Pretty Perfect Solution for an Awkward Space

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from fun DIYs to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting walls–awkward walls….y’all know the ones I am talking about…the ones that seem to randomly jut out…the ones that have to be there or your house falls down…yep, those.

Bless! I have lots of those awkward wall spaces in my renovated 1920 house. But I knew that going in…besides I would much rather have big, gorgeous windows with a view than perfect wall spaces *smile*

A few weeks ago, I decided to tackle one of my awkward wall spaces…I was getting ready for a Christmas party…and I wanted to gussy up the kitchen a bit. So, I went on a hunt for something…no idea what…just something to hang…something to make the kitchen more me…less generic. I didn’t want to invest a lot of money because I am still working on my kitchen, and I don’t know the overall direction I am going. Where was I? Oh, yes. I went on a hunt…and found the perfect pieces to display on the awkward wall spaces.

I found the vintage yellow step stool at the Tree Streets Yard Sale in Johnson City, Tennessee. It fits perfectly into the awkward corner.

I found the vintage yellow step stool at the Tree Streets Yard Sale in Johnson City, Tennessee. It fits perfectly into the awkward corner + it is handy for me to use because I am short *smile*

I love mixing metals...I know I have stated that several times on the blog, but I really do like how they shine *smile*

I love mixing metals…I know I have stated that several times on the blog, but I really do like how they shine *smile*

I decided to paint the walls in the kitchen a pretty vintage mint--more details to come.

I decided to paint the walls in the kitchen a pretty vintage mint–more details to come.

I just love how my collage of platters and molds turned out. The good news is...if I change my mind...I have lots of serving pieces *wink*

I just love how my collage of platters and molds turned out. The good news is…if I change my mind…I have lots of serving pieces *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about awkward wall spaces. The best advice I can give is don’t be afraid to experiment. I bought more pieces than needed, but that is okay because they can be used somewhere else in my house. I must have rearranged the platters and molds a million times on the floor before finding a layout I loved. But it was fun *smile*

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for all kinds of fabulous ideas *smile*

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Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Family Room

A little snowman collection painted by Gran (my sweet mother-in-law) on display in the family room.

A little snowman collection painted by Gran (my sweet mother-in-law) on display in the family room.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free living to DIY projects. This week on the blog, we have been taking a holiday home tour of Hathorn Hall. Today we are peeking inside the family room (because I do not want to show too much of this space before its big reveal). The layout and furniture placement in this room are not very conducive for a Christmas tree; however, I will be adding touches of fresh greenery for a upcoming neighborhood event. The holiday decor goals for this space were simple, focus on the fireplace, display my Santa collection, and leave room for live, evergreen touches.

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The largest Santa was painted by Gran, and the little ones were gifts from students (back when I was a teacher–several years ago!).

Large Santa by Gran, vintage Santa cup, and the little one was from a student. *Santas and ornaments make wonderful teacher gifts.

Large Santa by Gran, vintage Santa cup, and the little one was from a student. *Santas and ornaments make wonderful gifts for teachers.

The little one on the left and the big one are both by Gran...and the Santa on the right was a gift from...y'all guessed it...a student *Big Smile* I will always cherish the gifts from my students!

The little Santa Claus on the left and the big one are both by Gran…and the Santa on the right was a gift from…y’all guessed it…a student *Big Smile* I will always cherish the gifts from my students *sweet moment*

Biggest St. Nicholas is by Gran, gifted Santa, and a vintage Santa cup...I just love Santa Claus!

Biggest St. Nicholas by Gran, gifted Santa in the middle, and a vintage Santa cup…I just love Santa Claus!

More Santas *smile* yes, I believe *wink*

More Santas *smile* yes, I believe *wink*

Simple, rustic touches--a basket with greenery + a tree made from tobacco sticks

Simple, rustic touches–a basket filled with faux greenery + a tree made from tobacco sticks

It was a bit tricky to get the sticks to stand, but so far, the tree has not fallen!

It was a bit tricky to get the sticks to stand, but so far, the tree has not fallen!

The tobacco sticks were tied together using basic cotton twine. At first, I had a bow on the rustic, little tree, but I decided it was just too much and took it off. You never know until you try!

The old tobacco sticks are tied together with basic cotton twine. At first, I had a bow on the rustic, little tree, but I decided it was just too much and took it off. You never know until you try!

