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Movie Night: On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond porch opening scene

Looong before I started watching romantic comedies, I had a favorite movie that I watched over and over and over again.  The house was so rustic.  The setting on a lake was heaven to me,and Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn were perfectly cast as the aging Norman and Ethel Thayer. (He won an Oscar for best actor.  She won for best actress.) The piano score for the soundtrack was played on our stereo more times than my husband would like to remember.

On Golden Pond living room

On Golden Pond.  It began as a play written by Ernest Thompson.  When Jane Fonda saw it, she decided she wanted to make it into a movie and have her father play the lead role.  This would be her gift to him.  So she purchased the movie rights and hired Ernest Thompson to write the screenplay…something he had never done before.  (He won an Oscar for it.)

On Golden Pond puzzles

And long before I started writing this blog, I had hoped that someone would do a post on the house in the movie, but no one ever did. (Or at least I have never been able to find one.)  So this post is selfishly for me.  The house is not what we would call “pretty” today, but this movie always makes me feel good (even though the language in it is pretty bad).

On Golden Pond wicker and mission chairs

Almost all of the interior scenes take place in the big living area.  I did like the green wicker chair that Jane Fonda is sitting in in this scene.Very little of the kitchen is shown, but you can tell the porch is right off of it.

On Golden Pond kitchen

It has such a look of an old lake house.kitchen On Golden Pond

And you know I loved that wrap around porch. In this scene, they are cleaning fish out on the porch.

On Golden Pond cleaning fish on the porch

There is one shot of the stairs leading up to the second floor, but you only see it reflected in the bedroom vanity mirror. I love that it has a window there above the stained beadboard that is hung horizontally.  The second floor was added to the house specifically for the movie.

On Golden Pond stairway

And we never really get to see an entire bedroom – or even a bed for that matter.  Remember this was originally written to be a play with very few set changes.  But there is one scene that does take place in what appears to be Norman and Ethel’s bedroom as they are getting ready to go fishing.  You can see a couple of pieces of furniture in it here.

On Golden Pond bedroom dresser

On Golden Pond bedroom

Now let’s move outside the house to the boats.  I think they are important to the story line in On Golden Pond. In an early scene in the movie, Norman and Ethel are seen canoeing out on the lake.  Katharine Hepburn had  hurt her shoulder in a game of tennis before filming started, but she picked up the hundred pound canoe and began carrying it to the shore.  This particular scene was cut in production, and Katharine Hepburn was reportedly NOT happy about it.

On Golden Pond canoe

Of course the beautiful wooden motor boat was my favorite.

On Golden Pond boat

It was named Thayer IV, and I believe there were three and a half (really!) of them used in filming.

the Thayer IV On Golden Pond

A couple of years ago the Thayer IV sold on Ebay for $47,000.  It has since been completely restored to its movie appearance (in just six months!) by Katz’s Marina.   This has been major news among Chris Craft fans.  You can read more about the restoration and see a video of its first trip in the water here.

And a little more movie history for you.  Did you know that Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn had never starred in a movie together prior to On Golden Pond?  And more than that…they had never even met.

Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn on the set of On Golden Pond

Both of the main characters were in their seventies when the movie was being made.  Henry Fonda was in very poor health, and the crew was quite concerned for him.  At one point, the canoe he and Katharine Hepburn were in capsized due to the wake of a passing motorboat.  Mr. Fonda had to be wrapped in blankets for awhile.  He wore a wetsuit for another scene in which he was to be filmed in the water, but Ms. Hepburn actually dove off the bow of a boat and swam over to him in this same scene – wearing only her regular clothes.  This was in September, and the water was quite cold.

On Golden Pond Henry FondaI am sorry the photo above is blurry, but I want you to take a good look at the house.  This is the home in New Hampshire that was used for the movie set.  Now take a look at this home.

On Golden Pond house rentalluxuryrealestate.com

Look familiar?:)This home in New Hampshire on Squam Lake is available for rent, and this gazebo is also on the property.

Gazebo of On Golden Pond movie houseluxuryrealestate.com

Perhaps you recognize it also.

On Golden Pond gazebo

I think we need a trip to New Hampshire!  If you happen to be in that area near Holderness, there are boat tours that take you to sites around Squam Lake that were featured in the movie.  That would be a lot of fun to me.:)

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On Golden Pond (Special Edition)

So what are you up to this weekend?  A boat trip on a gorgeous lake?  Watching a movie, or perhaps just catching up on chores at home?  Whatever you have planned, I hope your weekend is enjoyable.

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Theresa in Nebraska - October 19, 2013 - 12:07 am

That was great. I love that movie. We had a cabin on a lake when I was growing up and I sooo miss the quiet, peace, and beauty of it.
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Oh how I wish that we had had a cabin on a lake like you. How wonderful! That alone should make you like the movie. :) I am happy that you enjoyed the post, Theresa.
Kelly

vicki - October 19, 2013 - 6:24 am

We have a place on a lake also and I love it… The kids have families and now we have the “grands” coming to the lake. I loved this movie and Ms. Kate!
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Lucky lucky you, Vicki! I would LOVE to have a lake house…I actually think more than a beach house because I would enjoy it in more seasons. How fun to have all your family enjoying your place.
Kelly

Maureen - October 19, 2013 - 8:58 am

Thanks for this post, Kelly! I love this movie. For Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn, the house, the lake, and the loons. I watch it at least once a year, usually when I’m in a nostalgic and sentimental mood. Last winter my 13-year-old son watched it with me for the first time. He enjoyed it, too, so now he’ll be part of the viewing tradition.

