STO­RY­BOOK SANC­TU­ARY

SANC­TU­ARY

Country Sampler's Prairie Style - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY Fifi O’neill. PHO­TOGRAPHED BY Mark Lohman. STYLED BY Sun­day Hen­drick­son.

Rem­nants from the past and fam­ily castoffs bring a get­away dream to re­al­ity.

Rem­nants from the past and fam­ily castoffs bring a get­away dream to re­al­ity.

Cindy Roberts had been dreaming of hav­ing a quiet lit­tle place of her own within the Cal­i­for­nia home she shares with her hus­band and their kids. Her wish came true when the cou­ple de­cided to make bet­ter use of a space that pre­vi­ously was a mere pass-through from the house to the garage. “I had a vi­sion of a sim­ple lit­tle sanc­tu­ary for read­ing, soli­tude and prayer, and also a va­ca­tion-like get­away in my own backyard, with­out the stress of travel,” Cindy says.

The cou­ple com­pleted their goal in a short five months. To­day, Cindy’s retreat boasts new walls dis­guised with shiplap and cedar planks, for­merly parts of the home’s side fence, and a wood floor painted with white deck paint. “A neu­tral pal­ette ac­com­mo­dates sea­sonal decor changes and al­ways pro­vides the sim­ple, clean look I love,” Cindy says. Win­dows and doors come from a num­ber of sources, in­clud­ing sal­vage out­lets and neigh­bor­hood finds. “They were stored know­ing some­day we would use them for some­thing won­der­ful,” Cindy ex­plains. “Their chipped paint and patina are orig­i­nal, hence not re­quir­ing any dis­tress­ing on our part.” Next to the bed, a nook cre­ated by in­sert­ing a cabi­net be­tween two wall studs fea­tures a white bead­board panel, shelves con­structed from fence planks, and flea-mar­ket shut­ters. Be­cause it is a small space, ap­prox­i­mately 10 feet by 12 feet, Cindy aimed for an un­clut­tered look. “I wanted only a bed, a chair and a light,”

she re­calls. The bed is dressed in sev­eral lay­ers, in­clud­ing a mono­grammed sheet from France and linen and lace table­cloths gar­nered from lo­cal flea mar­kets. Cindy made the Sleep­ing Beauty pil­low from tea-stained linen and added a cro­cheted lace ruf­fle. Its com­pan­ion pil­low is Prince Charm­ing. In the tiny kitchen space, a vin­tage cabi­net, scored at a lo­cal flea mar­ket, came with its orig­i­nal old barn­wood top. Cindy added a piece of gran­ite for easy care. The invit­ing and serene retreat is ev­ery­thing Cindy had en­vi­sioned and wished for. “There is a won­der­ful feel­ing of ful­fill­ment and sat­is­fac­tion that comes from build­ing a struc­ture from the ground floor,” she hap­pily says. “When I re­turn home from work, it’s the per­fect place to un­wind.”

Edi­tor’s Note:

To see more of Cindy’s cre­ations, go

to www.cutepinkstuff.com or visit www.etsy.com/shop/

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OP­PO­SITE: Two head­boards are used to cre­ate a daybed. Pan­els and valances of vin­tage cro­chet make fit­ting win­dow treat­ments. “I pre­fer us­ing such lovely items over tra­di­tional cur­tains,” Cindy says. “Run­ners,

table­cloths or bed­spread trims can be re­cy­cled for this pur­pose.” ABOVE: A metal bed tray was sprayed with sev­eral protective coats of clear

matte paint to pre­vent rust. RIGHT: Etched glasses keep com­pany to a china plate. BE­LOW LEFT: The cup­board houses sil­ver-plated vo­tive hold­ers, goblets and vin­tage salt­shak­ers col­lected over the years. BE­LOW RIGHT: The front door han­dles, fash­ioned from old wood plan­ers, pro­vide a place to hang a vase made

from a glass jar at­tached to a rustic board.

ABOVE: Cindy re­fur­bished the chaise and made two muslin cov­er­lets to keep the up­hol­stery clean. “I sim­ply re­move and wash them when nec­es­sary,” she says. She also made the white linen ruf­fled pil­low and cro­cheted the chunky white linen rug un­der the chippy chair. FAR LEFT: A sal­vaged shelf fit­ted with hooks dou­bles as a rack for hold­ing vin­tage clothes and a lan­tern. Its top sur­face pro­vides room to store books and other fa­vorite items. LEFT: Cindy dec­o­rated the can­dle jar with bits and bobs, in­clud­ing vin­tage cro­chet lace, seam bind­ing and clear rhine­stones.

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