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Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Battle Of The Breezeway...The Finale!

Remember the battle of the breezeway? In case you forgot, here is the recap. 
My friend, journalist, and fellow house nut, Julie had a breezeway that looked like this:

My pal, designer extraordinaire, Karen and I went all ninja to get into Julie's breezeway. Julie dubbed the adventure "The Breezeway Horrors!"
Karen came up with an affordable design for the breezeway and we embarked on a road trip to IKEA. Tensions ran high when Julie couldn't make a freaking decision.

Several pals joined us for an "assembly party!"
Next...life happened. Between vacations, work, illnesses and general life chaos, the breezeway took a backseat. Seasons passed and the breezeway waited...and waited...and waited.
Fall arrived and Karen called us all to attention. Because we fear respect Karen, we all pitched in for the last push. Counters were installed, walls were painted, paint was spilled, floors were stained, lights installed and pillows were fluffed. 
Here is a lookiloo at the breezeway FINALE!
The only request that Julie's husband made (husband and wife are both journalists) was to keep the newspaper machine. It became the color inspiration for the entire room. 
The bench provides a seat to pull on ice skates, cleats or winter boots. It also provides storage to hide clutter! 
There may or may not have been a fist fight over this lamp.
 Julie and Karen found an indoor/outdoor rug to add some patten to the space. Julie's brother in law put in many hours stripping and staining the cement floor.
The countertop will be a fantastic work space for the kids, a buffet for parties or a bar for Julie's loyal and deserving pals.
 Julie's sister surprised her with this moravian star light fixture. 
 At the end of this process, it has been fun to look back at all of the shenanigans that went into it. It was truly a group effort. A group effort of friends and family that love Julie and her family. Friends and family that were eager to give back to a friend that gives so much to everyone else.

35 comments:

  1. It looks sooo good!! The light fixture is my favorite part!

    And I have to say that I have only ever heard my grandma (who is from Wisconsin) call it a "Breezeway" so I am guessing you must be in the midwest somewhere. Bizzarro little fact.. Frank Lloyd Wright is the architect to invent the breezeway and hence the name sticking in the midwest. I have lived on each coast and everyone around here calls them "porches" or "mudrooms"

    Okay..enough babbling about breezeways! Yours (whatever it is!) looks FANTASTIC!

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    1. BUSTED! Breezeway is up there with "davenport" and "supper"...Thank you for popping over, Kim!

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  2. I say that that is a lamp worth fighting for!

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    1. Guess where they fought over, I mean found it? BIG LOTS! Thanks, Karen!

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  3. WOW!! This is fabulous! Great before and afters. I want that lamp!

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    1. Get in line, honey. That lamp is spoken for ... three times over. Thanks, Jill.

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  4. Wow! Looks great! Love the lighting! I'm loving your whole blog! New follower!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

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    1. Welcome to the cra-cra, Jenna! The light makes such a gorgeous reflection on the ceiling! Thank you!

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  5. This breezeway is gorgeous! I love the star light fixture as well as the newspaper. It is polished but very casual. Totally my style. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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    1. Thank you, Erin! Is is fun yet stylish, huh?

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  6. Love the new breezeway, its fantastic. This is my first time stopping by your site and i have to say I just love it. All the quirkiness of it and your photos. What a delight!

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    1. I have quirky down pat, fo' shizzle! Thank you, Christina!

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  7. Really enjoyed the shenanigans we had ...as well as giving my time and expertise for such a wonderful lady!

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  8. What an improvement! And how forward thinking of you to use Pantone's color of the year! You and your posse are obviously on the forefront of design out there....wherever you are....

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    1. Who knew I was forward thinking? I feel so fancy! Julie has been loving this color combo forever!

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  9. I love the ceiling fixture and I believe the space is functional now! What a great place to kick back w a book and hide from kids!!!

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    1. You bring the books, I'll bring the booze!

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  10. Your breezeway looks just lovely. I especially love the rug. I found you at the Strut Your Stuff link party. Have a great day.

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  11. I love the colors! And the new star light is fantastic. It is a beautiful transformation.

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    1. The star is my favorite addition! Thank you for popping by!

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  12. This transformation is breath taking!! I've always wanted a mudroom! Love the colors! You did a great job!! Would love for you to share at the party tonight! xo bridgett

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