Having spent my childhood in Julian, California, this project was a little bit like coming home. The Bed & Breakfast feel took me back to Julian's apple days with crisp air, amazing pie and horseback riding. This was an amazing project for a client with a unique passion for Early America. It truly was a joy working on this project and getting to know her style. The end result is exactly what we were looking for: a B&B in the mountains, perfect for curling up with a cup of tea and a treasured book at the end of a long, hard day. Come, take a walk in the country...
I met Jamie when she was pregnant with her second boy. We began working together by decorating both boy’s rooms, and then we did the rest of the house. Jamie absolutely loves American folk art, country fabrics, Shaker furniture, decorative paint and quilts. If she could pack it up and move to a B&B in the mountains she’d go in a heartbeat.
Jamie's goal for their primary residence was to bring the country to the city. She definitely wanted the traditional folk art style, and decorative painting on the walls was a must. Jamie had collected antiques and quilts from years of travels to Amish country, farmsteads and antique stores around the U.S., and we had a great time placing each piece. My favorite was the historic antique quilt that we showcased in the living room, fully encased in a museum display box. This quilt I believe had links to one of the early American presidents.
I shouldn't finish without mentioning the boys. We built them a custom loft/homework/play area which they've enjoyed tremendously. The corners of the bench seat have lift-up lids to conceal storage below. The seating and pillows are done in a boat theme. I think my favorite fabric is the beige fish fabric on the pillow. It's so cute! They're a bit older now, shhh... don't tell them I said it was "cute."
How cute is this theme? The TV cabinet has two desks at either side for homework and etc, with a tall bookcase to the right which serves as toy and game storage. And that fish fabric...