We live about an 1 1/2 hours south of Squam Lake and have spent time hiking in the area. The lake is lovely — especially in fall with the foliage.

Wouldn’t it be fun to rent this cottage… especially if they’ve got some comfy wicker chairs like the ones in the movie!

-Maureen
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OH MY GOODNESS! You live near the real Golden Pond! I bet that area is gorgeous. And yes, it would be wonderful to rent the cottage…not sure if they have those great chairs, though. :)
Kelly

rhonda - October 19, 2013 - 9:39 am

On Golden Pond is a wonderful movie on several levels – the actors, the scenery, that house, – love it all! The strong language is my only complaint. It is one of my all time favorite movies, though, and it has been awhile since I’ve watched it. Going to have to put this on my to do list this weekend!
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Yes, there are so many things to love about it, and I do think the language is pretty strong in it. Language has never bothered me, but it does my husband. So he doesn’t particularly care for that aspect of it. I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy watching it again last weekend.
Kelly

Jayne - October 19, 2013 - 9:43 am

My in-laws have a small lake house at Lake Hartwell. We love going there in the summer. It had originally belonged to my husband’s grandparents. They had to relocate from their original home when the lake was built. It is just a small 2 bedroom/1 bath,which make up the back of the house,and a living room/ dining room/kitchen/laundry room (all one space) making up the front. It is crowded when we are all there. Makes for good memories.
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That sounds like a wonderful place to relax with your family, Jayne. I am jealous!
Kelly

House Crazy Sarah - October 19, 2013 - 10:55 am

Beautiful post Kelly! I also love this movie, but no so much for the story – more for the sets and the nostalgia.

I am so happy that you dug up the real life lake cabin where it was filmed! It is always so much more gratifying to know that a beloved movie was filmed in a real place, rather than a sound stage.
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Thank you Sarah. I am so glad you saw the post because I thought it was right up your alley. Aren’t there some great movie houses out there?!
Kelly

Carol Cook - October 19, 2013 - 12:00 pm

We won’t be on a lake, but it is a glorious fall day on the coast so kayaking is an absolute must.

Thanks so much for sharing history of On Golden Pond. It was interesting to read that Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn had never met. She is one of my all time favorites.
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I need to send my husband and sons over to you. They all love kayaking! I am glad you enjoyed the post on the movie..one of my all time favorites. I couldn’t believe that Fonda and Hepburn had never met before filming. Imagine that!
Kelly

Megan - October 19, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Hi Kelly!

I too love On Golden Pond. It is one of my all time favorite movies. I have not watched it in years — now I think I need to do that!!!! Thanks for sharing :)
Megan
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Megan I think we all need to start an “On Golden Pond fan club!” :) I hope you find a copy to enjoy watching again. It is truly a classic.
Kelly

Anne Boykin - October 19, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Hi Kelly, Thanks for this lovely post. I too love On Golden Pond. It’s surprising that Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn hadn’t been in a movie before because they seem like such a natural couple in the movie. I’ll have to watch it again too.
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I was surprised by that, too Anne. Who would have ever thought that, especially considering how famous each of them were…and they were close in age.
Kelly

Louvina - October 19, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Just returned from Charleston, SC and visiting my first plantation/gardens–Magnolia. Enjoyed it so much with all the history– then toured the city. Loved on Golden Pond except for the language. Lake houses are special to me– spent my honeymoon in one, loved the movie “The Lake House” and now live in one — when I returned from my trip my husband had a surprise for me– he was having our upstairs patio rescreened/reroofed and had ordered new thermal glass doors with mini blinds inside for our bedroom doors!! Plus, plans to put white columns on our deck facing the lake to match the front entrance! Oh joy– a little added touch to my” little plantation!” My grandmother’s family lived in a plantation in Virginia when she was a child. She had studied to be a teacher but never used her degree– married and had 7 children moved to FL and lived in a FL wrap around porch style home– I loved it as a small child. Fond memories for me this very warm Oct. weekend. Excuse long reply– just got carried away with thinking of houses– one of our favorite subjects, right?!:)
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Definitely one of our favorite subjects here, Louvina! So you go right ahead and talk away!! Your trip sounds like it was great, and I know you loved Charleston. I hope you got to eat some divine meals when you were in that area. I am ready for our warm October weekends to turn cold enough for a fire in the fireplace..perhaps this weekend when we drop into the thirties overnight. :)
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - October 20, 2013 - 8:40 am

One of the best movies ever! I wish I could live in a place like that. I wouldn’t care about updates, as long as there’s an indoor potty!! ;-)) As for what I’m doing this weekend, just enjoying the fall here and going to my daughter’s today for a Pampered Chef party.
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Oh yes, wouldn’t it be fun to live in a cabin like that? (Or at least for the summer.) Glad you enjoyed your fall weekend, and I hope you found lots to order at the Pampered Chef party!
Kelly

Paula B. - October 20, 2013 - 11:59 am

Such a classic movie, I didn’t know much of what you wrote here. Imagine that Hepburn and Fonda had never crossed paths! (Not a lake girl so I have to pass on your enjoyment of the house, too dark and rustic and woodsy for me.)The boat, however, is a love, a true slice of Americana…. It’s been a glorious run of October days here in southern New England and although the height of foliage is past in the locale of the movie, it is peaking now where I am. There is a pumpkin festival on the grounds of the carousel today, but I will be indoors at a membership drive “Spa Day” for our statewide GFWC clubs. Sangria, apps, and spa treats for attendees – tough work but someone’s gotta do it! Enjoy your Sunday!

