After a busy weekend, I can finally show you the end results of our work in the living room. Some work was done over Jos' vacation and was redoing the damaged walls from our leak. We did, however, have another wall redone. It has become a souvenir of our few days away in Limburg.
While we were there, we bought some handmade bricks. They are burnt in what is called a ring oven which is coal fired. It results in each brick being different. This gives an old worn effect.
For Jos and I, the woodstove is an important part of our living room. We love to sit by its warmth on a cold day. This Norwegian woodstove has moved with us from our previous house to here. For years, we have had this wall painted in ox blood red which I always loved. But I really liked the idea of having a real fireplace built around the woodstove. Jos however did not want a fireplace so this was a way to compromise. The color of the wall had to be changed to compliment and bring out the bricks. We are really happy with the results. It has given our living room a much more cozy farmhouse look. And yes, I dream of a farmhouse...
We took our picture rail and sawed it into 4 pieces. It has now created pictures ledges which gives me the chance to keep changing my samplers on the wall. It will be wonderful come Christmas when I bring out all my framed Santa postcards.
"Don't you stay home of evenings? Don't you love a cushioned in a corner, by the fireside, with your slippers on your feet?"
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
My Turks turban squash come out beautifully against the brick. If you enlarge this photo, you can get a better idea of how the brick looks. Please excuse the dusty woodstove. I had not realized until I used the photo that I had forgotten to clean it. It's clean now! *grins*
So I sit here in my cozy living room on a Tuesday morning, stitching in hand, longing for next week when we can once again build a fire. The grout will have to have a week to harden. But for now I am enjoying seeing the work done. Bring on the cold winter days.....