Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Bungalow, Part IV.

First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship.  As the harvest season approaches I am mindful that many are not so fortunate.  My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank.  As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project.  Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video.  I've included a link in the side margin of my blog.  I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger. 

We've completed our tour of the public areas in KC and David's tiny bungalow, and this week I want to give you a peek at the Master Bedroom.  Small houses are far too often bereft of adequate storage. Even so, this compact Master bedroom presented KC with a little jewel in the form of an attached sitting room/office.

Because KC and David are both professional musicians, they have a plethora of musical and recording equipment.  KC immediately had a vision for how she wanted to transform this blessed, tiny extra space.

A soothing blue on the walls makes this a calm sanctuary for KC and David at the end of the day.  The Persian carpet came from KC's great-grandmother, Nana.  The vanity was also Nana's.  It used to live at our house; I gave it to KC when they moved into this little house.  KC gets ready here each day.  The European Pine armoire was in KC's room as a child.  Because it is a vertical piece, it gives her lots of storage and takes up a minimum of floor space.  Through the double entry, you can see the hub of David and KC's music business.

The French writing table came from her grandmother's childhood room.  KC has used this desk since she was a little girl, too.  The chair is one of the four that I painted for her when she lived in Nashville, Tennessee.  You'll notice the tote storage boxes from Michael's.  To either side of the door way and across the top of the entry, KC constructed wood shelves for storage.  They are filled with these precious tote containers, and they keep her office supplies and craft materials organized.  They are also out of sight when someone enters the room, making a crowded room appear a bit less crowded.  Tip:  When planning storage in a small space, always think vertically.  When floor space is inadequate, go up, up, up!  In the top right hand corner of the photo, you can catch a glimpse of another one of the light fixtures that KC carries with her whenever they move.  It is a wonderful fabric covered ceiling hugger that she found at The Lime Leopard in Oklahoma City.

Around the corner and to the right in the little office, you'll discover this comfy spot.  You'll often find KC curled up here writing music, reading, or napping while David works at the desk.  The minute KC spied this valuable little spot of real estate, she knew that she could use it to good effect.  She bought her wood, got busy with the power saw, and built this herself!  It is just the right size to hold a twin mattress.  I donated the matelasse European shams from a bed in one of our guest rooms, and the quilt was one of KC's Christmas gifts some years ago.  The silky peach comforter at the end of the daybed belonged to Nana.  It was made in the 1920's.  The floor lamp was also Nana's.  

The lace panels below were yet another find in that old box of Nana's things that KC's daddy gave her.  They are held in place using clip-on rings over extension rods.  The height of the bed was carefully determined for a very specific reason....

Because KC and David are full-time musicians, they have a multitude of guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, and other equipment.  It can become overwhelming if these instruments have to sit around in the house.  Those cases do a great job of keeping the instruments safe, but they don't have a great deal of decorative value.  KC built her daybed with enough space to accommodate all their instruments...such a great idea!  Out of sight, out of mind.

KC will always be a talented singer/songwriter, but I think that she might also have a second career as a custom furniture designer.  The girl is fearless!  I am in awe of the projects that she tackles.

The crewel duvet and bedding were purchased at Pottery Barn.  KC uses this ensemble to dress their bed for Fall and Winter.  The small secretary and chair in the corner are more of Nana's things that have found a home with KC and David. 

     KC and David bought the two framed posters on their honeymoon.  They are "Organic Geometry I" and "Organic Geometry II" by Aleah Koury.  I think that young couples who choose to use their vacation 'spending money' on art for their homes make an extremely wise choice.

KC and David have worked so hard to make their home what they want it to be.  I am thrilled for them.  Next week I want to give you a quick look at the results of KC's decorating efforts in the bathroom.  You're going to be amazed at the changes.  Hope you'll come back and visit again.

You can check out KC's music at, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  Her latest CD is called "Orchid."

I am linking to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her weekly meme, Metamorphosis Monday.  On Sunday evening click the button below to link to all the wonderful bloggers who are participating in Susan's party this week.  Thank you, Susan, for providing this marvelous forum.

Entertaining Women
Entertaining Women

Hello, I'm Cherry Kay I was 40 before I realized that I am an artist. I love to paint, work in clay, rubber stamping, design tablescapes, entertain, and share ideas. I'm an interior designer credentials, but lots of experience.


  1. Love the vanity and the rug - nana had great taste! :) Her linens really bring out the colors in the rug.

  2. The daybed is inspired - smart planning! I'm impressed by the marriage of practicality and beauty that make the bungalow such a perfect nest.

  3. Once again, I have to say how much I love her use of her Nana's things and favorite family pieces. I'm very drawn to that in design!

    I'm also "enchanted" by things like little nooks and alcoves so I love the one off of her room. My favorite part of the whole tour today was the built in daybed. Bravo!

  4. Very good use of space. We, too, have a sunroom off of our bedroom and it is perfect for "our" spot -- it's not a lot of space but just enough!
    KC did a good job with her space and I do love her little daybed! It's perfect!

  5. Your daughter has put to good use so many lovely family treasures. So good to hear of another woman fearless with the power tools (me too)! The built-in bed is just wonderful...creative, useful and charming at the same time. So happy she's willing to share her adorable home with the blog world!!

  6. It is really fun seeing how such small spaces can be so inviting and personal. I love all the family touches. The day bed was brilliant! Perfect storage and yet such a cozy space to curl up!

  7. What a cozy inviting room to snuggle up in. I was looking through the pics and then that daybed came up and my jaw dropped. How gorgeous is that and she built that, wow. I love how she used the sheer panels to hide the guitars. Just genious.

  8. Great storage tips for small spaces - something I am used to. So glad you stopped by.

  9. Great storage tips for small spaces - something I am used to. So glad you stopped by.

  10. Such a talented family! I loved your daughter's daybed! It's gorgeous. The Pottery Barn bedlinen looks like it could be from India.

    Simply beautiful post! Off to check the music now!

  11. I enjoyed the tour! Such a restful shade of blue for the walls! All the furniture and decor is so pretty! The day bed is ingenuous, especially since she built it herself! I like the bedding, and the lace panels!

    She should have her little bungalow featured in a magazine!


  12. Love that daybed!! And the duvet is beautiful! Great stuff!

  13. It's so nice that your daughter uses family heirlooms in her home.

  14. I'm in awe of the day bed! It looks so beautiful and comfy at the same time. I forgot until I read about it, that KC made it! Its perfect there!


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