Something Old, Something New

Restoring a piece of history is nothing new for our long time friend Karen Tillery, but her latest log cabin restoration got the attention of Mark Bowe, host of DIY’S popular show Barnwood Builders. Upon purchasing this property in Langston, AL, Karen began her quest to renovate and restore this neglected home. The home was originally built around a log cabin that came from Chatsworth, GA. Rumor has it that the cabin was actually located on a battlefield from the 1800’s. Since the home was not large enough, Karen planned to add an addition to the back of the house and used the logs from an old go-trot cabin she had purchased, torn down, and stored six years prior. After discovering that the logs had been stored improperly and had now compacted, she contacted Mark to see if he had a log cabin that might work for the plans she had already drafted. He was so intrigued by Karen’s story that he thought it would make for a great episode on the show. On may 29, 2016, their episode aired on DIY’s Barnwood Builders and you can find it on Season 3, Episode 7.

As part of the restoration, a kitchen renovation was in order and Karen began designing a modern kitchen with a rustic flare. For most of us, finding the right mix of styles can be a challenge, but for Karen, it comes easy. She uses these elements with a design and purpose in mind.

“For me, in decorating 1800’s log cabins I strive for anything but the expected. I mix contemporary pieces with antiques and classic pieces with rustic pieces. I use natural finishes and elements and combine them with handcrafted up-cycled furniture and accents. When looked at separately, these things seem totally unrelated. When combined together ¬†they give an eclectic, time worn look, with a warm and inviting atmosphere that screams “home”. Because the log cabin itself is such an incredible structure, a work of art, my approach to decorating is to compliment these beauties.”

And that’s just what Karen did when designing this kitchen. She completely gutted what was an old, 70’s style kitchen and turned it into something just short of a piece of artwork, blending contemporary shaker style cabinets and quartz countertops with antique and rustic elements… one of which is the original brick floor that became the color palette for her masterpiece. “My starting point for the design was the mortar in the brick floor. It’s grey hues became the inspiration for the cabinets and the countertops giving light and balance to the dark space.”

Karen’s designs are always unique and definitely one of a kind. Designing the kitchen island around an old pie safe and incorporating some of the original cabinets into the new design, she was able to create both functional and focal pieces for the room. She lets nothing go to waste and brings old pieces to life again while embellishing the charm and character of the original cabin. Her projects, while sometimes challenging, always expand our strengths and exceed our expectations as a company. For over twelve years, we’ve worked with Karen designing and creating a “new” piece of history and every project is an opportunity to think outside the box, or in her case, “outside the cabin pen”.

While filming final parts of the episode, Mark Bowe jokingly made the comment that they should continue working together and Karen’s last comment was, “Of course, but you get to be the boss on the outside and I get to be the boss on the inside.” Little did she know then , that less than one year later, she would be working along side Mark and the Barnwood Builders. Karen is now the Conceptual Designer for Barnwood Living. What began as a passion for pieces of history, has now become her new-found career. With a degree in graphic design and fine arts, Karen now has the opportunity to help clients conceptualize and visualize their dream by hand-sketching floor plans and design ideas on paper. Through water colors and ink pens, she brings every design to life.

If you would like more information about Barnwood Living, you can visit their new website and showroom at barnwoodliving.com. If you’re interested in renting any of Karen’s beautiful log cabins, visit restorationlogcabinrentals.com.

For questions on the products or information in this article, you can Haley’s Flooring at 256.536.8086 or come in and see us.

Top Design Trends for 2018

Keeping up with the latest trends and fashions can be a real challenge, so here’s a glimpse into what design experts are predicting.

In 2016, soft whites and crisp neutrals were setting the stage. Bolder and brighter designs made a grand entrance in 2017. This year, you will see a combination of warm earthy tones, natural greens… and yes, even the deep jewel tones that we thought were a thing of the past. Everything from walls, fabrics and furniture to cabinets, tiles and floors, color is making its way to center stage this year. Not to worry if bright and bold are not your thing, there are lots of other trends to choose from as well.

COLOR

Eco-friendly, “go-green” products are the inspiration behind many of the designs and color palettes you’ll see this year. In fact, Pantene’s color, Greenery, is still turning heads and getting the attention of many designers. You’ll find pops of it showing up on walls, floors and accessories just to name a few. Its vivd hue works well with warm wood tones and helps to bring the outdoors in giving life to any space. If you loved the jewel tones of the 90’s, you’re sure to love this year’s designs…mixing past and present with brighter and richer versions of the original palettes. Warm interior colors, eco-inspired accents and cozy room fashions are sure to make an impact this year.

WALLS AND FLOORS

If you’re looking to make a statement on your walls and floors, go bold with glass tiles that are sure to be a showstopper! Bright reds, earthy browns, and nature inspired designs bring color and nature together in a cohesive fashion.

Vintage Retro is sharing the stage this year with the current classic vintage designs bringing personality and creative patterns into your kitchen, bath or any unique space. Of course continuing to trend and making and even bigger impact this year, is the warm rich hues of the wood-look tiles and planks… sometimes even replacing the currently popular subway tiles. Cork, not only on floors, and terra-cotta tiles are also making a big comeback as well.

Look for these nature inspired colors, harmonious textures and eco-friendly designs not only in hard surfaces, but also in luxurious carpets and area rugs this year.

FINISHES

This year, you can expect to see color making its way into your kitchen and bath. Whether your style is sleek and contemporary, or shaker and transitional, colorful painted finishes like navy and green are a sure way to add some spice to your kitchen design. They also pair well with the natural elements of stone and wood making for an inviting place to gather.

Not only is color making a comeback from the 90’s, but so are the gold fixtures and finishes that once adorned our homes. However, instead of the outdated shiny brass finishes that came from that era, these new accents are updated and modern offering a new sophisticated brushed look.

Another metal forging its way into our spaces is the timeless look of copper. Everything from copper pots and pans to copper accents, they’ll bring warmth and bling back to the kitchen. When displayed against a neutral background, they can really shine.

With so many ideas and designs this year, you can decorate with confidence knowing that you’ve created a beautifully lush color palette that incorporates the elements of nature and timeless classics of the past.