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Oh that boat…my dream! Your weekend sounded wonderful, AND beautiful. How “kind” of you to help with the membership drive. LOL A pumpkin festival on the grounds of a carousel sounds absolutely charming!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - October 20, 2013 - 6:24 pm

My favorite house is the one from Home Alone….just love it. Funny how some of us notice the background as much if not more than the story!!
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I just love the house from Home Alone, too. It is the perfect Christmas house to me. And yes, we all are just so crazy about houses we notice them more than the plot! The people who design the sets should love us!!
Kelly

Ann - October 20, 2013 - 7:52 pm

My parents loved Katharine Hepburn and the spelling of my daughter’s name is because of it so I feel I must point out that you’ve misspelled it.
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Thanks for letting me know Ann. I call myself checking…guess it wasn’t in the right place! If I had only been smart enough to look on the front of the dvd in the post. LOL
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - October 20, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Kelly,
I’m embarrassed to admit, I’ve never seen this movie. It slipped through the cracks when it was first released and I’ve never taken the time to watch it on Netflix. I trust your taste in movies and will remedy this soon. I will also listen to the soundtrack tomorrow on Spotify. I love soundtracks and if you like them there is one you might enjoy, Finding Neverland, from the Johnny Depp movie. It’s beautiful.
We had a busy weekend but fun. Hope yours was wonderful too.
Karen
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Good grief! I can’t believe you haven’t seen this classic. Yes, you need to watch it (just remember the language is pretty bad in it.) That darn song played in my head for days after researching for this post. And all of us LOVE the Finding Neverland soundtrack. You are so right. That one is absolutely beautiful. Our entire family went to see the movie together, and then our movie soundtrack fan son bought the music. It played on the stereo here for many many days. It is also addictive!
Kelly

The Cabin from “On Golden Pond” - March 10, 2014 - 8:29 am

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The Bedford Post Inn

The Inn at Bedford Post entrancesource

Let’s travel again today.  I have a place that you just might want to add to your bucket list.  It is definitely on mine, and more specifically, I want to stay there in the fall.  (Yes, New York in the fall again. :))The Bedford Post Inn has sort of an Ugly Duckling story behind it.  It was built in Bedford, New York in 1762 by Col. Lewis McDonald.  Post Road was an important route during the American Revolution, and Col. McDonald’s home is one of only a few in the area that was not destroyed by the British (one of only three, I believe.) And even though it should have been treasured for its historical significance, for some reason it was neglected for many years.  In 2007, it was overgrown, surrounded by a very tall chain link fence, had animals living in it, and was about to be demolished to make room for another Mcmansion. Thankfully, a small group of investors came to its rescue, and the ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan.

The Bedford Post Inninstagram.com

Here is the very understated and welcoming reception area.

reception area Bedford Post Innbedfordpostinn.com

And there is a small parlor around from it where guests are welcome to relax.

parlor Bedford Post Inntripadvisor.com

There is a reflecting pool and this dream of a spot beside it in the back.

Outdoor dining area Bedford Post Innbedfordpostinn.com 

But I know you want to see what the actual guest rooms look like.  There are only eight rooms in the inn, and some have a fireplace and a terrace. I love the sconces in this one.

Bedford Post Inn room 1bedfordpostinn.com

All have luxurious Frette linens with which to pamper you.

Bedford Post Inn room 3bedfordpostinn.com

The bathrooms continue the pampering with their plush Frette towels, Waterworks fixtures, and heated floors.

Bedford Post Inn bathroomsbedfordpostinn.com

And it is not just the inn itself that is on my bucket list.  How about adding dining at their two restaurants? Let’s start with The Farmhouse where the award winning chef prepares seasonal farm to table dinners Wednesday through Sunday nights.

The Farmhouse Bedford Post Innfacebook.com

The Farmhouse dining room Bedford Post Innfacebook.com

There is even a special Chef’s Tasting Room where you can dine right off the kitchen and watch the evening’s meals being prepared.

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Although having a meal at  The Farmhouse would be a wonderful dining experience, I believe we would enjoy their other restaurant more.  The Barn, as it is named, is more casual, serves breakfast and lunch weekdays, dinner on Monday and Tuesday nights, and brunch (my favorite!) on the weekends.

The Barn at Bedford Post Innbedfordpostinn.com

And The Barn has a bakery that is open every day. Even local residents shop there. (Local residents include Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren. :))

The Barn bakery desserts Bedford Post Innbedfordpostinn.com

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The Barn counter seating area Bedford Post Innbedfordpostinn.com

This stacked stone fireplace in The Barn is just gorgeous to me.

fireplace Bedford Post Innblog.bedfordpostinn.com

Besides the inn and the two restaurants, there are gardens and a Yoga Loft where daily yoga classes are held.  Additionally, the Yoga Loft can be reserved for special events.

wedding in the Yoga Loft at Bedford Post Innpenguinweddingmusicny.com

So what do you think?  Are you ready to pack your bags and make a trip to New York in the fall?  There is one little piece of information I have neglected to mention about the beautiful Bedford Post Inn.  Remember when I said that a small group of investors rescued the home and turned it into this wonderful place?  Well you might want to know the small group of investors who started the inn were…

Bedford Post Inn ownersbedfordpostinn.com

Richard Gere, his now ex-wife Carey Lowell, and local resident Russell Hernandez.  In fact Lowell worked with Tiffany Vassilakis to do all the decorating of the inn.  I am not sure what last month’s Gere-Lowell divorce will do to the running of it, but regardless, the Bedford Post Inn is a beautiful place.  Hopefully, it will continue to be the dreamy escape that it has been for years to come so that those of us who have it on our list of places to visit will still be able to enjoy it in the future.

pumpkins at Bedford Post Innblogbedfordpostinn.com 

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Mary from Virginia - October 16, 2013 - 6:41 am

What a beautiful setting for an inn. They did a wonderful job and the interior is lovely and peaceful.

