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Frequently Asked Questions About the House

This is more information than anyone would ever want/need to know.  But because I receive so many questions about the house, I thought it would save time for you (and me 🙂 ) if there were answers to the most common questions some place on the blog.  Hopefully, if you are wondering about something, this page will provide you with the information.  If you still have a question that is not answered here, please shoot me an email using the Say Hello link in the top menu you see up there, and I will do my best to help.

the exterior:

Talk of the House exterior paint colors

House plan:  Southern Living’s Lakeside Cottage available here.  We built the exterior pretty much like the plan but changed the interior considerably.

Exterior paints:  Body – Martin Senour Pelham Gray (from their Williamsburg Collection), Trim – Benjamin Moore Moorglo Brilliant White, Porch Ceilings – Lowes Valspar Lyndhurst Timber.


the foyer

The walls: clad in the reverse side of real wood beadboard and coated with a protective polyurethane.

Buffet:  an old Bob Timberlake for Lexington piece.  His current Black Walnut buffet for Century Furniture is similar.

Wood-look lamps:  from Target, similar to these.

Picture Frames: a thin plastic frame with snap in cardboard mat (not real matboard) and glass.  I purchased all of them at Michaels, but they do not seem to carry them anymore.  They can be ordered online from here. (The reviews on them are not good since the customers thought they would have real matboard, but I have loved them.)

Baskets for coat closet:  “Threshhold milk crates with liner” from Target, but I do not see them available online anymore. 🙁

the family room

Brandon beige by Benjamin MooreInterior paint:  ALL of the interiors were originally painted Twine, an old Martha Stewart color from her K-Mart line.  (This is not the same as Natural Twine in a more recent Martha line.) Since then, we have had to repaint some rooms.  Benjamin Moore’s Brandon Beige was color matched to be a very close substitute for my old paint.

Drapes:  I made these from a Roth & Tompkins fabric: Lyme in the linen/white colorway available here.

Upholstery:  Sofa and chairs custom upholstered in Perth by P. Kaufmann available here.

Solid throw pillows: Jute braid pillow covers from Pottery Barn available here.

Table by the window:  antique pub table

Schoolhouse chairs:  Winfield dining chairs from Target available here.

Large round end table: purchased years ago from a local furniture store.  It was called a library table, and it came from Lexington Furniture’s Nautica line.  (I believe that line has been discontinued.)

Large black wicker chair:  Cape Charles wicker armchair from Cottage Home Furniture in Maine available here. (I purchased it in a discontinued color and with no cushions for a greatly reduced price.  Then I had the cushions made and upholstered in leftover fabric from the drapes.)

the dining room

Light fixture: Visual Comfort E.F.Chapman Pendant Light available here.

Black chairs:  see information in family room.

Wicker chairs: Ballard Design’s Key West wicker chairs that they do not seem to carry anymore.

Cupboard: antique

Barstools:  from Target, similar to these.

Table: double pedestal, purchased locally, but I do not know the manufacturer of it.

Black checked drapes: I made them from a Roth-Tompkins fabric, Chester in the black/white colorway, available here.

Red buffalo check fabric:  a 4 in. red check (but I do not know the name) available here.

White dishes:  a combination of Target white dinner plates, old Williams Sonoma sets, and new Williams Sonoma pantry dishes available here.

Red dishes:  from Pier 1 many years ago, but it may be their Granada pattern available here.

Glasses:  some basic water glasses from Pier 1 and a set of Tag bubble glasses available here.

Red print napkins:  Williams Sonoma pantry print, discontinued but available at Ebay.

Pumpkin dishes: Williams Sonoma covered soup tureen and bowls, available on Ebay.

Christmas china: the old Williams Sonoma Christmas Icons pattern available (sometimes) on Ebay.

the kitchen

Jars:  from Walmart and here at Target.

Plate rack:  actually the Catalina magazine rack from PBKids (available here)  with the top dowel from each shelf removed.

Light over the sink:  Visual Comfort E.F.Chapman Classic 3 Light Pendant available here.

Chalkboard:  all came from Pottery Barn, but they do not sell the same items now. 🙁

the playroom

Drapes:  Cabin Check from Country Curtains available here. (I lined them with white sheets.)

Sofa slipcover:  an old sofa is under the Friday sofa slipcover from J.C. Penney available here.

Ottoman:  matches the sofa slipcover available here.

Wicker chair: purchased at Pier 1, but it is discontinued.  I spray painted it a green that is similar to Bay Leaf from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot.

