Stone House Revival Porch Turned Mudroom
Are you a fan of DIY Network’s Stone House Revival?
If you’re new here, let me introduce myself. I am Denise Sabia and I am the design coordinator for DIY Network’s Stone House Revival.
Season 3 premiered a few weeks ago. Stone House is on every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern on the DIY Network.
Did you watch last night’s episode?? What was your favorite part?
Here’s a little recap in case you missed it…
Jeff Devlin is tasked with turning a couple’s wide-open front porch into an enclosed mudroom that blends the 1740s stone portion of their home with the 1800s wood siding portion. He also uncovers a gorgeous stone fireplace while restoring their large living room, inspiring him to make another huge discovery.
This is what the exterior of the house looked like when Jeff arrived….a typical porch, but the family craved storage.
And this is our plan for the interior portion of the porch. A mudroom….create tons of storage and add historic charm to the exterior of the home. Sometimes it’s just easiest to sketch out the plan and brainstorm with the carpenters. Here’s the rough draft for the mudroom, and I think we came pretty close to giving the homeowner’s just what they wanted.
This tiny room has it all! And, the fat barnwood bench was a HUGE bonus! Isn’t it awesome?
The new exterior wasn’t just a box. There were many details added to it; new steps with wood treads, upcycled railings from their former porch banister, reclaimed sidelight windows flanking the new entry door, zZinc lantern lights (with smaller matching lanterns on the interior portion).
After entering the house through the new mudroom, there is a living room to the left.
Here’s what the living room looked like when Jeff arrived….
The 2 fireplaces are the stars of this room. and the reveal of BOTH fireplaces was a surprise to the homeowners. They thought they were only getting one fireplace revealed. But, when Jeff saw how beautiful one fireplace was, he couldn’t keep the other one covered up. The addition of all the stone in this room created such a warm atmosphere. The bluestone pieces added to the hearth are gorgeous and just the upgrade these fireplaces needed, along with the barnwood mantel.
We created 2 seating areas. One for watching TV and one for chit chat. I promise these settees are NOT this purple in person. In fact they are blue. You probably thought we lost our minds when you saw the reveal.
We created more seating on the far wall of the room with these black cane chairs covered in burlap sacks.
The family already had a perfectly nice sectional, so we kept that. Side note: do you know how hard it is to fit furniture through these small farmhouse doorways. note to self…measure, measure, measure.
I had picked out a fabulous hutch to go on the far wall where the black and burlap chairs are…but, dummy me…..it was too tall for this space. So back in the truck it went.
This was the beauty from Oskar Huber Furniture …SO perfect for the room, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be!
You win some, you lose some.
Did you notice another type of “built-in” in the corner? this one here below…
it was an old piece of furniture with a bookcase sitting on top. It made the room feel cluttered and was just a dumping ground for odds and ends. This piece was demoed too, but you never saw that.
Here’s the same angle without the hodge podge built-in.
Remember the bland, nondescript fireplace on the other side of the room? Goodbye vanilla-ville.
And HELLO gorgeous.
Matching (sort-of) fireplaces with matching built ins.
The room basically mirrored itself. My favorite is the soldiered bricks. I love the combo of brick AND stone in a fireplace reveal.
Remember this wall from the revel? Useless, yes. Necessary, no. So, goodbye weird 2 foot wall.
Here’s the wall from another angle. It cut the room in a weird way and made no sense.
Hidden under the old carpet was this wide plank original wood floor.
Ben Moore Saint George Red
Ben Moore 2148-60
Ben Moore White Dove
Ben Moore Carrington Beige
There are lot’s of people that help us out decorating the episodes. Life’s Patina in Malvern is one of them. It’s a beautiful barn set on a few acres in Malvern, PA. The owner, Meg, holds monthly-ish barn sales of antique treasures she finds all over the country. It’s a beautifully curated sale and you will fall in love with every nook and cranny of the property. In fact , there is a sale this weekend and your favorite carpenter has some hand made farm tables for sale at this weekends event. (Yes, I mean Jeff Devlin!)
Meg generously loans us items for each episode. When the budget allows, the homeowner’s get to keep some things. If not, our vendors give us special prices so we can offer the items to the homeowners.
Click the link below for more info on Life’s Patina. And tell Meg I said “Hi”!
These thick and chunky grain sack chairs were placed in the corners of this episodes living room. The fabric was delicious and the style fit right into the room and offered tons of extra seating for the family.
Life’s Patina also supply most of the accessories on display in the built ins.
Here’s some other items you might have spotted in the living room.