I hadn’t heard that Richard Gere and Carey Lowell divorced! How sad.

Thank you for another fun trip! ;)
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I thought, too that it was sad that they divorced, but yes, the inn is lovely. Glad I could take you on another “trip” Mary. :)
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - October 16, 2013 - 7:48 am

Kelly, you know if The Martha stops by that bakery it must be good!!:) Loved all the pictures of the Inn. Looks like a wonderful fall getaway.
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I had not thought of it like that Arlene, but you are right. It MUST be good if she gets their yummies!
Kelly

Rose L - October 16, 2013 - 7:50 am

What do you mean Martha Stewart shops there? And here I had visions of her gracefully rising at 4AM to begin the days culinary events, right before she changed clothing to head out to work in the kitchen garden!! The Inn is lovely!
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You are toooo funny Rose! I am sure that is what Martha does every single day (before she heads over to the bakery at the Bedford Post Inn. :)
Kelly

Gail Berkebile - October 16, 2013 - 7:51 am

What a warm and comforting place. I think I will add this to my bucket list as well. So many beautiful places to experience and many thanks to you Kelly for taking us there in pictures. I had heard several years ago that Richard Gere was an investor in this particular project. Hopefully it will continue to be a wonderful place for people to visit and enjoy for many years to come.
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I am so glad that you are finding new places to visit thanks to the blog here. It is too bad I can’t just take us all to these places in person! Thank you for reading and jumping in the conversation Gail.
Kelly

Martha - October 16, 2013 - 8:15 am

This Inn is lovely! I am sorry that Gere and Lowell are divorcing, but good for them for doing something as constructive as saving this wonderful historic house with their money and time. I had to laugh at Rose’s comment about Martha S. rising at 4am to cook. She is a talented and driven woman, but I think she has a lot more help than she would ever admit to. At least that is what I tell myself so I won’t feel too lazy.☺
Kelly, you are widening my horizons…never heard of Frette linens, but I am going to Google them as soon as I finish this.
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Saving that historic place was major, and they did SUCH a good job with it. I try to think like you do with Martha. No one could do everything alone. I could certainly use an assistant (or two or three!) these days…and about 10 around Christmas! Did you learn about Frette linens?
Kelly

Lisa~A Cottage To Me - October 16, 2013 - 8:18 am

Wow, yet another similiar place that you’ve posted about and I’ve dreamed about! First, the You’ve Got Mail post and now this. I have drooled over this Bedford Post Inn and would love to someday have the experience of visiting there. It looks so dreamy! Thank you for sharing this wonderful place!
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Great minds think alike, right Lisa? LOL I am happy you enjoyed seeing the photos of the inn, and I hope you get to visit it soon.
Kelly

Paula B. - October 16, 2013 - 8:35 am

Sigh. Love. Appreciate. Ah, the northeast in the fall! Thankfully the home was saved and what a lovely restoration. I thought for sure that you were going to say Martha was an investor when I saw where the inn was located. If I lived nearby I would want to lunch and visit the bakery, frequently. Just one thing lacking: no ocean vistas. (Loved Carey Lowell on Law and Order, She sure has a decorating touch.)
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Yes, it is missing the view of the ocean, but for some reason, I don’t desire an ocean view in the fall. That is why I would want to visit it then. And like you, I would be frequenting that bakery! Yum.
Kelly

Nana Diana - October 16, 2013 - 9:03 am

What a wonderful, wonderful old place. I am so glad a group of investors decided to save her. What a beauty she is now- xo Diana
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I am so glad too, Diana. And I am especially glad that someone with some decorating skills did their magic on the rooms. Thank you for leaving your comment on the post!
Kelly

Jayne - October 16, 2013 - 9:28 am

What a beautiful inn. I can see why you would want to visit in the fall. Love the history behind it. The bedrooms are beautiful. I want a heated floor in my bath! Sigh!
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So happy you liked the inn, Jayne. A heated floor would be nice, but I think I would prefer to have a towel warmer! That would be a tremendous luxury in the winter.
Kelly

Sandy - October 16, 2013 - 10:19 am

Hi Kelly,

The Bedford Post Inn is only a few miles from my house! Bedford is a gorgeous town. If you come up here to visit, you have to let me know!!

(I didn’t know about the divorce – we were just talking about them and the inn but I had missed that bit of news.)

