Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Making of a Decorator Show House

Something very exciting is in the works here at Elizabeth & Co. We girls are participating in a decorator show house! You know how we love moving furniture around right? Well just look at us now!
 

This is the ultimate before and even we don't know exactly how the after will turn out!

  
A church in our community has invited local decorators to decorate rooms in their parsonage, which will be open to the public for tours throughout the month of October (details are on the sidebar). We got the invite on Wednesday evening and by Saturday we were already moving furniture into the house. One pickup truck and three SUV's full of furniture and we were on our way. Come on in and take a peek! 
 
 
This is what a show house looks like before the decorators arrive!
 
 
 Let's start in the living room.
 
 
All the rooms are huge, with high ceilings and the most gorgeous wide planked floors. There are fireplaces everywhere. And the dining room just got all new molding.
 
 
The kichen has has some updates over the years.
 
 
There is a butler's pantry.
 
 
And just out the back door there is a lovely side porch
 
 
 Just look at those porches and balconies!
 
 
This is the sunporch on the second floor.  I just love this room - the windows, the floors, oh my! I had this room decorated in my head the moment I saw it!
 
 
There are also three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor.
 
 
 Check out that bathtub!
 

Are the colors a little bright for you?

 
 No worries, the decorators are all bringing in professional painters and carpenters.
 
 
This room will be decorated as a nursery and the theme is sailboats.
 
 
 The stairs are so amazing and each floor has a landing the size of a small room.


This is the master bedroom.
 
 
Now are you wondering which room we're decorating?
 
 
Keep going, all the way to the third floor!
 
 
Thank goodness for strong and helpful husbands! This is the first bedroom at the top of the stairs and it's our room.
 
 
This level of the home would have originally been the servant's quarters - one room for men, one for women and a sitting area on the landing.
 
 
Here's the second bedroom on the third floor.
 
 
And guess what, this is our room too!
Yes, we are decorating both bedrooms on the third floor!
 
 
I just love the view down the stairs.
 
  
You can see all the way down to the first floor!
 
 
Now if you're a regular here, you know that we are not professional decorators. But we love all things vintage and that includes old houses. This one is amazing and we'll do our best to do it justice.  
 
 
 Susan is giving me that look. What the heck have we gotten ourselves into?
 
 
 Stay tuned, this is going to be interesting!
 
 
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34 comments:

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Ooh, what a terrific project! I'm sure it will super-charge your creativity. Can't wait to see how it all comes together!

Ali Richardson said...

WOW! This is soooo cool! I can't wait to see the "after." Have fun!

Danylle McLain said...

How fun! Looks like a beautiful house, I am sure it will be even more so once you get done with it!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i can't wait to see it come together! the real challenge would be if you had to work with those green walls!

Catherine said...

This is going to be so cool to watch get decorated! I love this house, and it's floors, doors, ceiling, and banisters! What an opportunity! Can't wait for next set of pictures!

Dee said...

How exciting!!! Good luck with this new venture. Can't wait to see it all come together. Dee from My Painted Stuff.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

You all are going to do an amazing job! Can't wait to see it. Megan

my happy bluebird said...

Such a beautiful old house! This looks like a fun project! Can't wait to see what you have in mind for it. :-)

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Sep. 03, 2012. Thanks again.

ournextgreatadventure said...

How exciting! That house is gorgeous. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Sarah

Sayuri said...

Oh my goodness, I love the house!!

It's so exciting you get to decorate 2 rooms,and I'm excited to see the result,
ready to be amazed :)

Good luck & have fun doing it!!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

wow! what gorgeous house and a fabulous opportunity for y'all! I can't wait to see it. Your rooms will be beautiful!

gail

Susie said...

I can't wait to see the finished product. It will be amazing I know. Smiles, Susie

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I know you girls are gonna do that house proud! I can just picture how beautiful those rooms are going to be. Have fun- can't wait to see the pics.

On another note- I was sorry to see Penn State's loss in their first game. I would have liked to see a win just to bolster the spirits that have taken such a beating in the last year. Blessings- xo Diana

Jo Coastal Home Love said...

Wow! What an amazing house!! Can't wait to see your room, I've no doubt it will be beautiful!! Jo x

daiseyjayne said...

very cool project, can't wait to see the pictures!

suzyq said...

What a beautiful historical home! Can't wait to see the end results!

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Wow, that looks like so much work. BUT, I can't wait to see the finished product because I know it is going to be amazing.

Kim said...

What an awesome opportunity for you and the gals! You guys are gonna make it two great spaces and I can not wait to see it!

Kim@reposhture

Jenny Lynn said...

I can't wait to see how the rooms turn out. I love old homes, that are rich in history.

Emily @ The Diligent One said...

I am so excited for you!! I guess I'll be making a couple trips to Westminster this fall: one for your tag sale and one to check out this house. I wouldn't miss this for the world!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I love a decorator show house and can't wait to see the reveal!!!

Loris Glassworks said...

Oh My Gosh, what a wonderful project. The house has amazing potential, I can't wait to see the reveal. Cheers!
Lori in Atlanta

Shelia said...

Oh, my! What a fantastic project and I can't wait to see the result. Looks like a great place!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cathy and Paul @One Creative Couple said...

Wow, this looks like a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Nancy @ dream it ... build it...style it! said...

This sounds so exciting! The house is beautiful and will be even better all dressed up. New follower.

Schulz Family said...

This is amazing. Linking over from Wicked Wednesday. I am going to have to follow to find out what you do!!!!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Wow, this is awesome. I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. Have a super weekend.

Laurel Stephens said...

How on earth did I miss this post?! I am so excited to see your two rooms all decorated up. I love seeing your tag sale staging, so I just know these are going to be right up my alley and GORGEOUS! Holy cow, Elizabeth & Co. is one hard working bunch of gals!! (Do I see an interior decorating business on the horizon?)

David Parker said...

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Debra said...

Oh I love that house! Cannot wait to come back and see the next episode of your adventure! :)

Good Time Charlie said...

I am just now catching up on all my reading. This looks so fun! I can't believe that house, when can I move in??? I love the old railings, the beautiful hardwood floors. I cannot wait to see how you make it look with your furniture. What a very fun project!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Congratulations! You've been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Feel free to stop by the website and pick up your button.

Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

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