Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Beautiful Handcrafted Home

Get ready for what could be the longest sentence ever. In the history of ever.

I've been working with a friend to help the parents of another friend to facilitate a barn sale that will help the parents pare down a lifetime of collecting and gathering as they prepare to downsize sometime in the next year(?).  

Did you catch all that?

The couple who own the house have lived there for over 30 years. They are both artists and craftsmen in every sense of the word.  They have been making (heavy emphasis on making) and collecting beautiful things for their entire lives.  

In many ways they make me look like a minimalist and untalented as well!

In this very picture heavy post you will see bits and pieces of the home they built - much of which with their own hands - and the things that we are NOT selling in the barn sale.

Please forgive the rushed photography. There were so many things to see. 

Have you noticed the talent yet?

This is them.

The woodwork. The textiles. The pottery.

She is a decorator, too. 

And they've laid a tile or two.

He's been making some tables lately.

And THIS table that makes me faint with envy...

They have a whole solarium with just shelves of things they have found in nature.

Well, mostly in nature. 

I want to watch TV in this room (maybe without the vertical blinds)

with my TV on this TV stand.

And put my (not yet conceived) grandchildren to bed in these beds.

and weave and sew in this studio

and store all my tools and supplies in this basement work area (you should see the rest)


and cook meals in this kitchen - which would have been designed by me and handcrafted by my husband - 

with a space specifically designed and made for my pottery

and an open pantry filled with beautiful and unique storage

and I would decorate with old nails (which I have been collecting since I saw this)

and have beautiful storage solutions

and then I would design and build a magnificent metal sideboard.

and have beautiful and unusual architectural elements above my bed.

I would have only the sparest and most natural of window treatments.

and a different antique doorknob on every door

My creations would be everywhere

and I would have perfectly balanced gallery walls.

I would store my office equipment in a beautiful antique cabinet

and when I wanted to make a mirror out of whatever latest cool thing I found,

well, my husband would just fix that right up for me.

When I needed a candlestick for my dining room table? Simple. I would just use that old brass fire hose nozzle I had stashed away.

Not everything in this house is my style. But I have nothing - absolutely nothing - but amazement and admiration for the lovely and talented people who built it.

Tomorrow I will show you more bad pictures of the barn sale itself.  If you live anywhere around Ortonville, MI and are interested in checking out the sale or just stopping in to say hi, you will find us at 385 State Park Rd, Ortonville, MI 48462.

In addition to the antiques and decorative items, there will be more live-edged tables as well as some other beautiful wood creations available for purchase.  You could probably also make a custom order.

Make something wonderful today!


Sharing here:

Miss Mustard Seed
DIY Vintage Chic
Funky Junk


Kirby Carespodi said...

Right now? I wish I could swing by Ortonville. Dammit. This stuff is uh-maze-ing.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Wow...what a joy to wander thru their home and make one thrilling discovery after another. I loved this post. It makes me feel melancholy to think that soon they will leave this place that holds so much of who they are and how they lived.
Looking forward to tomorrow.

Bliss said...

Holy guacamole! I saw lots if things I would low to haul home, but I think my fav would be the green bed and the big metal filing unit.

Unknown said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing!! They must be the most interesting people, what incredible talent!!! Very very neat place, so many unique pieces!!

Jean @ said...

Okay, how much is the Five-O sign? I want it!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...


awe...shear awe.

rush said...

i looked and looked...truly amazing. i like looking at the insides of people's spaces, and i was just floored with this one. what a treat! thank you (what are they getting rid of? if they are not getting rid of what you showed us, is that really down-sizing? wow!)

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I am speechless......seriously a wonderful, creative and joyful space. Can't you just buy it and move in? Oh how I wish I was there!

NanaDiana said...

My gosh, Karen- I have never seen anything like that place! MAN!!!!How are the people feeling about disposing of their stuff and moving? What a lifetime of work there! xo Diana

DIY Vintage Chic said...

Wow! That's quite a collection! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

fiona anderson said...

Wow, how on earth are they ever going to downsize all that stuff. They do have great style, such interesting pieces. My favourites are the beaded curtain and the low metal cabinet.
Good luck with the garage sale, I don't think I'll be able to make it !!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh my goodness! Tons of inspiration there! I would have broke the bank at a sale like that!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Wow what an awesome bunch of stuff! Love everything and great design elements too!

Anonymous said...

It really gorgeous and inspirational ideas. I love the way you organized each and everything with great perfection. Well all ideas are fabulous but I like the window treatment and storage solution ideas. Thanks

Yvonne @ Sunnysideup-stairs said...

This was inspiring to see! I am on the same hand-making journey in my own home, an inherited above-garage apartment, so I am grateful to see how possible it is to make everything, everything in one's place be their own! I've only been working on furniture and some textiles, although I'm hoping to improve my skillsets with time to include functional decor like they have! =D Thank you again!
- Yvonne @ Sunnyside Up-stairs

House Crazy in Michigan! said...

Amazing art!! Hard to let it all go.

Glad to see another Michigan Hometalk connection! I'm in SW Michigan over near South Haven.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...