Sunday, February 26, 2012

Home away from Home

Sorry I’ve been so quiet post wise the last two weeks but work has kept me hopping, the hardships of owning your own business huh? Sometimes as much as I don’t like it my blog has to take a backseat to life. I’m here now and ready to show you something every man needs…a space of his own.

This image shows the backside of our carriage barn before we renovated. The lower part is mister man’s workshop and as you can see it had a lot of water damage along one wall not to mention it had one tiny window for light.

It was a drafty dank and dark little place with one light bulb but my man was still able to carry on with woodworking projects.

This is how it looks today all finished except for the floor, he hasn’t decided what kind of flooring he wants yet. The walls and ceiling were covered in a wide tongue and groove board and left natural. The only original wall is that back wall and it had to stay it’s twelve feet thick with boulders and holds the mountain back on the outside. Every once in a while mister man has a chipmunk that pops out of the wall for a tasty treat of sunflower seeds.

Mister man has a nice doublewide window for natural light and since he built the other outside stonewalls from Belgium block he’s guaranteed to stay high and dry.

Guess what he’s working on right now?

Mister man’s workshop is also the perfect haven for all those little things that are never making it across the threshold into our home. This little gem is something he and Dylan dog found on a hike in the deep woods one-day, half a moose jaw bone with teeth still in it. Do men ever grow up and stop bring things like this home?

He found a pair of deer antlers, doesn’t get more real then these. He also found this outhouse seat at Brimfield that has a place for Dad, Mom and child. Mister man thought we could hang it in our bathroom…NOT!

He has a place for everything including this football helmet he won in third grade. We’ll ignore the fact he’s a few decades older and has grown a bit and will never get his helmet on his head again!

Mister man is always working on several projects at once mainly due to the weather. These pieces are for the last three screens he’s making for the windows on our home.

Some of the screens mister man has made. The screens had to be made since we have a antique house and the windows aren’t standard size. The screening we used is bronze and will patina down to a nice deep dark shade.

Anyway remember the pedestals mister man made for me last summer…..

Well he’s finishing up a smaller second pair to use up in my studio. Trust me there is nothing like having a handy husband about!

I hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy life to its fullest!


Splendid Sass said...

Nice to have a mister around! I love the pedestals he built for you. Perfection. Love the barn. Would love to have one for a studio.
Happy Sunday, Deborah.

Splendid Sass said...

Knew as I was pushing the button that I have misspelled you name, Debra.

michele said...

handy men are the ba ba bomb!

i adore this space of his--so European rustic chic lovely. all this renovation has me dreaming and i can't wait to share these photos with my husband.

oh and the moose jaw! you know i love it. i've got my sheep's jaw proudly displayed in our dining room. makes me happy.



savvycityfarmer said...

you are blessed beyond measure ... happy to say I am, too!!

I've missed you

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I'm married to a craftsman as well. What an incredible space to work on projects!

lvroftiques said...

I love your Mister man's man cave! Full of interesting manly treasures! *winks* I think your mister and mine have a love for lots of the same things. *winks* I won't let him bring them all in the house either. I can't wait to see your new pedestals in place in the studio. Vanna

Stacey said...

Yes, you're one lucky lady to have mister man:-). i love his space, it oozes masculinity and my mister loves to bring things home too. he'll even bring them inside, but they always make their way back into the the pedestals and i do love the deer antlers. XX

debra @ 5th and state said...

what luxurious surroundings for mister man! my guy is really handy too.....but i have more ideas than he has lives

Fashion-isha said...

Nice to see you back! I'm inspired by all you do and you've been great at commenting! Have a lovely week!

The enchanted home said...

That work shop is every handymans dream...and best part its across the street! Does it get better? And lucky you that on a whiim when you mention you happen to like something.....he gets cracking on making it happen. Talk about instant gratification! Funny about the 3rd grade football helmet.....such a "guy" thing to hold onto it like that! Enjoy your Monday Debra.

Thoughts on Design said...

Good morning Debra,

Yes, we men will always be bringing things we find in the woods home with us. In my family it is genetic. I remember my Dad bringing all kinds of things home with home - deer skulls, pins stumps, plants, shrubs dab trees to plant, etc... I do the the same thing - much to Sally's dismay at times.

Oh what I would give for that shop! The things I cold turn on my lathe...

Have a wonderful week!


Greet Lefèvre said...

Isn't it nice to see your beautiful barn! A space for your own indeed! Your husband is so skillful! I enjoyed this post a lot!

Victoria said...

