The real show piece in the new living room is the newly designed but old-world inspired fireplace. The surround was built out using vintage bricks and covered in white mortar for a whitewashed and textured finish that makes it look as if it had been there for generations.
The walls are painted in soft gray with white trim. The original wainscoting is retained and given a fresh coat of paint, and a new light fixture is added along with new draperies.
The wood beams in natural finish and the simple but elegant furnishings provide contrast and give the room a whole new life. The beams are from reclaimed wood that came from Sweetwater Mill near Huntsville, Alabama. The lumber specialist estimates that the tree from which the lumber was milled was 250 to 300 years old when it was cut down.
As seen on Home Town, the existing exterior of the Carson house was lost on the street with plain white siding and few distinguishing features. After the renovations, their Laurel, MS house now features a new copper roof entry portico, cedar window boxes to highlight the painted blue wood windows, new wood shutters, and a fir wood door. Host Ben Napier custom built the new working blue wood shutters.
After renovations, the home now features an updated larger French Country styled kitchen complete with new limestone countertops, stainless steel appliances, new wall and floor tile, distressed cabinet doors and a custom built white oak prep table built by host Ben Napier.
Using two generously large leather chairs, side table, and rustic console bookshelves, Erin staged the space as a reading room — the perfect spot to seek solitude and enjoy a quiet read.
In another signature touch, in addition to new recessed lighting, Erin added a single pendant basket-light that she custom made using an old basket found at a local salvage shop.
Without a doubt, the star of the renovation is this newly expanded kitchen with its coffered ceilings, reclaimed wood beams, limestone countertops and a warm, earthy feel.
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