Wednesday, March 2, 2011
#1. This vintage sink:
Laurie Cuthbertson, owner of Houston's "Welcome Home," a decorative arts company, always had plans for this old sink. At the time she bought it; however, she didn't know exactly where it would go. But she went with her hunch to buy it. She would figured out the "where" another time.
The time eventually came when she and her husband decided to build a custom home on Galveston island. She had the 1920s-era sink basin painted Sherwin Williams' "Aquatint," #6936, and then placed in a half bath.
#2. Unexpected Architectural Lines
Laurie and Bob's master bathroom -- with its V-groove ceilings, colorful knobby pulls, the Dash & Albert striped rug and wood plank walls -- conveys a feel-good country feeling. The architectural pitch frames a soaking tub, giving the space a sense of separation.
#3 An Old Bar Gains New Purpose
The couple bought this old long-leaf pine bar in Salado, Texas, a long time ago.
Laurie painted it a washed out blue -- to give it a beachy look, using both Sherwin Williams' "Raindrop," #6485 and "Meander Blue," #6484. They placed it in their living room where it serves as a multi-media center. They placed receivers and such on the shelves and turned it around so the back faces the front of the room.
#4 Beach Art
Found items -- driftwood, shells and tumbled glass -- when beachcombing become hand-made art.
#5 Timeless Shutters
Who needs a painting when these old shutters convey such character and story?
#6 An Antique Door Grounds a New Space
Laurie and Bob bought this old door in Gonzales at an architectural warehouse. They retro-fitted it as a pantry door.
Special thanks goes to Laurie's friend who suggested her home as a feature for "Coast," a Galveston magazine. If you'd like to read the story I did on her home -- and to get the paint colors she used in their home, please visit this Galveston Daily News link.