Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Trim Work

This week for Metamorphosis Monday I thought I would show you some of our trim work. My Carpenter, Steve, and I had the best time designing our trim. Steve loves Craftsman Architecture and so do I, so we pretty much let our imaginations go wild. I love each and every bit of trim in our house! Steve worked here for almost one year and nine months and most of the time was spent installing our trim.

Some of these pictures it appears as if the construction was finished. But I can assure you that it was not. Most of these pictures were taken in 2007 and we house was not completed until November 2008.

First is our living room fireplace surround. I bought the Art Deco tiles on Ebay for $1 a piece. I love them and have many more in boxes in basement. Some day I'd like to tile some exterior tables for the patio.

I let Steve design our Living Room Fireplace Surround and I think it is just fabulous. Sometimes it's best to let the experts do their job without any input. And Steve did not disappoint me one bit. I love it!



And finally the mirror is installed and we're done! Look at the fingerprints on that mirror!


We actually have 2 front doors in my house. The one that faces the street to the west and then one front door is north which faces the forest preserve.

Here's the West Front Door. It's a little dark but it shows off the leaded glass pattern so well.

Den leaded glass double doors

And here's the North facing Front Door. I had a very difficult time finding this door and ended up ordering it from a company in Washington State. The shipping was about 50% of what the door cost!


Here's Steve and his son, Josh, trimming out my windows in the eating area bay in my kitchen. Look how closely Josh is watching his Dad, isn't that cute!

Kitchen window trim

This is the entrance way from our kitchen into our Family Room. This is my favorite entrance in the entire house. I let Steve do whatever he wanted and he did an excellent job!


And look at all those dog toys scattered around. Who cleans up here anyway!


This is my little phone cubby in our mudroom at the backdoor. Isn't it cute! I found this period phone at


This is the VERY wide hallway connecting my office and the mudroom to the kitchen. Notice the hot pink tool belt laying on the stairway half wall. Well that's my tool belt!


Here's the bank of windows in the wide hallway. They let in so much light otherwise it would be like a cave!


This is what I call our "Keeping Room" and where I feed my three large dogs. I love this little room! Notice the exterior screen door at the end? This is the door to my Butler's Pantry and I just love my interior screen door!



I hope your enjoyed my rather quick tour of some of the trim work. Believe me when I say we have much more then what I pictured. So I'm extending on open door policy and you can visit any time!

Thank you so much for visiting Spend-A-Buck Farm!

Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. Please visit Susan's site and you'll find some fabulous ideas freely shared by many gracious and highly creative people.

All Rights Reserved 2008-9 © Big Black Dog Stumble Upon Toolbar


abeachcottage said...

wow a lot of trim! looks great and so do the carpenters lol

happy met monday


Sarah said...

W.O.W. So beautiful!!

Kathleen said...

I forgot you had this blog too! Busy lady..still no luck for me getting rid of the intruders..Google totally unresponsive and I pay now!
Anyway, the house looks great..
Tell those dogs to put their toys away or they won't get any to play with..LOL

Lisa Shatzer said...

Wow, so beautiful!

downhomeliving said...

Wow love the trim what a beautiful home you have.



Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

It all looks beautiful. I especially love your interior screen door.

ImagineCozy said...

I really love craftsman style, and your house is a wonderful example of warm wood trims and beautiful leaded glass. Wonderful!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Such a huge undertaking! The woodwork and trim is beautiful. Love the tiles on the fireplace surround. Great whimsical touch!

Have a lovely week!


Kammy said...

I am in love with your home !!!
Love the oak and it matches my new kitchen !!!! I will post sometime !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

All that trim looks great! Lucky you to have such great carpenters.


Cheryl B. said...

AS I said, I drooled over the exterior of your home ... and now you've shown me the trim work (or at least parts of it), which I think totally make a room/house ... sure you don't need help with those dishes o:-p?

Terry said...

You and the trim guy sure have a thing going on. I enjoy the difference between the rough carpenters and the finish carpenters: 2 utterly different jobs probably requires different personalities.

Deanna said...

I love your house and what you're doing to create a home.
So glad you shared on Met Monday!
Sure like seeing all the neat ideas and completed projects.
I will want to return to your site and see what's happening.
I posted for the first time on Met Monday this week.
God bless,

Kitty Scraps said...

Gorgeous! I love period homes and craftsman is a favorite style of mine. You've done an amazing job on your home, it's absolutely lovely!

Brenda said...

Oh, I love the screen door inside too! You know what? I let my carpenter design with his imagination and hardly any input from me too. He comes up with stuff I never would have dreamed of. Mine did my fireplace that I showed last week!

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

Hi Michelle!! Love all that trim, just like your beautiful porch, I love the inside of your home too :)

A Hint of Home said...

What gorgeous woodworking. Your home has such wonderful detail. I love your inside screen door.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your fireplace metamorphasis looks great~ I adore the craftsman look too. I did a past blog post on the Greene and Greene house and also on Arts and Crafts~ last October.

Have a blessed day!

Martha said...

Beautiful woodwork -- so like the homes of yesterday -- what beautiful tiles in your fireplace.

Kathy said...

Wow, what an amazing job...The wood is warm and so lovely. A huge undertaking your going through, how can you even find time to blog!! xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Aimee said...

Wow, they did an amazing job. Beautiful detailing!

I just put up a NEW POST on my Blog! If you have a chance, come by and say hi!

Have a great week,

DesignTies said...

Craftsman architecture is one of my favourites, and your carpenter has done a marvelous job capturing that style!! I'm particularly crazy about your fireplace - of course the woodwork is beautiful, but the tiles you found are fantastic!!

Thanks so much for dropping by DesignTies and leaving such a positive comment about the transformation of my nesting tables! Brian and I are loving the Sundried Tomato red I used!! Glad to hear that you like it too. :-)

Victoria @ DesignTies

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Your woodwork is amazing! I can't believe it's a new've really captured the craftsman period.

The DIY Show Off said...

Wow - your trim work is gorgeous! I'm going to check out more! So nice to "meet" you!


Little Lovables said...

that is alot of very well thought out trim work! lovely!

George Gaston said...

Michelle, looks like your have a wonderful eye & style for architecture. What a beautiful home...