One of the most talked about features in the house is the numbered stairs. Smoot wasn't too sure about this idea until he saw it completed. They certainly are a conversation starter!
I scoured the internet looking for stencils that had just the right font. Smoot cut 1/4 inch pieces of plywood as the stair faces. I painted them Black Suede from Behr, then stenciled the numbers in an assembly line. It was a full day project but we love how it turned out.
We also used numbers on a few chairs cushions and on the front of the house with VERY large wooden cut outs. I guess you could say, we have "a thing" for numbers.
The kitchen shot shows another favorite piece if ours - the metal awning used to hide the unattractive exhaust vent for the stove. We lucked out that the awning we found at August Antiques in Houston was the perfect fit. It allowed the fan to function, but tucked it completely out of sight.
The photo also features the open shelving Smoot made out of reclaimed wood from a church in Galveston, Texas and metal shelving brackets. Since we'd decided to use basic white pottery, the open shelving worked to our advantage. We added 3-4 coats of polyurethane to the wood to protect it, however we weren't too concerned. The piece of wood we picked already had scars, blemishes, and a "lived-in" look we were going for.
And then...there was the cherry red completely restored 1950 Ford Pick Up truck. What an amazing piece of artistry. I wish I could say it was ours, but it's not. A very sweet couple that live in Round Top were kind enough to let us borrow it for the shoot. We loved it so much, we ended up using this shot for our Christmas card. It will be a great way for our family to remember such a special time in our lives!