The hubby's favorite chair is where I would have liked to put a live Christmas tree, but he has the perfect view of the TV from his chair...so it was a no-go *wink*

The hubby’s favorite chair is located where I wanted to put a live Christmas tree, but he has the perfect view of the TV from his chair…so it was a no-go *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little tour of the family room. I did not want to reveal too much of this space because fabulous things will be happening to it in the near future–so stay tuned for that! Be sure to join me tomorrow for the dining room holiday tour. Also, check out my Pinterest board For the Love of Christmas for decorating ideas and inspiration.

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Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Front Porch

Fluffy white pillows from TJMaxx in Johnson City, Tennessee. The perfect place to sit a spell with a good, hot cup of coffee *smile*

The perfect place to sit a spell with a good, hot cup of coffee *smile* The fluffy, silver pillows are from TJMaxx in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or hot cider and chat about everything from mini road trips to handmade goodness.

I got this silver wreath from Lowe's several years ago. Metallics never go out of style *smile*

I got this silver wreath from Lowe’s several years ago. Metallics never go out of style *smile*

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hathorn Hall, and this week on the blog the Hathorns are inviting y’all to join us for our holiday home tour. The hubby has been super sweet to help me get things gussied up a bit + he took all the photos for me. He is the best *awww, sweet moment* Even though we still have a few projects going on, we wanted to deck the halls as much as possible this year because for the past few years, we have been way too crazy, busy renovating to decorate! Pssst. Don’t tell the hubby, but next year…I am really going to deck the halls!!

That is enough chit chat. Let’s get started with today’s tour–the front porch in the daylight. Stay tuned for the front porch all lit up at night–it is a little Griswold-like *wink*

Inspired by "real" Christmas trees.

Inspired by “real” Christmas trees.

Large plastic Christmas balls + gold netting = easy holiday decor

Large plastic Christmas balls + gold tulle = easy holiday decor

Bow made from gold tulle

Bow made from gold tulle and fluffed to look like a tutu–inspired by the Nutcracker Ballet

Closer view of the evergreens I chose for the big pot.

Closer view of the evergreens I chose for the big pot. All plants are from Home Depot in Johnson City.

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Little wooden Christmas tree that the hubby and I made from scrap and salvaged wood. Don't y'all just love tartan plaid!

Little wooden Christmas tree that the hubby and I made from scrap and salvaged wood. Don’t y’all just love tartan plaid!

After much debate, I kept the milk can on the porch and added a big, festive bow to it.

After much debate, I kept the milk can on the porch and added a big, festive bow to it.

Silver throw + white/silver pillow = cozy place to snuggle with my love *smile*

Silver throw + white/silver pillow = cozy place to snuggle with my love *smile*

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Closer view of the garland

Closer view of the garland

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My sister made me these snowman pillow years ago for a Christmas tour I had at HatRidge. Aren't they adorable + can you believe they are made from placemats!

My sister made me snowman pillows years ago for a Christmas tour I had at HatRidge. Aren’t they adorable + can you believe they are made from placemats!

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Vintage + almost vintage Christmas tree balls in a copper basket.

Vintage + almost vintage Christmas tree balls in a copper basket.

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little tour of the front porch in the daylight. Please join me tomorrow as we step inside for a look at the parlor.

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Re-decorating Hathorn Hall’s Front Porch + Dining Room Sneak Peek

IMG_8040Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living. If this is your first time visiting, we would like to extend a warm Southern welcome *smile* The rules of SSL are simple–grab a good cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea and sit a spell with us. That’s it *big smile*

Today on the blog, we are chatting about several things–from a sneak peek of Hathorn Hall’s dining room to the front porch fall decor I had to replace and fix due to some severe and blustery weather.

Now, it is time to sit a spell and enjoy the randomness of today. To be honest, most of my days are random and scattered, but that is perfectly okay because I am alive and kicking *cue Simple Minds*

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans.

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans. Stay tuned for the details on paint, fabric, and more *smile*

I cannot wait to tell y'all all about the wine rack/buffet table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

I cannot wait to tell y’all all about the wine tasting table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y'all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y’all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a bit of severe weather here in Northeast Tennessee. The wind was terrible, and it took a toll on my cornstalks and other front porch fall decor. After the storms had all passed, I got busy with salvaging and re-decorating. Check out the original post about the fall decorating here. I did not want to invest too much into the project because I did not want to take from my winter plant or Christmas budgets.

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile*

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile* Notice the blue cooler–I finished the re-decorating and clean up just a couple of hours before we had a Saturday Football party *whew…cutting it close*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y'all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y’all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink* Notice that I did salvage the corn from the cornstalks and used them as “filler” for the pots + a few of the corn “leaves”–are they called leaves? Hmmmm….

