Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tale Of A Bay Window

When we decided to turn tiny Brambly into medium Brambly, it was a challenge to incorporate the storybook look we loved with the existing structure. Bay windows have always captured my imagination and I longed to recline on a window seat and lazily watch the world go by.

After I sketched my idea of an addition(this isn't it), we took it to a local draftsperson to make the measurements work.
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This is what we ended up with.

The original house is on the left, new on the right.

My husband came up with the idea of the striped valance. The corbels are replicas of some we saw at a train station in England.

On the inside, the bay window houses a game table and window seat.

I still need to make an appropriate skirt, or have doors made to hide the board games under the window seat.



The petite wingbacks are lightweight.


I'm still working on my collection of berry bowls.I brought home the small antlers after I found them hiding under a table at an antique store. The little, round pictures came from the same shop.


The center of the game table flips;one side is chess/checkers, the other is backgammon.


I keep a tulip vase on the table.

My husband found the antique light on ebay and rewired it.



He added the beeswax covers.They're great, but they actually melt and so do the shades.


We ordered a pair of inexpensive swing arm lamps and shades.


We had bookcases installed on both sides of the window seat.


I haven't had a moment of regret about the bay window. The only drawback to the window seat is my pets' adoration of it. My recently deceased poodle sat in the window from morning until night and barked at the smallest movement. Many a pillow met its demise while Pippin sat as sentinel. The brunt of her anger was always taken out on cotton corners and tasseled trims. Now, my two docile dogs spend their days with noses pressed against the window in anticipation of a cat, or a tourist. I'm still waiting to sit in the window seat and gaze out the window dreamily. Alas, motherhood is not conducive to laziness.




*Thank you to Tammy at Beatrice Banks for featuring Brambly on the "B List".


Linking to:"Feathered Nest Friday" at French Country Cottage
"Inspiration FridayAt The Picket Fence 

Time Travel Thursday" at Brambleberry Cottage
"Catch a Glimpse Thursday" at A Glimpse Inside
"Open House Party" at No Minimalist Here

56 comments:

Martina said...

Ann Marie the bay window is just beautiful! Your home is gorgeous! Martina

A Rosy Note said...

What a wonderful house! It looks like a storybook cottage. I love the red and white awnings. Best wishes for a great week ♥ Tricia

Simony said...

What a beautiful project! I love bay windows and all sorts of big windows that allow us to watch outdoors and relax.
The book cases on both sides were a great functional idea! Beautiful house!

Natasha said...

Wow, I am so glad I happened to stumble upon your lovely blog! Where have I been?

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Gillian Layne said...

Everyone needs such a dreamy place. Motherhood flies, so eventually you'll be able to sit and read. The bookshelves are just perfect. :)

♥ Miss Tea said...

What a beautiful home! I love the bay window and yes i can imagine myself sitting and read a book while occasionally looking out of the window, what a gorgeous and dreamy place! x

Gayle said...

I love window seats. You did a wonderful job, the room is beautiful. I also like the striped awnings, they add a pop on the outside of your home.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I LOVE this part of your home. I love the style, colors, charm...wonderful! Are the window treatments shades, or a valances?
Hugs
Penny

At The Picket Fence said...

It's like turning the pages of a gorgeous magazine Ann-Marie! Each post inspires me more. I am in the process right now of loosely translating your beadboard wall area in the kitchen to work in mine and then starting in on our windowseat in kitchen. I loved opening up your blog today and seeing...what else but a windowseat! You just keep posting and I will continue to be inspired by you!

Heather

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Looks like the traffic has picked up on your blog. This is a great post (as usual.) I love the big pictures. I hope you are happy with the way things are progressing. I would be interested to learn more about your family's business, especially the furniture aspect. Have a great week. ~Ann

Kathy said...

Your Brambly home is like a fairy tale house, delight in every nook and crany. I adore everything about it!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Morning Neighbor, well here we are second day of spring and over a foot of snow on my mountain ha ha!! Loved seeing more of the inside of your beautiful home my friend..I alos love a window seat and put ours in 1996 in DR and still have not sat in it ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT day in your piece of Amador..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Hillcrest Cottage said...

