Besides Country Living, another one of my favorite magazines is Jo Packham's Where Women Create. Several years ago, she featured the Santa Fe studio of artist, Gail Rieke. I was mesmerized by the full size suitcase wall that she stores her art supplies in.
When Smoot and I were trying to decide what to do with the loft pony wall which happened to be the main focal wall of the house, I remembered her studio. Our wall is only 9" deep, so we had to cut the fronts of suitcases to get the illusion. We want to make sure Gail receives the credit for our inspiration. You can see the "real deal" on her website www.riekestudios.com. Also, check out Jo's magazine www.wherecomencreate.com. Both women are truly inspirational!
The coffee table was made out of two rusted lamp shade bases and an extra large perfectly patinaed butcher block that came from Leftovers Antiques. Ed and Michael are super guys and have a "beyond belief" antique store located at 3900 US Hwy 290 in Brenham, Texas. Their merchandise is drool worthy and worth the drive! Check them out at: www.leftoversantiques.net
The white chair with the wood base is one of a pair that we bought in Provence and will be for sale in our Marburger Booth this Spring April 1-5 Tent C b-10.
The wall color - we spent lots of $$ putting a crazy amount of samples on the wall before we found Pip from Martha Stewart found at Home Depot. It is the perfect creamy white. Definitely one to add to your sample list.
We put the Swiss army blanket over the slip covered couch to add texture and an additional industrial element to the room. The slip cover was purchased for $50 on the clearance aisle of Target and the red striped pillows were made from feed sacks bought at a flea market. We loved the army blanket so much, we purchased a few more to make throw pillows for our e-commerce site. They sold out the first day! We are making more and will have them on the site in a few weeks. Check back and get one for your own!
The arrow was one of Smoot's finds! He spotted it at one of the booths in Bar W field at the Round Top Antique Fair last year. There are a lot of galvanized arrows out there but this one caught his eye with it's unique shape, color, and texture. It fit perfectly on the wall as if it was made for just that spot.