of weeks after we moved into our renovated 1920 home. Y’all know I love color so I had to punch up the room with “Aloe” in Satin by Sherwin Williams. We decided to use the “SuperPaint” Paint and Primer in One because the tall walls combined with the rough texture needed a superior one-coat coverage. Normally, I am a Behr or Valspar girl; however, I have to admit that Sherwin Williams impressed the hubby and me with this paint and its excellent coverage with little spatter. Two Thumbs Up and Five Stars, Sherwin Williams!

Now, let’s take a look at a transformation Tuesday fireplace from the last house the hubby and I renovated.

I took this photo the day we toured the house. The hubby and I knew that the fireplace and its built-ins had potential. After walking through the entire house, we decided to tackle the approximate 3,000 square feet renovation. It was a lot of hard work and interesting conversations, but we lived to tell the tale.

I took this photo the day we toured the house. The hubby and I knew that the fireplace and its built-ins had potential. After walking through the entire house, we decided to tackle the approximate 3,000 square foot renovation. It was a lot of hard work and interesting conversations, but we finished the monster project and lived to tell the tale.

All she needed was some love, paint, a new mantel, and few other odds and ends to be as good as new--well, better than new *smile*

All she needed was some love, paint, a new mantel, and few other odds and ends to be as good as new–well, better than new *smile*

The finished product--the fireplace turned out better than we had imagined it!

The finished product–the fireplace turned out better than we had imagined it!

I loved this living room! The windows framed the view, the fireplace anchored the room, and the subtle color on the walls enhanced the oak floors. Good News--my new living room also has large windows and a fabulous fireplace--so, stay tuned to the blog for all the details and photos!

I loved this living room! The windows framed the view, the fireplace anchored the room, and the subtle color on the walls enhanced the oak floors. Good News–my new living room also has large windows and a fabulous fireplace–so, stay tuned to the blog for all the details and photos!

Don’t y’all just love fireplaces–where stockings are hung, tales are told, and buns are toasted! I know I do because they remind me of days gone by…sitting in a rocking chair inside my Grandmother and Granddaddy Fulcher’s house, eating homemade cookies (my Grandmother made the best tea cake and molasses cookies), and listening to stories about cousin so-and-so….I can only hope that I will tell stories as well as my grandparents and Uncle Mackie did!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about fireplaces. Be sure to connect with me on all my social media for all kinds of randomness and happenings.