Thursday, May 24, 2012

Foodie Friday

Deephaven, MN traditional staircase

Welcome to Foodie Friday.
No food from me this week. Family illness has pretty much taken up my thoughts.
But I stopped by Rattlebridge to check out the progress. We'd planned to update the staircase (see above photo from Houzz--the square post caught my eye).

But first, let's look at the new porch. The pea gravel was removed, and a herringbone
base was installed. This idea came from Susan at  Between Naps on the Porch.
The transformation is amazing.

As you can see, the door still has two colors. 
I like how the red (Between Naps on the Porch's color--BM's Heritage Red, I think) works with the brick porch. But I love the black (SW Tricorn Black), too.
Then again, our roof sustained hail damage, so we will be getting new shingles. Now is the time to do something radical, maybe dark brown shingles. Would love shaker shingles, but I don't know if they'd be hard to maintain. My main concern with a roof is durability. No leaks. Note to self: check out Consumer Reports.

What do you think about the color? Red, black, stained, or brown?

The bricks on the back of the house have been painted. We went with Sherwin Williams's Tennessee Limestone.
I usually have paint woes, and I'd fully expected that I'd have to tinker with this color. But we love it.

Remodeling calls for a special kind of patience. The path twists and turns like a narrow alley in Marrakech. Back to the newell post. I'd meant for the curved end of the banister to be chopped off and replaced with a column (like the first picture in the blog post). Something was lost in translation, however.
The result was so unusual, I took a picture of it. :-)

Two weeks later, we have an updated post. Or as my husband calls it: The Post That Ate New Jersey.True, I'd given an inspiration pics (see above), but I hadn't included specs. I wouldn't know how to design a post that would fit the scale of the room. But that's where trouble begins. The scale of the newell post should fit the staircase, not the room. This foyer is small. I'm going to ignore its smallness.
If the post fits the staircase, it will fit the room.

It's a pretty post, to be sure, just a tad too big. :-)
And too square.
Notice the details on the newell in the first photo. They give the illusion that the post is narrow at the top. The trim makes the eye "stick."
We also had a bit of a problem with the trim over the library door (see below). It was very asymmetrical. In small spaces, asymmetry will leap out in a photograph. Since this is a traditional space (not contemporary, where asymmetry might be intentional), it demands the precision of the Egyptians.

Here's the opening before--it was a bit asymmetrical.
(Actually, I didn't notice it--my husband did.)

Back to the staircase.

We don't want to change the spindles, and they look
small here. Also, the curves don't work with the post's straight lines. Eek. This is another problem in remodeling. One thing can lead to another.
But I am determined to keep these spindles.

I run into this kind of problem when I'm writing or revising a book. Something will be too big, maybe a subplot or a backstory, and it threatens to overshadow the rest of the project. All I can see is the big-ness of a character's history. So I take a sharp knife and chisel and chisel. I step back. Still too big? Chisel a bit more.

Here at Rattlebridge, the problem is scale. If you look at the Houzz photos (above and below), the square newell posts look fine with traditional spindles.

As my mother always says, "What man breaks, man can fix."
Nothing broken here. But it's an excellent lesson in proportion.

Magnolia - Interior traditional staircase
traditional staircase design by other metros general contractor Markay Johnson Construction

We knocked down the wall between the foyer and the dining room.



Thank you for stopping by Foodie Friday today. If you are contributing a recipe to this week's linky party, locate the blue Inlinkz frog (below, left) and follow the instructions. You might notice a red "X" on your submission--only you can see the "X." It allows you to delete your link
if you'd like to edit or change your photo. 
                                  The Foodie Friday Button:

If this is your first time to participate in Foodie Friday, or if you aren't sure how to add a permalink, a short tutorial is available. If you are linking a recipe to Foodie Friday, a FF button can be found on the sidebar. If you'd like to add it, simply copy-and-paste the code beneath the button (located on the right-hand sidebar).

Pin It
Facebook Digg it Stumbleupon Twitter
Social Bookmarking


  1. Hi darling.. ahhh the joy of remodeling. Your mother's quote is right on target. Hope the family illness is better and you're surviving the remodeling..hugs ~lynne~

  2. Remodeling my current small townhouse nearly did me in. Woman alone, you get the idea. But Rattlebridge Farm is going to be spectacular. xo (sorry to hear you are dealing with family illness. Hope it is getting better)

  3. Sorry to hear of your family illness, I'm hoping they are well soon :) The remodel is looking beautiful! Thanks so much for hosting.

  4. As they say in NY, Oy! Yes, the scale is def off, lol!
    When we built this house many things did not turn out as I imagined! But, I never claimed to be a designer! There are always regrets, and building codes here inhibit greatly.

    Many thanks for your sweet gift! My lovely dil will give birth to her 5 th baby July 4 th, so I let the 4 little ones present it to their mom. She was thrilled! You are so generous!
    I hope the health issues resolve quickly.
    Have a wonderful weekend, and again, my sincere thanks!
    I had not featured food with my weekly tablescape for a few weeks, but people said they missed it, so I am doing it again. Let's Dish and Let's Eat! :)

  5. Hello, Your inspiration is beautiful - we have been renovating our home for a few years now - patience indeed is required (most especially by the wife).
    Scaled down the post will be gorgeous - I do appreciate you being a gracious hostess,

  6. absolutely love the stairway !! very classy

    hope the illness goes away - i can totally understand and relate with you !! :((

    have a wonderful week

  7. Hi Sweetie~ ~
    I love the lean toward decorating instead of food. . .not so fattining! Your new home is looking lovely. What fun to make it to your liking. Your spindles are lovely.
    Just a note about the red door. Mine is just about the same color as your red and I find that it prohibits me from using some shades of flowers on my wreaths. I am considering painting it black.

