Friday, July 10, 2015

Barn Homes, Maine, and Brooke and Steve Giannetti

Have I not posted anything since March?!!  How bad am I - so bad that I give you no excuses but carry on as though I posted just yesterday.  Last posting was about a barn home in my locale. Today's is about a home and barn in Maine whose images I first saw on Brooke Giannetti's Velvet and Linen blog, one of my top favorites.  I have been saving them for years just waiting the right topic and today is it.  Brooke's husband, Steve, designed the waterfront home and barn for a favorite client, and Brooke posted great images of the project.  In case you never saw these images, you can probably still bring them up on her blog history, or, if you can stand my gushing, continue reading here.

First gush is about the beauty of Maine as seen in the new home's view.

Next gush is about Steve's design and the shaker shingles, both so typical of Maine.  Note the size of the rocks also typical of Maine but which must have been difficult during construction.  More about these later.


Jumping ahead to view the finished entryway.  (Which is how I like to build a house - jumping ahead to the completion.  I fear I may have driven my poor husband crazy when we built our home.)

First view of the living room from staircase.

Close-up of the safe/side table.

One end of living room.

Other end with the lovely view.

View of staircase from great room.

Sneak peek of eating area and kitchen.

View of kitchen from dining table (which I love).  Whale is great also.

Now we are heading up the stairs to first seating area.  Love all the "Maine-abilia" - boats, whales, half-hulls, maps, books on Maine.

And love that light fixture.

Then up to next landing and more beams...

more beautiful light fixtures, and that view - oh, the view.

View to a bedroom from storage area.

"A Room with a View"

How cute is the suitcase night stand!

Another bedroom.

"A Desk with a View"

Love the half hull over the bed.

Nautical map above desk below.

Bath with stone similar to that in kitchen - continuity.

Still more continuity here (and freshly washed beach towels).

Now to the part I really love - the building of the barn and the finished barn.  Again, note the size of Maine's stones.

Isn't this just great - the floors, the beams, the railing and rooms above.  I could live in it just as is.

Looking at the entrance from fireplace.

And now the furnishings - the icing on this wood and stone cake.

 Same room in the evening.

Dining area and balcony at night.

Another night time view.

And we all know how I feel about kitchens.

At night.  I love open shelving - it would help to keep things neat, but I would need more shelves to be so neat.

Second floor light is so cool.

Second floor seating area.

Upstairs in opposite direction.

And to the bedroom.

And bath.

And to the landscaping all done by Bruce Riddell.  I was once on a Maine garden tour and every garden Riddell did was knock-you-out beautiful.  Will definitely post about his work in the near

I want to give complete credit to Brooke Giannetti for images found on her blog (Velvet and Linen) and to her husband Steve for images found on his website (  I check in with both sites frequently because they are always an inspiration.  Brooke and Steve, Maine and barns inspired this post.  Thank you so much for being there.

Now, to you my patient, patient readers: you would be justified in believing I will not post again for months, but I really will.  Had lots of interference earlier such as ice damns on the roof, dinner and overnight guests, babysitting duties for grandsons, a garden to whip into shape after a very hard winter, a pool to clean up, the hosting of a good friend's retirement party (meant to be outside but it poured day of the party and the next day), and garden tours to enjoy.  Lots of areas to cover, but am not yet finished with barns or Maine so stay tuned.
Happy July week-end,

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Barn Living

Don't let the title fool you.  We are not talking about living in just any old barn, much as I love most old barns, but a barn refurbished for modern-day living - such a barn would be right in the running for one of my fantasy houses.  Now, where would I place my barn home?  Belgium would be good but difficult to access, Maine would be perfect, even the Finger Lakes of New York would work as we see it does in today's post.

First, this simple barn would work beautifully with Belgian furnishings and colors but it lacks a fireplace - an essential for my barn home.

Love the barn below and its New England or Pennsylvania feel - the siding speaks of New England, but the stone foundation looks like Pennsylvania.  Still no requisite fireplace.

Love the barn doors in this home.  Barn doors would work anywhere for me.  Wish I could incorporate one into my present home, but they remain a fantasy.

Even without a fireplace, this barn wins my heart.  I think it must be the landscaping and that concrete sphere that speak of spring and warmer climes.

Chose this one for its barn doors hiding the TV and for its fireplace below.

More barn doors - obviously am a real sucker for these.

Here, the beams, the stone work and the steel all speak to me.

The beams, the view, and the LaCornue make a great barnhouse kitchen. 

Speaking of views, here is a barn nestled in New York's Finger Lakes area.  This lake is just a few miles from the one where I live so you are in for some hometown images.

This is the wine area of New York state - hence the vineyards surrounding the barn.

As we get closer, note the chimney and barn doors.

Driveway approaching home.

We're here.

Outside sitting area overlooking vineyard and lake.  Don't you love potted boxwood just anywhere?

Dining alfresco...

with a view - the kind we all relish here in the Finger Lakes.  (Today, you'd only see a thawing lake and snow.)

To the inside where all my prerequisites abound - beams, a fireplace, barn doors.

Kitchen with its view.

Kitchen's eating area.

From kitchen to main dining area and great room.

View of second floor.

More great room.

Great view of the barn's structure.

View from second floor.

Stairways both up...

and down.

Lower bath with reclaimed wood surround and a half hull on the wall.

Great view from master bedroom.
All the above images of this property were taken from Sotheby's website and were found while researching this barn conversion.  (I feel a bit like Joni Webb here.)  But the images which follow were taken from Martha Stewart Living where I first saw this home in an October issue.  I happily happened upon Sotheby's images in my search for Martha's October issue.

Tom Johnson, the designer who found and reinvented this barn.

I fell in love with it when I first saw the autumnal table with the blazing fire in background.  At this point the barn was not for sale.

So autumnal.  Was planning on saving this renovation for an autumn post, but thought it had to go with today's barn theme.

A sweet detail Sotheby's never included.

View of the bath, Sotheby's never included.

And Tom Johnson's barn in the autumn.  Sotheby's showed in the summer.
When starting today's post, I was not aware the barn was for sale and today probably has been sold.  I never would have sold it especially because it resides in a part of my hometown area, has such a great view, barn doors, and fireplace.  Mr. Johnson has perhaps moved on to a new and more exciting project.  

I would like to make clear that my first eight images above were gleaned from Pinterest and I would give credit to each of the pinners if I had saved that information.  Their images were used without permission but with great appreciation.  What would we do without Pinterest and Tumblr?

Could you live in a restored barn?  I could - definitely rates as one of my fantasy houses.  Next time, I hope to  have a sweet surprise for you, but I may not get permission so keep your fingers crossed. 

 Till then, keep warm, and happy spring.