Love***Love***Love***
I have an upstairs room (which was once my youngest son's room but now my art studio), which is screaming for a bay window. I know my two dogs would make the window seat their guarding post as well... which would mean lots more barking, but such is life.
This addition added sooo much to the exterior of your house. Good call by the husband on the awnings... love them.

Marianne said...

Your bay window is just beautiful. We have one in the dining room and I've been trying to convince my hubby to put in a window seat for me. There is just something so relaxing about them. Just love everything about the living room!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Gorgeous! The post went up today. Hope you get lots of new followers. Already getting nice compliments on my post! Happy Spring!

Kristine: Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

Your home is just beautiful. I LOVE your red and white striped awnings!!! Where did you find those? I just love your style. Everything looks so wonderful.

Shelia said...

Your bay window looks gorgeous! I love the table and chairs. I am just loving seeing your pretty home.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

So charming! I love your vision and how it turned out. Thanks for sharing and for joining my newbie party.

craftynan said...

hiya visiting from debbies newbie party x just love this little nookit is just perfect x x tfs hope to see you over at mine soon
xmaggiex

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Ann~Marie~ What a delightful bay window!! I love the addition and the awnings are fantastic! Such a charming home!! Love it!!

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

love the bay window and the little side balcony:)
Your New Follower Sharon!

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

What a beautiful room!! I love the red and white stripe little "valance" on the front of the windows as well! Such a stunning room!

Janet said...

your bay window is fabulous. You and hubby are so talented. Glad you visited me and I became a follower of you too!!!

Jodie said...

Your home is absolutely stunning! I'm your newest follower, I would love for you to stop by sometime!

Jodie

www.lovelaughteranddecor.blogspot.com

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Ann Marie Sweetie...
Oh my goodness, "B" sent me over. When I saw her post of your beautiful home, I had to pop right on over here. Oh how breathtakingly beautiful it is.
I fell in love with your kitchen. That apron sink is TDF. I remember the one my Grandma had in her kitchen at the farm house. What a beautiful memory. Your attention to detail is exquisite. I love the cabinet pulls, the wonderful flooring and the lighting so beautiful.

We are going to put in a baywindow and seeing yours gave me some wonderful ideas. My head is swimming sweetie. I cannot thank you enough for sharing.

Love your upstairs under the eaves as well. Those beautiful little red and white window awnings just stole my heart. So very beautiful.

Thank you so much for sharing today. I have enjoyed my stroll thoroughly. I can't wait to see what you share next. I am Country Wings in Phoenix, and I am your newest follower. Thank you sweetie for the gorgeous share, and I hope you will stop over and say hello. I would love to have you visit, and be thrilled to have you follow me as well. I love meeting new friends and sharing our day to day lives along the way.
Country hugs, Sherry

Sue said...

Hi Ann Marie
Lovely, just lovely!! I think window seats are my very favorite things ~ as a young girl I would have loved to curl up in one and read Little Women or some such thing. It would have been perfect! But I know what you mean when mom duty calls.
But I bet you make lots of memories at the game table with your girls. Such a perfect spot.
Happy first day of spring.
Sue

Paula Montalvo said...

You have such a lovely home! The window seat and game table are Divine! I could just picture myself curled up with a cup of tea, a throw, and a good book.....mmmmm Blessings <3 Paula

Lori said...

I couldn't get here quick enough after I seen your wonderful home on Beatrice the blog! I too, adore bays and have wished for a few for awhile. I will look forward to each and every visit to dream away! As I had said, if I lived in your home I would never leave!!! Lori

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What beautiful interiors and I love the bay window, both inside and out. Bay windows are so charming I think just about everyone wants one, but this one is very special.

Julie Harward said...

Hi there...Ilove your home and that window really makes it beautiful. I love the cute valance around it too! I am going to follow you and have added your blog to my blog list. Come say hi some time :D

Rachel said...

Your cottage is ADORABLE! I love, love, love your window seat! I've always wanted one of those and this one fits in your house perfectly! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

Thanks for visiting me from Debbiedoos..... :)

Bee happy said...

