Putting a project together.

I think I have mentioned before that my husband is a commercial airline pilot.  His route is mostly Asia [Beijing, Shanghai, and Tokyo].  He commutes from Chicago, so the beginning of his work day starts in Atlanta.  Since those flights leave Chicago around 11-12 he usually goes up the night before.  On Thursday I decided to fly up to Chicago with him just for the night.  A quickie [wink wink] as you might say.  

I have had some bad experiences riding standby in the last few years.  There have been times when we headed somewhere [domestic] and have been at the airport waiting for a seat for 5 or 6 flights.  It is brutal. Every time they fill up the plane and you don't get on, you grab all your luggage and shlep to the next gate.  Since I was only going for the night I was hoping for a small miracle.  Got it.  Up and back....no problem.

My point to all this is to tell you that I started a good book that a friend gave me....."Left Neglected" by Lisa Genova.  It is about a woman who has it all...high powered job, 3 kids, beautiful home, second home in Vermont....wonderful husband.

Then she is in a car accident and has a brain injury [kind of like a stroke called "left neglect"] which steals her awareness of everything on her left side.  She has to retrain her mind to perceive the world as whole.  I don't usually have a lot of time to read, but when I do, I am always glad I pick a good one.  This book made me realize how lucky I am every day that I have my health.

Now to the good stuff......
I have been  posting about an ongoing project [the basement], and I want to show you a little before and after.  After the renovation was finished.  We ordered the furniture.  She kept saying that she was unsure of the blue chairs.


 These are Lee Industries [1304-01] and the fabric is Willis Peacock.  
Here is the sofa:

It is also Lee Industries [1601-03] and the fabric is Flanders Cement.  Since this is where they watch TV, I urged them to use plantation shutters because they are so easy to open and close.  They are 4 1/2 inches and painted the same color at the trim.

A couple of people wanted to know about this light fixture:

I found it online here.  Also someone else wanted to know about the floor stain.  I believe it was a mix of Dark Walnut and Jacobean [minwax brand].  The paint colors are:
The Bookcases:  Benjamin Moore: Texas Leather 
The walls, ceiling and trim are: Benjamin Moore: 966  Natural Linen.

The fabrics we used are:

Paisley: Pindler & Pindler- P0022 Montclair
Blue:  Schumacher -Bleeker in Peacock
Tomato check:  Pindler & Pindler-2347 Carrele
The floral: Barry Dixon- Pappillon BD

OK...why is she telling us all this?????  Well....I am just going to show you my thought process on putting this room together.
So...the first thing I do is start shopping for accessories.  Flea markets, HG's, Pottery Barn, and a couple of yard sales!!!  I want old and new so the room looks more collected.

Here are a few of the things I found for the room:



These gorgeous pictures at a flea market!  Seriously so cheap I had to look twice.  They are framed by Fred Reed here in Atlanta, so I know the frames are custom.

This at a yard sale.

This small table at World Market.
Some accessories for the bookshelves....

This stool at a flea market.  The perfect color!!!
This runner at a flea market.  Perfect size.  

And this brass candle holder...which you have already seen.

I also bought this for $5.00

A framed vintage dried botanical.  BUT...the mat was way too white.  No problem.
I took the back paper off, pulled out the staples holding the mat in place, and took it apart as carefully as I could.
Then I went to the basement and looked for some paint.
Just took a drop and mixed it with water.
After testing it on the back of the mat...I just painted it on and wiped it off right away.
Done.  I wanted it to have an antique feel like the other pictures.  Put it all back together.

You will have to trust me that it worked out!!!

Hee Haw...I know you want to see it all right now but it is too beautiful outside so you will just have to wait.  I have to go walk my dogs.

Atlanta is delivering us a gorgeous cool fall day!  Finally!




26 comments

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Such a pretty pallet of yummy colors Sherry!
Love everything you salected and the wall unit and it's color is AMAZIng. Your client must be ecstatic.
You are so talented!
xx
Alison

Erika said...

Those fabrics are beautiful. I love all the accent pieces - it looks collected over time. Can't wait to see the room!

Karena said...

Sherry How exciting! I adore the fabrics and finds!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

The Vintique Object said...

I'll forgive you the transgression of showing the final product since you let us inside that brilliant design mind of yours. ;) What I want to know is if the homeowner ended up loving the blue chairs!
Camille

Kelly said...

