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Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Labor of Love


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Hello Everyone,

Today, I would like to share a project with you that has been a “labor of love” for me.

Since my main focus on the blog has been about quilting and fabric design, some of you may not know that I am also an interior decorator. Over the past eighteen years I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful clients. It has been gratifying for me to help them realize their vision of what will make their homes beautiful and unique.   

Recently, I had the  happy opportunity to be able to do this for my parents, in their new home.  Their dream home has lots of room with high ceilings and  plenty of gathering space for the family. Oh, and a big garage for my dad.  

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 My parents, Richard and Debbie Haggard are pictured below. They are an energetic pair that, are always going and doing. Mom likes to shop and Dad likes to take her and wait patiently while she looks. They are both very artistic, so I guess the apple didn't fall far from the trees.

Here they are in their new living room.


Aren't they cute!
I selected black for the walls in this room because I knew it would make the white wainscotting pop. The black also goes well with the colonial furnishings. The color worked even better than I had hoped. 



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I wanted this part of the living space to
 resemble an old early american tavern. 

Over the years, my parents have collected many wonderful antiques and interesting pieces. One of my biggest challenges has been deciding which pieces from the treasure trove of goodies, I would use in my design.  This was difficult at times because I have fond memories of so many of them.






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  My parents like the authentic colonial style and lean towards that when decorating. My mother also has a very soft spot in her heart for the white-on-cream shabby chic look, so I tried hard to combine the two.

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We found this wonderful old window and decided to hang it in what Mom calls her sun room. It is a small sitting room in the front of the house and does get very sunny.  I added some interest with the mural and urns. We designed this room in the Shabby Chic she loves so much. 

Below are some other design elements of the room.
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This is a closer look
at one of the urns




A millinery mannequin that caught our eye
one day








Birds, books and vines

Sewing, bits and bobs!


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The pretty lady on the right of this picture is my Mom and some of you probably recognize the sweet lady on her left. That is my able assistant, Jody Baker. Jody keeps me organized on the road and is a talented fabric artist herself. She is also a close family friend and loves spending time with my folks.  You never know what these two might be getting up to next! 
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Here are Jody, mom and dad enjoying the new house




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I added a few pops of color to this shabby chic parlor, but the furnishings still hold true to the colonial style that suits this gathering spot so well. I wanted to showcase the high ceilings and sunny openness of this room without losing any of the coziness.

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This little niche was the perfect place to put one of my mom's favorite paintings.

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My dad picked one of the big rooms upstairs, as his lounging, TV watching, napping, work room. We carried the color, as well as the heavy pieces of furniture  up the stairs and down the hall to his more masculine but still colonial style room. 

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Dad's desk. Yes, those legs are made of cast iron. 

Yes, these units were VERY heavy!




Some of my mom's oil paintings that dad wanted
in his room
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This wall was bit of a problem area because of it's width and placement in the room. I worked around this by using a small antique chest and added height by going up from there. Isn't the small Windsor chair adorable!

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What colonial home would be
complete without
pewter dishes. 
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Well, I guess that's all of the tour for now. Like most things, this is still a work in progress. We haven't even begun to work on the fireplace and we need to find  a great place to put all of mom's antique dolls!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my folks new home as much as I have enjoyed helping create it and sharing it with you.  

Wishing them many years of health and happiness in their  beautiful new home.

Love you guys!

Have you performed any "labors of love" lately? Tell me all about it!
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Till next time,
Brian



3 comments:

Mosaic Magpie said...

What a wonderful home you have created using your parents' treasures. Love the mural you painted around the arched window, what a focal point! So many interesting pieces, full of memories, like your mother's paintings what treasure those are. The window with the sewing bits showcased in it, was in one of your books I believe. I am looking forward to seeing the collection of dolls and the creative ways you will display them. Brian and his "Creative World" is so very true!
xo,
Deb

Pamela Kellogg said...

Hi Brian, how beautiful! You did wonderfully well combining Colonial with Shabby Chic. I myself, am more of a fluffy girl. Give me pink! But this is so lovely!!! And I do hope you'll share your mom's collection of Antique Dolls here on your blog. I'm looking forward to seeing them!

Pam

Pat Winter said...

i love the black wall. I would have never thought black walls could make such a pretty and calming room. Great job. I enjoyed the tour.
My labor of love is making a small flower garden off my mom's front deck so she can enjoy it from her window. It is hard for her to get around these days.

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