Saturday, June 27, 2015

Let the Land Clearing and Renovations Begin!

A bulldozer spent days clearing several acres of land to prepare for the spring planting of our vineyard. Many trees were cut down and piles of brush burned for weeks!

A water storage system and deer fencing will follow, but for now we are getting a clearer view of our beautiful heritage oaks.

We will also begin renovations on the house in the next few months.  Building permit is in and new windows have arrived.   I am excited to begin the transition from little red barn house to rustic european farmhouse complete with stucco exterior, new roof, windows and a terrace.

The existing house has a horrible deck around part of it that will be torn down and entrances in front and rear will be relocated to make better use of the existing floor plan.  It sits on top of a hill and with more land clearing in the fall will have even better views of the foothills and vineyards below.

We will be traveling to France in July to shop for pieces to use in the renovation and for use in future development on the property.  So excited about this trip!!

I am now on instagram at  #europeanfarmhousecharm and will begin posting photos on our progress.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Our Next European Farmhouse Renovation!

Our labor of love was officially completed when we sold our Pebble Beach home in February. We moved out in March and I am now settling down in a tiny little cottage in Carmel while I continue to live and work on the Monterey Peninsula.  Each weekend though, I'm headed to the country as we begin to move forward with our next renovation.  Our barnhouse in the country will be transformed into a european farmhouse complete with small vineyard. Lots of work to do here-but we're off and running!

More to come on all the exciting plans for the farmhouse renovation and planting of our little vineyard:)


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Our Pebble Beach Home- Project Completed!!

Our Pebble Beach home and project is now complete and ready for it's new owner!  Our European Farmhouse renovation is now on the market and for sale!   We have touched every inch of space inside and out and have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this renovation.  I hope it shows!

Photo courtesy of Tour

Please enjoy the virtual tour courtesy of Realtor, Kristi Knutzen of Alain Pinel Realtors, Carmel By The Sea, and Tour For more info contact Kristi at (831) 915 8201.   Click on the link here to start the tour:  European Farmhouse Virtual Tour

We hope you enjoy the tour,  we are likely in the back garden enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing for a bit until we are ready to begin our next project and adventure.  Stay's going to be a good one!

Cheers and thanks for reading.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Master Bedroom and Bath Makeover Complete!

Hello!!  Our master bedroom and bath are complete!  We've been hard at work finishing our little charmer- and we are almost there.  Have a look-

Summer bed cover and curtains are "Orkney" by Rough Linen -I am addicted to Tricia's beautiful linens! The pillow shams are vintage european grain sacks-slightly off color but perfectly imperfect.

I bought this little painting in France- it inspired the color scheme for our bedroom and bath.

And ......our new hardwood floor! It is as beautiful as we thought it would be.

Our Master Bathroom :).

 My favorite room in the entire house and it was by far the most challenging to pull together. It was an odd shaped space and we went back and forth with ideas before settling on this one.

 I bought the mirror from an individual selling a few vintage pieces that belonged to her husbands grandmother. She told me it hung above a buffet. It sat in our storage for 2 years until I found the perfect use for it here over the sink. 

I used the same Rough Linen in "Orkney" for the curtain and the cabinet. It's perfect against the marble counter top.

All the steel windows were sanded, stripped, painted and several glass panes replaced. Tom tackled the messy window project while the contractor installed our hardwood floors (a job he was happy to hire out)

The display and storage shelving is above the toilet separated by a wall  next to the tub.

  The chandelier was original to the home and used to hang in the master bedroom. I thought it belonged in here:)

I love how it makes the room glow

The interior doors are knotty alder wood. I painted all of them with a combination of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (french linen base coat, with chateau gray over and waxed with clear and dark wax.  It took a few manicures for my hands and nails to recover :)! 

We squeezed in a few other project too-

Tom built the closet door in our den out of reclaimed barn wood

and we finished the guest bedroom. This room was the sorry looking storage room for sooo long- It's nice to see it sparkle.

and yes, we are exhausted, but happy our little home is about complete.  We'll be back with more photos of all the finished spaces soon.

PS., we are happy to share products and techniques we have used in this renovation. You are welcome to comment to this post or send us an email with any questions you may have.  Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Master Bath Makeover underway!

Hello :)!

Well labor day is officially over, but we're still laboring!  Its been a while since my last post and we've been busy busy over here.

Our Master Bath is nearly complete!  After living through the demolition and the mess, this room is finally taking shape!  We are currently refinishing the vintage steel window in the room and replacing the glass panes, so until I can show you photos of a thoroughly "clean" and beautiful space, I thought I would share with you some of the fixtures and finishes we chose.

Here we go:

The Boyce Freestanding Tub:  It fits snugly into a small alcove in the room with a vintage chandelier hanging overhead. I liked it for its soft lines.

Bottocino Tumbled Marble-  We chose the 12 x 12 squares for the floor, 6 x 12 subway style pattern for the shower and a 16 x 16 tile was used on a small counter top.   This tile is simply gorgeous- and when it meets with the old world style plaster, transforms into pure rustic elegance!

Kohler "Purist" wall mounted faucets in a brushed nickel finish-  I say  they are "pure" heaven!

Duravit Trough Sink-  We mounted this sink like a farmhouse sink in a plastered  surround with the two wall mounted fixtures above.  Fortunately, Tom doesn't shy away from the challenges often associated with some of my design suggestions :),  and this was one of them.  He worked it out and we both love how it turned out!

and while we are putting the finishing touches on this master bath, we have new wood floors scheduled to be installed throughout the house next week.  Provenza Sabatini is a 7 inch wood plank floor and once installed will tie all the colors and rustic finishes inside this home together.    I can hardly wait :)! 

I will be back soon with lots of photos to share :)!  


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Our Back Garden Nearly Complete!


No we haven't fallen off the grid :), although I'm thinking that sounds pretty good right about now.  My real job has me working very long days and we have been equally busy on the house projects since my last post.

But enough of that, let's get to the good stuff- Our back garden is nearly complete- Let's take a look-

We both love relaxing outside and wanted to create the feel of an open air room. Our back garden is quite large so we created separate areas for gardening, grilling and relaxing with a glass of wine.

The oak trees create the most beautiful canopy so this space was perfect for "chillin" at the end of the day and on weekends.  An outside music system was installed and is great when entertaining, or we hang out just listening to the seals bark down at the beach and the birds swooping through the trees. It's sooo relaxing!


The old copper vessel, crusty french doors and mantle added that touch of rustic charm that instantly transformed this space, and how I loved shopping for all this too :)!

A small garden area was fenced with grape stakes. The pillar in the center with the sun dial was left here by the prior owners.  We have incorporated many little treasures like that back into the landscape here.

I haven't planted too much in here yet, just a bit of rosemary for now.

The grilling area is not finished yet. We are building a built in BBQ grill and bar area  that will be next to a very large apple tree.  So more photos will follow within the next several weeks on this project.

This was quite a transformation. A few before photos are below. This is what the same space looked like when we moved in. This is the area under the trees-

and this is where the fenced garden is now-  See the pillar with the sundial lol!

and by the way- our very own little superman loves this back garden too :)


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