Have a lovely day!! xoxo
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Oh my goodness!! How lucky you are to live in that area. We are all jealous of you, Sandy!! If we make it up there, I will definitely let you know. (But it is not happening any time soon unless we win the lottery!:) College tuition KILLS vacation funds.)
Kelly

anita - October 16, 2013 - 11:00 am

Indeed another place to add to my bucket list! Love the winding road leading to it. Lucky for Sandy who lives near it!
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It is obviously on my list, too Anita. The winding road does look charming, doesn’t it? Yep…lucky Sandy!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - October 16, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Kelly,
Wow, what a gorgeous place. Isn’t Bedford one of the areas Martha Stewart has a home? I love the idea of visiting in the fall when there’s a chill in the morning air and very good reason to have a fire roaring in the fireplace. I’m with you, the Barn looks like such a great place to eat, and snack!
I’ve added this to the long list of inns East of the Rockies.
xo,
Karen
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Yes, Martha has been known to ride her horse to the inn from her nearby home. I think you need to start on staying at the inns on your list. Your list is getting long, Karen!
Kelly

Dawn - October 16, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Kelly,

New York in the Fall is lovely. I have been to upstate New York in the Fall when visiting my brother. The Barn looks like the perfect spot to grab some delicious baked goods! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Lucky lucky you to get to visit that area in the autumn! I hope we get to do that when daughter finishes college. I am glad you enjoyed the post!
Kelly

Megan - October 17, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Hi Kelly,
What a beautiful inn – I would love to go there some day. I really love your blog – I have learned so much about decorating and travel sites from you — thank you! Now I can add that I have learned about Frette linens too. I just wish that I could afford them!!!
Megan
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How sweet of you to say that, Megan! There are just so many beautiful places to visit…I can’t even begin to write about them all. Frette linens are way out of our budget. Some of their comforters cost more than my son’s old car. LOL
Kelly

Donna - October 17, 2013 - 11:13 pm

My husband and I just got back from a wonderful trip to the Northeast. We spent a night at the Black Point Inn in Scarborough, Maine. We loved the entire area and also stayed at the Kennebunkport Inn in the downtown area of Kennebunkport. George H W Bush and wife Barbara had eaten at the Inn the night before. Of course we had to search out their beautiful compound. Your post made that area our first stop. We also stayed at the Aurora Inn in Aurora, NY, down the road from the Mackenzie Childs location. Finally we stayed at the Sarah Kendall Inn a historical victorian home in Newport R I. We stayed at some other nice hotels but really enjoyed the inns. This was our first time to travel in the fall in many years as I had been teaching. Fall is an amazing time to travel. I look forward to more suggestions from your blog.
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Wow…what a dream of a trip, Donna!!! You all did great! My sons recently returned from a trip across the U.S., up the west coast, and into Canada. I keep telling them they need to do a Northeast trip, but they do not believe me. I can’t wait until my husband and I are retired and can do a trip like yours in the fall. Thanks for sharing!
Kelly

The Boys’ Bedroom…Almost Finished

the boys

Before we dive into looking at our boys’ bedroom, I just wanted to say what a SUPER sweet bunch of readers you are.:)Thank you so much for all the get well wishes you sent my way with the last post.  I am better – although not totally well as I found out in Target today when I tried to do a little shopping and started running a fever again.  boo hiss  But I am determined to get this post out for you.  So let’s get started.

One of the things I don’t like about magazines lately is that they show you these little vignettes but don’t give you the full room to get the context of where they fit in the space.  They may look beautiful with gorgeous photography, but I always want to see more.  Don’t you? I think you need both the whole room and the closeups.  In my post with the sneak peek the other day, I only showed you the small vignettes. Yes, guilty as charged. Today I want you to see where they fit in the room.

Let’s start with one of those small vignettes.  This was a small section of the bookcase in the bedroom shared by our two sons (now in their twenties) previously when the room was done in black and white with accents of yellow and had accessories that were related to travel.

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When I started thinking of redoing this room, I wanted to get rid of the black, and use accessories that were a little less serious.  My favorite version of our sons’ room was when they were around 10 and 12 years old, and the room had a sports theme.  It had red and blue plaid fabric for bedskirts and drapes, and red accents.  I didn’t want to recreate that room, but I did want to incorporate some of those elements.  Both of our sons are planning on going back for more education, so I decided to use the sports gear along with school accents for more of a collegiate theme.  Here is the new version of the space pictured above.

bookcase in boysI don’t think you could easily tell there was beadboard in the back of that bookcase before.  I simply repainted it red, added college textbooks, a basket of sports equipment, and framed a photo of the football stadium where one of our sons attended college.  I liked this lamp I found at Lowes since it had kind of a “trophy” look to me.  Now here is how this vignette fits into the entire bookcase.

boys

This was the previous view down the bookcase wall.  You may recall all the changes started because we needed to replace the twin sized beds with queen sized ones.  That meant the chair had to go.  (It went to daughter’s room.)

bookcase wall before boys

And this is the view now.  The black dresser went into the closet, and the desk moved over to the bookcase side of the room.the bookcase wall in boys

This is how the antique postmaster’s desk looked in its previous location.

antique desk boys

And now a better view of it in its new location.  I really like how the baskets with sports equipment turned out in the arrangement above it.  I also replaced the antique stool with a new one that is adjustable for different heights.

the boys

I showed you this vignette of textbooks in a basket the other day.

dresser in boys

It sits atop a dresser that is now in the place of the desk.  The dresser had been in the closet and had old hardware on it that looked dated.  I had planned to replace the handles with brushed nickel ones, but changed my mind after going through a million metal changes with lamps.

drapes made from pbteen sheets Talk of the House

This room took a verrrrrry long time for me to do because I did not want to make the drapes, but I also did not want to pay a tremendously high price for ready made ones.  I looked and looked for months and continued to come up empty handed.  I finally realized that I was going to have to make them.  One day I had an idea that duvet covers might work if you cut them in half.  I decided on a plaid and had several in my cart at a Pottery Barn outlet in Gaffney, South Carolina.  Then I remembered that I had not actually measured those windows to be sure they would work so I put them back on the shelf. It was a good thing because when I did finally measure them, the windows were several inches longer than the duvet. That killed that plan.  On to plan B….sheets!

pbteen sheets and duvets  Talk of the House

PBteen has a good selection of plaids, and I really liked this brown and red one.  When they went on sale, I bought 3 queen sized sets and used the flat sheets to make drapes. I cut them in half and lined each panel with twin sized white sheets from Wal mart.