Looks like it's going to be a pretty room when it's all done. Can't wait to see it!

lisa mowry said...

I recommend lisa Genova's first book, about a woman our age (gulp) with early onset Alzheimer's...it's very good, but not exactly a night watching sitcoms...yikes. See you tomorrow for our brunch date!

Sherri Cassara said...

Hi Sherry, I just finished reading that book and I LOVED IT! I had no idea what the book was when I picked it up but thought I might need something to read at the hospital while my daughter was in labor (didn't!) and actually bought it at the market not knowing anything about it - it was such a good book!!!
I don't know why your client doesn't trust you - everything you have picked looks great - can't wait to see the final reveal! If she doesn't like the blue chairs ... call me! ;)

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

I'm looking forward to the final reveal, Sherry. You're one heck of a flea market shopper! What a keen eye for spotting such lovely gems.
Hope you enjoyed your walk!
~ Wendi ~

eclecticrevisited said...

love Lee Industries..they have a fabulous product at such a reasonable price...I used to carry their line when I had my showroom...love the sapphire chair...too sweet..
fabulous finds for a little extra impact for the family room...
...and count your blessings, including your good health, as it is the surest way to have them multiply...
best,
maureen

Acquired Objects said...

Dang girl you're all over the place. Book sounds good, glad you had an easy flight but those blue chairs??? I'm still out. Thanks for the info on the light fixture because you know I want it! Everything else looks amazing and you're a great shopper! I can't wait to see the finished room.

helen tilston said...

Hi Sherry - Glad you got a mini break to CHI
I love your colours for the den - very pleasing
Have a great walk
Helen xx

Holly said...

I love these thought process posts of yours Sherry - I like to see where you are headed with a room. Fun that you got a quick getaway too! We are finally getting our perfect fall whether up here in PA as well and I love it. Crisp cool days. Have a great weekend.

Lauren@BaylorSays... said...

Everything looks awesome...I love bleeker in peacock. What is the best way to put a picture back together after you tear the back paper? Do you replace it?

Pinecone said...

I loved that book too...so weird, didn't know there was even such a thing as being left neglected until I read it.
Love the fabrics!
xo
Ashlyn

Anonymous said...

Why you thrifting. shopping, garage sailing maven you! Cool finds!

Linda@Lime in the coconut

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Sheri,
Can not wait to see the room when your all done. Love all the flea market finds. We designed a house where we found all the furniture on Craigs list and had it recovered. Love, love the rugs! I have seen your work and I know this going to come out gorgeous.

The enchanted home said...

Sherry...LOVING this so far! Loved the glazy you put on the matte, so perfect to give it that vintage antique feel. LOVE the blue chairs...and this no ordinary basement, clearly! I am also loving all the fabric choices...beautiful color ways...cannot wait to see this all done! So exciting!!!!!!!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Love the bird prints and the runner! The room is looking fabulous- can't wait to see it all together!

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

Love the fabrics and those fabulous bird prints! Can't wait to see how you put it all together! And if you're an animal lover, the next time you get a chance to read a book, try "The Art of Racing in the Rain"...fantastic!!

Kerry said...

Sherry, I love the chairs. I have a similar chair that belonged to my grandparents. I just had it reupholstered in black velvet.
I believe the stool is actually a camel saddle, which makes it even cooler.

My Interior Life said...

My husband just had a travel horror story so I'm glad you had an easy flight back and forth. Of course, your finds are perfect! Love that camel saddle in blue. Crazy good stuff. Can't wait to see the finished room!!

Brilliant Chic said...

So far so good. I can't wait to see the room complete!

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Sherri ~ This room is going to be fabulous! I love the fabric selection {used the paisley on my table skirt!} and the accent pieces are going to pull it all together beautifully!

Please share the final pics!

Tiffany

Gretchen O. said...

Love seeing your process. Can't wait for the final reveal...and personally I wish those blue chairs were mine:) And that is why we keep old cans of paint in the basement, right?

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

How could anyone doubt those chairs? Gorgeous! I've been so into finding great original art by thrifting and have found some things that really speak to me. It adds such depth to a room, I think.

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

You make it look so easy, Sherry! Great job and thanks for the insight!

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