Exploring some heritage

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The family and I went out to some of the countryside over the weekend and found some gems that I wanted to share.

These first two photos are of an old lumber shop located about an hours drive from the nearest town, in the middle if nowhere! It had been seriously picked before we found it, the floorboards and wall panels and even the lighting and ducting was pulled from it. Some of the old window frames were still intact but no glass panes. It was huge and so overtaken by nature. Just beautiful!

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The rear of the lumber building:

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This building used to be a lumber planer building located just off of a railway station and is barely standing! Lots of cool industrial metals and colors.

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Inside the old planer factory:

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This shed doesnt seem like much but when we went to explore it we found that it was just next to an old homestead that had been completely broken down and overgrown by surrounding elements.

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In this photo is the old bathtub and bathroom heat ducts where the whole home structure had crumbled to a mossy artifact. Remnants of the porcelain sink and heating vents were still laying in their original locations within the concrete foundation. Beautiful!!:

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decor dilemma

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I decided to really commit to color. I thought i was wayyy over white on white on white.

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So i went to home hardware and picked the bluest green paint swatch and had two gallons mixed. The outcome was this:

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I hated it, so i distressed the walls to sort-of tone down and break up the color:

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But then the white furniture was too white and stark against the dark textured walls so i brought in the pink couch.

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I kinda liked the contrast between the pink and blueygreen but it still didnt have enough ‘layer’, ‘hodpodgeyness’, or for lack of the RIGHT word, something i dont even know i want, exactly, yet. So, i grabbed a roll of wallpaper from the thrift shop and slapped it on the bottm half of the wall:

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This cheezy looking mess was my attempt at a patina of sorts gone horribly wrong. I feel at this point my only option is to start whipping out other paint colors, stencils and straw brooms to try to get a more believable effect. Sometimes when i do something gutsy it goes wonderfully right, sometimes it turns out like this. And there’s a lot of work to be done if i want to recover the old ‘look’ of the room. So, in the meantime, im going to embrace what it is and try to define what exactly i am trying to accomplish in here (which is some kind of ‘boho gypsy’ meets ‘rustic homestead’ meets ‘shabby glam’ kind of thing. A mixbreed house.)

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