Storage baskets:  Most are the older style of the Sabrina baskets at PB Kids (new style available here.)  All painted the same green as the wicker chair.

Wicker look lamps:  purchased years ago at Lowes.

Cabinet with sliding glass doors:  purchased many years ago from JC Penney.  A similar style (but the doors don’t slide open) is here.

master bedroom

I’m afraid there are no sources I can share with you for that room.  My husband made the bedside table when he was in college.  The chair and ottoman were purchased over 15 years ago from a local furniture store, and I custom ordered it with that plaid fabric.  I made all the drapes out of fabric that I ordered at the same time as the chair from a fabric store that has long gone out of business.  The comforter is an old one from Target.

I do know one item:  the small wicker table  beside the chair came from LLBean, available here. (I spray painted it black. 🙂 )

daughter’s bedroom

bedroom sources

This list is easy. I included all the sources for our daughter’s bedroom when we redid it last year.  Unfortunately, the sources are not clickable to a link because the list is simply an image. But at least you’ll know where everything came from.


snowballs injar

                                                        desk shelves at Christmas

sons’ bedroom

boysBaskets with sports gear on the wall: stacking bathroom storage baskets from Target shown here. (It says they are unavailable, but there are very similar ones on the bath accessories aisle.)

Desk: antique (or am I supposed to be using the term vintage?)

Desk stool: Lewiston swivel stool from Target available here.

Beds: custom built by my husband. 🙂

Plaid bed linens: Cascade Plaid from PBTeen available here.

Drapes: I made them from the sheets that match the bed linens available here.

Red blankets:  Classic cotton blanket from PBKids available here

Desklamp: Lowes

Other lamps: Target


my workroom

Talk of the House the workroom

Talk of the House workroom

workroom Talk of the House

Flooring – Lowes Style Selections Heritage Pine laminate available here

Beadboard – Lowes Empire Company 8 ft. wood wall panels available here

Upper wall paint – Lowes Valspar Lyndhurst Timber

Lower wall paint – Benjamin Moore Brilliant White

Drapery rods and rings – Lowes Allen + Roth Mink curtain rod available here

Drapery fabric: Ikea Berta Ruta available here (drapes are lined with Walmart white sheets)

Lamps – various yard sale finds from my mother 🙂

Desks – old Broyhill pieces from Havertys painted the same color as the upper walls

Chairs:  old Ballard Design wicker chairs – discontinued

Rug: Target Threshold Chenille Jute in Light brown available here

Fabric for table skirt:  P. Kauffman Perth in teastain available here

Paper cutter:  Martha Stewart Crafts Deluxe Paper trimmer available here

Red storage boxes: Stockholm photo storage boxes available here

Brass stapler, scissors, and letter holder:  Target (Nate Berkus line)

Bulletin board: an old one from Pottery Barn; a similar one is here

Picture frames:  Format museum mat frames available here

Wicker hamper: an old one from Target

Red paintbrushes:  Michaels

Red planter:  a very old one from the K-Mart Martha Stewart line

Desk calendar:  Sugar Paper for Target (no longer available)

Jars:  Target, the lids are spray painted red

Telephone:  PB Grand phone from Pottery Barn available here

Black desk Lazy Susan:  from Homegoods, a similar one is available here

Black desk photo caddy: Bedford photo caddy available here

Toy VW beetle:  Kroger

the porch

Wicker furniture: mismatched and accumulated from different sources – all spray painted Pelham Gray (the house exterior color.)

Throw pillows: solid jute braid trim and the flag pillow from Pottery Barn; floral embroidered from Target

Pottery Lamp:  custom made

Wood lamp:  from Target available here.

Storage baskets:  see information for baskets in foyer coat closet.

Children’s wooden chair: Carolina Kids Chair from pbkids, available here.

Children’s wicker chair:  antique

Buffet table:  antique wicker table with custom made skirt

Wall cabinet: custom made by my husband

Chalkboard:  Pottery Barn

Nativity figures:  by Willow Tree, available here.

the deck

deck table and chairs

Patio table and chair set:  Woodbury dining set from Home Depot, available here.

Red umbrella and stand:  Market umbrella from Pottery Barn available here.

Adirondack chair: Target

Throw pillow:  Jute braid pillow at Pottery Barn

Red lantern: from the Pottery Barn Outlet.

deck chair

the end

(at least for now 🙂 )

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