I was super relieved  that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

I was super relieved that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the sneak peek of the dining room + more fall decorating. I really do love this time of year. Fall puts on the best color show *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

 

 

 

The Dining Room of Hathorn Hall–Pretty Much a Blank Slate

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about Hathorn Hall’s dining room–which is pretty much a blank slate. Now, grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me as we take a look at what I’ve found so far that’s inspiring my dining room and what is still left to figure out.

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Recently, the hubby and I visited Corner Nest Antiques Mall in Elizabethton, Tennessee. It’s fabulous. It’s amazing. It’s a wonderland of treasures. Y’all must go see for yourselves! Anyway, we went in search of period furnishings for our 1920 home…but I’m so easily distracted by beautiful junk that our original reason was quickly lost by my begging for every single piece of rusty goodness.

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Now, please understand that I know my own junk addiction…and the hubby has learned the difference between my “I’ve got to have this.” and my “I’ve GOT to HAVE this!”. So, when I stumbled upon a big, green handmade tool box…he knew I had to have it because I had a vision for it…an exact place to put it where I could admire it and show it off.

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The colors of the tool box drew me in…the John Deere green and yellow with the slightest hint of lilac showing through…its bulkiness…its size…all its special compartments…as soon as I picked it up to examine it closer, I knew someone like my dad had built it because my dad builds everything sturdy and with detail.

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Before I found my giant tool box, I had wanted a big dough bowl for my dining room table. I had found lots of dough bowls that I liked, but none of them had spoken to me….

I love all the table displays at Z Gallerie, and I’ve thought many times about buying one…the tall vases, the sparkle, the glam…oh, my! But in my heart,  I knew the hubby’s table did not want anything new, sparkly, nor glam…this rugged table was handmade from a walnut tree from his family’s property many moons ago…it rested in the hallway in his family’s barn for many years before finding its way to us…for years, friends and family sat on it while drinking and enjoying the annual cow sales…it has had a rough, but good life. If you see the hubby, get him to share the story of his table because he tells it much better than I. *smile*

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No, this table did not want Z Gallerie. I did. It wanted something that represented its character–good,  hardworking folks. The tool box was perfect.

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To add a bit of pizzazz to the table, I’m going to fill the tool box with old bottles and vases…and then fill those with fresh flowers. For Christmas,  I can fill it with greenery and vintage ornaments. Oh, the possibilities are limitless!

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I’m not going to talk much about my art piece that’s in the dining room because her story is very interesting, so I will write a separate post dedicated to her…but I had to give y’all a little peek. *smile*

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Ugh! This wall has me all in a tizzy. Thermostat and the return air grille. What to do…what to do!

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Blank wall…and still debating on wall color…I’m leaning toward a rose color…not too pink…not mauve…I will know it when I see it *smile*

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I love the windows…I really don’t want to cover them with bulky curtains or ugly blinds…hmmmmm….

Well, that’s all the dining room news that I have. There is still much to be done, but one of these days…inspiration will hit and BAM! Dining room complete *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my dining room. Now, go out and find your own junky treasures! *smile*

Come Sit a Spell in the Parlor

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine.  Today on the blog, we are going to sit a spell in my parlor and chat about its character, old Southern charm,  and its potential. I’m thinking we should serve sweet, iced tea in the parlor *said with a Southern drawl*

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When you enter through the massive wood front door, turn to your left to see the gorgeous, restored pocket doors that lead to the hubby’s office.

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A little collage of crosses…I’d like to make a few more…find a few more…time will tell *smile*

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Another view of the pocket doors. I just love them! I wish I were a better photographer so I could capture better details of them for y’all.

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Once you step inside the house,  the fireplace greets you. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep the chair in that spot, but I needed somewhere to put it…and the basement didn’t seem like a good idea!

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Another perspective of the parlor and its layout.  It’s a big room…and it deserves attention…I’m just not sure how to decorate its awkward shape. But I’m trying *smile*

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This corner has me bumfuzzled…I like the Walter Anderson paintings on either side of the fireplace…but I’m not sure what to put on the blank wall….

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I love, love, love the curved walls…but with what do I adorn them…if anything? Suggestions are welcome, so please feel free to share ideas or your own curved wall challenges. *smile*

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A little close up of the curved baseboards. I love the dark, rich stain against the warm stain of the floors.

