EXIT interior workman!!!

Posted December 3rd, 2011 by Leah and filed in LR Interior Design

Happy Saturday friends!!  Yes! You read the title correctly…the last interior worker bee {except for me!} has exited.  So this little bee has been busily organizing and decorating.  It was such fun to open box after box of “stuff” we have carefully collected over the years.  We bought a couple of new furniture pieces, but all the “decoration” {add a little French accent please} is just our {good} old stuff.  Please take note that I used the word “carefully” collected stuff.  The quickest way to blow a good design is “clutter”!

By the way…if you are new to our on-line community, please go back about and look through July-now to see the before status.

The simple, heavy texture, creamy linen drapery panels will be installed downstairs Monday…but I just could not wait to show you!  I know I have said it so often, but I just love all the windows/views from our home. The living room has 3 sided light!

The fabulous painting Melissa Key gifted to me sets the tone beautifully as you enter the foyer.


You can stand in the sun room and look all the way through the house to the living room.

The organic design totem I built in pottery class found a perfect spot.

Mixing textures is key to interesting design.

Use what you love…it does not need to be expensive.  The twig in the bookcase is from our yard in Destin after Hurricane Ivan blew through.  It has meaning to me…I love the color…and the organic feel…so I use it in my design.

The building pottery season of my life was such fun!  I hope to have the opportunity to continue here in DeLand one day.

Each girl comes from a different place and time in my life.  The nude sitting was a 40th birthday gift from my sweet friend Janet Porterfield, while we were working in Paris. Remember…naked we came into this world and naked we shall leave, so hold loosely to all the beautiful things of this world.


The back staircase has turned out to be one of my favorite venues!

The prints are from original works of an artist in Israel.  I bought them on Etsy for $18 each and put them in beautiful frames my mom gave me.

Looking out of my bathroom window at the Camphor tree.

Remember the blog about these abstract shells I found in New Orleans…I love to juxtapose light against dark for it clearly defines the lines and form of objects.  Again, a mix of textures {note to self: buy candles}.

The Butler’s Pantry…crystal juxtaposed against slick, modern white subway tile.

I took these photos when workers were finishing up…therefore remnants of rags, ladders, etc…

A cabinet designed to look like a furniture piece lends importance to the kitchen.

Since I did not add any recessed can lighting in the home, my light source comes from lamps, sconces and some pendant lighting.

When the budget allows, I want a tiny bistro table between the chairs, which will be an intimate place to have a cup of coffee or sandwich.

A big mirror hides my amateur brick work!

I created a little seating area beside the fireplace.  If I need overflow seating, I can bring in a small table and the Ghost chairs.

Haha…Mike and Calvin are the only ones left and they are busily finishing the exterior painting. We all are feeling a bit sideways these days!

The sunroom is where we hang out in the evenings.  Eventually, I plan to take the shutters that we did not put back on some of the windows on the side of the house to make a fence around the AC units.

The storefront metal windows we added take the farmhouse to a modern edge and give us great views!

the Roo is still hanging in there with me!

The girls are growing up and we hope they will start laying eggs in January.

We plan to have a table at the local farmer’s market once things settle down for Jim’s garden “tastes” wonderful.

The rock finish on the house has painted beautifully in Ben Moore Cloud White.  It looks like a rough stucco finish.


The shutters going back up in some locations will be Cloud White too, in semi-gloss.

I have been collecting old wicker for the porches…mom and I found this awesome sofa at a thrift shop for $75.00!!

A lot of white paint and some Sunbrella fabric….

Outside it still looks like Fred Sanford lives here!  So let’s go see the upstairs.

I love the sound of a screen door slamming!  The lower half will be paneled out to make them all more sturdy.  Paint your doors, interior side and exterior side, one color if possible. It just looks more unified.  {This one not painted yet}

Guest room is ready for my family coming to visit for Christmas.  We had a very tall fabric covered headboard, so I had the upholsterer cut it down since all the beds in this home are floated away from the walls due to all the windows.  It was an easy fix…delivered Monday.

Master Bedroom coming along…I always complete our space last.

The key-hole back plates were taken from the original door hardware and used here.

Sooo happy with the half shutters, which allow for the wonderful sky views.

These past 5 months have been quite a journey. Our renovation took longer than I thought and a bit more funds, but we could not be more pleased.  It feels like home, which means Jim and I are in that kitchen cooking nightly…and loving it!  My heart overflows with thanksgiving.

NOW…I can be about my Heavenly Father’s business.  I would like to have a Bible study for some college girls at Stetson University here this Winter.  Please keep that in your prayers.  Also, I will be available to take on a design job, please keep that in your prayers.  Jim and I are intently listening to the Holy Spirit for the “Spiritual Design” for our lives in 2012.  How about you?  Are you listening too?

I will be in N. Florida speaking next week at the Christmas luncheon for the Niceville United Methodist. Church. If you are in the area and would like to come, please make a reservation by calling Margo at 850-423-0996 or 850-502-6255.  I am very excited to see many women whom I studied God’s Word with in Community Bible Study in Destin, for many many years.

In all our doings this Christmas season…let’s us not forget to be still, listen to the Spirit, then get up and be about our Heavenly Father’s business.  Putting Jesus at the top of our Christmas list!

Love you all and so appreciate your encouragement through this renovation!


8 Responses to “EXIT interior workman!!!”

  1. Lisa says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful. Well thought out design and filled with the Holy Spirit. Merry Christmas.

    P.S. I must work on de-cluttering and choosing my favorite pieces.

  2. Anne says:

    Simple elegance – so beautiful! What color(s) are you using for your interior paint? I love the way the light reflects on the walls.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Have thoroughly enjoyed the whole journey with you. Thank you for sharing the photos all the way through.

  4. Lisa Gaines says:

    Simply Beautiful. So warm and inviting. Blessings.

  5. Megan Gunby says:


    I continue to be inspired and awed by your work! I live in a home with stained cherry woodwork, and after seeing the transformation it gave your home, it makes me want to pick up a paint brush and go to town brightening up my living space… I wonder if my husband would divorce me? Kudos to your God-given talents! I can’t believe what you accomplished in only 5 months! Hope to see you soon… enjoy seeing Jim at Snow Buckets!

  6. Janelle says:

    I absolutely LOVE how your home looks: clean, elegant and stylish. Now you make me want to paint my house white. I’m especially loving the brass and gold accents! Also, thanks for the reminder to listen to the Spirit for guidance for the new year.

  7. Leigh says:

    Hello Leah-
    I was wondering if you would tell me what kind of countertop you have in your kitchen? It appears to be a quartz. Also, I want to paint my kitchen cabinets a warm white, creamy white…what warm creamy whites do you like to use? Thank you!

  8. Leah says:

    Hi Leigh,
    You are right, it is quartz. I am very happy with this selection too…beautiful, functional like granite but not as busy as granite. I think Cloud White by Ben Moore is the perfect white….check it out. Blessings!

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