I’ve promised to keep you in the loop about how things are going here in my new timber frame carriage house. Although it may sound cliché, my husband and I truly are living the post and beam dream. We love this house!
In my posts My Outdoor Shower Kicks Butt!! and My Carriage House Gardens: The Patio Garden, I reported on the addition of our outdoor shower – a wonderfully refreshing success – and the patio garden installation. It’s official – summers here are heaven, but what might winter bring?
By way of answering that question, I want to show you the inside of the carriage house using pictures taken two days ago during a snowfall.
I LOVE living in this house during the winter. Our large windows let in wonderful light – yes, even when it’s overcast, and the radiant heat in the floors keeps the house warm without feeling either drafty or dry. I’m a woman of a certain age and I have to tell you, my skin has handled this winter better than any other in recent memory. I attribute this solely to the way our home is heated. There’s a selling point for radiant heat you probably won’t hear every day!
The decor in our carriage barn is totally eclectic in that if we like it, we use it. I find my taste tends toward the European influence, incorporating a mix of French Country Manoir and Rustic Italian (Tuscan). However, if you look long enough you’ll see many things that don’t belong to either style. I’m definitely not the type to be restricted in my choices because of a need to stay within the guidelines of a given style.
The post and beam frame in our house is constructed from new Douglas-fir. We stained it a wonderful color by MinWax called English Chestnut. Our floor throughout is also Douglas-fir. We hand-rubbed them with a combination of the colors Golden Oak and Provincial; again, both by MinWax. These stain colors give the floors a warm golden glow.
By the way, this wood is great if you have dogs. We have two Boxers so the floors get a full workout every day. No problem!
Another great thing about our carriage house is its open floor plan. I love being in the kitchen able to watch the snow fall while cooking. When friends and family are visiting I can be busy in the kitchen yet remain in the conversation.
Should either my husband or I require some quiet time, we can always find it in our master bedroom. The walls in the bedroom (and throughout the house) have been faux painted to look like Venetian plaster. I chose tones of golden-yellow to give the walls a refined sense of age but there are many color options when using this painting technique. If you’d like further information about paint color choices and techniques, please see my post The Use of Interior Paint Colors in Creating Different Post & Beam “Looks”.
The best thing about living in our carriage house during winter? When it snows at night, we turn off the interior lights while leaving the outdoor lights on. Then we settle in with a glass of wine and watch the snow swirl around us. It’s like being inside a giant snowglobe – very surreal . Now that’s my idea of enjoying the winter season!