This past Thursday I had the fun of meeting another local blogger in person. It was the creative and talented Artie Vanderpool, who blogs at Color Outside the Lines. Artie is decorating one of the homes on the local Lewiston Holiday Tour of Homes and I was lucky enough to help him with some last minute touches on Thursday night.
All of the photos here were styled by Artie, who is spending today at the barn on the final day of the holiday tour. The building he got to makeover is The Artist’s Retreat, a former storage garage turned winter wonderland. He has spent the last few months designing and preparing the once-storage space to what is now a welcoming, warm and festive holiday home, complete with several trees, a dining table, kitchen and library area.
These photos are of the fireplace, entry area and tree and library of the front room. Artie used traditional red and green, with a lot of natural and rustic elements to bring a comfortable, layered holiday feel. The exposed beams of the barn walls and ceiling set the backdrop. I just love these black lanterns hanging off a branch coming out of the foyer tree.
This is one of several holiday home tours Artie has styled. His attention to detail is exquisite! Plus he blogs about his adventures in design and decorating, just like I do. We got to talk blogs, and design, it was a lot of fun to see him at work.
I helped on this tree in the back room. We added ornaments to accompany the tree that has wood branches, pine cones, eucalyptus, ribbon and other accessories including branches and a ladder.
This area was the library of the space. He purchased old books, tore off the covers and stacked them together on various shelves. There is a sitting area and many accessories that complete the reading area’s charm. The three undecorated trees in the background work perfectly with the simplicity of the little nook.
And he even showed me how to add these adapters to the ends of wired lights to make them plug in. Genius! Can’t wait to use that tip!
These shelves below were styled by Meg at Oliver and Rust, who came over the border to help Artie with the space.
We met on Thursday night and while most of the barn was finished, we had to work on some projects in the back area, which is home to the “kitchen” of the space, where these shelves are. See the before pictures of the barn here, and Artie’s progress on it here, here, and here. And since he is an Instagram addict like I am, you can see all his behind-the-scenes photos here.
If you are in the local area and want to go on the tour today, find more info here.
Just a reminder to enter the $500 e-gift card giveaway, there is still time to enter! And if you wanted to see all the All Things Home Holiday Home Tours, here is the final list, with links right to the post of the tours themselves.
See you tomorrow, with a little about life post by me, why I decided to go back to graduate school and why things usually look a lot different around here. See you then!
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