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Cute little wall sconces…they add just the right amount of light for evening sitting…with a good book.

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Ziva, our Giant Schnauzer and big baby, insisted on napping in the parlor while I snapped photos for y’all.  It was thundering outside, so she decided to stick close to her mom.

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I stacked up a couple of old trunks and added a Walter Anderson painting to the space by the front door.

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I love this old dresser…I started to refinish it, but decided I loved it as is. It just needs gussin’ up with some pottery…Note to Self: look for a local pottery artist.

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Y’all know I love windows…big windows! This set of three overlooks the wraparound front porch.

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Warm meets cool…white ceilings would have been too stark for the room…I needed to cozy up the space…bring the height down a bit and highlight the mouldings.

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today in my parlor. There’s still some work and decorating to be done, but I don’t want to rush it because this charming space deserves pretty things *smile*

The First Time Ever I Saw Hathorn Hall

This was the first picture

This was the first picture I took of what is now Hathorn Hall.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to SSL. I hope that everyone is having a blessed week so far. Hasn’t it gone by so quickly! Time always seems to move faster in summer. *sigh*

Today on the blog, we are going to journey back to the very first time I toured my new home. It was a chilly, sunshine-filled day…back in the fall of last year. I was stressed out from all the house hunting…and was about to give up…and stay in Alabama…but then…my sweet, patient realtor showed me a newly renovated 1920 house…and it was love at first sight *smile*

*Note: I apologize for the quality of the photos…they were just notes for me to remember the house by…not meant for sharing, but I just had to share them with y’all *smile*

Tip: When house hunting, take photos and notes of the houses you tour because it really is hard to remember all the little details and problems of each house.

 

The warm sunshine rays and the cool breeze made a wonderful first impression

The warm sunshine rays and the cool breeze made a wonderful first impression. I knew this spot would be perfect for a porch swing–a really pink porch swing *wink*

The porch...oh, the beautiful porch.

The porch…oh, the beautiful porch! Did y’all know that I loved front porches, sitting a spell, and coffee? *smile*

Guest bedroom upstairs.

Guest bedroom upstairs–I was so impressed with the refinished hardwood floors, the light from the windows, and the tall ceilings of each of the guest bedrooms.

Guest bedroom number two--love all the windows and the space

Guest bedroom #2–once again, I was in love with the big windows and all the light pouring in…

Bench in the guest bathroom upstairs

Bench in the guest bathroom upstairs–my favorite bathroom in the entire house. I cannot wait to show y’all what I am doing in here!!

Master bath separated with a pocket door from the master suite

Master bath separated with a pocket door from the master suite…the hubby and I have bought the floor for the space…we just have not had the time to install it…one of these days *smile*

Mater bedroom--part one

Mater bedroom–part one…stay tuned for the progress on the master suite–new hardwood floors, a gorgeous headboard the hubby built from…wait…I have said too much already!

Master suite part two

Master suite part two–the windows…oh, how I love these windows…and the view…y’all the view is amazing…

Oh, these windows and the view--the porch had me at Hello, but the master bedroom caused me to tear up and beg the hubby for this house ;)

Oh, these windows and the view–the porch had me at “Hello”–but the master bedroom caused me to tear up and beg the hubby for this house *wink*

Down the stairs to the parlor

Down the stairs to the parlor…I cannot wait to fill the walls with art!

View as soon as you step inside the front door

View as soon as you step inside the front door

Fireplace love!

Fireplace love! Y’all know I love me some old fireplaces…and windows…and front porches *wink* This is the fireplace in the parlor.

My first look at the parlor. Who doesn't love lots of windows and richly colored wood

My first look at the parlor. Who doesn’t love lots of windows and richly colored wood!

Butler's Pantry

Butler’s Pantry–I knew this would become my beverage station…I will chat about that on a future blog post.

Peek inside the kitchen--the tall ceilings and all the cabinet space!

Peek inside the kitchen–the tall ceilings and all the cabinet space…and guess what else? Yes, the windows *smile*

Dining room--once again the windows had me. I sound like a broken record...but I do love my windows.

Dining room–once again the windows had me. I sound like a broken record…but I do love my windows…the floors also had me…and the tall ceilings…well, everything about this house stole my heart!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me as we looked back at the first time ever I saw Hathorn Hall…let us continue to sit a spell and sing a little “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack…”The first time ever I saw your face–I thought the sun rose in your eyes…blah…na…na…that is all the words I know…the first time ever I saw your face…na…na….”