I just love the outside of your house it's so beautiful! Inside looks great as well!

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Donnie said...

I just love the Bay Window too and those striped awnings are delightful. I'm a new follower too.

we three dogs and me said...

I chuckled about the dogs as I have a smaller bay window and my little dogs did the same thing. I finally had to restrict them unless I was there.One thing no one will try to get in when I am not here. Your room is just gorgeous.

Jodie said...

Ann Marie, I'm so glad I found your blog. Your home is beautiful and so full of charm. It truly has a cozy, welcoming feel. I can see why you decided to stay and add on! I'll be following along to see what's new at Brambly.
Jodie

My Life of Domestic Bliss said...

Ann-Marie, I've got a blog award waiting for you on my latest post. Lisa

Adrienne said...

Oh my gosh! You have the most gorgeous home - I could just eat it up!
I am very glad I found you through Lisa this evening. What a delight.

laney said...

...have just found your beautiful blog...your home is wonderful...will be back for a daily visit...

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love the design you've chosen. They bay window looks perfect.

and, oh my goodness, I've just stumbled over the photos at the bottom of your blog. Is that your garden? It's STUNNING! It looks like a garden that you'd pay to visit, you lucky, lucky thing! I'm drooling!

Sarahx

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

The exterior is adorable and what a beautiful room. I see you like color and lots of accessories like I do. Don't forget my party. Love to have you again.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Ann Marie, Your home is gorgeous! Love the bay window and the way you have decorated this room. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home at my party.
Hugs,
Sherry

Rhonda said...

Ann Marie!!!!
Wow! I love everything about your blog! Your bay window is to die for!! I have been wanting to do the same you have done for sometime now. Your pics have really inspired me!
I am your newest follower! I am a brand new blogger! I hope you will drop by to visit me sometime! I have lots of before & after pictures of my "charming old farm house"
~~~rhonda~~~

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love the bay window of your addition. The striped awning is precious. I'm your newest follower.

Terry said...

OMG. Flawless and seamless. This is a great post and I can't look at it enough!

Laurel said...

Wow...stunning...magazine worthy for sure! Laurel

saltbox treasures said...

Hi Ann-Marie, Your home is stunning! I just love your style of decorating. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us.
~ Julie

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Ann- Marie~ Just stopping back to say thanks for sharing this at FNF! :)

dgmills said...

Your beautiful bay window is an inspiration for our bay window. What a talented designer you are!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Beautiful! Love everything about it! Fantastic job! Thanks for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party! Always nice to see a new face!

Divine Theatre said...

So lovely!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

The more of your lovely cottage you reveal, the more I fall in love with it, Ann-Marie. My style of decorating, for many years, was European cottage, but we got away from it when we moved to the farm. While I love living here, I miss the charm of European country cottage style.

Thanks for linking your beautiful home each week. It's always a delight to visit you.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Ann Marie your home is gorgeous. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the roof was 'Green Gables'...your home would fit in perfectly on Prince Edward Island. I love the bay window it's gorgeous and I'm so impressed that your husband suggested those awnings...they're perfect. Love the corbels...I love those extra touches to a home. I also love the bay window room...love the colors and the two lights in the window ...the built in book cases...the colors...everything! I'd feel right at home there. Very VERY beautiful...you and your husband did a wonderful job! Thank you for showing us your home and I hope you have a beautiful day.
Maura :)
Maura

SavannahGranny said...

Such a beautiful bay window and home addition. I can see that you put a lot of thought and planning into this project. It turned out beautifully and you have this warm and inviting living area as a result. Great job, thanks for sharing.
I am your newest follower. Please come by to visit and maybe you will choose to follow me as well. I am on the "disabled list" just now. Got hurt in the middle of a project. Things are a little slow right now but I will get a new burst of energy soon. Ginger

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I love bay windows! They give the room so much more sunlight, make the room appear bigger, sometimes can add additional seating, and can allow you to have better views out of your home. I bought replacement windows New Jersey last year and I am very happy with them. My energy costs went down somewhat and the outside appearance of my home looks a lot better. Definitely worth the investment for me.

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