As many of you know, Mark Sage of Bobo Intriguing Objects was kind enough to offer three Brickmakers tables for a give away on my blog to prove that the same table could look unique in three different rooms.
During the past couple of weeks, the tables were delivered, and each of the winners have been busy placing and accessorizing their tables. Over the weekend I received pictures from all three winners, Kari B, Susan D. and Gary P. Today I'm sharing them with you. I hope you have the same reaction I did!
This is the image of Kari B's room that she entered into the contest.
This is what Kari said about her room:
"I am accountant so I am much better at numbers than I am at decorating. Slowly I started taking more of an interest in decorating and I found myself replacing my subscriptions to fashion magazines with home decor magazines and it was through these pages (and more recently through the design blogs I read) that I uncovered the style I liked. I discovered I was most drawn to the calm and neutral rooms. "
"When my husband and I moved into our house in January I finally gave up my pottery barn sofa from my college days and invested in linen slipcovers and seagrass. All the furniture you see below is from my grandmother. The couches are slipcovered (I also updated the pillows on the large couch to make it look more youthful) and the chairs are reupholstered (unfortunately you can't see them in their original form in the picture from my grandmother's apartment, but they were upholstered in the same fabric as the short couch). The once white end tables with painted brown tops are now painted entirely brown. We needed a large piece of art for the massive wall behind the couch, but didn't want to (and couldn't) spend much (I blew my budget on the slipcovers!)."
" We saw this wonderful map of Paris at the beautiful Quatrine store in Chicago - the best part is that the map is 20 smaller pieces of paper that you glue to the wall like wallpaper. We then spent an entire weekend going back and forth to the craft store to make a canvas to glue it to and also to tea stain it. The result is art that we love (and that brings back memories of our honeymoon in Paris) for less than $150! I love our living room for many reasons - I love the warm, calm space, I love that my husband and I took our time figuring out what we wanted, that we did it together, and that it all started with my grandmother who I love very much. And while I believe this space reflects my husband and I, I also know that she would love what we did with it too. "
And here is her room with her new Brickmaker's table. I think it's just what her room needed. It really grounds the room and adds more warmth than the glass table. Kari also loves how it gives the room a more casual feel.
Susan D entered her family's log cabin in the contest.
I asked Susan to tell us a little bit about her cabin:
"Our log house was originally built by my husband's great great grandfather in 1856. He was a land surveyor who moved to Texas at that time. The logs are all oak, cut from his farm. The logs are hewn (flat on all sides) and this makes our house a log house, not a log cabin. Log cabins have rounded logs (more primitive), while log houses are made with hewn logs. Our house is a double pen dogtrot house. This means it is comprised of two rooms (of equal size) separated by an open breezeway, called the dogtrot. This is a typical kind of southern log house for its time. "
"Our house has been continuously owned by members of my husband's family since it was built. We acquired the house from another family member several years ago and set out to preserve and restore the house to its original state. We could not have done this without the help of our Dallas architect, Stephen B. Chambers who has a specialty in historic preservation and restoration. A lot of research went into the restoration of our house and it was restored using antique materials."
"Stephen Chambers' website includes more information about how our house was restored. It can be found here: http://chambersarchitects.com/smith-county-dogtrot.html"
And here is Susan's room now...
I love the way the reclaimed wood of the Brickmaker's table compliments the wood walls of the cabin. The table has the rustic yet modern edge that Susan was looking for.
Susan mentioned: "All the furnishings in the log house (with the exception of the brickmakers' table) come from the shop Mary Cates and Co. in Dallas, Tx. Mary has a lovely shop filled with antiques and lamps which she designs. She is helping me with the interior design for the log house which is still a work in progress."
Finally, this is the image of Gary P's room that he submitted to the contest. I must admit that I was more than a little concerned that the Brickmaker's table was going to be too big for the room, but Gary kept reassuring me that it would fit.
Of course Gary proved me terribly wrong! The table looks perfect!
I asked Gary for a description of the pieces in his room:
"This is the original ceiling light medallion from the 19th century."
The topiary shrub was being used for Christmas and decided to keep it and not to put up a tree. Wish you could see the French 1860s tapestry around the base. On the upper right is a 1949 painting by Italian artist Renzo Vespignani and underneath an 1810 school girl painting of the world. My favorite item that I own is the orrery on the desk top."
"The two chairs are William and Mary 18th century. Two antique faux bois Victorian fishbowls. The large 28" x 21" book is 19th century maps of NYC and is swallowed by the table. I painted the black and white check floor over twenty years ago."
I would love to hear your thoughts! Do you think our give away proved Mark's point?
Kari B.'s Transitional Living Room
Susan D.'s 19th Century Log Cabin
Gary P's Historical Eclectic Living Room.
The winners and I want to thank Mark Sage for generously donating these beautiful Brickmaker's tables!
I'm leaving tomorrow to visit my parents for the holidays, but I will be checking in to read your comments.
I wish all of you a very Healthy and Happy Holiday.
BTW: Although the Brickmaker's table give away is over, my $250 One Kings Lane shopping spree give away goes on until December 31st. To learn how to enter you can read the post here or go directly here to sign up. xo b