Another biggie that slowed down redoing the room was the beds.  One of our sons used his mattress and box springs in college, and they sat on the floor.  The other son had his on a metal frame in his apartment in Atlanta.  So neither son had a real bed, and I wanted real beds for their room, and again I did not want to pay thousands of dollars for them. I looked and looked and looked and looked.  There were many pretty ones out there, but none at a price I would pay.  So my husband decided that he would build them. Here is the first one he finished.

Handmade bed Talk of the House

I really had planned to paint the beds the same color as the room, but after he did the final sanding on this one it looked almost antique.  And of course, all the males around here (and even our daughter) prefer it stained and not painted.

My husband is still currently finishing the second bed, and that is why this post is titled Almost Finished.  I will show you the other side of the room when he gets the other bed completed.  I also have a little “tweaking” left to do myself on a couple of things in the room before I think it is truly finished.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing what we have accomplished so far (even if we aren’t completely through. :))

basket wall in boys

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Louvina - October 12, 2013 - 11:46 pm

I just happened to check messages on my iPhone before retiring and there IT was a posting from you— so I grabbed up my iPad for a bigger view! My goodness– from those small vignettes to these views — what a difference!! I really see what you mean. Love what you have done for the guy’s room. I think it is wonderful that your husband made (is making!) the beds! And YOU Wonder Lady made the draperies and painted the beadboard that lovely shade of red. You have been busy!! But please don’t over do and have a back set– take care and regain your strength. I just finished my dining room today with my new furniture which is smaller but gives us much more room and less storage space so I had to down size dishes and etc. but who needs 8 sets of dishes anyway?!:) looking forward to seeing the completed project. I’m off this week to beautiful Charleston, SC. Want to go visit some plantations and see the furnishings. Good night!
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Down sizing can be good! I would love to have more space, and you are right. No one needs 8 sets of dishes. (I need to tell my mom that.) Have fun in Charleston. You should have gorgeous weather there this week – perfect for checking out all those plantations and gardens. As always, thank you for your enthusiastically sweet comments, Louvina!
Kelly

Colleen - October 13, 2013 - 1:21 am

OMW!! Kelly the room is beautiful! You are so good. I love what you have done with your home it is so warm and inviting.

Get well soon.
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Thank you so much Colleen! I am glad you love the room. :)
Kelly

elle - October 13, 2013 - 2:42 am

It looks fantastic! I usually sew curtains from sheets too and while it’s easy (straight lines and all that) it does seem to take forever. I usually back them with plain muslin from the fabric store – it’s cheap and I find it gives some shape to the sheets (which can be thin in my experience).

I really am curious how you were able to even decorate in grown son’s room! There is usually a lot of resistance with kids/bedrooms/decorating. You’ll have to share your negotiating technique! :)

On your recomendation I picked up the first Mitford book at the library today and am starting it tonight – thanks for the tip!
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Glad you liked it Elle. I definitely need the straight lines when making drapes. Helps me a bunch! These pbteen sheets were a good weight, so I did not feel like I needed a heavier weight lining (plus I go overboard on using starch when ironing them.)
I did the decorating of their room while they were gone on a 6 week trip, BUT they really do not care how it is decorated. They were happy to have their small beds replaced with the queen sized ones. I hope you are enjoying the Mitford books. I really want to reread the whole series one of these days.
Kelly

Gail Berkebile - October 13, 2013 - 7:51 am

Your children are so totally blessed to have such gifted parents. What wonderful ideas for boys rooms. Even though my husband and I are retired, I am forwarding these ideas to my children who have sons. Hopefully they can use some of your innovative ideas for our grandson’s rooms.
Praying for total restoration of your body from this recent illness. We, your faithful followers, truly want to see you well for your sake and so we can continue to enjoy all these wonderful blogs. I anxiously look forward to each and every one!
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You are too sweet Gail! Thanks for spreading the blog love on to your children, and thanks for your prayers. Slowly but surely I am getting over this mess. They sent me home from work yesterday, and I stayed out another day today. If I don’t talk, I won’t cough…that is a little difficult when you are teaching. :)
Kelly

salmagundi - October 13, 2013 - 8:38 am

Great! I always check out sheets when I need lots of yardage. Regular fabric is getting so expensive. Did you use those extra fitted sheets to cover the box springs? Take care of yourself. Sally
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What a good eye you have, Sally! Yessirree I did use the extra fitted sheets on the box springs. :)
Kelly

Jayne - October 13, 2013 - 8:43 am

I usually can’t find curtains I like at the price I need, so I have made curtains from sheets. I’m in the process of making a quilt for my daughter’s room from sheets. I have also heard of making curtains from table clothes. I’m also looking for ways to improvise I instead of spending a bunch of money. Love the boys room. Can’t wait to get started on my boy’s room.
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I had looked at tablecloths, too Jayne. In fact I waited on the Christmas products from Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn to appear in their catalogs to see if I liked the tablecloths to use in the boys’ room. You are so right about fabric being so expensive today. If you can find sheets you like, they are certainly a good way to go.
Good luck with the quilt and your son’s room.
Kelly