    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  8. Beautiful home - it will be amazing...with lots of patience in between. I also prefer the black door on your lovely home....glad you decided not to go with shake roof shingles - we've had them. Lots of YEARLY maintenance, plus, certain bugs are attracted to them ! Ours were cedar, and the big bumble bees loved to bore BIG holes in them - more maintenance !!

  9. Michael Lee, sorry to hear there are health issues at home. Hope they improve soon.
    No food from me recently. I'm away too much these day and doing good to get any photos posted. ;-)
    I know all too well the twist and turns of remodeling an older house. It will all come together to your satisfaction in the end. You've got exquisite taste!
    Have a good holiday weekend. ~ Sarah

  10. I love all the changes you're making. I'm a black door kind of girl... love me some black shutters and roof too. I hope the illness passes quickly!

  11. I hope everyone in your family feels better soon! I love the way the red door looks the best! Your stairwell remodel is looking great! Thanks for hosting! :)

  12. I like the door black best. As for the staircase, I love the chunky newell post and I think once it's painted it will be perfect. The spindles will be perfect when it is all completed. All the moldings and trim will really "make" the house.

  13. Red door... reminds me of Ireland. That house looks like it's going to be a real prize... but what a lot of work. Hope everything goes better for you on the health front.

  14. Beautiful entry into your gorgeous home...I love herringbone patterns...I have that brick pattern on all my porches...The staircase and dining room are coming along so beautifully...Such beauty everywhere!...
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

  15. Love what you did with the brick on the porch. Personally, I'd go with the black door (or do what I did and go with Billiard Green from Behr). Can't wait to see more of the house. Remodeling is tiresome but so worth it in the end. And if something doesn't work, just have Mr. open up his pocketbook a little wider and redo, redo, redo til you both LOVE it!! I'm having a giveaway and also gearing up for my annual WEDDING BLOG PARTY on June 8th and would love it if you could join us!

    Big TX Hugs,

  16. Hope all is well with the family illness. Your home is going to be beautiful. I just painted my front door red. Hope I am not sorry!

  17. Oh my, you do have some challenges with this reno don't you? The spindles are beautiful and I'm glad you want to keep them. Yes, the post is a bit large...but I'm not a designer either. I believe your mom is right on! :-)

    I would not recommend shake shingles. They are beautiful, terribly expensive and a real fire hazard. I had them on one home and a severe storm demolished the roof. I hope you find something that you just love. I also love the red or black for the front door!

    I hope your family illness is quick to leave...sending healing energy.

    P.S. Thanks for always hosting, especially in the midst of all your construction & family illness.

  18. Love all the changes, looks beautiful!
    Thank you so much for hosting!

  19. Wow! It is beautiful! Challenging and rewarding.

  20. I know all the changes can be stressful and sometimes very frustrating...but in the end you will have a gorgeous home just the way you want it! I had a new porch column built for our front porch as the previous post was way too small. When I saw the new column it looked HUGE..but really it was to scale. It took me about a week to get used to the new look and now I love it....even the neighbors tell us how much better it looks. Hope your family member gets well soon!
    Miss Bloomers

  21. I love seeing the transforma your house is going through. How exciting!

  22. Thanks for hosting. So sorry all were sick too! I love the herringbone entryway. I agree with you about the scale of the stairCase post, but I'm sure in the end it will be amazing!

  23. Hoping you all feel better!
    Enjoy the remodeling of your house

  24. Thanks for hosting Michael Lee. The renovations are coming along lovely.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  25. Patience is indeed a virtue when remodeling. We've remodeled maybe fifteen or more houses, I lose track, some projects bigger than others. Most of them had my stamp on them - a red front door. My thoughts are with you. Try not to tear your hair out during the process.

    Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday, especially with all of your projects going on. I've brought Homemade Ketchup, perfect for burgers, hot dogs, and fries, or boiled shrimp for Memorial Day weekend.

  26. Your home is going to be gorgeous.

    I love black and red doors, too. It's hard to choose.

    I linked up today, but wasn't thinking and gave the dish my name. Oh well, it's marinated asparagus.

  27. Your home is going to be gorgeous.

    I love black and red doors, too. It's hard to choose.

    I linked up today, but wasn't thinking and gave the dish my name. Oh well, it's marinated asparagus.

  28. Wow, such a beautiful space you are working on! I'm a new GFC follower! Can't wait to explore more of your site:) I would love for you to stop by sometime at~

  29. Can see why you're so absorbed with this remodelling. The house is, and will be, a beauty!

  30. Sorry to hear your family is not well. Your home looks fantastic you are building so much character into it.

  31. We had to replace the original slate roof on our 150 yr old home last year, but it gave us all that it had to give. Slate is a beautiful, durable option, but it's costly. Best of luck with your decision. Sorry to hear about the illness in the family, Michael Lee. I pray that all is well, soon. As always, thanks for hosting today. Have a blessed holiday weekend. ~Mary

  32. What a gorgeous house! I love the stairs details.

    And thanks for all the great food links.

  33. Remodeling is a hard thing but then you have your lovely home for many years.

  34. Your house is looking amazing! Lots of natural light there for photos too!

  35. I hope you get well soon - I am just finishing up a two week illness so I really empathize. Your home is amazing...that staircase is a stunner! I vote for the black door because it will offer more versatility for decor during different times of the year. :)

  36. Thank you for hosting. I'm a little late with my link this week but that means I have lots of lovely links to look through.

    I've linked my recipe for a Puffy Omelette with Cheddar and Chives. Enjoy!