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DIY And Decorating : Small Space Display

November 7, 2011 07:07 by ehouston

Ever since moving in to our new home here in Richmond, VA I have been struggling with how to decorate the open space at the top of the stairs.  We have one long flight up to the second story with an open railing along the top portion.  It makes for a nice and roomy landing at the top before you make your way down the hall toward the bedrooms, but it also felt a little lost too.  At first we just put our old telephone table in that space, to have something there.  Although we never used it for holding our phone, this spot was quite fitting since it’s the only oddball wall in the house with a old school phone jack.  However, the last thing we wanted right outside the Little Guy’s room was an old school ringer.  Prior to painting the upstairs hallway I had two pictures hanging above the telephone table, but the arrangement was always off and too small for the overall space. 

I got it in my mind that I wanted to put a comfy chair here and a smaller table, but that did not quite make sense for the landing either.  Then after spying a couple of small and modern styled vintage dining room hutches at the local Salvation Army I got a whole different idea.  I thought it would be nice to have some vertical display, along with some lower extra storage.  I just thought one of these smaller hutches would do the trick of filling up the space without overwhelming it.  So, two weeks ago I brought one of those hutches home.

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I love the simple clean lines of the overall piece and the fun graduated rectangle design on the bottom doors.  I also liked the lightness of the whole thing being up on thin legs.  At first I just planned to bring it home, clean it up and put it in place.  But, when I started the clean up process I found that the previous owner’s had left cup rings on nearly every shelf, and the top.  Those plus the other various scrapes made it a little more shabby than chic for my taste.  So, I dug up my leftover can of Minwax, Gel Stain in Red Elm from the bar project, and gave it a quick couple of coats. 

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I also pulled the back off the upper portion and spray painted it bright, glossy white in an attempt to lighten it up.  After disassembling, painting and staining, then putting it all back together, I ended up with this.

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It now has a smooth and slightly darker finish with a less cave-like display cabinet.  I also switched out the knobs for some simple round ones that started life as our ugly brass kitchen cabinet pulls.  All the hardware was removed and sprayed with Rust-o-leum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze.  Normally I would have opted for hammered nickel, but it felt wrong this time around with the darker wood stain.  I like how the darker hardware is noticeable, but does not pop out and smack you in the face. 

So far, I have placed some of my extra random pieces of mid-century pottery on display, but I imagine that down the line they will move on to make space for something more interesting.  I like the change up from the little table and couple of pictures, and the price was right.  I scored the hutch for $95.00 and the rest of the materials to complete the makeover were already on hand.  It has only been in place for a week and I am still getting used to something this size in that space.  I am not ready yet to say it’s not quite right and feel I need to give it a little more time before jumping to another idea.  Who knows where this guy will end up, but for now he has found a new lease on life and a comfy spot to settle in.

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Dream Home For Sale

October 14, 2011 05:09 by ehouston

I am dying a thousand deaths today!  I received one of those Zillow.com emails telling me that my property value increased by 1.2%- yeah!  Only thing is, the property referenced was my old Nashville, TN home.  When you open those messages from Zillow they are kind enough to include photos of other houses in the area that are also for sale.  This is how I unfortunately stumbled upon the information that my Nashville, TN dream home is currently on the market.  I could die, I mean really just lay down and die right here, right now!

(All photos courtesy of Zillow.com and Remax Elite, Nashville, TN.)

3120 Hunters Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214

Hunter’s Hill Road, Nashville, TN

I remember driving by this place probably about a year after moving to TN in 2001-ish.  We were renting in the Donelson area, which is just east of downtown Nashville, and home to a plethora of stately brick ranchers that had once housed many of country music’s elite.  Way back when, this area of town was a “best kept secret”, but over time the money had moved south of Nashville and the neighborhoods were much more affordable to the likes of us.  ;o)  I came across this property while out snooping in my extended neighborhood for a little pocket or street that I wanted to call home.  The housing market was down and we were ready to pounce!  Every neighborhood cruising trip would end with a drive by this house.  At one point I even considered writing a letter to the owners and taking it by, just to let them know that IF they decided to sell, to call me first.  I just wanted them to know that it would be loved in the same way that they had loved it.  I pined after this home for years.  Even after we found our cozy little place just a couple of streets over, I still would cruise that street, hoping for a glimpse through an open curtain or better yet…a “For Sale” sign in the yard.  Don’t ask me how I planned to pay for it, or talk The Mister into moving again, I just knew this house had to be ours. 

I know to many of you it’s just an oddly shaped red and white box, but I think it is so terribly cool that it hurts.  All of our formal furniture would be fabulous in that wide open space and I think I could even live with the funky all-aqua kitchen. 

3120 Hunters Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214

Ah, I am swooning!  Plus, with a little fix-up, who wouldn’t love entertaining around that pool? 

3120 Hunters Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214

The best part about this property is that it sits on the edge of a large hillside and all of the houses at this point of the road and on up, have an incredible view of the countryside below.  Imagine taking a dip in your very private backyard pool, while overlooking the rolling hillsides speckled with black and white cows and the occasional red barn? 

3120 Hunters Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214

(Not the best shot of the fantastic view, but at least a taste of what you get.)

Amazing!  (I know, it seems weird that just a few miles outside of downtown Nashville, TN you can find farmland.  But, you can!)

I am going to go curl up in a ball now and weep.

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