I had a handy Mister Man, too. While he was here, he made my life -- and this world -- so much better. I don't have to tell you to appreciate him. It is clear you already do. The new workshop now looks worthy of the fine work he does, even with the occasional visitor, but that is a package deal when you live in the country. Have a wonderful day.
All the best...Victoria

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Debra, My Mother use to say- Ya need a man that makes good money or one that is handy. That way he can make you the things you need or go buy them. One with both and ya got it made! She was teasing, but I think she was a tad serious.

Leslie said...

Love those antlers and that workshop is a dream for any man ;) Nice when when the Mr. is able to all this!


Lucky you!YOu must show us what will adorn these fine pedastels!

Cris Angsten said...

I have to show this carriage barn to my husband. He will be INSANELY JEALOUS... someday, his barn will come. And I love the original stone wall, it's magnifique!

Karena said...

Debra I love your husbands man cave!! Plus that he is always making great things for you!! I wish I were closer and you would let me borrow him! :)


Art by Karena

Trouvais said...

Hi Debra...was wondering where you've been! Wonderful that that nice studio of yours is keeping you busy! Those stones are incredible! Now wouldn't that make a nice wine cellar...once he's exhausted himself from all the pedestals and shutters?

A room with a view said...

You are fortunate to have a handy "someone" and he seems to be very skilled. I am impressed!

Anonymous said...

Please tell Mr. Man to hang his horseshoe the other direction (like a U).....that way all the good luck does not fall out!!!!! Your farm girl friend.

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

So impressed by this talent, and amazed by the rocks that show on his workshop wall; as you say there's a mountain on the other side!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

You have taken the man cave to a whole new level! I'd love to have some of those pedestals for displaying various things - lucky you!

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

You are so lucky to have a handy husband. My dad was very handy and I wrongly assumed all men came like that. My husband is all thumbs when it comes to DIY! x Sharon

An Urban Cottage said...

That's just an amazing space. I'm qutie jealous.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I soooo need Mr. Man...Everything is looking so good. You two amaze me. XO, Mona

Acanthus and Acorn said...

It's only fair that Mister Man have a space, you have a studio, he gets a workshop,hmmm that makes pretty things for your studio, garden, house. I say you win all around!!!

I am so impressed that he made those screens and the antlers poking out of the rock made me laugh!!!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I absolutely adore your carriage barn! You both have the perfect spots for all your working needs. Mr.Man is certainly a gifted craftsman and I am eager to see what you do with the beautiful pedestals he's creating.
Hmm, I don't think I'll comment on the moose jaw and teeth...some thing are better left unsaid! Guys are really a different breed, aren't they!?!
It's such a pleasure to see such a wonderful home and carriage barn of two very creative people.XO

I Dream Of said...

What a gorgeous space! And I love the pedestals your Mister made for you. I think he goes beyond handy and into the truly talented category! How lucky you are!! XO

Stacy CUrran said...

Debra, I'm exactly like that too, disappearing when work demands it, but then feeling guilty when everyone else's commenting on my blog and I cannot comment back! It's so hard. Anyway, that space looks like it's going to be absolutely amazing! Stacy

Veronica said...

Hi Debra. Thank you for all your lovely visits and great comments to my blog. Yip sometimes we get so busy and our blogs go a bit neglected. You are one lucky gal with Mr Man! Nicce spot he has there and so cool about his grade 3 helmet! Boys...


Splendid Willow said...

No, no, no - no whiskers down! We all understand having a life and not having time for blog hopping. Be kind to yourself! None of your loyal readers are leaving your blog because you are not glued to it all the time.

I remember the story about your hubby hauling that gigantic piece of rock - up hill. A guy who does that and builds handsome pedestals deserves his onw lovely work space - with funky animal finds and all!

Hugs to you,


YONKS said...

My hubs would kill for a space like that, all it's missing is a woodburning stove!

I found you through Elizabeth at Pine Cones & Acorns. We have both been tagged.

Nice to meet you. Am now following and have added you to my inspiration list.

Karen said...

Love the man cave/workshop. How great that such a talented hubby has a good space to create his magic.

designchic said...

What a wonderful transformation filled with character - the ultimate man cave!! What a talented pair you are ~

Maison de lin said...


Your husband must be very happy with such a beautiful space for himself alone! But, on the other hand, he makes also beautiful objects for you!!!

Have a nice day

for the love of a house said...

omgosh... too funny- we always wonder who in the world buys those "seats" when we see them and now we know- it's Rick!!!:)

cotedetexas said...

whoa! that boulder wall is incredible. omg, i have never seen anything like that - i love it!!!

Fashion-isha said...

I love what you wrote on my blog. Yes we are all pretty much the same. And don't hate me but I love that red dress too!!!!

Divine Theatre said...

I LOL'd at the jawbone! What goes through husband's minds at times? I tell Michael that he can help decorate if I can help apprehend his next suspect!



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