Friday, December 23, 2011

The House that Holiday Hams Built.

Our friend Sue has been working on a wonderful house for the past several months and from the scattered pictures posted on Facebook and her stories about the delightful home owner, I was dying to see this project. Last week, with time before Christmas and family arrivals, my faux finisher friend Julie and I drove up to visit the job site.

To our surprise the friendly homeowner met us at the door to give me and Julie a personal tour of her dream home.  The homeowners are self-made entrepreneurs that built their business on pork and not the government spending kind!  Many fun details in the house pay a homage to pigs.

When you walk in the entry, this stunning dome caps off the main staircase.  Sue applied a Modello in Lusterstone over a foil background. She used various glazes to age the finish. This dome is massive and required extensive scaffolding just to reach it.  Julie and Ashley helped to apply the pattern so it was nice that Julie could see the fantastic results. Sue even added a little bling to the center medallion with faint glitter.

The house has a huge kitchen with a large eat at island that our other friend Brenda was carefully detailing in Gold Faux Metal. The homeowner wanted us to check out her new hearthroom chairs and put our feet up-no problem!

We could relax and take in the view of Kansas City-too bad it was overcast and threatening to snow so we couldn't really see the city. We will just have to come back in the summer-when the patio fireplace and entertaining area is completed.

Sue and team have carefully highlighted all the extensive cream molding in the house with Gold Faux Metal.

The palette in the home is warm earth tones with accents of aged gold and bronze.  This is another Modello that Sue applied and finished in the Master Bedroom Ceiling.

The Homeowner requested a simple textural finish for the columns that divide the bedroom and sitting room space. Sue applied thinned O'Villa Sabina and left it in the natural un-glazed state.

Forget the closet that Mister Big built for Carrie-the Master Closet in this house is spectacular.  I should do this to a small bedroom in my house! The Master Closet opens to the Masterbath where Sue has finished the ceiling in antique gold and bronze metallic plasters.

There are several guest powder baths through-out the home. It is in these that the homeowner indulges her love of unusual sinks and sink stoppers.  Look closely at this little gem.

There is an adorable little frog sitting on the lily pad stopper! She showed us the carved frogs that will crawl across the wood vanity-love a person that has a sense of humor.  For the walls, Sue used a patterned foil and glitter for a subtle shimmer effect.

The second story landing has several columns that Sue has finished in marble.

In the office, Sue's talented artist friend Debbie painted this mural of the Brooklyn Bridge with a pre-2001 skyline.

The lower level bar will house the families 500 plus beer stein collection. The wood was custom carved and Sue highlighted the designs that celebrate the clients German heritage. Here is my favorite:

Sue applied rustic plaster finishes to the pantry and wine cellar walls.

And although, this pig sink is pretty cute, I think this guy still has my heart:

And by guy I mean Babe-I did not give up eating bacon for James Cromwell.

Thanks Sue for the Home Tour! Can't wait to see the projects you complete after the family moves in.

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