Thursday, January 23, 2014

Deer Gallery. . .

Autumnal flooding and torrential downpours 
caused minimal water damage(hereOn Crooked Creektt this past year.
Once the carpet padding was replaced and the carpet laid back down,
an update to the Lower Level Family Room decor was the order of the day.

One way to describe our Family Room style would be Rustic Lodge
with a contemporary Pottery Barn vibe. Whew. . .that's certainly a mouthful!

Our Family Room is an eclectic style of family heirlooms 
combined with a few purchased vintage pieces blended 
with new contemporary chairs and sofa. . .

. . .and some handmade furniture by "Mr. Ed" and our son!

I purchased the oversize checkers / chess board from Pottery Barn
for "Mr. Ed's" 2010 Christmas gift. We, also, purchased these two 
contemporary chairs as a gift to ourselves. 

While we were updating the furnishings in the Family Room,
our son surprised us by designing and building this table 
to house the playing board and all its pieces.

So~o~o . . .
while "Mr. Ed" was repairing the water damage and drying out the carpet, 
I decided to move my favorite chicken wire red cabinet
beneath the bulkhead as you descend the stairs to the lower level.

AND. . .we all know that one thing eventually leads to another!

Without lengthy explanation, 
I'll tell you that we moved not only the furnishing in the Family Room,
but also, in "Mr. Ed's"  Man Cave 
to fill the void left on the other side of the room.

In his 1968 Shop Class,"Mr. Ed" made this 5 drawer dresser.
This piece of furniture will always go with us wherever we may live.

I adore Mary Carol Garrity owner of Nell Hill's.
I attempted to follow her lead in design when arranging 
"Mr. Ed's" trophies from his Deer Hunting Days with a Deer Gallery.

Incorporating some of his prized photos and awards
with his Deer Gallery is reminisce of our past 
and an intricate part of our Family Heritage.

One of my favorite photos from his military career,
titled, The Dirty Dozen Plus One, is seen above the Native American bust.

In his early Military Career, 
"Mr. Ed" was a Track and Wheel Vehicle Mechanic. 
This photo is of his Maintenance Company and Korean Nationalist 
training cooperatively on mechanical equipment.

The vignette atop his dresser displays some his favorite things. . .

deer sheds. . . 

a students shop class wooden box. . .

Native American busts purchased at Manitou Springs, Colorado
during our tour of duty at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Due to my unexpected but necessary gall bladder surgery, 
On Crooked Creektt's Lower Level Family Room re~arranged
was never fully completed the Autumn of 2013.

Recently, "Mr. Ed" and I have been spending a lot of time 
creating and designing in Studio One. 

And, dear ones, as we all know. . . one thing eventually leads to another.

Until next time. . . 

On Crooked Creektt will be joining

Susan @ Between Naps On The Porchfor Metamorphosis Monday!

And. . .

Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday!

And. . .

Debra @ Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday!

Be sure to visit these amazing hostesses
for you're sure to come away filled with inspiring ideas 
for use in your own home decor!


Amy Kinser said...

Everything looks wonderful and so well thought out. I love the things you and Mr. Ed do together.

Blessings to you dear friend.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I love that you have created this VERY special spot here with all the things that mean so much to you both! The THINGS that bring back so many precious memories of our lives together are priceless. Beautifully done.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi there Pat! I LOVE this room, it is so inviting!!

podso said...

Your room looks so nice! Love the new chairs and the couch and how you have arranged everything. You do keep busy making your home lovelier and changing it around … all good. Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Char said...

Oh my goodness Pat, I missed the part about your lower level getting flooded, I'm so sorry that happened but you certainly have recovered. I love the look of your room, crisp and clean. Thanks for sharing.

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, I just everything I'm seeing at your lovely home. I adore your family room - your furnishings and that gorgeous fireplace. The table your son made and the chest your hubby made are so nice - furniture crafting runs in your family. You do have a flair of decorating!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Looks like your son is as talented as Mr Ed with wood.
those chairs look comfy. Glad MR Ed has his own space!

Alycia Nichols said...

I, for one, like deer sheds a lot! I don't know why...they just look cool. I'm not sure I could go with the whole deer head on the wall, but the sheds are just peachy! :-)

Mr. Ed made that dresser way back in '68??!?! WOW! It looks great (he must have REALLY enjoyed shop!), and it has endured. It must really be nice to be married to a man with a head & hands for making things like that. The Man Cave is the perfect spot for it as it showcases his talents.

I love the sexy curve of those chairs in your family room!!! Bow-chicka-wah-wah!!! ;-) The chess board is cool, too! I remember seeing that and admiring it.

Sorry about the water damage. It's never fun. We've had our sump pump to fail a couple of times, and what a mess!!! Each time I was down there screaming and pulling on my piano trying to make sure it didn't get damaged. I told Ramon he either gets a new sump pump or a new wife. We now have a new sump pump. :-)