Martha - October 13, 2013 - 9:07 am

Kelly, I am so glad you are feeling better. The room looks great! Love the bed your husband made. Thirteen years ago, when we went from a queen size bed to king size, we could not find a headboard we liked and could afford so my husband made one. I thought I would eventually replace it, but it is still doing it’s job and I haven’t found anything I like better. Love the plaid curtains, I use sheets for curtains too…..aren’t we all thrifty and clever ☺
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I see you too are lucky to have a husband who can build furniture! It really comes in handy. :) And yes, we are all thrifty and clever. (Sometimes having to be thrifty MAKES one have to be clever!)
Kelly

Kayleigh Harkins - October 13, 2013 - 9:25 am

Kelly, the boys’ room looks fantastic!! I love the wire baskets to hold items – I might just have to “borrow” that idea. Also, please tell your husband that he needs to open a side business and sell furniture he’s built. That bed looks awesome!
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Wow thank you Kayleigh! And my husband says thank you for the compliment on the furniture too. Building these has been a major project for him. You go right ahead and borrow any idea you can use.
Kelly

Paula B. - October 13, 2013 - 9:57 am

You are amazing (your husband, too). Hope you feel lots better and are able to get some fun in, on this long weekend! And, I’m sure the boys will appreciate those new beds!
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The boys do like the new beds because of the size. :) (and the fact that I did not paint them.) Thank you for the compliments for both me and my husband. We appreciate it!
Kelly

Barbara Hinske - October 13, 2013 - 9:58 am

Kelly — this is stunning and all of your hard work and thoughtfulness show in every corner. Absolutely charming! You have some mad decorating skills, girl!!! Great idea to use the baskets.
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I’m so happy you liked it Barbara. The baskets on the wall are my favorite thing that I did in there (and of course I love the beds.)
Kelly

Charlene - October 13, 2013 - 10:03 am

Love the room! I am in the process of redoing our younger son’s room and this has given me lots of ideas. As usual with your posts! And I am always amazed how, in each post, you say something that seems to be lifted directly from my own thoughts! :) This time it was the shared annoyance at magazines and websites that only share photo shots of small areas in the rooms they feature! While I do like close-ups to see details of those vignettes, I love to see the overall picture! Thanks for featuring both. I love your website.
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Great! I am glad there are ideas you can use here, Charlene. I wonder if the magazine folks know how their readers feel about the close up photos they feature. Perhaps we should let them know. LOL
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - October 13, 2013 - 10:10 am

Oh this is so pretty, I love the plaid, and wow that bed is amazing. Great accessories too. Hugs, Marty
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Marty, thank you for always taking the time to read the posts and leave your kind messages. You are always so sweet! All of us plaid lovers need to form a club. :)
Kelly

Riki Driggars - October 13, 2013 - 10:20 am

WOW, what a lucky family you have. The bedroom is wonderful. I love, love, love the plaid bedsheets you used for the curtains. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the almost finished room. Bring on some more !!!
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So happy you liked it all, Riki! The other bed is in the sanding stage, so it will be a little while before it is ready for photos. (Sanding takes a looooooooong time with my husband.) But as soon as it is ready a post will be coming your way. :)
Kelly

judy - October 13, 2013 - 10:30 am

first, let me say i’m glad you are better, even if not totally 100%. I found out yesterday my “baby” boy has strept(sp?) throat and is on antibiotics and got a shot. so good times at their house!

I love what you’ve done in your boys’ bedroom, although I have to say that I loved the previous look too! How special that your husband is making their beds….that can become a family heirloom.

Don’t overdo it (sounding like a mama here!) and I can’t wait to see the other side of the room.
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Ohhhh strep throat. Not good. And that shot is a killer! Many people can’t even stand right after that shot, but it IS supposed to be the fastest thing to knock it out. Hope is worked fast for your son. So glad you liked the room (both ways! :)) Not overdoing is always the hardest part of being sick for me.
Kelly

Donnamae - October 13, 2013 - 10:43 am

Great looking room! I love that you actually showed us the room instead of little vignettes…so much better! It looks very warm and collegiate. Of course, the first version looked great too! ;)
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Yes, the whole room makes you understand where the little vignettes fit in, doesn’t it? Thank you for your sweet compliments on it, Donnamae. And I am glad you liked the first version too. :)
Kelly

Rose L - October 13, 2013 - 11:31 am

Hi Kelly,
Hope you’re feeling much better today! Love what you’ve done with the boy’s room. Love the plaid! I’m gobsmacked that your husband MADE the beds. What talent! I totally feel what you’re saying in regards to vignette pictures. I must have one million kitchen pictures pinned on Pinterest of kitchens and all they ever show are the sink areas. Where is the refrigerator? Mostly though that sort of thing drives me crazy in gardening pictures. I don’t want to see a close up of a daffodil, I already know what one looks like…I want to see the whole garden and see the layout and see how it lays in relation to the house or the garage or whatever. I’m tearing into my living room today and getting ready to paint and lay new flooring. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!! Have a great day :)
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Thanks for liking the room, Rose! And yes, hubbie made the bed (and is at the sanding stage on the other one.) Vignette pictures in gardens ARE aggravating. I am with you on wanting to see the layout and where it is in relation to the house. Hope you are making great progress on your living room. Sounds like a lot of work!
Kelly

anita - October 13, 2013 - 12:01 pm

This is one spectacular looking room! I most definitely love plaid and with red, it is a winner indeed! Also like the buffalo check on the chair and curtains…..love it all. I was able to get a desk just like your son’s from my daughter’s school, it is so practical! Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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Gosh thank you Anita! Plaid and red are both hard for me to resist. And thank you for the get well wishes. Today was the best I have felt in 11 days. :)
Kelly

Linda@Lime in the Coconut - October 13, 2013 - 3:14 pm

What a GREAT room. Places to relax. work. read. You seem to have thought of it all. Just love it!
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What a sweet comment, Linda! Yes, they needed a space for all of that AND a big bed. I am thinking of putting a bench at the end of one of the beds, but it may be too crowded. I need to think on that idea awhile.
Kelly

Dawn - October 13, 2013 - 5:46 pm

Glad to hear that you are coming around. It is so frustrating to get sick and have to slow down. I love what you have done with the room…so far. I can’t wait to see the rest. I love the red bead board the most.
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Dawn you are SO right about being frustrated with having to slow down. I am not a good patient in that regards. It is frustrating and depressing to me. I am glad you like what we have done so far with the room. I will be happy when it is entirely finished! :)
Kelly

Joy Cooper - October 13, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Glad you are felling better. I am here in Georgia also, so I hope you were able to enjoy some of the nice weather regardless. One quick question, what do you have in the duvet? I like something very light, which I a thinking that is what you have here.

No hurry in answering. Feel better first!

Joy
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Joy, the duvet that is inside the cover is the “down alternative” from Target. It seems very lightweight to me. We have one on our bed in the master bedroom too, and I believe it was a little under $30 for the queen size.
Kelly

Jennifer from Chesapeake, VA - October 13, 2013 - 8:15 pm

So………our computer has been down for several days and I was super busy for several more, then my husband told me everything was wiped out on the computer. What??? all my bookmarks are gone???? Guess whose blog I just had to get to first???? And bookmarked first?? You got it. Next to the bible, your blog is my favorite thing to sit and read with a cup of coffee in my hands! So sorry you have been sick…don’t you love when our students share (that is usually where it comes from for me)! So GLAD your feeling better! I am so busy these days that I don’t have a lot of time to spend on the computer…..but your blog is one I LOVE TO TAKE TIME FOR!!!! Have a great week!!!
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Girl, thank you sooooooo much for your super kind words here!! I hate that your computer died, but I am glad you were able to get it going again. And I am so very flattered that you enjoy the blog so much. Thank you for being such a faithful reader of all my ramblings here.
Have a happy Friday!
Kelly

Holly - October 13, 2013 - 8:54 pm

That bed is amazing… cannot believe he made that! I absolutely love the room and so appreciate that you let us see the vignettes and the whole picture. How did your boys do sharing a room growing up together? I would love to do the same with our two boys and free up space for a guest room. They are 5 and 8, so it would be easy right now, but we worry about the teenage years.
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Holly my sister and I shared a room growing up, so I guess I just thought the boys would be better off sharing a room too. They did great, and they have had mutual friends growing up (brothers in one family the same age as our sons) so when friends came over they would all play together. At one point that room had a double bed, a set of twin beds, AND a trundle mattress under the bunkbeds so that we could sleep 5 boys in there (and we did many a night with their friends.) I think siblings sharing a room is great prep for the dorm at college. LOL There is also the playroom in our home for them to “escape” to when one of them is getting on the other’s nerves. :) I think the age difference in your boys is not too large, so they should handle sharing a room fine.
Kelly

Garden, Home and party - October 14, 2013 - 12:03 am

Kelly,
So sorry to hear your still fighting the bug. The room is looking fantastic. As the mother of two sons, I wish I would have had your great ideas years ago! I love the brown and red plaid sheets. Yes, I really hate it when magazines don’t show the complete setting. I also don’t like it when they show a before and after but the after is from a completely different angle.
Get well, my blog friend.
Karen
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Glad you like the room, Karen! You know I could not resist a plaid that had red in it. Oh yes, the dreaded before and after shots that don’t match. I forgot to mention that! That is quite aggravating, too. Perhaps we should all go to work for home design magazines.:)
Kelly

Jill - October 14, 2013 - 9:17 am

Yeah….Kelly’s back!!
The boy’s room looks GREAT! I always love a sports room for boys…done well. And you always do things well.
Hope you’re back to feeling 100% soon!
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The sports room was definitely my favorite of the boys’ rooms various “looks” over the years. So happy you like it! And I am feeling much better (although daughter had to come home from college to see a doctor because she was sick with strep throat. :()
Kelly

Wanda - October 15, 2013 - 8:00 am

Hi Kelly! I haven’t been around for a while. Long story! I love the Edomite of the room! What did you do with the black drapes? Want to work a deal?!!!!!
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Hi Wanda! I have missed you! (And I cannot believe how many blog posts you have done since starting your blog…amazing!) You are going to have to teach this teacher something…what is the meaning of Edomite? I thought it had to do with a group of people from the Bible. The drapes have gone to other locations in the house. Sorry. I switch them out like seasonal wardrobes. :)
Hope you and your family are doing well!
Kelly

Kellie - November 1, 2013 - 10:14 am

I just found your site today (thanks Holly Mathis). Where did you find the great baskets on the wall?
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Welcome, Kellie! I thank Holly, too, for sending her wonderful readers my way. :) The baskets in the boys’ room came from Target. They are stacking baskets found in the bath accessories aisle (where the soap dishes and shower organizers are.) I just hung them “sideways” on the wall. I kept looking for real locker bins, but the ones I found were all too expensive. The ones from Target were a good, less expensive option for it.
Thank you for reading!
Kelly

Heather (The Home Field) - June 10, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Great room! I especially love the storage/decor over the desk.

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